As with its restaurants, Asheville’s steadily evolving bar community is inclined to be collaborative. Local watering holes joined forces in March and April to raise money for area charities through the Bar Wars AVL craft cocktail event, and now they are at it again with their participation June 1-7 in Negroni Week 2015.
The annual initiative sponsored by Imbibe magazine and Campari challenges mixologists around the world to create variations on the classic negroni cocktail, a mix of equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth with a twist of orange. A portion of the proceeds from each negroni sold at participating bars during the week is donated to a charity of each bar’s choosing.
Of the nearly 20 cocktail venues taking part in the effort this year throughout North Carolina, 13 are in Asheville. As an incentive to increase interest in the fundraiser, local bars have partnered to coordinate a passport and reward system. Anyone who visits at least two participating bars during Negroni Week will receive admission to a party at Tiger Mountain, 112 N. Lexington Ave., on Sunday, June 7.
Event organizer and The Imperial Life bartender Jasper Adams says the shindig will feature free food and cocktails, raffles, games and more. In addition, anyone who manages to visit all of the bars on the passport will be entered into a drawing for a mystery prize. “We’re not announcing it yet,” says Adams in a press release, “but trust us, it will be very worthy.”
As of press time, participating bars and their charities are: Buffalo Nickel — HOPE Women’s Cancer Center; The Bull & Beggar — Brother Wolf Animal Rescue; The Crow and Quill — Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce; Cucina 24 — Open Doors of Asheville; The Imperial Life — RiverLink; Lex 18 — Youth Outright; MG Road — Haywood Street Respite; Nightbell — Haywood Street Downtown Congregation: Chefs Welcome Table; The Southern — MANNA FoodBank; Sovereign Remedies — Asheville Community Theatre; Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour — Our VOICE; The Yacht Club — Brother Wolf Animal Rescue; Top of the Monk — WNC Green Building Council.
Visit a participating bar through Sunday, June 7, to pick up a passport and get your negroni. The Those who visit two participating bars can attend the closing party 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 at 112 Lexington Ave. For more information, check out negroniweek.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dough closes permanently
Effective Sunday, May 31, Merrimon Avenue’s Dough has closed. Owner Brian Ross originally announced that Dough’s market and bakery would close on May 25, but that he planned to expand its culinary education curriculum. However, a week later Ross announced that the whole business was closed. “It was our hope to keep the cooking classroom open despite the closing of the Market portion of Dough,” Ross said in a statement. “However, this is just not possible.” Scheduled classes are cancelled, and Dough is providing refunds for classes already paid for and gift certificate balances.
For details, email email@example.com or visit Facebook.com/doughasheville.
Great Harvest Bread Co. to open in South Asheville
As Dough closes its bakery, Asheville residents Kirk and Meridee Mucciarone and their son, Steven Mucciarone, get set to open one in South Asheville. The family plans to launch a franchise of the Montana-based Great Harvest Bread Co. by early fall in the Gerber Village shopping center. A press release says the bakery will offer scratch-made bread baked with stone-milled Montana wheat. Ingredients will contain no preservatives, additives or dough conditioners. The bakery will feature a rotating selection of specialty breads; fresh-ground oatmeal; pancake, cornbread and cookie mixes; granola; breadsticks; dog treats; cookies; and scones. A made-to-order sandwich menu will offer choices such as Baja chipotle turkey, Italian, three-seed veggie hummus, roast beef chimichurri and Big Sky chicken salad. Coffee from a local roaster will be available, and the restaurant will offer catering services.
The bakery will have a booth with free samples at the Chamber Challenge 5K run on Friday, June 5. The race begins at 4:20 p.m. at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. Great Harvest Bread Co. will be at 1838 Hendersonville Road. For details, visit greatharvestashevillenc.com.
Taproom at Monte’s Sub Shop
Dan and Monique Ruiz, the owners of Monte’s Sub Shop in Hendersonville, will debut a new beer-focused business, the Taproom at Monte’s, on Friday, June 5. The Taproom at Monte’s will feature rotating taps of local brews as well as craft beers from all over North America. Beers on tap for opening week will include 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon wheat, Deep River black IPA, Horny Goat chocolate-peanut butter porter and Pisgah Pale Ale. Beer will be sold by the pint, half-pour and flight. The full Monte’s Sub Shop menu will be available at the taproom, and there will be a late-night small-bites menu.
The Taproom at Monte’s is at 2024-H Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. It launches at noon Friday, June 5. Regular hours will be 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday. For details, visit montessubshop.com or look for “Taproom at Montes” on Facebook.