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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.

The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival Scheduled for Spetember 6th

Monday, August 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Arts 2 People is excited to bring you the 8th annual FREE, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of N. Lexington Ave will be lined with all local art, food, beer and street performers on Sunday, September 6th from 11am – 10pm between College Street and the I 240 overpass. The street will be brimming with a celebration Asheville’s diverse and unique culture.

Three stages and two courtyards of music and performance include rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, fire dancers, break dancers, and hula hoopers. The complete lineup will be available within the next couple of weeks; stay tuned to our emails find out more details of the day’s events.

LAAFF is great for the whole family. Kids will love making art, dancing, and having fun all day long. Many kids’ performance acts include kids’ hip hop, break dancing, modern dance, jump roping, jazz and more. The big “kids” will enjoy the ever popular bicycle jousting, local brews, an eclectic culinary and artistic experience, as well as a selection of Big People Games.

Each year the festival grows larger and gets even better. We are now considered by the City to be Asheville’s largest independent festival! We grew by 30% last year, and expect a similar increase this year. This is truly the festival that showcases all of Asheville’s creative juices. With an attendance of about 12,000 people, LAAFF relies on community support to ensure our success each year. LAAFF is a volunteer driven event put on by and for the community. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor please contact Festival Director, Frank Bloom at [email protected]

Your contribution of joining us and experiencing a fun day of creative expression will support local non-profit Arts 2 People and our many projects. Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People’s many projects include The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, The REACH Educational series, The Asheville Mural Project, Moving Women, The Faces of Asheville and more. To find out more, visit www.arts2people.org.

Asheville Downtown Association Announces Oktoberfest

Friday, August 21st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Downtown Association is excited to announce its inaugural Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 10 from 1-5pm on Wall Street.

“Our Oktoberfest will mix Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe,” says Adrian Vassallo, event organizer and ADA treasurer. He adds, “With Asheville’s recent recognition as ‘Beer City USA,’ the timing couldn’t be more perfect to celebrate our local beer scene. Plus, Wall Street is an ideal venue for this event with its old world feel and original cobblestones.”

The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.

Also, Wall Street restaurants Cucina 24, Jack of the Wood, and The Market Place will be preparing authentic German food fare served with local mustard from the Lusty Monk.

Entertainment will cross the Bavarian-Asheville divide as well with the traditional from The Stratton Mountain Boys and the eclectic from Asheville’s own The Goodies. The Stratton Mountain Boys have brought the haunting sounds of four alphorns, happy yodeling songs, shoe slapping dances, and lively spirited Polka music to audiences across the U.S for more than 30 years. The Goodies are the epitome of Asheville’s funky and diverse music scene playing a gypsy-style eclectic hard rock and funk. Their live performances are known for being theatric and vaudevillian.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there. Festival-goers can participate in one or more of the many fun contests including yodeling, a costume contest, a stein race, and more. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $25 and include beer samples and a commemorative Oktoberfest glass. Tickets will be available August 31 at ashevilledowntown.org. Space is limited, so purchase early.

The Asheville Downtown Association is a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown.

Meet Farmers at Ingles Event

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Weaverville Ingles Market will host a special event with farmer appearances, food samples, and kids activities on Saturday, August 8. The event, at 140 Weaver Blvd., will run from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is organizing the farmer appearances, “to help people connect with the farmers who are growing their food right here in the community,” says Program Director, Peter Marks.

Meet Billy Haynes of Black Bird Farms and Allan Henderson of Henderson’s Best Produce at the Weaverville Ingles event. Some of the other local, family farms that supply food to Ingles include:

– Apple Wedge Packers, Henderson County, NC – apples

– Hollar and Greene, Watauga County, NC – cabbage

– Hilda Rico Tipton Farms, Rutherford County, NC – tomatoes,/p>

– Robbins Family Farm, Duffield, VA – potted herbs

– Seasonal Produce, Haywood County, NC – Romaine lettuce

– Shelton Farms, Jackson County, NC – Bibb lettuce

– Sunny Creek Farm, Polk County, NC– sprouts

– Windy Ridge Farm, Henderson County, NC – apples,/p>

To identify local food in your grocery store, look for the Appalachian Grown logo. The Appalachian Grown brand, created by ASAP, identifies food from family farm in the Southern Appalachians.

As a part of their work to keep farmers farming and reconnect people with their food, ASAP serves farmers and grocers. The nonprofit organization matches buyers with local, family farmers who can supply the products they need. ASAP also helps businesses market local foods and make them more visible to customers with signs and ads. Ingles distributes ASAP’s Local Food Guides at stores. “We’re pleased to collaborate with Ingles,” Marks says, “As a locally owned grocer with dozens of stores in the region, we see Ingles in a unique position to promote local food, and to make it available to a diversity of people.”

Asheville Homeless Network Partners with Anything Brand to Knock-out Hunger

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Anything Brands

ASHEVILLE, NC – Anything Brands Online, Inc. and Asheville Homeless Network are teaming up to address hunger issues through the launch of the new Anything Green Online (AGO) Division Consumer Direct Marketing Program for the Asheville, NC region.

Dr. Moss Bliss, Co-Founder and President of the Asheville Homeless Network, stated, “Asheville Homeless Network (AHN) is working to address the hunger problem in Asheville, not only for homeless men, women and children, but for all those in need in the Asheville area, together with a major produce company in Hendersonville. A plan has been developed to sell fresh organic produce directly to consumers in Asheville, at prices that are about the same as supermarkets charge for regular produce. For every 10 pounds of produce sold to customers, another 2 pounds will be donated to food banks that serve Asheville. The goal of the program is to sell organic produce to 10,000 households in Asheville, which will create an estimated 120,000 pounds of produce donations every month.

“This program will be managed by Anything Green Online, a division of Anything Brands Online (ABOL). Consumers will place orders at the Anything Green Online website and will pick up their orders either at their workplace or a convenient location near their home.

Save the Date – Tomato Tasting at the WNC Farmer’s Market

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

WNC Farmer's Market

ASHEVILLE, NC – Enjoy the pleasure of summer with firm, red, juicy garden fresh tomatoes at the WNC Farmer’s Market on Friday, August 14th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Whether you prefer them sliced thick on your favorite sandwich, chopped into canned soups for that homemade goodness or prefer to eat them fresh like you would an apple, a flavorful tomato is a real treat.

From Mr. Stripey to Romas, the vendors at the WNC Farmers’ Market have tomatoes to excite your taste buds! Come try out some of the most popular varieties of the season and tell us your favorites.

Wine Dinner Debuts New Grove Park Inn Wines

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa announces a wine dinner on Friday, August 28, 2009 which will feature new vintage Grove Park Inn wines, as well as the debut of one new wine, Grove Park Inn Merlot, Sonoma County 2006. A total of five wines will be paired with a six course menu, prepared with fresh local ingredients and select specialty products.

The Inn welcomes noted Sonoma County California vintner Kerry Damskey, who will co-host the dinner. Damskey has 27 years in the wine-making industry and has achieved international recognition for creating exceptional wines.

The new Grove Park Inn wine is the result of Damskey’s collaborative effort with Inn executives, Jeff Piccirillo and Kevin Schwartz. “Balance is the key to creating a beautiful wine to represent the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa,” stated Kevin Schwartz, the Inn’s Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, Sommelier, and Certified Specialist of Wine.

“The Grove Park Inn and the entire Sunset Terrace team are both pleased and proud to present this opportunity to share in the union of outstanding food and spectacular wine, which has resulted from our collaboration with Kerry Damskey,” said Jeff Piccirillo, Executive Director of Food & Beverage at The Grove Park Inn.

In addition to The Grove Park Inn’s sparkling wine, Jean-Luc Crémant de Bourgogne, the Inn will introduce its three latest Sonoma vintages which include Grove Park Inn Sauvignon Blanc, 2008; Grove Park Inn Chardonnay, 2008; and, Grove Park Inn Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006. New to the Grove Park Inn label will be Grove Park Inn Merlot, 2006. The Merlot is described as an alluring and approachable wine with notes of cherry, clove, and cinnamon, followed by a velvety finish.

For Wine Dinner reservations, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit http://www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/Dining.

NC Mountain State Fair Encourages Residents to Check Deadlines for Competitions

Monday, July 27th, 2009

NC Mountain State Fair

ASHEVILLE, NC – Typically summers are reserved for vacations and a little “R and R”, but the folks from the Mountain State Fair want to remind you that the fair is less than two months away and time is running out to get your competitive entries ready and submitted for this year’s fair. Deadlines come as early as July 31 for the Mountain Music Competition, or as late as August 31 for categories such as arts, crafts, gardening, and baking; the key is knowing the entry deadline for your specific competition.

There are many different categories of competition from livestock to photography. The easiest way to get more information is to go online and view the premium book through the fair’s website, www.mountainfair.org. From there you can download or view a copy of the premium book and you can even submit your entries electronically. Premium books are also available in print at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher and at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road in Asheville.

“We try real hard to have the premium books available before school ends in the spring so that we can get them in the hands of the kids before the summer, but there is a lull in between that time and the start of the fair in September,” says Tamara Crain, Entries Coordinator for the NC Mountain State Fair. “The good thing is that competitions and competitive exhibits at the fair make for an excellent summer project for most children,” Crain adds. “We realize how busy everyone’s summer can be; we just want to remind everyone not to let the dates sneak up on them.” The NC Mountain State Fair will be held this year from September 11 through 20 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.

In addition to all the arts, crafts, and competitive exhibits, the fair will have lots of games, rides, and food. Drew Expositions is returning to the NC Mountain State Fair this year to provide the carnival and they will be bringing back their popular attraction, the chairlift, which will stretch from one end of the fairway to the other. The fair will also host musical acts such as Jake Owen, Randy Houser, 33 Miles, and The Travelin McCoury’s in McGough Arena.

Discounted advance tickets are on sale now at the WNC Ag Center and at the WNC Farmers Market. Ingles supermarket stores will have discounted tickets available in stores beginning on August 1. They can also be bought online starting August 1.

To learn more about the NC Mountain State Fair, visit www.mountainfair.org or call 828-687-1414.

‘Carolina Ribfest’ Returns to WNC Agricultural Center

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Carolina Mountain Ribfest

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Carolina Mountain Ribfest will return to the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds July 10, 11, 12, 2009. The event features mouth-watering BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork prepared by world class, award winning barbecue rib vendors from around the country. Savor all the traditional side dishes, beverages, desserts and comfort foods as well. You can vote for your favorite, the Best Ribs and Best Sauce will win the Golden Pig Award. To work off that stuffed feeling, you can browse and shop the expanded commercial exhibits and arts and crafts area. Enjoy the full carnival with spectacular adult and children’s rides and games. On Saturday there’s also the Bike Show and Sunday you can check out the Custom and Classic Car Show. There is food and fun for the whole family. Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets and enjoy the day.

Asheville City Market South Opens ay Biltmore Park

Monday, July 6th, 2009

City Market South

ASHEVILLE, NC – I don’t cook. It’s not that I don’t know how, but rather it is because I’ve never really felt inspired to–a microwavable dinner and my couch or a bubble bath usually sound more appealing after the work day. Next week, however, I am planning, for one of the first times in my life, on making a shopping list.

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Asheville City Market South opened in Biltmore Park Town Square. The market, scheduled to take place weekly from 7:30-11:30 a.m., is nothing short of inspiring for an underachieving cook. From booths with colorful and fresh zucchini and summer squash to vendors selling gold brown chive and cheddar biscuits and garnished cupcakes, the new market offers a range of possibilities that promise to make everybody’s stomach grumble. Luckily for me, there are plenty of food items that are already prepared, including uniquely flavored pastas and sauces. Of course, the gourmet chefs also have plenty of room for their own creativity when they buy fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, or even a rack of lamb.

If you aren’t feeling up for cooking, and a bubble bath is still more your style, the market also features homemade body care products. With organic ingredients and essential oils, the products make luxury and relaxation healthier than ever.

Apart from being healthy and delicious, all of the items at the market are locally grown, which means they spend less time getting from the farm to your table. Also, when you shop at Asheville City Markey South, you support your local economy, farmers and farmland, and the region’s agricultural heritage.

Next Wednesday, July 8th, take some time to explore Asheville’s newest farmer’s market, and while you are there, feel free to walk around Biltmore Park Town Square to see the newest restaurants and retailers.