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Wicked Weed Starts Brewing in Candler

Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed has shot up like, well, a weed. This almost three year old business has opened as many facilities in just as many years. Starting out with the flagship location on Biltmore Avenue, expanding to the Funkatorium located on Asheville's South Slope, the team now is brewing at their new production facility in Candler. Wicked Weed first introduced their new 40,000 square facility earlier this year with a groundbreaking ceremonywhere they outline their plans to brew, bottle, and sell their beloved beer to the Asheville masses. The new facility will not only bottle and brew, but in late 2016 the tasting room should be available for the general public to come and imbibe in one of the many Wicked brews.

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Strength Summit Brings 3 Celebrity Coaches to Asheville October 2015

Asheville Strength Summit

Winter is coming, Asheville. In October, the first ever Strength Summit will make its debut in Asheville and the creators of the summit are kicking things off in style. What exactly is Strength Summit? This strongman summit offers you the opportunity to work out and train with three celebrity coaches over the course of two days. Learn technique during a private workout, and gain valuable knowledge at the hands on workshop and seminar. Learn how to lift heavy objects without breaking your back - or in this case, your bank as well. 

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The Chocolate Lab Brings The Original Beer City Truffle to Woodfin

The Chocolate Lab Brings The Original Beer City Truffle to Woodfin

Lisa Klepzig was a family practice nurse for twenty years, but has been known for years as the chocolate expert by her friends, showing up to holiday parties and feasts with loads of chocolates to share with her friends. Five years ago, she started The Chocolate Lab, but this year, she and her husband Kier decided to take it to the next level. She worked on her recipes and began to incorporate local beers into her truffles. She was invited to display her wares at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival, where she crossed my path, and this month has opened up her very own chocolate shop in north Asheville: The Chocolate Lab.

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Asheville Sessions: All Boy/All Girl

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In late 2014, we had the pleasure of meeting New York based band All Boy/All Girl before their performance at Toy Boy Community Theatre. Compromised of seven young adults, this dynamic band showed us a hint of their talent while playing an acoustic set behind Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Led by Danielle Lovier, who sings and plays ukulele; All/Boy All Girl formed in 2010 in Philadelphia. Double Bassist Nicholas Rahn approached Danielle about accompanying her performance after hearing her first set at Rittenhouse Square Park. The duo spent the next 18 months playing together as buskers in Philadelphia as well as touring through 35 states and Canada.

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Blue Dream Curries Favor with This Curry Fan

Blue Dream Curries Favor With This Curry Fan

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to eat at newly opened Blue Dream Curry House, located in downtown Asheville, to sample their international sampling of curries. Curry and I go way back, though perhaps not as far as those to whom the highly spiced dish is native. As a child, I attended many Thanksgiving dinners at a home belonging to friends of my parents, a nice Indian couple whose children were close in age to my brother, sister and me. We swapped a few Thanksgiving dinners, eating one year at our house with traditional American fare, and the next at their house, with their Indian twists on traditional dishes, plus some family favorites tossed in. I learned to eat Indian curry at a young age, but until I was an adult, I did not realize there was more than one type of curry.

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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