**UPDATED JAN. 15** Hi-Wire debuts a new Hop Circus brew while Appalachian Vintner collaborates with Olde Hickory and Wicked Weed with Devil’s Backbone.
**UPDATED: JAN. 9** Lookout offers crowlers, Sanctuary rolls out three new beers and certified cicerones give free presentations.
After only a few months in operation, Lexington Avenue Cajun/Creole restaurant Lafayette has closed permanently.
A year after opening their highly anticipated Charlotte Street restaurant, chefs Patrick O’Cain and Chris Hathcock talk about how Asheville received their adventurous brand of Asian cuisine and how their menu has evolved.
Fletcher awaits the opening of Blue Ghost Brewery, New Mountain AVL opens its own taproom and Sweeten Creek Brewing starts pouring beer — and serving sandwiches.
Pay-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt shop Jolly Goode is now open in Brevard; owners of Bonfire Barbecue and Cúrate are in the planning stages of expanding their separate eateries; and Publix is rolling out several programs to support the Special Olympics throughout January.
Downtown grocery store Hopey and Co. has officially opened its newly expanded space on South French Broad Avenue.
**UPDATED DEC. 31** Plenty of new bottles and events to ring in the new year.
Asheville-area chefs have created a smorgasbord of memorable menus to commemorate the end of 2015.
A silent auction at Appalachian Vintner raises money for local charities; a grant allows the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to coordinate a conference on farm-to-school programs; the Biltmore Estate adds a new restaurant; and Season’s at Highland Lake offers a Christmas Eve buffet.
Some of Asheville’s best craft cocktail artists provide inspiration for festive tippling.
**UPDATED: DEC. 23** Sanctuary pours its own beers, Sweeten Creek adds a brown ale and Burial hosts a Christmas Eve potluck.
A plant-based community potluck party on Christmas Day aims to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those in need of holiday cheer.
Fifth Season’s new East Asheville location caters to homebrewers; Full Circle Farm Sanctuary hosts a vegan cookie swap; AIR Passports are now for sale; local restaurants collect items for youths in need; and Strada Italiano hosts its annual traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Last month, South Slope motorcycle repair shop Moto Vicious recently embraced a beer-loving business model by adding an after-hours taproom. Also in this Beer Scout, Sanctuary Brewing Co. kicks off production.
With his expansion in the old French Broad Chocolate Lounge space, Rhubarb chef John Fleer hopes to create a new bakery, retail shop and event venue that continues his theme of celebrating local edibles.
**UPDATED: DEC. 17** Appalachian Vintner releases bottles of its Wicked Weed collaboration while Sweeten Creek Brewing and Blue Ridge Taproom join the local beer scene.
Brewery tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to experience Asheville — for both tourists and locals.
Asheville’s first and only Ethiopian restaurant, Addissae, has fallen on hard times nearly a year after opening. The restaurant’s owners, Vicki Schomer and Neeraj Kebede, recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to elicit community support and help pay for the basic costs of rent, utilities, insurance and fees. “Recently we have depleted our resources and exhausted our […]
A new restaurant is set to open at Hendersonville’s historic Charleston Inn; Metro Wines hosts a high-flying fundraiser for A-B Tech aviation scholarships; Buxton Hall Barbecue plans a late-night holiday dance party; Burial Beer works on a kitchen build-out for Salt & Smoke; and the Italian Cookie Lady hosts holiday truffle cake-pop parties.
**UPDATED DEC. 13** Hi-Wire releases an 11 percent ABV golden strong ale, Foothills’ Jade IPA arrives in 12 ounce bottles and Wicked Weed sells its retired barrels.