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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A network of local chefs, bakers and food artisans is working with the regional collective to develop innovative culinary uses for WNC’s native tree nuts.
Formerly Virgola, The Wine & Oyster offers an expanded menu. Also this week: Cúrate holds a five-course wine dinner, Dobra Tea leads a class on oolong tea, the Asheville Truffle Experience returns and East Fork Pottery hosts a French Broad Chocolates workshop and more.
Thanks to Asheville’s reputation as a food destination, many area hotels have stepped up their restaurant game in recent years with models that bring in the talents of well-known Western North Carolina chefs and highlight locally grown ingredients. And these hot spots aren’t just trying to woo tourists — there’s also a move toward catering to a local customer base. […]
On Sunday, Feb. 18, Buxton Hall Barbecue will host Celebrating the Culinary Journey of the South: A Dinner Conversation with John T. Edge. Also: Haywood Common opens in West Asheville; Rezaz closes for renovations; and more in this week’s Small Bites.
“Here’s to celebrating this important and diverse technique of food production in hopes that its products continue to proliferate locally for the health and well-being of everyone.”
Going raw can offer health benefits, but the diet also presents challenges.
Thirsty Monk, Oskar Blues and other businesses combine beer with an assortment of foods for a memorable night out.