Chef Q + A with Brian Ross of DOUGH

From February through May, 16 of the area's top chefs competed in the WNC Chefs Challenge. With the field now narrowed down to four, we look forward to seeing these chefs bring the heat as they battle for the title of Best Chef in WNC. Between now and the Festival in August, we will be interviewing the final four as we get ramped up for the semi-finals. 

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The month of fancy dinners: Blind Pig, Bull & Beggar, Sierra Nevada & more go big with Asheville dinner events

Asheville is bursting with themed dinners this month, including some from our talented Festival participants! Here, BlogAsheville gives us the scoop. Don't miss the Asheville Wine & Food Festival dinner series next month, leading up to the Grand Tasting, August 24.

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A Look at Aloft Asheville

I just got back from a meeting with our hotel partner Aloft, where I was given the grand tour, including a glimpse into one of their Mountain View King rooms and a walk around their rooftop. As a local, I've enjoyed a happy hour or two on the balcony off their WXYZ Lounge, but today I also got to see the hotel's guest-only features. It might be worth a staycation for the rooftop pool alone!

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Chef Q+A with Strada's Anthony Cerrato

From February through May, 16 of the area's top chefs competed in the WNC Chefs Challenge. With the field now narrowed down to four, we look forward to seeing these chefs bring the heat as they battle for the title of Best Chef in WNC. Between now and the Festival in August, we will be interviewing the final four as we get ramped up for the semi-finals. 

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EDISON at The Grove Park Inn Joins the Fest as Title Sponsor!

We are very pleased to announce that EDISON, The Grove Park Inn’s much-anticipated restaurant, will serve as the title sponsor of this year’s Festival, held August 20-24, in downtown Asheville.

 

“We are thrilled to be working with The Grove Park Inn,” says Asheville Wine & Food Festival Director Bob Bowles. “EDISON’s focus on the local food culture and flavors is the perfect match for the Festival, which also celebrates Asheville’s culinary ethos.”

 

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Final Quarterfinal Challenge: DOUGH Wins

May 7, 2013 WNC Chefs Challenge Quarterfinal

Chef Chuck Kegg – West Asheville Kitchen & Lounge

Chef Brian Ross – DOUGH

 

By Del Holston

 

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Quarterfinal #3: Strada Wins

April 30, 2013 WNC Chefs Challenge Quarterfinal

Chef Cary Shackelford – Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community

Chef Anthony Cerrato – Strada Italiano

 

Written by Susan Murray

 

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Chefs Challenge Quarterfinals: Zambra Advances

April 23, 2013 WNC Chefs Challenge Quarterfinal

Chef Mike Fisera – Lexington Avenue Brewery

Chef Steven Goff – Zambra

 

By Ingrid

 

Locally produced Troy & Sons moonshine and whiskey flavored the dishes (and cocktails) at the quarterfinal round of the WNC Chefs Challenge between chefs Steven Goff of Zambra and Mike Fisera of Lexington Avenue Brewing. But the secret ingredient behind the spirits is “super corn.”

 

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