Quick Bites: Food news to go in very tiny portions.

There’s plenty happening in the food world in Asheville at a fairly rapid pace. Most of this information we gathered and sent out via Twitter earlier today. Want to keep up with the latest in food news? Follow the Xpress food-centric Twitter handle, @MXeat.

Here’s the latest scoop:

A purveyor of fine olive oils, balsamic vinegar and spices, Olive & Kickin’, is coming to downtown in the spring.

In hot dog news (one of our favorite kinds), Indian street food restaurant Chai Pani has developed a Tandoori hot dog. It consist of a chicken-apple sausage, topped with kheema (a curried minced meat), paneer and other toppings on a house-made bun. It’s a special that the restaurant debuted for lunch on Thursday, Feb 10. Chai Pani often runs creative specials along the same lines; keep up with the restaurant’s special creations by following @chaipani on Twitter. The restaurant says that the dog was a hit, and plans to run it more often.

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack has selected the location for its resurrection. The Shack will be located in the former Tomato Cocina building at 1455 Patton Ave. in West Asheville, and will open some time later this spring.

The West End Bakery now makes pizza dough with Craggie Brewing Company’s Dubbelicious, which the bakery sells for only $2.75 per dough ball — each ball makes approximately one pie. The bakery is also featuring a pizza-making contest. Prizes include gift certificates for free baked goods and the like, plus every person entering the contest gets a coupon for a free cup of coffee. Visit the website for details.

A kid’s poetry slam will be held next Tuesday, Feb 15, at the Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Ave.

Xpress is planning to offer a round-up of foodie Valentine’s Day options. Have a tip? Fun ideas? Send your food news to food@mountainx.com.


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