james_beard_asheville_2015More of what’s going around:

-James Beard award nominees: Three Asheville chefs are semifinalists in the Best Chef: Southeast category of the 2015 James Beard Awards. They are: Katie Button of Curate; John Fleer of Rhubarb; and Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani. Congratulations to these three. The full list of James Beard 2015 nominees is here. Here’s what the tourism officials at exploreasheville.com posted about the Asheville chefs. (They get the credit for the photo, as well.)

-Katuah Market anniversary: Katuah Market is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Saturday.

-Remembering Masterton: It’s been one year since the death of Laurey Masterton, one of Asheville’s bright lights on the local food/activist front.

-PechaKucha Asheville event: The next PechaKucha Asheville event is Friday, Feb 20, at the Altamonte Theatre. Nine presenters will do a series of presentations around the global theme “Design in Your City.” Presenters include award-winning cartopgrapher Bruce Daniel, designer of The Asheville Map, and Pana Columbus, a writer/director/producer with nearly 20 years of experience creating large-scale theatre events that have catalyzed community transformations. Tickets here.

-Gear Fest: From a press release:

Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce their inaugural Get in Gear Fest.  This free event will take place from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at RiverLink Park in Asheville and will include product demos, gear clinics, beer from local breweries, raffles, races and more. A portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will also directly support the work of RiverLink, a local non-profit that works to revitalize the French Broad River.

-Carolina Public Press open government project: From a press release:

Carolina Public Press is pleased to announce that it is working to launch a regional open government, data and records project called Open WNC.

The project is made possible in part through a recent $10,000 OpenGov grant to Carolina Public Press from the Sunlight Foundation, which supports “open-source projects and tools [that] are opening up data and government information in innovative ways.” The project was one of eight efforts across the country to recently earn funding from the foundation.

Carolina Public Press, at www.carolinapublicpress.org, is a nonprofit online news service providing Western North Carolina with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting as well as educational opportunities to journalists, students and others. CPP’s Open WNC effort will, likewise, improve access to public data in under-served communities throughout the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina by developing institutional partnerships, creating a government data repository and training journalists and engaged members of the public on understanding public records and open government issues.

A major component of the project will be the launch of an online platform and website, www.openwnc.org, with the assistance, insight and input of its developing partnership of academic, media, municipal government and community organizations. CPP anticipates that www.openwnc.org will launch in July.

-New tenants in Sweeten Creek shopping center: New businesses have moved into space at 55 Sweeten Creek Road. Biltmore Property Group has moved in. Sherwin Williams, Old School Subs & Deli and Asheville Phoenix Properties are also located there.

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