Jason Sandford

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

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

-This has been a week of snow flurries, and they’ll continue, according to Ray’s Weather.

-Making plans for Valentine’s Day? You can’t go wrong with a puppygram from Brother Wolf.

-Asheville’s much-anticipated first-ever dim sum restaurant is set to open next week (Feb. 16)  in downtown. Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas will open on the ground floor of the Capital Center building at 82 Patton Ave. near Pritchard Park. The restaurant promises authentic Chinese food with a menu stacked with dishes such as a variety of dumplings, roast duck legs, crispy spring rolls, noodle rolls and much more. More details to come.

-The big Hollywood biopic Genius, about the editor Maxwell Perkins and the writers he worked with, including Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set for a July 29 release in the U.S., according to The movie stars Colin Firth as Perkins and Jude Law as Wolfe. Other stars on the bill include Guy Pearce, Dominic West, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

-How about a $13 million bowling alley? That’s what the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians decided to build this week, according to the Cherokee One Feather newspaper. From the story:

The 50,000 square foot Bowling Entertainment Center will contain two floors. According to information from the TCGE, the first floor will cost $8,723,090 and will contain 16 bowling lanes, a food and beverage outlet, and an arcade area. The second floor will cost $4,578,523 and will contain 8 bowling lanes, a bar and a potential food area.

-Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie will speak at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18.

-Table restaurant has a great dinner coming up at 6:30 p.m. on  Feb. 25 called The Seven Moles of Mexico. More:

Seven moles, Seven courses. All with pairings (think mezcal, tequila, aqua fresca, and more). $58. Dinner starts at 630PM, but we’ll be having cocktails upstairs at 6PM (not included in the $58)…it’s going to be delicious. Go here for tickets to The Seven Moles of Mexico.

-There’s a wine dinner set for March 1 at Nightbell. Here’s the press release:

Chef Katie Button and Felix Meana are hosting a special wine dinner at Nightbell on Tuesday, March 1. They have teamed up with local wine experts Mike Tiano from Haw River Wine Man and Josh Spurling from Table Wine, who will be in attendance to discuss the details of the featured wines. It will be a private event with four select wines from Northwest Italy.

These are some of the most food-friendly and versatile wines in the world. With typically elevated levels of acidity and tannin, these are wines that make great partners to many dishes and cuisines.

This will be a four-course pairing meal featuring Italian-inspired cuisine served family-style, a combination of classic Nightbell and newly-created dishes. Seating will be communal. Come early for the special Aperol reception at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30. Please join us for this special experience!

Mike Tiano is a partner with Haw River Wine Man, a local importing and distributing company. Beginning in 1995, Haw River Wine Man has compiled an Italian wine portfolio that stands out in the Carolinas for quality, price and selection. The company strives to bring the best value by sourcing wine directly from the producer. Their portfolio has grown from the original six wines to now include partnerships with 30 estates in Italy.

Local wine shop Table Wine was founded in 2010 by wine industry veteran Josh Spurling. The store focuses on wines from smaller, family owned and operated, artisanal producers from all parts of the world. Josh loves talking about wine and food and he’s excited to share his passion with you.”

Tickets are on sale at for $100 each, all-inclusive.

-And there’s a special dinner at MG Road on Thursday, Feb. 11. Deets:

We’re excited for Thursday night’s dinner with Fair Game Beverage Company, and have just a few tickets left. Chef James Grogan of Chai Pani will be showing off his winter chops in cooking a 4-course warming hunter’s dinner (think rabbit and other fine game) paired with cocktails crafted by Erin Hawley and the MG Road team from Fair Game’s high quality line of fortified wines & spirits.

But most importantly, as a special friend of MG Road and Chai Pani, we’d like to extend to you our industry and family and friends discount, which will get you the all-inclusive tickets (priced to the public at $75) for only $55. Just use the discount code: SKIWITHME

Tickets can be purchased at

Jason Sandford

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

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