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Ready for Bele Chere? Step Away From the Funnel Cake! Vinnie’s Weekend Specials

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join us at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant in Asheville, where there’s plenty of Free Parking, Great Food, it’s Nice and Cool and everyone is wearing a shirt!

Weekend Specials: Lobster Fra Diavolo Tuna Salad Roasted Red Pepper Rollatini A Duo of: Berry Martini & Grilled Crostini with Spinning Spider Creamery Goat Cheese and a Blackberry Compote

Fiore’s Restaurante Toscana Announces Thanksgiving Menu

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Fiores Restarante Toscana, located at 122 College Street in downtown Asheville, is pleased to announce the creation of their annual Thanksgiving menu.

Open from 11am to 9pm on Thanksgiving day, Fiores will be serving up traditional turkey as well as apple stuffed pork loin, prime rib of beef, pumpkin bisque with devonshire cream, sweet potato casserole and other delectable Thanksgiving delights.

Fiores will also be offering all regular menu items with the exception of saute and grill. As always, vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

To view the full Fiores Thanksgiving menu, click the following link, menu, or visit www.fioresasheville.com.

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association Presents Main Course Dining

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Main Course Dining is Back!

A $50 donation saves you over $600. What a deal!

Asheville Independent Restaurant Associate (AIR)’s Main Course Dining is back for 2010 with buy-one get-one free specials all over town!

AIR is proud to bring you buy one get one free deals at over 18 local independent restaurants in Asheville.

Main Course Dining Kickoff with A Taste of Asheville

Thursday, November 19 ~ 7 – 9 p.m.
The Venue, Market St. Asheville

We are so excited that Main Course Dining is back, we are throwing a party. Of course, this will not be any average party, it will be a culinary feast.

Tickets for the evening are $50 and come with a free Main Course Dining booklet, additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The evening includes food from each of the 18 restaurants participating in the Main Course Dining program and complimentary beer and wine. A cash bar for liquor drinks will also be available.

Participating Restaurants

The participating restaurants in the 2010 Main Course Dining Guide are:

  • Blue Ridge Dining Room
  • Bouchon
  • Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap
  • City Bakery
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que
  • fig
  • Fiores Ristorante Toscana
  • Frankie Bones
  • Grovewood Cafe
  • Horizons
  • Laughing Seed
  • Mela Indian Restaurant
  • Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe
  • Savoy
  • Sunset Terrace
  • Vincenzo’s
  • Westville Pub

Biltmore Park Welcomes Travinia Italian Kitchen

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – If you made it to Biltmore Park Town Square for the Fall Fest in October, chances are you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for Travinia Italian Kitchen to open. Their crab cakes, pasta, and irresistible tiramisu samples were the perfect way to whet our appetites for what promises to be a major development in the Asheville restaurant scene. And Town Square is happy to let you know that your stomachs don’t have to growl with anticipation any longer.

On November 2nd, Travinia Italian Kitchen opened its doors, and as the temperatures continue to drop, their steaming plates of pasta and seafood could not be more welcome. With a large space that can easily accommodate special events or just daily get-togethers with friends and family, Travinia is an ideal spot for taking a break from the stress of daily routines. After all, it is a European tradition to express your joy over food, so let’s join in on the fun with some Italian cuisine.

Menu items include pappardelle with vodka sauce, small plates of seared scallops and lobster ravioli, and, of course, everyone’s favorite Italian dish–pizza. But don’t forget to complement your meal with an Italian wine or one of their specialty martinis. The choices are endless, but you simply can’t go wrong, so take some time out of your day, enjoy a culinary journey around the world, and experience Asheville’s newest restaurant in Biltmore Park.

Bulldogs Live to Start on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s

Friday, October 30th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville men’s and women’s basketball radio show – Bulldogs’ Live – is returning for its sixth year starting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Scully’s Signature Restaurant on 13 Walnut Street from 6-7 p.m. The show will be broadcast on WISE Radio (1310-AM). Each week the show will provide an update on both Bulldog basketball teams.

The show will move to Wednesday’s this year after being on Thursday the past five seasons. The move was necessary due to the men’s basketball team playing six Big South Conference games on Thursday this year.

Bulldogs’ Live will feature comments from head men’s coach Eddie Biedenbach and women’s coach Betsy Blose plus a chance for callers to ask questions of each coach. Both Bulldog teams will have players on the show from time-to-time.

“We are delighted that WISE Radio and Scully’s is allowing us to have Bulldogs Live yet again this year,” commented Biedenbach. “This is a great opportunity for our fans to interact with both of our basketball programs.”

“I’m really happy that Bulldogs’ Live is back for another year,” stated Blose. “It’s a wonderful show that gives us a chance to promote our programs and be with our great fans.”

The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Introduces ‘Girlfriends Getaway’

Friday, October 30th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has the perfect way for you to reconnect with that long lost friend from high school or college with our Girlfriends Getaway package. There’s no better way to connect with good friends than with this relaxing and fun-filled package. Make a date with “the girls” and meet up at our historic mountain retreat. A visit to our celebrated world class Spa gets your Girlfriends Getaway started. Slip into luxurious robes, then swim, relax in our sauna or simply idle in our outdoor whirlpool with its incredible views. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa offers a variety of activities such as dining, shopping, golf and a state-of-the-art sports and fitness center. At the end of a fun-filled day, girlfriends can retire to their room for a night of gossip and heart-to-hearts: Just like old times!

The Girlfriends Getaway Package includes:

– Accommodations

– Dinner served in your room or at award winning Blue Ridge Dining Room

– Daily breakfast

– Passes to The Spa at The Grove Park Inn Resort

Call (800) 438-5800 for more information or to speak to a reservations specialist, or visit www.groveparkinn.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ewgrove and Facebook at www.facebook.com/groveparkinn.

Biltmore Park Town Square Welcomes New Tenants

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – As fall brings crisp weather and beautiful scenery to Asheville, Biltmore Park Town Square is bringing new retail offerings, and whether it’s your closet or your home that needs updating, these new tenants are sure to meet your shopping needs. Fall is already full with wonderful events that include Music in the Park every Saturday, the Fall Fest on the 17th, and even more highly-anticipated restaurants, so now is a better time than ever to explore the happenings in Town Square.

This month, Bon Bébé, Dwellings, and Moda will join the growing number of retailers in Biltmore Park. Bon Bébé specializes in children’s playwear and interior design; Dwellings will offer one-of-a-kind French Industrial decor and furniture; and Moda will feature contemporary and chic apparel and accessories for women. In addition, Hickory Tavern Grill and Raw Bar will be opening this month to satisfy all of your comfort food cravings–from hamburgers and wings to shrimp and oysters.

All of these new businesses will be located along Town Square Boulevard, making for a convenient and hassle free opportunity to peruse national and local retailers without having to jump in the car and drive to several different destinations. Pick up your next read at Barnes & Noble, and then head across the street to admire the talent of the Echo Gallery artists. Then treat yourself and stop by one of the three new stores, or try a new restaurant, and stock up on all of your fall must-haves

Asheville Tourists Calling on All ‘Chiliheads’

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists have a few openings for both contestants and vendors for the team’s Inagural Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off, which will be held at McCormick Field on Saturday, October 3, from noon until 5 p .m.

The cook-off competition will be held in the Pepsi Party Pavilion and is limited to 20 individual and 20 restaurants. The entry fees are $35 for individuals and $50 for restaurants. The coveted “Best Chili in WNC” title will be awarded, and there will be three cash prizes of $300 each for the individual winner, the restaurant winner and the fans’ choice award.

“The initial response has been outstanding, but we still have a handful of openings for both individuals and restaurants,” said Mike Bauer, exectuive director of the Tourists and Palace Baseball. “We plan on having a lot of fun, because we believe chili cannot be defined. Whatever you call chili, we call chili, regardless of whether or not it has beans and meat or is red, white or any other color.”

Vendor booths are also available for $50. Arts and crafts artisans, exhibitors from local businesses and vendors of all varieties are invited to participate. Booths will be located along the warning track of the outfield, with each vendor receiving a 12′ x 12′ space. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs and other needs.

Music will be provided throughout the event, beginning with the Jamie Pelfrey Band playing country hits at noon. The Sharkadelics will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. with their popular set of classic rock hits before Mighty McFly starts playing top 40 hits from the 1980s and 1990s at 3:30 p.m. Numerous other events will also be held, including a pumpkin drawing contest and an ice cream eating contest.

>Tickets for the Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off are on sale at the McCormick Field box office as well as ticketmaster.com. Cost for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-12, and free for youngsters age four and under.

For more information or to register for the Asheville Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off, call the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

The Hilton Asheville Opens Roux

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville now has a unique addition to its dining scene, Roux, the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park’s new restaurant, featuring an innovative menu that incorporates small plates and comfort food with a creative twist. The Hilton Asheville along with Roux opened this August.

The restaurant’s entrees and small dishes create fusions of southern comfort and sophistication: its macaroni and cheese is truffled, its barbeque sliders are salmon and its bistro meatloaf sauce is a red-onion marmalade. Roux’s wide range of dishes range from grilled portobello and radicchio to lemon roasted chicken and sweet and spicy wings.

The basis for the restaurant name, roux, is the cooking mixture classically used to thicken the principal sauces of French cuisine. Roux, the restaurant, also blends the best of both gourmet and southern comfort food worlds.

The restaurant uses the concept of the old blue plate special to create ‘small’ and ‘larg’’ plates but with a spin- rustic potato frites in white truffle-scallion aioli and similar innovations replacing the usual ketchup and French fries- just the kind of twist Roux will become known for.

Roux’s Executive Chef Randy Dunn of Sparta, Tenn., has 15 years of culinary achievement behind him. He attended culinary school in Charleston, S.C., has worked at the Marriott in Birmingham, Ala., and had the opportunity to cook for Julia Child while at Sydney’s Grill in Cambridge, Mass. “I believe Roux will really offer something very different from your typical hotel restaurant. Here you’ll find a fun dining experience, something very social yet with great food and attentive service,” said Dunn.

The restaurant will use as much local, Asheville-based food as possible following in the footsteps of the Hilton Asheville’s commitment to sustainability. “My goal is to support local farmers and merchants and become a responsible neighbor in the town I am very excited to now be calling home,” said Dunn.

The Hilton Asheville is a luxurious, new, LEED Registered hotel located in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square, just minutes from Biltmore Estate and just steps from dining, shopping and entertainment. Hilton Asheville is located just off Interstate 26, Exit 37 on Long Shoals Road in Biltmore Park Town Square. This location is just 5 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport and 15 minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville.

To learn more about the Hilton Asheville and Roux, visit the website at www.biltmorefarmshotels.com.

YWCA Hosts Annual Black & White Gala, October 1

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The YWCA of Asheville’s fifth annual Black & White Gala will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 pm at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

This FUN evening will feature silent and live auctions, food from local restaurants, and high energy dance music by Westsound. Festive black and white attire is encouraged. All event proceeds will go to support the programs of the YWCA of Asheville. Tickets are only $40/each or two for $75. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.