Although many of the region’s community-minded food businesses and breweries are known for their support of charities and causes, some were designed from the very beginning with a higher calling in mind.
Four food and beverage businesses with diverse concepts will launch in the neighborhood this spring.
After eight years, Chai Pani’s original downtown Asheville location has gotten a makeover. Also: Asheville Food Truck Showdown returns; Villagers hosts a fermentation workshop; Women Vinters Wine Dinner comes to Golden Fleece; Clyde’s Burger Stop opens and Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. says farewell to its popular lunch buffet.
**UPDATED MARCH 21** Luella’s collaborates with Wicked Weed on a golden sour, five Asheville breweries remain in Strange Carolinas’ North Carolina Beer Bracket and more local beer news.
Local brewers discuss the benefits and costs of aluminum packaging and whether a new federal tax will change the price of their beers.
The breweries join Innovation and Balsam Falls in the county industry’s focus on the local market.
The growing network of relationships that comprises WNC’s local food system is far more complex than just farmer and buyer.
**UPDATED MARCH 14** Asheville breweries celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Wedge at Foundation hosts Bike of the Irish, Burial welcomes 3 Floyds and more local beer news.
Fractals Coffee Shop and Cafe brings something completely different to Haywood Road this week. Also, the inaugural Hendersonville Restaurant Week, African Friendship Dinner at Folkmoot; THE BLOCK Off Biltmore’s first vegan mac and cheese cook-off and Asheville Humane Society hosts 15th annual Dine To Be Kind.
Many WNC breweries consider live music to be a main component of their taproom offerings.
Although originally lauded for its ability to stop erosion, kudzu fell from grace when its vigorous vines started to take over the landscape of the South. But a group of Asheville permaculture enthusiasts choose to view the plant in a more favorable light.
Over a dozen neighborhood businesses will participate in the cider-centric, self-guided crawl on March 10.
After a major renovation, Rezaz has reopened with a new look and a fresh menu. Also: Noble Cider holds its third annual Chili Cookoff, The Inn on Biltmore Estate earns accolades, Gan Shan West hosts Sunday Japanese izakaya pop-ups and Edna’s of Asheville has closed.
This year’s offerings from the 11 competing kitchens ran the gamut from classic Buffalo wings to puréed fruit-topped concoctions.
7 Clans Brewing debuts its first beer, Hi-Wire hosts its second NC Small Batch Festival and more local beer news.
Part of a Knoxville, Tenn.-based franchise chain, The Casual Pint is the latest southside outpost for draft and packaged beer.
Many area cooking schools now offer programming that caters to meeting planners and organizations looking for an outside-the-box option for team building.
This new series challenges local chefs to help combat food waste by offering innovative strategies for rejuvenating restaurant leftovers.
Highland releases Imperium, Catawba brings back Peanut Butter Jelly Time, and more local beer news.
The 2014 James Beard Leadership Award-winner Karen Washington will lead a workshop in anticipation of the Organic Growers School spring conference. Also, Food Connection hosts Chefs in Action; Curragh Chase pop-up dinner at Summit Coffee; White Labs Kitchen & Tap debuts fermentation series; Hickory Nut Gap Farm hosts whole hog butchery class; and James Beard Award semifinalists are announced.