Dinner in demand: The Corner Kitchen is expanding its hours. Due to popular demand, the quaint Biltmore Village restaurant is now serving dinner seven days a week — becoming one of few independent restaurants in Biltmore to offer such dining flexibility. Chef Joe Scully and his staff serve “comfortable Caro-American food” in a restored Tudor-style home that has been appropriately converted to accommodate the oftentimes hefty crowds of diners. (See an Xpress review of Corner Kitchen.) To make reservations, or for more information, call 274-2439.
ED’s new digs: Ready to get sauced (as in barbecue)? ED Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que has set up shop at its new location at 48 Biltmore Ave. The popular joint, started earlier this year in East Asheville, has brought its full menu of meats and treats to downtown Asheville. What’s more, the restaurant has added a week-full of theme nights that offer a range of discounts and delights. Monday is both open-mic night and service industry night, for example, with beers on special; “Beam Me Up Tuesday” offers discounts on bourbon and PBR, and so on. The kitchen is open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and ED’s will soon start a late-night menu as well. Call 296-0100 for more information.
WNC BBQ: How do you like your hog? If barbecue’s your bag, check out the 2nd Annual Western North Carolina BBQ Festival in Maggie Valley. Professional ‘que chefs from all over the country will be competing for prizes, including qualification for the Jack Daniels International Championship. It’s not all about pig, either. There’s a beef, chicken and even a trout competition. As if a bevy of barbecue weren’t enough, there will be lumberjack shows, live music and a kids play area where you can corral your youngsters and get down to some serious eatin’. The festival takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, and the cost is only $5 for adults. For more information, call 926-1686 or visit www.wncbbqfestival.org.