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Getting to the Essence of the Matter at Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Ceviche at Essence

Essence, the second installment in the Asheville Wine & Food Festival, delved a bit deeper into the circus theme and offered up eight different competitors in the cocktails category and five more in the hors d'oevres arena. We got a chance to see a lot of new faces and taste their incredible ideas, all of which needed to incorporate a circus-theme.

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Jonathon Wainscott Arrested For Assault

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Asheville City Council candidate Jonathon Wainscott was arrested today for felony assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken by gun point in front of 18 Reynolds road earlier today after Asheville Police Department was called to the scene. Multiple neighbors witnessed Wainscott barge into the residence, where he then drew a knife. Wainscott encountered Drew Baas, a veteran who was renting rooms within the home, catching him by surprise. Wainscott then jumped off of the home’s 13 foot balcony, and taunted the the residents and neighbors. Wainscott attempted to approach two time combat veteran Patrick Cahel, who is also renting rooms at 18 Reynolds road.  Wainscott’s companion Debra Murray was also placed into custody. Detective Hickman of Asheville Police Department is investigating. This incident follows nearly 22 days of an almost constant siege on the tenants who have been renting the home owned by Wainscott. The residents rent is paid up through July 27th, although Wainscott had been claiming the tenants owed rent and were squatting at the residence unlawfully. Documents obtained from the SSFF program show a lawful lease and rent paid.  Charges include assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering, and violating a no contact order.

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Master the Many Uses of Miso

Miso-Sriracha BBQ Sauce

Sometimes I really love the perks of writing about food. I'm an information junkie. If I had a chance, I'd watch documentaries 24/7. I love understanding how things are made and how they work. One of my favorite food hosts, Alton Brown, made 13 seasons of these Bill Nye-esque cooking shows explaining the details of how different ingredients work and how the chemistry and science of cooking can free you of recipe books forever. So when I was offered the chance to tour a miso factory, I was pumped.

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Behind Every Good Chef is a Kitchen Staff Who Can Make or Break Them

Kaela's work is one part of the brigade de kitchen

Food television is full of celebrity chefs like Alton Brown (my personal hero/crush), Giada DeLaurentiis and Gordon Ramsay. These chefs have helped shape popular culture's impression of the food world. There is much focus on chefs, their abilities and their creative drives. We can probably name a dozen chefs from Julia Childs to Bobby Flay, but one chef cannot run any kitchen. And woe be to those who call the chef a mere "cook." Why the heirarchy?

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Food Truck Friday at Reynolds Village June 26

Food Truck Friday

4TH ANNUAL “RUN FOR SHINDIG ON THE GREEN” 5K RACE AND FUN WALK

The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 49th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

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Asheville Sessions: Even The Animals

Even the Animals

Even the Animals blends dusky Americana with softly gritty indie rock, songs in soft focus, close to the microphone and transcending the standard take on contemporary and traditional folk. The songs are lyrically driven with shared harmonies creating a bittersweet atmosphere that is both wistful and cacophonous. The trio is led by Jeff Markham, and released an album in 2014 titled "The Lonesome Sea", which was recorded at Solomon Mines Studio in Fletcher.

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Edna’s of Asheville To Open Second Location

Edna's of Asheville

Popular coffee shop Edna's of Asheville has just announced the opening of their second location near the River Arts District. Gearing up to open early July 2015, Edna's By The River will be located at 219 Amboy Road, in the same spot as the soon-to-open Asheville Food Park. This new location will not only feature an indoor cafe, but a drive through airstream trailer for coffee on the go. The cafe will feature all of the same features that make Edna's of Asheville that special place where everyone is welcome, including your four legged friends. 

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Table Etiquette: What’s Old, What’s New… What’s Fun!

Etiquette is the guidebook by which we all get along with one another in the smoothest ways possible. But, like changing and merging cultures, we have to change our minds about some of the old fashioned rules of manners over time. Some of these old fashioned rules can now be updated, but technology has also given us cause to add new ones.

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Local Radio Station WPVM Experiences Hostile Takeover

WPVM radio

Since 2003, 103.7 WPVM has been a commercial free, listener supported, volunteer based radio station. Known as the the progressive voice of the mountains, this registered non-profit was founded to provide independent media to the Asheville community. Formerly licensed to the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN), the station was an integral part of MAIN’s alternative media vision to enable citizens to financially support non-corporate news, music, and public affairs programming. As of May 8th, 2015, an FCC transfer of the station was complete which means that WPVM is now operating as its own not-for-profit-entity.

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