Asheville Independent Restaurant Association hire Kim Murray, co-owner of Creekside Taphouse, as its new executive director. Plus: Asheville Tea Co. offers Dry January recipes; MANNA FoodBank announces new chief executive officer; and plenty more!
Several local restaurants and breweries are participating in the eighth annual Home for the Holidays Fundraiser. Also: Southern Appalachian Brewery hosts Gospel Brunch with Redneck Mimosa; The Cut Cocktail Lounge in Sylva celebrates Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; and plenty more in this week’s Small bites.
Eliada Farms Weeks kicks off Saturday, Aug. 18 at Sovereign Remedies. Also: Ben’s Tune Up hosts Slushie Fest; West Asheville Tailgate Market throws a block party; Haywood Street Congregation introduces WelcomeFEST 2018 and more in this week’s Small Bites
A sampling of local restaurant options for those who prefer to have someone else do the holiday cooking.
Craft cocktails made quickly comes to the Five Points neighborhood. Also, The 14th annual Taste of Compassion Gala returns, the WNC Cookbook & Food Writing Festival comes back for a second year, a new cookbook celebrates local inn recipes and Nightbell and Cúrate host a benefit dinner for Homeward Bound.
FRS Asheville’s Whacked brings together local chefs, school food service directors and Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready trainees for an off-the-wall culinary contest; fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz offers food preservation workshops at Rhubarb and the Asheville Food Park; chef Katie Button’s new cookbook is already topping online lists; chef Eric Scheffer hosts an Argentinian feast at Hickory Nut Gap Farm and Asheville gets a new restaurant ordering website.
Octopus, bread-in-a-can, crazy fish hats and impromptu, a cappella beach songs shared the stage with local chefs at last night’s FRS Tanked competition. Click through for a slideshow of the event by Cindy Kunst and a report by Jonathan Ammons.
Empty Bowls is an international movement to end hunger and food insecurity, but the charity operates at a local level. Organizers will hold the annual Asheville fundraiser to benefit MANNA FoodBank on Sept. 15.
Asheville’s culinary scene is about to catch fire. Chef Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano will go head to head on March 10 against Chef Samuel Ratchford of Boone’s Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar to kick off this year’s round of Western North Carolina Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series battles.
A Green Restaurant Initiative has sparked collaboration between local eateries in the continued greening of Asheville’s dining scene. A new video detailing the process, produced by a local production company, has drawn the attention of the Huffington Post and other media outlets, helping to get the word out on a national level. The video can be viewed after the jump.