Honor roll: Chalk up another win for A-B Tech’s top-notch culinary students. On Jan. 7, a six-member team from the college’s culinary program won first place at the American Culinary Federation’s state-wide Junior Hot Food Competition in Charlotte. The fact that A-B Tech students have won eight out of the past nine competitions didn’t dim the luster of their gold medal. “This win is very sweet,” says Chef Bronwen McCormick, a team coach and culinary instructor. “I think we have a chance to go all the way,” he adds, referencing upcoming regional and national competitions the team can advance to. The team’s winning meal had several courses, including an entree of chicken roulade with mushroom duxelles, fennel sausage, dilled tourneed cucumbers, horseradish gnocchi and roasted chicken sauce.
Culinary Showcase: Any serious WNC food aficionado should mark their calendars: The 14th Annual Asheville Culinary Showcase is coming to the Grove Park Inn on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. A consistently stellar event, this year’s showcase will feature local beers, wines and signature dishes from dozens of area restaurants and catering companies. Tickets are $40 for Chamber of Commerce members and $50 for everyone else. For more information, call 258-6130 or visit www.ashevillechamber.org/chamber/CulinaryShowcase.asp.
Bring me a sandwich: So you’re working in downtown Asheville and getting hungry, but just too darned busy to get away for lunch. What to do? The Grove Corner Market has a solution: Call the store and order up a sandwich from their deli, and they’ll bring it right to you (in most parts of the downtown business district). The Market’s recently launched Sandwich Delivery Program is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sandwiches on the menu include: roast turkey, smoked ham, rosemary ham, roast beef, chicken salad, cream cheese and veggies, hummus and more. For $7, you get not just the sandwich but also a side salad, pickle, bag of chips and drink. To sweeten the deal even more, customers get a 10 percent discount on any groceries delivered with the sandwich. Call 225-4949 — by 10:30 a.m. — to place a sandwich delivery order.