Asheville food and drink

The latest Blind Pig dinner, Battle Food Truck, in photos

Sunday’s Blind Pig dinner was another stellar event bringing food, art and music together in a beautiful setting at Pisgah Brewing. Diners scored dishes served up by five of Asheville’s food trucks: The Lowdown, Tin Can Pizzeria, Our Taco Truck, The Flying Falafel Bros and Pho Ya Belly. All the food was outstanding, including treats by French Broad Chocolate Lounge.[Read More…]

New brewery moving in next to Orange Peel is…WICKED WEED BREWING

New brewery moving in next to Orange Peel is…WICKED WEED BREWING

From the AC-T: The developers of a new downtown microbrewery and restaurant announced Thursday that their 15-barrel operation and eatery should be open at 91 Biltmore Ave., next to The Orange Peel music venue, by the end of the year. Wicked Weed Brewing is a project of brothers Walt and Luke Dickinson and Ryan Guthy, as well as Guthy’s parents.[Read More…]

Pot Pie opens in downtown Marshall

Pot Pie in downtown Marshall makes pot pies with local ingredients, then freezes them for sale. More from Pot Pie Shop: We offer take and bake Pot Pies (and coming soon…casseroles and soups) Our products are handmade from local ingredients (when possible) and then frozen in store. Ready for you to take home and bake in your oven! An easy,[Read More…]

Details on newest Asheville microbrewery/restaurant coming today

Details about Asheville’s newest microbrewery and restaurant will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. at The Wedge. The partners in the business will reveal the name and more about the concept. They’re going into the old Asheville Hardware store next to The Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue. The property is owned by Public Interest Projects, which also owns the Peel.[Read More…]

Win two tickets to tonight’s Curate/Thirsty Monk beer dinner right now

Win two tickets to tonight’s Curate/Thirsty Monk beer dinner right now

Here’s what you do: be the first to post in the comments on this post the name of the executive chef/owner of Curate, and you win two tickets to tonight’s awesome beer dinner that teams Curate with the Thirsty Monk. This is gonna be a great dinner.

Check out this beer dinner Tuesday: Curate, Thirsty Monk

Check out this beer dinner Tuesday: Curate, Thirsty Monk

If I was going to a beer dinner this week, I’d be going to this one. Check it out. Buy a ticket. Support your local brewery and independent restaurants (like Curate). And tell me about the Thirsty Monk’s new upstairs. Finally, stay tuned. I’ll be giving away two tickets to this very dinner Tuesday. Cheers!

by May 28, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Asheville Beer Week: Follow the fun on Twitter

Follow the Asheville Beer Week fun on Twitter as thirsty locals and beer experts from far and near share the experience. And don’t forget to download the Beer Week app for iPhone and Droid.

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Video: Toasted coconut, chocolate and caramel in new Blind Pig Porter from Pisgah Brewing, coming soon

Good looking new local signature beer created for Blind Pig Supper Club. Coming soon on tap at select restaurants, growlers also available. Check the video for details.

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville beer
Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland on the cover of USA Today’s Money section in article on the rise of craft beer

Oscar Wong, the founder of  of Highland and arguably both the godfather of Asheville’s thriving craft beer scene and the prime mover behind Asheville’s meteoric rise on the national beer scene, appears in today’s USA Today. The article, currently not available online, is a perfect grace note during Craft Beer Week and Asheville Beer Week. An informative read on the growth of[Read More…]

Asheville’s highly anticipated chocolate factory is up and running, says French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Asheville’s highly anticipated chocolate factory is up and running, says French Broad Chocolate Lounge

The owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Dan and Jael Rattigan, report that their highly anticipated chocolate lounge is up and running. I had heard that they had recently received their first 5,000-pound shipment of cacao beans. The new facility on Buxton Avenue features a chocolate factory and a tasting room to complement the chocolate lounge location on Lexington[Read More…]

12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

12 Bones’ Hogzilla smoked pork & bacon sandwich named one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “top 21 BBQ sandwiches”

From GardenandGun.com: 12 Bones Smoke House (pictured here) Where: Asheville, North Carolina; 12bones.com What to order: Hogzilla. This audacious sandwich is a mountain of pig: pliant sausage, thick strips of sugar-cured bacon, and shreds of exquisite smoked pork on a toasted sub roll. Link Also, 12 Bones’ Sweet Tomato BBQ sauce was recently one of three selected as the official[Read More…]

Books and Breadboard restaurant temporarily closed

Here’s the note I received from loyal reader John: Jason, What have you heard about the closing of Books and Breadboard down in Biltmore Village. The place has been emptied – a sign says closed – and their website says it because they were not able to renew their lease. This was a great place, and highly rated. I am wondering[Read More…]

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opens at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

There’s a lot of new action at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Here’s the latest press release: Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens its doors today to guests of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Cherokee, NC. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the latest culinary addition to the growing Harrah’s Cherokee portfolio of exciting new restaurant offerings at the dynamic, expanding resort destination.[Read More…]

How to buy Brewgrass tix: Line up at Barley’s, get wristband, fork over $45 per ticket

The Asheville Citizen-Times‘ Beer Guy aka Tony Kiss delivers a run-down on the final scramble for Brewgrass tickets. Some 500 tickets will be on sale at Barley’s in downtown Asheville on Tuesday. Here are the nuts and bolts: Here’s how to get tickets for Asheville’s Sept. 15 Brewgrass festival. Step 1: Come on Tuesday to Barley’s Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave.[Read More…]

Perhaps the most fun and most bang-for-your-buck beer fest in Asheville: Just Brew It 2012

The Asheville beer fest Just Brew It shows off the creative work of area homebrewers. For just $16 bucks, you get to taste some of the best beers you’ll find outside a microbrewery and you never know, you might just meet the next Asheville brewery owner. The festival also supports a good cause. Here’s the info: Just Economics Event PSA[Read More…]

Word on the street: New brewery and restaurant coming to downtown Asheville

Word on the street: New brewery and restaurant coming to downtown Asheville

There’s a new restaurant and brewery in the works for downtown Asheville. The location is the former Asheville Hardware building on Biltmore Avenue, right next door to the Orange Peel music venue. The building is owned by Public Interest Projects and will remain so, just as the Orange Peel is owned by Public Interest. More details will be released during[Read More…]

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

Nice Storify roundup here via BlogAsheville: [View the story “New Belgium holds open house for Asheville input about big change in the RAD” on Storify]

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