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Local Business Spotlight: Lolo

Lolo

Asheville is home to thousands of locally owned, independent businesses that often run on a shoestring budget. Oftentimes, the business owner is also the bookkeeper, employee, janitor, and customer service rep, which does not leave a lot of time or brainpower for keeping up with a loyalty program. This is where Lolo steps in.

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Take a Trip South with Lafayette’s Cajun and Creole Food

Lafayette Cajun Creole restaurant on Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville

I visited Lafayette restaurant, the newest child of the Bouchon family, last weekend, during their opening week.  Chef Tref Hundertmark brings some of his experience in cooking in New Orleans to bear in the kitchen, and did a fairly good job on his work. However, I recommend this restaurant with some reservations about the dishes and with the hopes that he will take note of some of the items I found lacking.

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Soul Food, An Edible Identity

Southern Comfort Breakfast

 

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Asheville Startup MobRocket T-Minus 1 Day Until Launch

MobRocket

A local startup is gearing up to blast off May 20th, 2015. MobRocket, brainchild of David Bentley is launching out of the gate with one pursuit in mind: take down popular deals website Groupon. Since its inception in 2008,  Groupon has been helping businesses reach new customers by using their deals related online platform. The premise behind the popular website is that consumers purchase a product at a significantly reduced price. The vendors pay Groupon to promote the deal, and a portion of the profits for the sale in exchange for placing the product in front of customers. The sales giant reaches businesses in over 500 worldwide markets, and is currently valued at over $1 billion dollars.

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Students Speak: Bras Part of Dress Code at AHS?

bra dress code policy

Wednesday, May 13th there was announcement made at Asheville High School that sent tidal waves through the school. According to accounts from students, Principal Joyce Best has now mandated that proper undergarments are a requirement for female students. Specifically, girls are required to wear bras to adhere to the dress code policy. This outraged students, who brought the report back to their parents.

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Bring Joy to Your Day with Mindful Eating

Even a single tiny cherry tomato takes gallons of water, nutrients, and no less than forty five days to ripen. Image Copyright 2010 Janet Bray

One of the most fundamental reasons I write about food is joy.

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Hunting for Good Food? Try the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian

Rabbit Loin, white asparagus

Carolina Cup and Ingredients
I was invited last Thursday to a media dinner at The Red Stag Grill, located inside the Grand Bohemian Hotel near Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The dinner was to showcase some new menu offerings from their new chef, Scott Ostrander.

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Asheville Wine & Food Festival’s “Amuse” Does Not Disappoint

Sweet Monkey Restaurant and Bakery

Asheville's seventh annual Wine and Food Festival had its first phases of its culinary competition on Friday, May 1st, with "Amuse." At this pre-festival event, five chefs and six mixologists were to take an ingredient or two from an amusement park or circus and use it as inspiration to produce bite-sized original dishes. The winners of this competition will go on to compete at the Grand Tasting and Elixir later this summer.

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Burial is Appropriate Action for “Cajun-inspired” Food

"Cajun Inspired" food at Burial Brewery brunch

On Sundays, in an odd tradition for a beer purveyor, Asheville's Burial Brewery hosts brunches. I sampled their 'Cajun-inspired' offerings recently.

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Local Radio WCQS Announces New CEO

WCQS Announces New CEO

Western North Carolina Public Radio, 88.1 FM, has named their new CEO following the retirement of former president and CEO Jody Evans. David Feingold will be joining the public funded radio, stationed in Asheville, in July of this year. WCQS is a local nonprofit organization that has been operating in Asheville since 1979. The station currently broadcasts from studios on the campus of UNCA. 

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