-Dylan Wilkerson of San Francisco recently won a No-Limit Hold’em Main Event poker tournament at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. The victory brought Wilkerson a payday of $294,152, according to a press release. Here’s how it went down:
Wilkerson’s win came after a lengthy heads-up duel against veteran poker pro Erick Lindgren, who put in a surprise appearance in the Cherokee main event. Wilkerson began heads-up action against Lindgren with a 4:1 edge in chips, then watched as Lindgren dominated the early stages of the duel to take an 8:1 lead himself.
From there, though, the cards swung Wilkerson’s way. After a double-up and a couple of other big pots, Wilkerson moved back into the lead. Then Wilkerson caught pocket kings in the same hand that Lindgren found pocket queens. The chips went in, the board blanked out, and Wilkerson was the winner. Lindgren’s runner-up effort was worth $181,864.
-Word on the street is that the Noble Kava bar on Biltmore Avenue has a new owner.
-Word on the street is that Habitat Brewing has a new partner in the business.
–Notch Collective hair salon is now open at 506 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
-For the week leading up to Mother’s Day, members and supporters of Southerners On New Ground (SONG) in Asheville and other cities across the South will be bailing out black mothers and caregivers who are sitting in cells because they cannot afford bail, according to a press release. Black Mama’s Bail Out actions will be taking place in Atlanta, Durham, New Orleans, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Nashville. Asheville’s Black Mama’s Bail Out action will be on Friday, May 11. Those interested in supporting this effort can make a donation here.
-There are a couple of big-time foodie events of note happening in coming days. First, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour arrives at Posana in Asheville on Thursday. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the dinner will feature food by host chef Peter Pollay of Posana, as well as Chef Katie Button of Cúrate and Nightbell restaurants in Asheville; Chef John Fleer of Rhubarb restaurant in Asheville; Chef Ford Fry of Ford Fry Restaurants in Atlanta; Chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia in Atlanta; and Chef Digby Stridiron from St. Croix. Tickets cost $120 per person. …
-Then on Monday (May 7), keep your eyes on the 2018 James Beard Awards Gala, which will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chef Katie Button is up for Best Chef/Southeast. Asheville’s had several chefs nominated for a James Beard award, but none have won. Could this be the year?
–Lady Luck Flower Farm in Leicester will host a special summer solstice dinner in its fields from 6-10 p.m. on June 23 that looks amazing. Intentional Swine has created a menu of locally sourced, Appalachian inspired organic food. Burial Beer will provide the brew. Local art-pop-folk musicians Jack Victor and Zack Kardon of Midnight Snack will accompany the evening’s lineup of incredible Asheville talent. Lucky Penny Creative is providing the styling and planning. The event will also provide a chance for visitors to check out Lady Luck Flower Farm ‘s newly finished event space. Tickets are $65 per person and include dinner, drinks, dessert, mountain views and live music. Children 10 and under dine free. Mason jars of fresh, you-pick flowers are $10. Expected flowers in bloom include larkspur, daisies, cosmos, sunflowers, zinnias, nigella, bachelor buttons and snapdragons. Get tickets here.
–The Barrelhouse, a new bar on Merrimon Avenue, will celebrate its grand opening from 4-9 p.m. on Sunday on a parking lot stage, with more music inside until closing. The lineup includes performances by Jack C Mascari, THE Dubber (Wendell Culbreath), Dennis Chalwa Berndt, The Bob Zuzu Welsh Band, Hel-Fre (Herschel E French Jr), Andrea Lee, Tommy Thomas Yon, Lo Wolf, Dave Blair, Daniel Johnston, Evan Wade, Cristal Rose Fox, John Kelleher, Mike Kane, Jameson Cooper, RDB (Roots and Dore Band Kenny Dore, David Kenny, Eric Swanson, Fatty Be), and Roots & Friends and The Highland Jam All-Stars (Scott Spinner, Agustin Frederic, Jönny Pack, Curt Signman, Brennan Carroll, Keegan Avery and Lea Anna Bright.)