BATTLE OF THE BLUEBERRY

My intention was to have a few days in Asheville to support Charleston’s Bloom Supperclub, in town competing at the Asheville Wine and Food Festival…BATTLE OF THE BLUEBERRY!!!  This became an   unexpected opportunity to start The Diva is a Chef blog.

 

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July 1, 2014 - First Day of the Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge

The day started early for everyone. Sun was bright early and the chefs were ready for action! The big day is here! It is the first day of the Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge at the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern, downtown Asheville.

 

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Commercial and Non-Commercial Winemakers Competition

Wine. Food. Spirits. Mountains. Beer. Desserts. Wine… Yep. The Asheville Wine and Food Festival is coming up August 21 – 23, 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina. The Festival is an opportunity to finish off the summer by indulging in craft cocktails, decadent desserts and all kinds of fabulous food. It’s going to be a great three days and the end of August seems just too far away to bear.

 

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Paris of the South Pasta and Why Asheville is Calling Me

I'll never forget the day that I first heard about Asheville.  I had just landed a job at a prestigious college in Montecito, CA, and my boss said he was heading there the next day for a conference.  My first thought was, where in the world is Asheville (we didn't have Google back then).  And my next was, is there actually life outside of California?

 

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A Fly on the Festival Walls: Grand Tasting 2013

You couldn't swing a hock of Iberian ham in the U.S. Cellular Center on Saturday without hitting a table teeming with tastes of wine, food or craft beer. Armed with a wine glass in one hand and a tote in the other, Festival goers could choose their own foodie adventure, going either left or right around the concourse before heading down to the lower level for even more sweet and savory morsels.

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FRS Chefs Challenge Finale: And the Winner Is...


By Maggie Cramer

 

One hour. Three courses: appetizer, entrée, dessert. At 2pm sharp, Asheville Wine & Food Festival Founder and Director Bob Bowles began explaining the rules of the FRS Chefs Challenge Finale to the competitors and crowd. “Now, if you can’t make a dessert, I understand,” Bowles teased the chefs, reminiscing about the, well, challenging ingredients of past challenges. 

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ELIXIR Recap

They had me at ham biscuit bites and mini rum and Cokes. Our first ELIXIR event entailed two very happy hours filled with food, spirit samples, and a mixology competition that brought out the creativity in some of Asheville's best bartenders. Each bartender in the competition had to incorporate Angry Orchard Hard Cider into the mix.

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August 21 Chefs Challenge: A Peachy Evening with Strada and DOUGH

"It's hot." That was "Cheferee" Edwin French's take on the energy in the kitchen as we sat down to last night's dinner. With more than 100 diners in their seats at Packs Tavern eagerly anticpating the evening, Chefs Challenge Semi-Finalists Anthony Cerrato of Strada and Brian Ross of DOUGH were still going at full tilt, waiting on food to come out of the oven.&nbs

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