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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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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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