The local culinary competition scene has seen significant changes over the years as organizers embrace new approaches and strive to increase inclusivity.
Sand Hill Kitchen nabbed its first grand prize from the panel of judges, while the Rankin Vault regained people’s choice honors after losing the crown in 2017.
Tupelo Honey is set to roll out its new downtown expansion. Also: WNC Battle of the Burger returns; Foraging Dinner series continues at Nightbell; AVLCakeLady and The Ettison Group present: An Evening of Dining of Excellence; and plenty more.
This year’s Asheville burger competition saw the Salvage Station take home top honors among the judges’ picks, while a three-time champion was unseated for the people’s choice title.
In its seventh year, Noble Kava launches a new location on Biltmore Avenue. Also, the WNC Battle of the Burger returns, Atlanta barbecue comes to Buxton Hall, Sovereign Remedies hosts Bad Hombres Taco Pop Up and Shuck N Brew Oyster Bar opens in Fletcher.
Isis and the Rankin Vault topped a field of fierce competitors at this year’s local burger showdown.
Connie Regan-Blake offers stories with a glass of wine at Metro Wines, Lex 18 hosts a vintage radio variety show Father’s Day event, Addison Farms Vineyard holds Dinner in the Vines and tickets go on sale for the 2016 WNC Battle of the Burger.
Burgers are big in WNC. Event organizers estimate that more than 1,000 people turned out for Sunday’s WNC Battle of the Burger in the River Arts District.
The battle was fierce, especially for having taken place in a hotel parking lot. As the smoke wafted across the grounds of the inaugural WNC Battle of the Burger on Sunday, Aug. 10, all nine competitors dug into their trenches to grill up the best they had to offer.
Burgers are serious business in WNC — for both chefs and diners — and this weekend’s inaugural Battle of the Burger promises some stiff competition for the title of Best Burger in WNC. Among a diverse field of challengers ranging from the Farm to Fender food truck to downtown cocktail lounge The Vault, a little East Asheville bar and grill, The Social, is planning to bring their A-game to the event on Sunday, Aug. 10.