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A Future Without Chocolate? Terrifying!

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Just in time for Halloween, “A Future Without Chocolate? Terrifying!” includes chocolate tastings, discussions with a climate scientist, and film clips from an upcoming documentary on chocolate.

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All That You Need to Know About Pancakes

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We eat them almost every day, combine different ingredients, shapes and ways of preparing them, but I bet you never thought to check out say, how pancakes came to be, or are there any other fun facts tied to them… well, here’s your chance. Today’s entry is all about pancakes and facts related to them.

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Food Review of Lex 18’s New Menu: A Mixed Blessing

Stuffed peppers. Photo Credit Janet Bray

Lex18, a dinner club and moonshine bar whose speakeasy past shines through in its throwback 20s decor, fine dining experience and novel approaches to both dinner and entertainment, invited us to sample their new menu and publish our food review of the new menu. The new menu features twists on Southern favorites, and I was excited to see what was on offer.

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Grand Tasting Final Chapter in the Wine & Food Fest Book This Weekend

Ceviche at Essence

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival's final phase of their culinary and mixology competitions, The Grand Tasting, will take place this Saturday night at the Civic Center. You may remember my coverage of earlier phases of the competition, AMUSE and ESSENCE, during which one chef and one mixologist were selected by attendees to move on to the next phase. In the Grand Tasting, the final winners will be selected.

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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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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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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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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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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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