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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day w/ Underhill Rose

A lovely event. Press release: Underhill Rose, Asheville’s harmonious trio with a knack for melding Americana, R&B, bluegrass, soul and roots music into their charming “Heartfelt Country Soul” sound, invite you to MoDaddy’s for Valentine’s Day. The unique dining experience is slated for Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00pm, with the ladies of Underhill Rose taking the stage at 8:30pm. “We[Read More…]

Asheville Small Plate Crawl coming up next month

Press release here. Sounds great! Dozens of independent restaurants will create special Small Plate Menus, priced from $3 to $8, featuring their cuisine and Chef’s talent. Crawl from restaurant to restaurant from 11:30AM to 9:00PM – lunch and dinner hours – sampling the best of Asheville’s culinary scene. Restaurants participate all three days during the same block of time: 11:30AM[Read More…]

Northside Grill & Bar in North Asheville has closed

Northside Grill & Bar along Merrimon Avenue in Asheville has closed. Looks like the business closed a few days ago. There’s a “for lease” number in the window, 255-4801. I’m calling the building owners to find out what might be next for the 8,000 square foot restaurant space that’s up for grabs on one of Asheville’s busiest corridors.

Keg wines come to Asheville; visit Sante to sip

Asheville is one drinkin’ town. Here’s the press release from loyal reader Claudette: Wine-lovers at Santé Wine Bar and Taproom in Asheville were recently treated to a cutting-edge concept in winemaking: wine from a keg. Yes, you read that right: wine from a keg. Santé’s keg system is the first in the state to feature twelve taps solely dedicated to[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

Get a Taste of Swannanoa on Thursday: The Hot Dog King, Chow Time Pizza, Okie Dokie’s Smokehouse, more on display

Press release here: To cure the wintertime blues and to celebrate Swannanoa’s growing business community, the Swannanoa Business Association is sponsoring the 2nd Annual “Taste of Swannanoa” on Friday, January 27th at 7 p.m. at Warren Wilson College’s Bryson Gym. The event features tastings from your favorite Swannanoa restaurants and catering professionals. Eat ’til it’s gone! Your ticket includes food, wine[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

New chocolate factory coming to Swannanoa: Sinless RAW Chocolate

Sinless RAW Chocolate is a new chocolate-maker coming to Swannanoa. They are the real deal. Here’s a tidbit from Sinless RAW’s page on Facebook: We have just moved right outside Asheville, North Carolina! It’s in little town called Swannanoa where a Mexican Restaurant used to be, so its awesome that there is so much more space and we are spending[Read More…]

Word on the street: Never Blue restaurant in Asheville closed, several other eateries on the verge

I’ve heard that Never Blue restaurant on Broadway has closed. That’s the second restaurant closing in downtown in as many weeks, and word on the street is that two or three other restaurants on the verge of shutting doors for good. Never Blue is the second location for the well known Hendersonville eatery. But Never Blue never caught on here[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 5 comments Asheville food and drink

BlogAsheville on When Sierra Nevada Came to Asheville

A lovely Storify via BlogAsheville: [View the story “When Sierra Nevada came to Asheville: What the online world had to say” on Storify] Imagelink

WNC Chef’s Challenge pairings to be announced Jan. 27

That’s the word from Bob Bowles, the key organizer of the annual WNC Chef’s Challenge, an event that has quickly become one of the premiere food events in Asheville. Lots of folks think it has the potential to continue to grow and attract more attention outside of town. Keep your eye on the upcoming announcement, and check out the events.

by January 18, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville’s popular Tupelo Honey has eyes on opening eatery in Knoxville

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: Asheville, N.C.-based eatery Tupelo Honey Cafe is apparently eyeing an outpost on Market Square. Philip Welker, one of the developers who last year purchased the Kern Building (home of the Oliver Hotel), has submitted a development grant application to the Central Business Improvement District. The application seeks a $275,000 grant and said that money would trigger[Read More…]

by January 13, 2012 1 comment Asheville food and drink

Word on the street: Owners of Eat Box food truck buy building on Hilliard Ave.

Word on the street is that the owners of the Eat Box food truck have either purchased, or invested with a group to buy, the old Ben’s Tune-Up building on Hilliard Avenue next to Craggy Brewing. The location would be close to the new food truck parking lot just down Coxe Avenue. That lot, which food truck owners have been[Read More…]

by January 9, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink