A WEEKEND OF TREATS: "We’ve found a model that works, and each year it grows in attendance," says Kris Kraft, director of Asheville Wine and Food Festival.

Small bites: Asheville Wine, Food Fest changes

The Asheville Wine and Food Festival caps its eighth year with an updated Grand Tasting event; Gan Shan Station brings Charleston chef Daniel Heinze onboard for Sunday Supper, Appalachian Appetite photo contest looks for images of family recipes; Sanctuary Brewing Co. hosts and anniversary bash and The Cheese Store of Asheville plans a pairing event with Blue Ghost Brewing Co.

BLIND FORMAT: All judges for the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition are trained by the French Broad Vignerons and sample unlabeled wines.

2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competitio­n winners

The results are in for 2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition. For the third year in a row, the number of entries increased more than 20 percent over the previous year’s event. Teams of judges trained by the French Broad Vignerons determined the medalists through a blind tasting format during evaluation sessions held in […]

BEWITCHED: Bartenders Kelly Vormelker and Sam Pennington will host their last Wicca-themed bar pop-up night, Velvet & Lace, on Cinco de Mayo.

The Final Ritual: Buxton Hall’s Velvet & Lace hosts its last bewitching hurrah

If you haven’t yet fallen under the spell of Buxton Hall Barbecue’s monthly Wicca-themed extravaganza, Velvet & Lace, you have one last chance. Organizer’s Kelly Vormelker and Sam Pennington started the bewitchingly memorable pop-up concept to celebrate outstanding women behind the bar, and after six months of parties, it is time to pack the cauldron away. […]