Asheville’s Local Social on August 19, 2010


Community Matters! Asheville Grown Business Alliance, FRESH Asheville & Asheville Green Drinks are proud to present a special preview of the 1st Annual Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival and our 2nd Local Social. Come out to the courtyard behind Bouchon at 6pm on Thursday August 19th to enjoy the exclusive introduction to three films from the festival lineup. Tickets are $8.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door and can be purchased online at,, and on facebook.

Entertainment will be provided by Jen of Jen and the Juice and sponsors of the event are: Graphics Four, Lady Luck Flower Farm, Jacks Boxes, Brownstone Reality and Top Floor Studio.

In addition, the following local, independent businesses have generously donated the following:
Wine & hors d’oeuvres provided by Bouchon
Tantalizing local treats from Rosetta’s Kitchen
Spicy summer snacks from Mela
Decadent desserts from Old Europe
Copious cupcakes from Short Street Cakes
Beer provided by The Lexington Avenue Brewery

Local Social events are part of the community awareness “Love Asheville, Buy Local” campaign spearheaded by Asheville Grown Business Alliance.

For more information on the Local Social Events or Asheville Grown Business Alliance please contact: Franzi Charen:

Asheville Grown Business Alliance is a grassroots organization whose mission is to support independently owned businesses in the community, to continue growing a vibrant local economy while preserving the unique character of Asheville and to educate citizens on the critical importance of thinking locally first when considering the impact of national and global chains.

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PR Pros connect for “A Sweet Success”

To get one’s just desserts, public relations experts know that in 2010, the sweetness lies in connecting, not competing for success.

The Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina continues to embrace cutting edge practice and provide exceptional networking opportunities for industry executives throughout the region. As members respond to sweeping changes in information delivery and monetization, an emphasis on sharing knowledge and building trust has emerged.

This month, PRAWNC joins chocolatier Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate Lounge in an after-hours event that reders traditional grip-and-grin networking passe’ on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $12; the event is open to members and guests who RSVP by February 4.

Of course, Rattigan – whose impeccable palette and handcrafted chocolates are legend – has particularly handchosen artisanal chocolates for the gathering. Guests will sample pots de creme, salted honey caramel, and coconut macaroon with a chocolate grenache kiss. Complementary locally roasted French press coffee will accompany the treats.

Guests may also order signature liquid truffle hot sipping chocolates, local draught beer, small production wines, organic loose-leaf teas, and gift chocolates at the counter.

Ingeniously, the real “bon bon” of the evening isn’t semi-sweet, it’s semi-structured. Unique networking activities ensure that all comers walk away with real connections to others who celebrate and appreciate all things public relations, says Rachel Miller, vice president of PRAWNC.

“After all, isn’t success sweeter when it’s mutual and covered in chocolate?” Find out more.

The Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina hosts “Sweet Success” at The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville, Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m., the cost is $12 for members and guests and includes chocolates and French Press coffee. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is located at 10 South Lexington Ave. For more information or to RSVP by Feb. 4, contact Rachel Miller at

Sherri L. McLendon is a freelance writer, blogger, and communications consultant online at Email her directly at, or read her media blog at

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Asheville Arts Hop Ice Cream Social 8/6

Ice Cream Social – Presented by Asheville Arts Center & The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

Thu Aug 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Asheville Arts Center on 308 Merrimon Avenue

Contact Info: 828-253-4000 or email:

There is absolutely nothing like an old-fashioned ice cream social! Come join us for some delicious ice cream, courtesy of our friends at The Hop Ice Cream Café and take a tour of the Asheville Arts Center. Suggested donation of $2 to benefit the Asheville Arts Center's scholarship program, whose mission it is to offer quality performing arts education to all.

AskAsheville’s Love Call (NLAA)

When AskAsheville was started, one of our main people was simply looking for a dashboard resource of Asheville without having to dig through many sites, links, and pages. The concept was born. We decided that the best thing we could do for Asheville North Carolina was to add any local businesses we could find (with a website of course) to our Asheville Search Engine.

We added all of the main Asheville North Carolina links on the top of every page of AskAsheville for quick reference, and also a QuickLinks page with 100’s and 100’s of local direct links.

We started asking some companies and sites around Asheville for some reciprocal links (love), but did not get any answer. So we asked again and some responded and said “yes”, some said “okay”, some said “no”, and one even said “he had no room on his site”, LMAO! (C’mon guy, looking at your site right now)

So we have this new phrase (and the man actually has an excel sheet) of NLAA (No Love At All) companies in Asheville who refuse to network with other area resources for one “reason” or another. They want to be the “Lone Ranger” Asheville resource and/or you must pay for their acceptance!!! “I Am The Authority and There Is Nobody Else” they think. Asheville is exploding my friend and you cannot contain it. It does not matter how long you have been here or how old your website is; Asheville is Bigger!

I remember one of the guys here went on AskMeta for some questions about the AskAsheville site, and got slammed by people saying “this should be on….” one of the Asheville sites (I will not mention what site they said, and it does not matter), just talking about attitudes. He did not even know about the site they mentioned and when I checked it out, there was not any place on the site to ask a question or for some feedback out of the blue.

Thought of this today as I was thinking about how actually contacted us (on Twitter) to let us know they were linking to us on their site. How awesome is that? We hit them back with a link on our blog and they have mucho kudos with us now! Thank you by the way. Reaching out and networking, that’s how you do it! Twitter page going up on very soon, with Asheville Twitter network links too. Watch my friends…

Maybe it is time for you to open up a little?

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