Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.Some of what’s going around:

-Katie Button a JBF finalist: Chef Katie Button of Asheville’s Curate has been named a semi-finalist for the prestigious Rising Star Chef of the Year award handed out by the James Beard foundation. Eater.com has full list of all award nominees here. Congrats!

-Buffalo Nickel soft opening: Buffalo Nickel, one of a wave of new restaurants that are opening this month along Haywood Road in West Asheville, held its soft opening on Tuesday night. The house was packed. I sampled a great short rib, skate wing and more. Look for the restaurant to be open to the public next week.

-Downtown Market update: Here’s the update on construction that’s coming next for the Downtown Market, following the building’s sale.

The Downtown Market will be moving into the north end of the building some three months from now or when that part of the renovation has been completed. This will be a clean, well-lit space with our own entrance on the new deck that will be built at the north end of the building. This will be an exciting time to move into a gleaming new space, just in time for the most productive season of 2014.

-Food Blog Forum coming to town: About 100 food bloggers will be in Asheville in August. Here’s the announcement:

SAVE THE DATE! It’s official, Food Blog Forum 2014 will take place August 17-19th in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina!

-No meat on Thursday: Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer has signed a proclamation naming Thursday, March 20, as “Meatout” day in the city. The event is a national campaign by the Farm Animal Rights Movement.

-I-26 Connector update: Buncombe County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution in support of a new I-26 Connector route, despite opposition by local groups.

-Literacy council spelling bee returns: From the press release:

The 23rd annual Spelling Bee benefitting The Literacy Council of Buncombe County will be held April 24, 2014 at “On Broadway” in downtown Asheville. Fifteen teams of three adults each will compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of their lives. This isn’t your average spelling bee. Teams must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience!

How does it work?

  • Recruit two friends and register your team by calling (828) 254-3442 or email brantlee@litcouncil.com. Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions;

  • Plan your team name and costumes;

  • Study the prepared word list provided;

  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team!

Thanks to loyal readers Jen Saylor and Jane for the heads-up!

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4 Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens during and after the Food Blog Forum in August. I’m such a big fan of the food scene here in Asheville, so I’m sure these bloggers are going to be enjoying their time in the city.

  2. Oh for the love of God. Another progressive telling us what to eat, or not eat. Here’s a better way for the Mayor to spend her time. He bout fix the roads Friday? Work on the water Wednesday’s? Transport the transients Tuesday? So friggin ridiculous.

  3. Tim Shumbera says:

    Thursday, March 20th is “Meatout” day in AVL. Get your meat out! Me? I’m having a double BLT for lunch with a side of bacon!

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