Asheville food and drink

Altamont Brewing prepares to start production, will be Asheville’s newest brewery

Altamont Brewing in West Asheville is preparing to finally live up to its name and start brewing beer. The joint on Haywood Road has been operating as a bar since it opened last March. My colleague Tony Kiss aka The Beer Guy reported thusly on Altamont Brewing’s plans: The brewery part comes later, said partners Ben Wiggins and Gordon Kear,[Read More…]

New Belgium holds public input sessions

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Cuban coffee hits the streets of Asheville

Here’s a nice note from loyal reader Rebecca: Jason, Coming out of a Page Ave office bldg in the wee hours Thursday morning, a couple of guys at a bright shiny outdoor vendor cart across from Basilica called out “Cuban coffee, is ready!” I walked over there thinking, sure, it’s Cuban coffee (not). But it *so* was. About 5 cups[Read More…]

by April 23, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

New Asheville restaurant, Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen, set to open on Wednesday

Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen is set to open on Wednesday on South Market Street, in a downtown Asheville area known as The Block. The restaurant is the work of Vijay Shastri. Read a little more background here. The opening follows the opening of a couple of new restaurants in downtown Asheville this year, including Strada and Baja Cafe.[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Word on the street: Yet another craft brewery eyeing Asheville

Word on the street is that yet another crafter brewery is looking to open in Asheville. How much beer is too much beer for Beer City USA? There’s no limit, apparently. What’s been described to me as a regional craft brewery is looking to expand and looking specifically at sites in West Asheville. The news comes on the heels of[Read More…]

by April 19, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Updated: Twitter abuzz that New Belgium is coming, announcement said to be coming Thursday

Word on the street is that New Belgium Brewing is planning to announce soon that it has chosen Asheville as the site for its East Coast brewing operation. We’ve heard it before, but sources are apparently sounding more certain than ever. Russ Bowen of WLOS teases with tweets today: New Belgium says Asheville and philly still on list not ready[Read More…]

Home Free Bagels now selling from West Asheville bagel stand

Here’s the note from loyal reader Chris: I know that you are a supporter of Home Free Bagels so I thought you and your readers would like to know that we have opened a bagel stand in West Asheville. Finally, the people of Asheville can buy bagels directly from us! Here is the blurb: Home Free Bagels. Now offering toasted[Read More…]

by March 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

Carolina Ground mill now grinding wheat into flour in Asheville

A major missing piece of Asheville’s local food network is now in place – a mill is grinding locally grown wheat into flour. Carolina Ground is the name of the project, which is located in the former Square D plant up on Bingham Road, north of downtown Asheville. The actually production of flour is the result of more than three[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin makes stop in Asheville

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin was in Asheville recently to do some shooting for a TV show. Garvin is a cookbook author and has a new show coming on the Cooking Channel, Tastes of the South, according to his Twitter site. Garvin tweeted that he visited The Chop Shop, the artisan butchery on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Image link for Gerry[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 3 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville food news: Farm Burger might land on Biltmore; East Coast Wings looking top open in town; and Gluten Free Expo coming up

Here’s some of what’s happening on the ever-changing Asheville food and restaurant scene: -Farm Burger coming? Mountain Xpress free-lance writer Anne Fitten Glenn tweets that Farm Burger is looking to open in the former Ed Boudreax’s barbecue joint location on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The location may also serve as home to a new craft brewery called One World[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

UPDATED: Asheville’s popular 12 Bones barbecue remains in hands of original owners

Contrary to rumors, 12 Bones Smokehouse, the uber-popular barbecue joint in the River Arts District, remains in the hands of the restaurant’s founders. The restaurant opened in December 2005 under owners Sabra Kelley and her husband, Tom Montgomery. Montgomery said Friday morning that he and Kelley retain ownership, that rumors of a sale are untrue. The couple rehabbed a former restaurant[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 8 comments Asheville food and drink

One World Brewing coming to Asheville

One World Brewing is coming to Asheville, aka Beer City USA. Asheville and Buncombe County are already home to something to the tune of 10 breweries, with two more coming. From One World Brewing’s website: One World Brewing is a Community Supported Brewing endeavor. We offer shares of brew rather than selling it by the pint or bottle. For instance,[Read More…]

Asheville cupcake bakery to compete on Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars’; viewing party is April 1

The name of the Asheville company is Take the Cake, a custom cupcake bakery. Cupcake Wars is the show. The viewing party will start at 7:30 p.m. at Broadways. Details: Join us on April Fool’s day as we watch Take the Cake compete in Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Show starts at 8pm and we will be serving cupcake flavors we[Read More…]

by March 16, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

News obit: Lou Anne Rhodes, Sunny Point Cafe’s garden manager

Lou Anne Rhodes, the garden manager at the popular Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville, has died, according to a post on the restaurant’s website. We are saddened to report that our beloved friend and garden manager, Lou Anne, died on 3/14/2012 after a long and arduous illness. Our beautiful garden is a daily reminder of Lou Anne’s direct connection[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Mountain Xpress: Expansion of Rosetta’s; new restaurant at Renaissance Hotel; a Tupelo Honey new location; and more

As usual, Mountain Xpress reporter Mackensy Lunsford is all over local food news. Here’s what I’ve gleaned: -New restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel: Lunsford picks up the press release. The hotel has just finished some major renovations, which include the addition of a new restaurant: Its new restaurant, the Writer’s Bistro, is a casual chic experience that recognizes the area’s[Read More…]

by March 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Tickets for Asheville’s Beer City beer fest on sale Thursday

Tickets for Asheville’s annual Beer City Festival go on sale Thursday. From the Beer City Festival page on FB: Festival tickets are going on-sale THIS Thursday. They’ll be available at local Asheville Brewers Alliance breweries, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, and Bruisin’ Ales! Beer City Festival 2012 is on Sat., June 2nd! Line-up details to come… Tickets cost $40 each and[Read More…]

by March 13, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

One hot food corner: Food Network crew interviews Chop Shop, Bluewater and City Bakery on Charlotte Street

Word on the street is that a Food Network crew interviewed reps of the Chop Shop butchery, Bluewater Seafood and City Bakery, which are all neighbors in a building on Charlotte Street in Asheville. The group of shops is known collectively as the Charlotte Street Marketplace. The shops make for a great little food corner in Asheville. The Chop Shop[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 5 comments Asheville food and drink

When (and if) New Belgium moves to Asheville, what will impact be?

I’m tired of the all the rumors about New Belgium Brewing planning to build its East Coast brewery here in Asheville. I’ve heard so many, for so long, and delivered with such certainty, that I’m just going to start assuming it will happen. I know what people saw about assuming anything. But it’s time to advance the conversation. If New[Read More…]

by March 12, 2012 10 comments Asheville food and drink

New restaurant to open in downtown Asheville; Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole coming to Market Street

There’s a new restaurant coming to downtown Asheville. It will be called Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole, and will open at 42 S. Market St. The eatery is a project of Vijay Shastri, most well known for his work with The Flying Frog restaurant formerly at the corner of Haywood Street and Battery Park Avenue. That restaurant closed in Jan.[Read More…]

by February 20, 2012 12 comments Asheville food and drink

Curate and Warren Wilson College team up for unique foraging expedition and Nordic cooking dinner

This sounds pretty great. Tickets are limited. Cost of foraging expedition is $25, with the dinner ticket coming in at $110. All the info is here for An Adventure in Cooking: The New Nordic Table on March 24. Here’s more: This spring, Asheville’s Katie Button, Executive Chef and co-owner of Cúrate bar de tapas in downtown Asheville (fresh from an[Read More…]

by February 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Black Mountain News: Swannanoa bursting with new Mexican eats

Here’s part of the story from the Black Mountain News: If Swannanoa residents have been looking for something different in the local food scene, they may have noticed a few additions in the past several months with a similar theme. Three Hispanic-owned businesses opened in Swannanoa recently: Puebla is a Mexican restaurant, La Bamba Burrito Express is a burrito joint,[Read More…]

by February 15, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Beloved Asheville vegetarian cafe, Rosetta’s Kitchen, to start selling veggie burgers @ Ingles grocey stores

Beloved Asheville vegetarian cafe, Rosetta’s Kitchen, to start selling veggie burgers @ Ingles grocey stores

Rosetta’s Kitchen, a beloved vegetarian cafe in downtown Asheville, will soon be selling veggie burgers in local Ingles grocery stores. I’m gleaning the news from owner Rosetta Star’s posts on Facebook. There’s a photo of Rosetta holding the burger-in-a-box, and there’s this: Meeting with Ingles went great! Were gonna start with three stores (merrimon, tunnel road, and skyland)!!!! Still a[Read More…]

by February 3, 2012 6 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville Bar Hopper shuttle service starts running tonight

Here’s the note from loyal reader Barry: Hi Jason, Wanted to make sure you knew about the Asheville Bar Hopper. It starts running today and will offer shuttle service between 6 and midnight, Thursday through Saturday. Route starts behind the Thirsty Monk on Coxe Ave. on the hour and then goes to Wedge, The Bywater, The Gas Up across from[Read More…]

by February 2, 2012 3 comments Asheville food and drink

Competitors announced for WNC Chefs Challenge

A great event! Press release: For the third year, the WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival will host the WNC Chefs Challenge. The competition brings together culinary leaders from the region in weekly battles built around a secret ingredient. This year’s competitors are: Returning 2011 Champion Nate Allen (Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine), Anthony Cerrato (Fiore’s Italian Restaurant &[Read More…]

by January 27, 2012 3 comments Asheville food and drink

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