Small Bites: Folkmoot celebrates with soul food

Chef Clarence Robinson and artist Ann Miller Woodford headline Folkmoot’s upcoming Souther Supper Series soul food dinner. Also in this week’s Asheville food news, West End Baker and Café makes artisan pizza for FEAST, PennyCup Coffee Co. and Biscuit Head open new locations, chef A.J. Gregson moves his popular Wednesday pop-up dinner series to his new Fairview Road barbecue restaurant and more.

Women chefs introduce permanent downtown pop-up concepts

Most restaurants open with a bang — banners, grand-opening parties, VIP tastings and the like. But as Asheville’s market gets more and more saturated with eateries, a new trend is emerging: the quiet entrance. This summer, two established bar venues silently launched kitchens led by up-and-coming chefs, bypassing opening frivolities in favor of a more […]

Stephanie Pace Brown at podium

BCTDA shares tourism growth plans at annual meeting

Roughly 1,600 new hotel rooms have opened in Buncombe County since late 2015 — an increase of approximately 15 percent over that period — with 1,900 still planned. “Since the start of this construction cycle, we’ve been able to fully absorb a pretty enormous supply,” said Explore Asheville President and CEO Stephanie Pace Brown. “We just need to do that over again in the next three or four years.”

Asheville food artisan Charles Nembhard recognized with statewide entreprene­urship award

In 2014, the owner of Charley King’s Jamaican sauce business received hip and femur replacements and rehabilitative therapy with support from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He has spent the last two years rebuilding Charley King’s from that medically imposed hiatus, and on Sept. 10, he was recognized with the DVRS Small Business Award.

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