**UPDATED AUG. 22** The Collaboratory taps its first four house-brewed beers, Catawba works with Spicewalla on a saison and more local beer news.
Free meals and haircuts return to Sanctuary Brewing Co. Also: Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen announces new dinner series; Chefs for Seniors launches in Buncombe County; Skybar announces its closing; and more in this week’s Small Bites.
Beverages clocking in at under 5% ABV from 30 different breweries will be available at the Aug. 24 event.
Only in her early 20s, the chef has a flair for whimsical pastry and a soft heart for mentoring young people.
**UPDATED AUG. 16** Sideways has a dual bottle release, Hi-Wire teams with a New Orleans brewery for a new gose and more local beer news.
The new business highlights a bean scene that’s coming into its own.
Angela and Bryan King are working on building a reputation for craft beer with the new brewery addition to their popular barbecue restaurant.
The Bier Garden hosts a seafood boil to celebrate its 25 year anniversary. Also: TreeRock Social Cider House and Appalachian Chic Food Truck team up for slider and cider pairing; chef Witt Pinkerton hosts a pop-up at Doc Brown’s BBQ; The Lord’s Acre rebrands; and plenty more in this week’s Small Bites.
New Belgium releases an N.C. State-themed lager, Burning Can returns to Oskar Blues’ Reeb Ranch and more local beer news.
From 5-gallon plastic buckets to drinking straws, local restaurants look for ways to keep plastics and other materials out of the landfill.
Traditional dry and sweet vermouths are only the beginning. While most vermouth is still made using neutral white wine as a base, some red wine-based varieties are gaining a foothold in the marketplace.
Entering its fourth year, ASAP’s Local Food Experience returns to New Belgium Brewing Co. on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. Also: Hole Doughnuts hosts book signing; Soverign Remedies teams up with OWL Bakery; and more.
The volunteer-driven program offers recovery support groups that leverage the camaraderie inherent in the food and beverage industry.
As national subscription meal services like Freshly and Sakara gain popularity, similar homegrown businesses are finding success in WNC with locally produced ingredients.
**UPDATED AUG. 2** Sweeten Creek, Catawba and Burial release fruit-forward small batches and more local beer news.
MG Road will close on Aug. 3. Owner Meherwan Irani plans to use the space as a downstairs lobby bar for his restaurant, Chai Pani. Also: Asheville Tea Co. and Franny’s Farm host a hemp tea party; Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. teams up with Luella’s Bar-B-Que; and more in this week’s Small Bites.
The proposed two-story pavilion would provide cold storage, processing space, a value-added kitchen and more for local community gardens.
The local culinary competition scene has seen significant changes over the years as organizers embrace new approaches and strive to increase inclusivity.
**UPDATED JULY 26** Burial releases creative draft-only beers, Bhramari cans a customer favorite for the first time and more local beer news.
Got a winning salsa recipe? Consider entering the Weaverville Tailgate Market’s latest competition. Also: EmtTea Bowls returns to Black Mountain; The Chop Shop introduces its latest cooking series; and more.
Multiple local breweries have created literature-inspired beers to honor the institution’s 100 years of of being a free public library.