Asheville Foodie News – April 2012

Great things happening in the Asheville foodie community! The area has become a Mecca of everything from food trucks to fine dining. There are so many restaurants that are constantly evolving, and also new places opening up. Here is some news and reviews for the month of April 2012:

The Mussels at Strada Asheville are simply amazing! We stopped by the other day to see if one of our favorite appetizers in the area had slacked at all, and the answer was NO! They are so delish. Add a glass of wine to go along with them, and WOW! You will be back.

Also see the new article on the Strada Asheville blog called Bread Talks in Asheville North Carolina. On any given day, they have a case of bread that is packed with fresh breads of many different types for you to choose from. Grab & Go!

While roaming around downtown Asheville, we stopped by the Battery Park Book Exchange. They always have fresh snacks and baked goods in case someone gets hungry, and they had this beautiful white cake ready to be eaten, preferably by me! I usually order a bottle of wine when I am here at meetings, checking out the vast selection of books, or playing hide and go seek on the upper maze level.

Rise N Shine Cafe gets lots of LOVE this month as their breakfast offerings, which are offered all day, made a HUGE impression on many of us in the Asheville community. See several great posts about this spot just 3 minutes north of downtown Asheville:

1. Asheville Time to Rise N Shine, and get some breakfast

2. Rising N Shining for an awesome breakfast

3. Rise ‘n Shine Cafe: Living Local

4. Girl VS World: Asheville’s Rise N Shine Cafe

Oh.. if you are in downtown Asheville and looking for some Mexican food, beer, music, cocktails and some good people watching; check out TallGarys who just released a new menu packed out with many refined and new offerings!

And, if you want the BEST White Pizza in Asheville, we highly recommend that you try out Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies on Tunnel Rd in East Asheville, right behind Applebee’s in the Office Depot parking lot. Great food, people, beer, TVs and fun that NEVER breaks the bank. I have heard many people say they wish they had known about this place sooner because it is such good food & value.

While at the Hotel Indigo the other evening, I talked to Brad who was at the counter behind the snack area at the 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen. He explained to me that all of the snacks, wraps & muffins they sell are made fresh daily and they are organic. Even the pasta they use here is made from scratch! Nice place to stop in a grab a whole meal, or to grab a delicious snack to stay or go. Coffee is very tasty too!

Had a great meal the other day at The Noodle Shop in downtown Asheville also. Take a look at this.. pork, peppers, onions and Jasmine rice. YUM!

And do not, I said DO NOT forget to get some Ice Cream from The Hop located in both North and West Asheville NC!

Asheville’s 10th Annual Dining Our For Life is Thursday April 26, 2012.

Also meet our friend Kevin Schwartz – Asheville Foodie – The Man Himself!

PS… Voting starts May 1st for Asheville to hold the Title of Beer City USA 2012. Please make sure you place your vote for us!!!

Credits: Articles & Photos by @GSocialMedia

Dining Out for Life: Thursday, April 28th in Asheville & WNC

Please mark your calendar and make plans to participate in WNCAP’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Dining Out for Life – all day long on Thursday, April 28th. Participating restaurants will donate 20% of their proceeds that day to WNCAP, to support HIV/AIDS prevention, education, advocacy and case management services in WNC.  There are more than 100 participating restaurants in Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Saluda and many other locations in the region.  Visit our website for a complete list of participating restaurants and have a great meal (or two) with a friend (or three or four!). See you there!! Dining Out for Life web page.

Dining Out For Life Ambassadors Needed

Ambassadors are the most important asset we have to ensure the success of this year’s Dining Out for Life event on Thursday, April 28th. Ambassadors serve as “meet and greet” hosts at participating restaurants during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each restaurant will donate 20% of their sales that day to support the mission of WNCAP.

The number one job of Ambassadors is inviting friends, co-workers, relatives, clients, etc. to dine at your restaurant on Thursday, April 28th so it’s a “win-win” for both the restaurants and WNCAP.  Ambassadors also distribute drawing/donation envelopes that allow diners to make an additional donation to WNCAP and provide an opportunity to win several prizes — our way of saying thanks to diners for participating.  Last year’s event raised $120,000 to support HIV/AIDS prevention, education and outreach in 18 counties of WNC as well as client services for over 400 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in our community

Check the list of currently available restaurants here, then email your top two restaurant choices to Chris by Friday, March 11.  He’ll be back in touch regarding a one-hour training session during the last week of March where you can meet other Ambassadors and receive all the information you need to be a successful Dining Out for Life Ambassador.  Your donation of time… just may help save a life!  Thanks to those who have already signed up. email Chris.