From a soon-to-open spot on Hendersonville Road to established businesses like West End Bakery, the Asheville area boasts several independent bakeries that are big on bagels.
The Döner offers kebabs and other Turkish foods at the Asheville Mall. Also: Buncombe Food Policy Council hosts a potluck, WNC Young Farmers Coalition holds a fundraiser at New Belgium, a holiday dinner at Rhubarb benefits The POP Project and City Bakery has launched its new production site.
In its 12th year, the Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival offers opportunities for learning, networking and nibbling free bread; Villagers hosts a class on growing vegetables in Asheville; and Chestnut’s culinary team plans a dinner to showcase the wines of a new favorite Carolina vineyard.
Shortly after opening, West Asheville newcomer Arancini morphed from a fast-casual Italian eatery to a wine bar; Fifth Season Gardening Co.’s event schedule now includes Friday evening beer samplings plus monthly fundraisers for local nonprofits; Living Web Farms’ Patryk Battle teaches gardeners to increase tomato yields through grafting; and Isa’s Bistro offers a beer dinner and weekly discounted wines.
Students at the Francine Delaney New School for Children partner with FEAST for a hands-on cooking — and eating — experience that doubles as a PTSO fundraiser.
Feasting for FEAST fundraiser will help organizers educate more local youths on the wonders of fresh, homegrown veggies. Meanwhile, Hops & Vines is offering a cider making class, and Thirsty Monk, Table and Wicked Weed have planned specialty food and beer events.
“Our main goal is to carry on the legacy [of the business],” says one of the West End Bakery’s new owners, Cary Hitchcock. “This place has been around forever, and it is an icon in the community.”
Asheville often expresses its ardor on a plate — especially around Valentine’s Day. This year, local restaurants are dishing up everything from farm-to-table to flamenco for the occasion.
Cathy Cleary has always had a knack for bringing people together. In 2001, she opened West End Bakery when most of West Asheville was appliance stores. Now, Cleary is celebrating and reinforcing the community she’s created with the publication of The West End Bakery Cookbook.
A noted bunch of nuts present the Carnival of Nuts, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the West End Bakery.
The West End Bakery arrived six years ago today — complete with a recipe for creating a community.