Asheville food and drink

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

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin makes stop in Asheville

Celebrity Chef Gerry Garvin was in Asheville recently to do some shooting for a TV show. Garvin is a cookbook author and has a new show coming on the Cooking Channel, Tastes of the South, according to his Twitter site. Garvin tweeted that he visited The Chop Shop, the artisan butchery on Charlotte Street in Asheville. Image link for Gerry[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 3 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville food news: Farm Burger might land on Biltmore; East Coast Wings looking top open in town; and Gluten Free Expo coming up

Here’s some of what’s happening on the ever-changing Asheville food and restaurant scene: -Farm Burger coming? Mountain Xpress free-lance writer Anne Fitten Glenn tweets that Farm Burger is looking to open in the former Ed Boudreax’s barbecue joint location on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The location may also serve as home to a new craft brewery called One World[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 0 comments Asheville food and drink

UPDATED: Asheville’s popular 12 Bones barbecue remains in hands of original owners

Contrary to rumors, 12 Bones Smokehouse, the uber-popular barbecue joint in the River Arts District, remains in the hands of the restaurant’s founders. The restaurant opened in December 2005 under owners Sabra Kelley and her husband, Tom Montgomery. Montgomery said Friday morning that he and Kelley retain ownership, that rumors of a sale are untrue. The couple rehabbed a former restaurant[Read More…]

by March 22, 2012 8 comments 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

Recipe for love: Curate restauranteurs Katie Button, Felix Meana wedding is today

Chef Katie Button and her partner, maitre’d Felix Meana, are getting married today and have been celebrating in grand style. The two are part of the force that is Curate, a tapas restaurants on Biltmore Avenue this year and has quickly established itself as one of the best in Asheville. A sampling of Facebook posts give you a little flavor[Read More…]

Word on the street: Sierra Nevada prepared to ink deal for new East Coast Brewery in Hendersonville

For weeks, buzz around the beer scene in Asheville, aka Beer City USA, has been all about big craft brewers Sierra Nevada and New Belgium putting our town on their short lists for new East Coast breweries. Both brewers are based out West and want to build new East Coast breweries to reach big markets on this side of the country.[Read More…]

by December 11, 2011 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Ruth’s Chris Steak House to open to public on Monday

The high-end steak house in Biltmore Village has already served patrons at a series of pre-opening events. But Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be open to the public on Monday, Dec. 19. More, from a story about Ruth’s Chris that I wrote for the Asheville Citizen-Times: Across town, the staff of Ruth’s Chris was soaking up last-minute instructions before about[Read More…]

by December 11, 2011 4 comments Asheville food and drink

Downtown Asheville site being prepared for food trucks

At long last, a downtown Asheville site is in the works for Asheville’s burgeoning food truck scene. From the Asheville Citizen-Times’ story about food trucks: One of the city’s newest culinary trends could be rolling into downtown by the end of the month. Food trucks that were banned from downtown for more than two decades until a September City Council[Read More…]

by December 11, 2011 1 comment Asheville food and drink

The Asheville Public plans to open Dec. 19 in the River Arts District

The Asheville Public, the restaurant taking over the former Silver Dollar Cafe space on Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District, is planning to open to the public Dec. 19. The space is looking great. Here’s more from a story about TAP I wrote for the Asheville Citizen-Times that was published Saturday: The Asheville Public was clattering with noise of[Read More…]

by December 11, 2011 0 comments Asheville food and drink

Jackson Underground Cafe offers online ordering

From loyal readers Steve and Elizabeth of Jackson Underground Cafe: Hey Jason, We wanted to make you aware of a new service that we are offering. We are now offering online ordering for customers of the Jackson Underground Café. In this “plugged-in” world in which we live, online ordering is designed to make ordering more convenient for our customers. There is no waiting in[Read More…]

by December 6, 2011 2 comments Asheville food and drink

Asheville Pizza & Brewing starts canning brew

Tony Kiss aka the Beer Guy reports via his FB page: Asheville Brewing has just cranked up its canning machine. A major day in Asheville beer. 12 ounce cans of Shiva are rolling off the line and should be on sale later today at 77 Coxe Ave. Coming soon to stores. It’s just another notch in the belt of Beer[Read More…]

by December 6, 2011 1 comment Asheville food and drink

Asheville Independent Restaurants offers a deal on restaurant coupon booklet

Press release here: Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) is offering a special promotion during the month of December for its popular dining Passport, which is a coupon booklet representing over $1000 in dining savings. Normally $50, the promotion is extended to include bulk purchases with a minimum of 10 at $45 per book, and with more than 20, the price is[Read More…]

by December 6, 2011 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Two new restaurants prepare to open in Asheville: The Asheville Public and Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Two new restaurants prepare to open in Asheville: The Asheville Public and Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Two new restaurants – The Asheville Public and Ruth’s Chris Steak House – are preparing to open soon, adding more choices to Asheville’s juicy restaurant scene. The Asheville Public plans to open within two weeks, according to its page on Facebook. The restaurant is opening in the River Arts District, in the space formerly occupied by The Silver Dollar. The[Read More…]