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Feast Box Application

apply for a feast box

Please fill out the form below to apply for consideration to receive one Feast Box. Each Feast Box is equipped with enough food to feed a family of five, and all traditional Thanksgiving Day meal items, including a frozen turkey, canned vegetables, pie, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Families will receive their Feast Boxes a minimum of 3 days before the holiday, so that they can prepare the meal and add their own ingredients.

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Thanksgiving Day Feast Boxes Prepared For Families In Need

Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: 26.1%, or 1 in 4 people. In fact, NC is home to cities that have the highest levels of food insecurities in the nation, Asheville being one of them. To help battle this issue, many organizations like Manna Food Bank and Food Connection exist to prevent food waste, and keep those in need equipped with basic food essentials. However, there are always families and individuals who slip through the cracks, or are in a temporary, but difficult situation who are in need of help especially with the upcoming holiday season. 

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Craft Beer and Halloween Candy Pairings

Halloween candy and craft beer

Everyone loves Halloween - kids and adults alike can dress up and party for no particular reason, candy is readily available for those who ask, and parents can dig into their child's plentiful stash as soon as they slip into a sugar induced coma. Beer, like wine, can be paired with certain food items to enhance the overall flavor experience, and Halloween is no exception to the rule. Grab your favorite local craft beer, break open that candy stash, turn on your favorite horror flick, and settle back to indulge your senses and prepare for the rush that only comes with pairing alcohol and sugar. 

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Halloween on Vermont Avenue; A West Asheville Tradition

Vermont Ave Halloween

Neighbors in West Asheville are banding together to assemble the 3rd closing of the popular street for children and families who gather for Trick or Treating this Halloween. Vermont Avenue will be barricaded and manned by volunteers to assure safety and convenience for the trick or treaters and residents. Candy donations are also being gathered at local businesses and through online donations to supplement the houses who are hit the hardest by the thousands of children who arrive.

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Asheville Comic Expo Happens October 24, 2015

Back To The Future

2015 is Back To The Future’s 30th anniversary, and the Asheville Comic Expo is celebrating it in style! Available ONLY at A.C.E, a limited edition variant of the #1 issue of BACK TO THE FUTURE, published by IDW! For the first time, Bob Gale (cowriter of the original trilogy) will be adding new stories and adventures to one of the greatest film series of all time.

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Publix Announces Weaverville Store

Publix Announces Weaverville Store

Residents of Weaverville rejoice; a Publix Super Market will be opening in 2017. Publix is the largest employee owned grocery chain in the United States. In April of 2015, the popular Florida grocery store opened their first Western North Carolina location on Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Now out of town residents will be able to enjoy all that Publix offers when the 49,000 square foot store opens in Weaverville. 

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Asheville Mall Welcomes Vanity Shops

vanity clothing store

Vanity, also known as Vanity Shops or Vanity Shop of Grand Forks will soon be joining other retailers at the Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road. Headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, Vanity opened their first store in 1969. The popular junior fashion retailer has since grown to over 170 locations in 26 states. 

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Beyond The Plate: The Aftermath of Waking Life

Protest at Waking Life Espresso

Saturday, September 19th is the day that marked a shift in the Asheville community for years to come. When the story about Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens, owners of the former Waking Life Espresso in West Asheville first broke, it was met with a mix of concern, disdain, outrage, and disgust. Concerned West Asheville citizens organized an impromptu protest on the sidewalk in front of the popular coffeehouse at 4 pm. Normally open until 8 pm, co-owner Jacob closed the doors to the store at 4:10. This was the start of the avalanche that suddenly immersed Asheville in a wave of a culture that few knew about: the red pill, pick up artists, and misogyny.

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Waking Life Espresso May Be Permanently Closed

waking life protestors

11 days after the owners of Waking Life Espresso were outed for the misogynistic blog, twitter, and podcast they had kept for over 2 years, a search on Google shows the popular West Asheville coffee shop as permanently closed. 

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Waking Life Espresso Potentially For Sale

waking life esprosso

The now controversial coffee shop is for sale, we learned today. Protesters had resumed their stance outside, offering coffee and doughnuts to passersby. "The coffee shop is indeed for sale," one of the parties who wishes to be unnamed, told us. "At this point, it is more selling the assets than the business itself." The two individuals who had arrived at the coffee shop late this morning shared that they also own other coffee stores, and are interested in the cold brew equipment. 

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