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LOCAL HEALTHY CAFÉ OWNER SELECTED AS CORPORATE HEALTH COACH FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

Medea's Espresso and Juice Bar

Medea Galligan of Medea's Espresso and Juice Bar has been selected to be the corporate health coach by Kitchen Craft Cookware. Kitchen Craft Cookware is owned by Advanced Marketing International, and will be having Medea help the company by showing health through nutrition. She will be writing articles, sharing recipes, and hopes to start training people for the company right here in Asheville as soon as this winter.

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The Asheville Doughnut Experience: Vortex Doughnuts

Vortex Doughnuts' Chalkboard Illustration

As I mentioned previously in my review of Hole, found here on AshevilleBlog.com, I am a big fan of boutique doughnut shops and grew up in an area with a wide selection of them. This has not been an area where Asheville has excelled, but a burgeoning local industry and doughnuts and a dearth of well-written reviews has prompted me to drag myself out into the frosty Halloween morning to sample the wares of two brand new establishments in Asheville.

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The Asheville Doughnut Experience: Hole on Haywood Road

The Hole's doughnuts in Asheville, North Carolina

I am a transplant to Asheville; yes, I own it. I love Asheville's food scene, but one thing it has never done well until now is boutique style doughnuts. Tired of the same old same old chains like Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, I have avoided trying to get a good doughnut in Asheville for a long time. This morning I decided to give a third perspective on the two newcomers to Asheville doughnuts: Hole and Vortex Doughnuts (read my review on Vortex here). As new establishments, they both get a little wiggle room in my opinion for working new bugs out of their preparation and customer service experience.

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Dining in Asheville … with Friends

Dining in Asheville with Friends

Welcome back to Insider Asheville, a monthly feature here at AshevilleBlog. In this post, I examine the inherent problem related to dining on the town with friends. Actually, the inherent problem involves the types of friends you’re likely to have in this town and the chances of choosing a restaurant everyone will accept. In this true story, I’ve changed the names to protect the guilty.

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Last Food Truck Friday of 2014

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The last ‎Food Truck Friday of the year takes place on Friday, October 24

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22nd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition

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Applications now accepted for the largest gingerbread house competition in the country

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Crowne Plaza Sticks Up for Employee

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I'll be honest, I've never worked in the service industry waiting tables. It's a job I know I would not be good at for various reasons, and if you do have this job, I admire your self control not to dump a pitcher of water on someones head on a daily basis. I do not have that control. I have, however, worked in medical offices having people demand and yell at me, rush, talk down, push me around and complain about me. In my case, the office manager would always get on my case about how the customer is always right no matter how they treated the staff.

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Waking Life Releases Promo Video

Women Speak Out Against Waking Life

Waking Life, the popular 5 year old West Asheville Coffee shop has teamed up with a local videographer to give you a visual taste of what goes into each individual cup of coffee brewed at the shop. Waking Life is a Microcafe who is currently bottles their own flash chilled coffee, available at several locations in Asheville, in addition to serving customers in their West Asheville Store. The workers of Waking Life take their coffee very seriously - check out these tidbits from their manifesto:

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Whole Foods Mobile Kitchen Rolls to Asheville

Whole Foods Mobile Kitchen Rolls into Asheville

Whole Foods Market Mobile Kitchen Rolls to Asheville for Pre-opening Appetizer

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Carolina Mountain Ribfest Returns as Carolina West Ribfest

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This July 11-13th the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center will once again host a RibFest . However, this year the festival sports a new name, new promoter and a new direction. Long a mainstay on the local summer festival scene, the Carolina Mountain RibFest is now the Carolina West RibFest and is being produced by AKA Entertainment & Media an event production company  based in Greensboro, NC. Local event producer John Patterson, the man who began the RibFest in 2007 has handed over the reins due to health concerns.

According to Allen McDavid, the president of AKA and producer of NC’s Premier Barbecue and Music Festivals series www.premierbbq.com , the new name is an integral part of transitioning the festival so that it will appeal to a broader audience. Says McDavid, “barbecue festivals generally follow the tired old formula of barbecue, cover bands and a children’s carnival.” The Carolina West RibFest will feature an expanded group of national barbecue teams and an eclectic mix of entertainment including 3 days of local, regional and national music acts on the main stage, Lucha Libre wrestling, a sideshow and saloon featuring can-can girls. McDavid adds, “There are few places where seven dollars can buy this amount of entertainment.” McDavid has tagged the RibFest with the slogan, “A different type of BBQ festival.”

The 2014 Carolina West RibFest will have six barbecue teams vying for awards but mainly will focus on satisfying the appetites of thousands of BBQ fans. This year’s line-up includes local purveyor Big Bad Wolf BBQ from Etowah, Big Boned BBQ (Charleston, SC), Camp 31 (Castleberry, Alabama), Porky Chicks (Farmington, Arkansas), Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC) and Florida Skin Bones (Arcadia, Florida). The judges panel will consist of folks from the event’s Facebook family, local chefs and foodies as well as local dignitaries including David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commission.

Joining local musical acts like Underhill Rose and Circus Mutt will be national acts Moon Taxi and Jason McKinney. UIW Wrestling will showcase a diverse group of luchidores and the RibFest’s sideshow will be hosted by The Squidling Brothers from Philadelphia, PA. Rounding out the festival will be a marketplace, kids’ zone and the Shady Lady Saloon. New participants Leinenkugel beer and Cupcake Vineyards will provide product samples.

The Carolina West RibFest kicks off at 11 AM on July 11 and continue through July 13 at 8 PM. Admission for adults is $7 and children get in free. The event website has complete details - www.carolinawestribfest.com. Updates will come via Facebook - www.facebook.com/carolinawestribfest.

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