Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New West Asheville coffee shop; Vortex doughnuts delivered; tempeh tacos; and more

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More of what’s going on in lovely Ashvegas:

-More about new doughnut shop coming to West Asheville: The word is that the business, set to go in next to Digable Pizza, will be much more than a doughnut shop. The concept is a high-end coffee shop with pastries. The coffee shop is aiming to be a “third wave” coffee shop, which focuses on meticulously crafted coffee. From imbibemagazine:

The idea is that the first wave represented the spread of coffee around the planet, culminating with the convenient but poor-quality freeze-dried coffee of the post- World War II era. The second wave, exemplified by Starbucks, saw the mass marketing of higher-quality arabica coffees and espresso beverages. The third wave is a response to the homogenization of the second, and its leaders are putting every assumption about coffee to the test. As Nick Cho of Murky Coffee in Washington, D.C., says, “It’s about letting the coffee speak for itself.”

-Did you say doughnuts? The Asheville Specialist reports that Asheville Munchies will start delivering Vortex doughnuts on Friday. Cost is $11 for the following:

2 Espresso Gourdough doughnuts-
Two pumpkin cake doughnuts coated in ginger sugar with a white chocolate/espresso glaze.

2 Chocolate Gourdough doughnuts-
Two pumpkin cake doughnuts coated in cinnamon sugar with a chocolate ganache glaze and spicy pepitas.

4 Large cinnamon-sugar doughnut holes

*strict limit of one box per household*

-Asheville restaurants featured at The Hidden South feature at checks out Asheville restaurants, including The Admiral, Farm Burger and Curate. A snippet:

Asheville was early to the farm to table game, in part due to the availability of some amazing produce and livestock growing in the verdant hills and fields of the area. But there’s also been a long history of hippiedom in the area, so organic and veggie-friendly food has a tradition that has been embraced by much of the cooking and dining community. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than at Early Girl Eatery, where John and Julie Stehling have been cooking Southern comfort food to the delight of vegans, vegetarians and avowed carnivores since 2001.

-Epic Tempeh Taco Contest: From the press release:

Tofu usually gets the spotlight, but to be truly epic, vegetarian connoisseurs look to tempeh. That’s what organizers of last year’s Epic Tempeh Reuben Challenge found out when more than 250 folks showed up for an afternoon of entertainment, refreshment, and, of course, delicious food. Based on the enthusiasm for that event, the same crew has come together to produce this year’s EPIC TEMPEH TACO CHALLENGE on October 13 from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Asheville Music Hall. Each $15 ticket includes the chance to sample tacos from 10 different restaurants as well as drinks donated by Highland Ales and Buchi Kombucha.

Neo Burrito, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Westville Pub, One Stop Deli, Trailhead, Local Taco, Over Easy Cafe, Thirsty Monk, West Village Market, and Green Sage will all be offering contest entries using tempeh donated by Smiling Hara Tempeh. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit MANNA FoodBank. “As a local food company, we have received incredible support from this community,” said Sarah Yancey of Smiling Hara. “This is our opportunity to give back in a way that speaks to our greatest passion: feeding people.”

-On the next pandemic: Press release: David Quammen, author of Spillover, will speak in the Walker Arts Center’s Graham Theater at Asheville School on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Asheville School. The event is free and open to the public with limited seating available. Quammen is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award.

-Get tuned up at Ben’s Tune-Up: Here’s the press release:

Meagan Witkus, voted best physical trainer in WNC, will be hosting a FREE TRX Supension Training class on Sunday,  October 13th, 11:00am-12:00pm at Ben’s Tune Up in Downtown Asheville!  Come suspend from the rafters and get your sweat on in their outdoor urban beer garden! TRX suspension straps will be provided. Please bring a mat, sneakers, and water bottle!

-Government shutdown has motorcyclist going road in national park: Check out this from Video here. A snippet:

As absurd as this whole “government shutdown” thing is, there’s a silver lining. Our nation’s national parks are, for the most part, now vacant. If you have the means, the determination, and the willingness to risk a brush with law enforcement, you can enjoy our protected lands as they’re rarely viewed: without flocks of tourists spoiling the experience.

I’m not typically one for politics. My life soldiers on, regardless of the state of our government., so I saw no need to burden myself with concern over the latest antics on Capitol Hill.

Then someone told me Cades Cove was closed.

-New riverside park in Woodfin: Press release

Help The Town of Woodfin Plan a New River Access Park On Monday October 28, 6:30 to 8

As part of its ongoing riverfront improvement efforts the Town of Woodfin is pleased to invite the public to share its ideas and desires for the creation of a new riverside park on land donated by the Silverline Plastics Company expressly for this purpose. The meeting will take place at the Woodfin Town Hall at 90 Elk Mountain Road, Woodfin, NC 28804 on Monday October 28 from 6:30 to 8 pm and light refreshments will be served.

-RiverLink license plate: There’s a new N.C. license plate available featuring RiverLink, with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit. From Executive Director Karen Cragnolin:

Great news! You can help promote urban conservation, greenways, bike paths and storm water controls by purchasing a new RiverLink license plate. The state won’t produce the license plate until we have 300 orders. So make your check out to RiverLink for $30 and once we hit 300 orders we will send the required one check to the NCDOT for your plate along with the enclosed form filled out by you with all your specific registration details. Oh yes, if you want a personalized RiverLink plate its $60. Here’s the form.

-Junior League of Asheville fund drive: Press release:

The Junior League of Asheville kicked off its Annual Campaign on September 10th at the first General Membership Meeting of the 2013-2014 League Year. The Annual Campaign goal for this year is $10,000. All donations to the Annual Campaign are tax deductible and will directly support the mission of the Junior League of Asheville. Individuals interested in donating to the Annual Campaign may contact the Junior League of Asheville Headquarters at (828) 254-5608; contribute online under the donate tab at; or mail a check to Junior League of Asheville, PO Box 7315, Asheville, NC 28802.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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