Small Bites

‘Cue hounds in Asheville know Arden is a local porcine paradise, with Sweeten Creek Road our regional equivalent of Memphis or Kansas City. And now the current biggest name in Buncombe County barbecue is set to take up residence on the strip: 12 Bones Smokehouse is opening its second area location in a former gas station just south of B.B. Barns. According to a release posted on the restaurant’s Web site (, owners Tom and Sabra Montgomery plan to have the new outlet open by summertime.

If your co-workers don’t have young children, perhaps you’re still waiting for someone to pester you to place an order for Thin Mints. Wait no more: The Girl Scouts of Western North Carolina are ready to help you secure your boxes of goodies during this cookie-selling season, which lasts until March 18. Call 252-4442 to place an order; deliveries begin in mid-February. (Even with low-fat and low-sugar varieties now available, Thin Mints still account for a full quarter of Girl Scout cookies sold.)

Everyone knows the old saw about law and sausages that suggests both have unsavory starts. But what if the politicians are the ones mixing the meat? The Buncombe County Democratic Party is counting on an appetizing conclusion with its third annual Chili Cookoff fundraiser, featuring local elected officials and candidates serving up their signature chilis. Cooks committed to the Saturday, Feb. 2, event include Mayor Terry Bellamy, Sheriff Van Duncan, Buncombe County commissioner and state-treasurer candidate David Young and lieutenant governor hopefuls Dan Besse and Pat Smathers. The chili slinging runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Buncombe Democratic Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road.


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