Local Business – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 GreenWork Makes the Dream Work http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/ http://ashevilleblog.com/greenwork-makes-dream-work/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:09:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11708 To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

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Asheville Yoga Center Fundraises to Support local nonprofit Asheville Greenworks

To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

All month long, AYC will have donation boxes stationed at the AYC Studio and Boutique for guests to directly contribute funds, and on Thursday, June 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be donated to the local nonprofit. Along with class donations, AYC will contribute $250 to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs

“Asheville’s natural resources are beloved by the community, and it is incredibly important that we keep our lands healthy and thriving for future generations,” says Melissa Pennscott, General Manager of AYC. “We are grateful for the diligent efforts of Asheville GreenWorks and the hands-on opportunities they provide to our community, and we are happy to support them in any way we can.”

For nearly 50 years, Asheville GreenWorks has worked to provide educational and volunteer-based programs to preserve and protect Asheville’s beautiful landscape. From cleanups along rivers, roads, and forests, to educational programs for effective recycling and waste reduction, Asheville GreenWorks has made a tremendous impact on the quality and health of Asheville’s natural resources.

“Through hands-on service work in our local environment, GreenWorks volunteers form deep connections to the natural world and to other members of the community,” says Dawn Chavez, executive director of Asheville GreenWorks. “A cleaner, healthier environment benefits us all. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with the Asheville Yoga Center, whose sustainability goals and community-building efforts mirror our organization’s mission and programs.”

On June 16th, GreenWorks will hold its 17th Garden Tour. This year’s tour takes place in the Historic Montford Neighborhood and has a focus on gardens that support native pollinators. The self-guided tour begins at 9:30 am at the Isaac Dickson Elementary School. Tickets and details are available on the GreenWorks website: www.ashevillegreenworks.org/garden-tour.

For more information on Asheville Greenworks, go to ashevillegreenworks.org.

About Asheville Yoga Center

Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) is a leader in providing world-class instruction and support for personal growth through yoga. Founded in 1997, AYC offers classes, teacher trainings, and a retail boutique for yoga practitioners of all levels. Learn more at youryoga.com. 

About Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Since 1973, GreenWorks has worked to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs. With thousands of volunteers, GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation and maintenance of green spaces, and care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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Fundraising Goes Public for Red Panda Exhibit at Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/fundraising-goes-public-red-panda-exhibit-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/fundraising-goes-public-red-panda-exhibit-nature-center/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 00:48:55 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11668 The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

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The Friends of the WNC Nature Center will fund 83% of the Asheville City Council’s approved $184,820 project: construction of a red panda habitat. “We’re excited to work with the City to make this project possible. We have agreed to donate $154,200 toward the construction of this habitat,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends. The Friends will rely on individual donors as well as grant funders to raise the $154,200 and they’re already well on their way!

“We’ve raised about 40% of the funds needed, due in large part to a single donor family who was inspired by the red pandas they visited while on a trip to China,” said Shanafelt. The Friends have also been raising project funds through the sale of red panda themed merchandise at the gift shop they oversee within the Nature Center.

The red pandas are the first species to be introduced to the Center as part of its new Prehistoric Appalachia project, part of the Center’s 2020 Wild Vision. Red pandas are endangered with less than 10,000 individuals living in the wild. The most successful red panda breeding program in the world is at Zoo Knoxville, and skeletal remains of an ancient ancestor of the red panda have been found at the Gray Fossil Site in Gray, TN.

“The central Asian range of the modern day red panda is almost identical climate-wise to the Southern Appalachians so our pandas should feel very much at home in Asheville,” said Chris Gentile, WNC Nature Center Director. “The fact that the fossilized remains of their ancestor the Bristol’s Panda have been discovered in Eastern Tennessee indicates that these pandas were once prevalent in our area.”

The Nature Center hopes to welcome a red panda this fall, and will eventually host a breeding pair. You can donate to support this project at wildwnc.org/red-panda-campaign .

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center is a non profit organization that has provided funds for capital projects and other needs at the Center for over 40 years. Recent projects funded by the Friends include the Bear Climbing Structure which was built in 2017 and the Outreach Education Program, which has served over 7,000 people in the past year. The Friends are also donating over $880,000 toward the Center’s new Front Entrance, opening in late May, raised through contributions by the Asheville Tourism Development Authority, Festiva, and many gracious donors.

 

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Brother Wolf’s 2nd Annual Kitten Shower http://ashevilleblog.com/brother-wolfs-2nd-annual-kitten-shower/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brother-wolfs-2nd-annual-kitten-shower/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 21:25:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11532 Join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal lovers on Saturday April 7th from noon-3pm at the Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road for our second annual Kitten Shower!

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Join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal lovers on Saturday April 7th from noon-3pm at the Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road for our second annual Kitten Shower!

This fun, family-friendly event will help Brother Wolf prepare for kitten season, which will bring hundreds of cute, cuddly — and expensive! — kittens into their care. Last year alone, Brother Wolf rescued and found loving homes for over 1,300 kittens, with each kitten averaging $200 in supplies, spay/neuter, and other medical costs.

Visitors will enjoy a raffle with fun prizes, delicious cupcakes, kitten bottle feeding demonstrations, and — of course — the opportunity to play with adoptable cats and kittens!

Preparing for kitten season is an integral part of sustain a true No-Kill community. ‘Kitten season’ is a term used by animal rescuers to describe the warm part of the year when cat and kitten intakes drastically increase around the country due to the breeding habits of outdoor unaltered cats.

“We used to be very reactive to kitten season,” says Audrey Lodato, Brother Wolf’s Director of Animal Care, “but we are better prepared now to take proactive measures to help care for pregnant or nursing moms and orphaned kittens, who are some of the most vulnerable animals in our community.

“We have staff and volunteers out in the field every day, responding to calls about cats and orphaned kittens in need,” says Audrey. “Our foster team also hosts regular classes to train volunteers who are interested in fostering kittens, including those who require bottle feeding.”a

The Kitten Shower will serve as a drop-off location for monetary and kitten supply donations, such as wet and dry kitten food, non-clumping cat litter, kitten formula, kitchen scales, and bottle feeding kits. Visitors will also be invited to get involved with caring for kittens through Brother Wolf’s foster and volunteer programs.

For more information about this event, fostering, volunteering, or donating, visit www.bwar.org.

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Sean Perry Co. to Perform Volunteer Restoration on Palmer Barn in Cataloochee http://ashevilleblog.com/sean-perry-co-perform-volunteer-restoration-palmer-barn-cataloochee/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sean-perry-co-perform-volunteer-restoration-palmer-barn-cataloochee/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:35:37 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11538 In the first week of May, Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew will partner for the second time with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies on a renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park.

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The Hands of Sean Perry Co. Heads to Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Second Volunteer Building Restoration Project 

Asheville Team to Address Key Repairs on Cataloochee’s Historic Palmer Barn

In the first week of May, Asheville building contractor Sean Perry and his crew will partner for the second time with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Friends of the Smokies on a renovation project in Cataloochee in the North Carolina section of the park. The focus of this year’s project is restoring some key elements of the historic Palmer Barn for structural integrity, visitor safety, and long-term preservation.

“I enjoy tapping into the storied histories of those that came before me. This is a way for me to get to dig deeper into the history and to be a part of that story,” notes Sean Perry. “I feel there is a responsibility to maintain the unique structures that remain inside the park. Our restoration work is a gift to the Smokies, our community, and to those who had to leave their homes behind due to the creation of the park. I find a great deal of inspiration, passion and purpose in performing these projects.” 

The circa 1902 three-story Palmer Barn sits near the beloved Palmer House, and together they are one of the park’s most important preserved homesteads. Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees over 11 million visitors a year, and the Palmer property is one of the most frequently visited locations in the Big Cataloochee area of the park. In 2017, Perry and his crew spent a week camping in a more remote area of the park, in Little Cataloochee, on their first such donated project: shoring up and performing significant restoration work on the 19th century Cook Cabin.

The Palmer home place is treasured by park visitors, many of whom who enjoy exploring the massive barn, walking back in time as they enter the barn’s second level by way of a unique, 30-foot long, locust timber bridge. The house includes an exhibition that provides interpretation to the history of the Palmer family site, complete with black and white photos of its past residents. The park funded repairs to the Palmer House in the past year including a new shake roof, rot repairs, and new paint.

For the barn, the scope of work by Perry’s team includes renovating the large timber bridge leading into the barn, replacing a 26-foot long section of a 6×6 sill beam on the back of the barn, replacing support posts and select siding, and other structural improvements as time allows.

Perry’s love for Cataloochee runs deep. He’s spent many outings and overnight trips exploring its trails and sites, developing a deep appreciation for its cultural and natural assets. Last year’s initial project at Cook Cabin was the beginning of what Perry sees as an ongoing effort to use his team’s skills and labor to make a material difference in the preservation of more historic structures in Cataloochee.

In 2017, after Matt Bush of Blue Ridge Public Radio News ventured out to the remote Cook Cabin site and subsequently aired a story about the Hands of Sean Perry Co.’s work there, Friends of the Smokies supporters Rich and Leigh Pettus stepped forward with a significant financial donation, earmarked for renovation materials for the Palmer Barn, a place the Pettuses treasure as well.

 The couple regularly camp at Cataloochee, and enjoy gathering there with friends to play old-time fiddle and banjo music. “We gather to honor the traditions of the area and enjoy the incredible natural beauty of this special valley,” says Rich Pettus. “During each trip, a few of us head up to the Palmer Barn to play some tunes in it—the type the original settlers would have heard and played.” They had noticed over the years that the entry ramp had deteriorated to the point of being dangerous, and the inside flooring had some broken and missing boards. He and his wife Leigh decided to do something about it through their generous gift to the Friends of the Smokies, specifically for the barn.

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised more than $60 million to support critical park programs and maintain the Smokies as a crown jewel of the National Park Service. According to Friends of the Smokies North Carolina Director Anna Zanetti, “The Hands of Sean Perry Co.’s donation of a week’s worth of highly skilled crew labor, combined with the Pettuses’ financial gift for materials is reminder of how lucky we are to have such a unique partnership and we at Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are thankful for their generosity.”

In 2017, several generous Asheville restaurants and other food vendors stepped up to help the work crew out by providing camp-ready meals. Restaurants who are interested in donating a meal for the crew to enjoy during the project week can contact The Hands of Sean Perry Co. for details and to sign-up for a slot.

About The Hands of Sean Perry Co.: Founded in 1996, The Hands of Sean Perry combines expertise and skill in fine carpentry with a reverence for the time-tested craftsmanship in historic homes. As the company has grown, owner Sean Perry remains committed to a thorough, no-surprises estimating process, solid communication about budget and timeline from beginning through completion, and award-winning quality and integrity of construction. For more information, visit www.seanperryinc.com.

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ASHEVILLE BUSINESS COACH EXPANDS REACH, TARGETS SMALL BUSINESS http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-business-coach-expands-reach-targets-small-business/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-business-coach-expands-reach-targets-small-business/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:41:49 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11541 After five years of offering specialized workshops for the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, executive coach Steve Rudolph is launching a workshop series designed to serve the needs of the expanding business community of Asheville. Three workshops are planned for the coming months with topics including providing negative feedback to a valued employee and B2B sales.

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Management Trainer Steve Rudolph Aims to Serve Community with Workshop Series

After five years of offering specialized workshops for the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, executive coach Steve Rudolph is launching a workshop series designed to serve the needs of the expanding business community of Asheville. Three workshops are planned for the coming months with topics including providing negative feedback to a valued employee and B2B sales.

“Business owners strive to retain great talent,” Rudolph says. “But the side effect of promoting from within is the occasional elevation of an otherwise stellar employee outside of their comfort zone. What makes a great individual producer does not make a great manager.  That’s why I’ve dedicated my life to supporting businesses that support their employees.”

The first workshop is Tuesday, March 22 and focuses on core workplace challenges like communicating culture, dealing with negative employees, and inspiring performance.

Workshop two takes place Thursday, April 19th and teaches core business-to-business sales skills including prospecting, planning, and how to develop a sales process.

The final workshop in this series occurs Thursday, May 24 and is all about flexibility. In this workshop, Steve will teach the difference between a workplace manager, and a workplace coach and when to don each role. He will also teach how to shift leadership styles to meet the needs of his employees.

All workshops occur from 9-2 at the Goodwill Job Training center on Patton and will include lunch.

Steve Rudolph is an International Coaching Federation certified coach and veteran of the restaurant industry. He coaches many businesses in Asheville including a partnership with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. He also works nationally with Fortune 500 companies including  Novo Nordisk and regional non-profits like MAHEC.

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Looking Glass and Sugar & Snow Collaborate in the name of Great Gelato http://ashevilleblog.com/looking-glass-sugar-snow-gelato/ http://ashevilleblog.com/looking-glass-sugar-snow-gelato/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:48:50 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11503 Two Asheville Area businesses, Looking Glass Creamery and Sugar & Snow Gelato are teaming up in the name of delicious gelato. Sugar & Snow Gelato is a local company that has always made their popular line of gelato from scratch. They use simple whole ingredients in their proprietary gelato recipes, versus a commercially prepared base from unknown origins that is the more typical starting point of many ice cream and gelato makers. Local sourcing and top-quality ingredients have always been important to Amy Pickett, founder of Sugar & Snow. She has used creamline milk and heavy cream from North Carolina farms from day one. When it came time to find another dairy provider to keep up with demand, she saw an opportunity to bring her sourcing even closer to home. She decided to reach out to Jennifer Perkins of Looking Glass Creamery to see if there was a possibility of using the milk from the company’s herd of pasture based dairy cows.

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Two Asheville Area businesses, Looking Glass Creamery and Sugar & Snow Gelato are teaming up in the name of delicious gelato. Sugar & Snow Gelato is a local company that has always made their popular line of gelato from scratch. They use simple whole ingredients in their proprietary gelato recipes, versus a commercially prepared base from unknown origins that is the more typical starting point of many ice cream and gelato makers.

Local sourcing and top-quality ingredients have always been important to Amy Pickett, founder of Sugar & Snow. She has used creamline milk and heavy cream from North Carolina farms from day one. When it came time to find another dairy provider to keep up with demand, she saw an opportunity to bring her sourcing even closer to home. She decided to reach out to Jennifer Perkins of Looking Glass Creamery to see if there was a possibility of using the milk from the company’s herd of pasture based dairy cows.  

The two met and discussed different options and a field trip to the dairy was scheduled very early one morning for Amy to see the farm, the cows, and the process of picking up fresh milk to transport it back to Looking Glass Creamery for production. On that day, a test batch of Amy’s proprietary gelato base was made to test the process and evaluate the resulting gelato from the new, single source, pasture-based milk of the Looking Glass Creamery herd. The resulting gelato base is the blank slate used to create many of Sugar & Snows signature flavors like RAD Mint, Double Shot Espresso, and Brown Sugar Pralines. “The first batch was excellent! It’s exciting to not only know what specific farm our milk is coming from but to have been there, seen the beautiful rolling pastures, know the farmer, and know that our milk is as fresh and local as it can possibly be.” says Amy Pickett. The cooperative endeavor will also help Sugar and Snow boost production and expand their distribution into wholesale markets. Having Looking Glass Creamery make the Sugar and Snow gelato base in their licensed dairy manufacturing facility allows Amy to focus more on sales and expanding distribution to restaurants and grocery stores. Sugar & Snow’s staff will continue to churn the gelato base in their batch freezer, bake cookies for mix-ins, and cook their other gelato base recipes at their commercial kitchen.

For Looking Glass Creamery, this type of cooperative arrangement is just what the company is looking for as they undertake an expansion and build a new creamery on their recently acquired dairy farm. “We are looking to grow our cheesemaking business but also find new opportunities that our expanded location on the farm will allow us to undertake such as making custom dairy products like Gelato base for Sugar and Snow or private label for destination companies that would like to offer a signature cheese to their guests and visitors.” says Jennifer Perkins.

Looking Glass Creamery is also excited to offer Sugar and Snow Gelato for sale in their soon to be expanded retail shop in Fairview and eventually down on the dairy farm in Columbus, NC. “We are looking forward to not only selling Sugar and Snow Gelato that will be made from our milk, but we hope we can twist Amy’s arm into making a special variety just for us featuring our dulce de leche Carmoolita with a hint of sea salt.”, says Looking Glass Retail Manager Sean Stanley.  

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Biltmore Village Oyster Bar Shucks Franchise http://ashevilleblog.com/biltmore-village-oyster-bar-shucks-franchise/ http://ashevilleblog.com/biltmore-village-oyster-bar-shucks-franchise/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:19:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11470 A popular Asheville restaurant is shucking its franchise shell.

Formerly Virgola, local owners Steve and Nan Klein have parted ways with their franchise affiliation to become The Wine & Oyster, an independently-owned restaurant in Asheville’s flourishing culinary community.

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A popular Asheville restaurant is shucking its franchise shell.

Formerly Virgola, local owners Steve and Nan Klein have parted ways with their franchise affiliation to become The Wine & Oyster, an independently-owned restaurant in Asheville’s flourishing culinary community.

“We are locals and it is now a locally run, independent restaurant,” Steve said, who originally opened Virgola at 2 Hendersonville Road in Biltmore Station under the franchise in June of 2017.

Their new name, The Wine and Oyster, represents a new beginning for the location, the menu and for the Kleins.

“There is a lot of value in the change for us, and we hope in the community,” Steve said. “We have a lot of loyal customers and we want to continue to make this a warm cozy place for everyone to enjoy. We are maintaining our foundation, but building our own identity.”

To celebrate their grand re-opening, The Wine & Oyster is throwing a re-branding bash Wednesday, Feb. 14 with an evening of local music by Asheville’s own Jesse Barry, fine wines and of course, a feast of fresh raw oysters.

“We hope everyone can come out and celebrate with us,” said Steve. “The Village has been so supportive to us during this time and we are excited to have this opportunity
and look forward to our new beginnings.”

The decision to “unchain” Steve says, came because of the desire to create a restaurant more aligned with the independent spirit of the Asheville community.

“We wanted to be able to get more creative with our menu and offer more items that our customers request,” Steve said. “It gives us the flexibility to be able to adapt to the Asheville market, and make changes to wine and food menu that will be more attractive to customers.”

The current space, a 1,400-square foot eatery and bar, will for the most part remain the same.

However, The Wine & Oyster will expand on their menu, adding fresh ingredients and new items like flatbreads, olive and charcuterie plates and fresh salads. They also plan
to apply for a full liquor license and intend to feature whiskey from local distilleries and craft cocktails to compliment their extensive wine list.

As for the star of the sea, The Wine & Oyster will keep up to eight varieties of cold water oysters on their menu on any given day – in addition to a rotating menu of funky seasonal specials like Va Va Voom and Sex on the Beach oysters, a Valentine’s Day special.

“We wanted the ability to be more creative in the kitchen and this gives us that,” Steve said. “The food scene in Asheville is incredible and we want to be able to offer a menu
that matches that.”

For the locals and weekday visitors, they will begin weekly events and daily happy hour featuring $1 oyster of the day, shrimp cocktail for $9 (reg. $15) and your choice of three items from their charcuterie for only $15 (reg. $21).

As local business owners, they want to give back to the community. During the past few months, they have held fundraisers and donated to Habitat for Humanity, Manna Food Bank, and Caring for Children. Events are already scheduled this year to donate a percentage of sales to The Asheville Humane Society, Friends of the Smokies, the Jewish Secular Community of Asheville (JSCA) and other local charities.

“We want to give back,” Nan said. “It is something we are both very passionate about and we look forward to more opportunities to partner with many more organizations throughout our community.”

The Wine & Oyster is open daily from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mon – Thurs.; and 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening. For more information visit www.thewineandoyster.com or call 828-676-2700.

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Black Friday Double-Release at Catawba Brewing http://ashevilleblog.com/black-friday-double-release-catawba-brewing/ http://ashevilleblog.com/black-friday-double-release-catawba-brewing/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:35:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11301 Catawba Brewing Co. releases two new additions to their Specialty Series – both slated for 5-state distribution – with a Double-Release Party on Black Friday, November 24 at all locations.

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DOUBLE-RELEASE SPECIALTY SERIES CANS:

Catawba Brewing Co. releases two new additions to their Specialty Series – both slated for 5-state distribution – with a Double-Release Party on Black Friday, November 24 at all locations.

Keeping with Belgian tradition, LD’s Belgian Tripel (10.0% ABV) is named for a particular demonic spirit – in this case, the Pyatt family dog. Innocently yellow in color and deceptively light in body, this strong ale is bursting with fruity yeast esters and spicy phenols – and a hint of warming alcohol. It was fermented with abbey ale yeast, and features an addition of Belgian candi sugar. LD’s will be available on draft and in 4-pack 12oz cans.

Look for LD himself to make appearances in Catawba tasting rooms in support of the release, where guests are warned to keep a safe distance from the tiny terror. Dogs are encouraged to come meet the guest of honor and participate in the festivities.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout (5.4% ABV) was born out of Catawba’s chocolate & beer pairings on the Asheville South Slope. This silky smooth stout was brewed with Chocolate Malts and Midnight Wheat, and conditioned on cacao nibs from a local boutique chocolate factory, whole roasted North Carolina peanuts, and Madagascar vanilla beans. The result is a decadent liquid dessert that’s like a peanut butter cup in a glass. Available on draft and in 6-pack 12oz cans.

SMALL BATCH:

On Wednesday, November 22, Catawba taps a Small Batch Robust Porter (6.2 percent ABV), available at all four tasting rooms. The beer was brewed with seven specialty grains, including rye, lending dominant notes of coffee and roasted malt, with a hint of spice.

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Before The Flood Screening At The Collider 11/28/17 http://ashevilleblog.com/flood-screening-collider-112817/ http://ashevilleblog.com/flood-screening-collider-112817/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:25:36 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11295 Climate change is the “single greatest threat to a sustainable future” and a “golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”

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Before the Flood documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio to be screened on Nov. 28 as part of climate and environment movie series at The Collider

Climate change is the “single greatest threat to a sustainable future” and a “golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” 

So says Former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon in Before The Flood, a documentary from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio. The film will be screened on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at The Collider as part of the nonprofit climate innovation center’s monthly film series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7.

 Before the Flood presents an account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions individuals and society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on the planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

“Time is not a luxury we have,” said DiCaprio. “Our natural world is quickly nearing unprecedented, irreversible and catastrophic change that threatens the very future of humankind. I didn’t want the film to scare people, or present them with statistics and facts that they already know, but to focus on what can and must be done immediately so that we can leave our planet a livable home for future generations. We are quickly running out of time.” 

“When Fisher and I set out on this journey, we wanted to make a film that presented audiences not just with the alarming facts about climate change and the environmental crisis it has created — but one that also showed the solutions we have within our power, right now, to drive lasting change for the future,” DiCaprio said. “Our goal was for audiences to be informed and inspired to take action, to stand up and do their part to act as stewards for our shared planet.”

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Greenlife, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge, & Ice Cream, and Oskar Blues brewery.

Located at 1 Haywood St., on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Asheville at Pritchard Park, The Collider is an innovation center focused on catalyzing climate solutions. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Access to the building for evening events is through the glass door facing Patton Ave., just a few steps around the corner from the ATM machine.


 

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Asheville Yoga Center Fundraises for MANNA FoodBank http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-center-fundraises-manna-foodbank/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-center-fundraises-manna-foodbank/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:57:40 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11252 One in four children in Western North Carolina are faced with hunger and the insecurity of not always knowing where their next meal will come from. Throughout the month of November, Asheville Yoga Center is collecting food and cash donations for MANNA FoodBank to help combat hunger in our community and throughout the holidays.

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Yoga studio to donate 10% of proceeds on Nov. 30 to help feed the hungry for the holidays

One in four children in Western North Carolina are faced with hunger and the insecurity of not always knowing where their next meal will come from. Throughout the month of November, Asheville Yoga Center is collecting food and cash donations for MANNA FoodBank to help combat hunger in our community and throughout the holidays.

Beginning November 1st, there will be a donation station in the studio for community contributions of non-perishable (but healthful) food items, along with cash donation boxes in both the studio and boutique on AYC’s campus. On Thursday, November 30th, 10% of proceeds will be donated along with $250 dollars to help MANNA continue its efforts to ensure that no one in the Asheville community goes hungry during the holiday season.

“We are inspired by the volume of food, counseling and awareness MANNA provides to our community and the greater Western Carolina Area, and we are thrilled to support MANNA’s efforts through our Charity of the Month program,” says Melissa Pennscott, general manager of AYC.

Founded in 1983, MANNA collects, stores, and distributes food to more than 200 nonprofits in 16 counties of Western North Carolina. Each year, thousands of volunteers help MANNA distribute millions of pounds of food to North Carolina residents in need. MANNA is also a proud partner of Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States.

“‘We thank AYC for their efforts to bring attention to a silent problem,” says Alisa Hixson, Director of Corporate Engagement and Signature Events at MANNA FoodBank. “The timing is especially poignant, as families look forward to gathering for the holiday festivities, meals, and celebrations. Imagine for a moment what your gatherings would be like without food as the centerpiece. Families that are food insecure are doubly impacted: they experience hunger and the social isolation of not having food to share and not being able to participate in holiday traditions. Consider also the psychological impacts hunger can have, the anxiety, worry and distress. We can see how devastating it can be particularly for children.”

For more information about MANNA and how to support their vision of a hunger-free Western NC, go to mannafoodbank.org.

About Asheville Yoga Center:
Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) is a leader in providing world-class instruction and support for personal growth through yoga. Founded in 1997, AYC offers classes, teacher training, and a retail boutique for yoga practitioners of all levels. Learn more at youryoga.com.

About MANNA FoodBank:
MANNA FoodBank is a non-profit organization serving WNC since 1983 and an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. MANNA is located in Asheville, NC, on Swannanoa River Road. Learn more at mannafoodbank.org.


 

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