Food and Drink

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Insider's Guide to Chow Chow Festival 2019

The inaugural Chow Chow Asheville, a culinary festival and celebration of the region’s creative makers, kicks off September 12-15 in the heart of the city’s downtown Pack Square. Situated in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville’s culinary scene reflects the diversity of modern Appalachia. Chow chow -- a traditional mountain condiment made with a piquant blend of

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Appalachian Cuisine: Get a Taste of the Mountains in Asheville

Cornbread and beans. Country ham and wild ramps. Apple butter and sorghum. The humble cuisine of the Mountain South offers spoonfuls of heart, soul—and flavor. “Cornbread in Appalachia is both sustenance and communion, nutrition and identity,” writes Asheville-area writer Ronni Lundy in her James Beard Award-winning book Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes . She

Patio Dining at Smoky Park Supper Club

The Best Outdoor Dining Patios in Asheville

Go Al Fresco in Foodtopia If there's one thing that drives home Asheville's moniker as "the Paris of the South," it has to be the outdoor dining scene. On a warm evening in downtown Asheville, diners are seated at sidewalk tables, tucked into courtyards and gathered around fire pits, enjoying the mild mountain climate with a side of world class cuisine. Here's a brief

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Beer Boom! 8 New Ways to Imbibe in Asheville in 2016

The opening of New Belgium’s Asheville brewery in April 2016 was some of the biggest craft beer news to hit Asheville in recent years, and that’s saying something in Beer City USA! With nearly 40 breweries in the Asheville area, there are festivals, new releases, and expansions happening every month, and 2016 shaped up to be one of the most exciting years yet. Here are eight

WNC Cheese Trail

Pick Your Own Produce at a U-Pick Farm in Asheville

Pick Your Own Produce What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine can be about more than just ordering at a restaurant. All around

Montford Farmers Market

Where to Find Farmers Markets and Local Harvest in Asheville, N.C.

An Emphasis on Fresh, Local Products from Area Farms Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe, Sovereign Remedies and The Market Place are only a

Fall Cheese Board

Appalachian Food Legacies and Mountain Harvest

From hand-tied fishing lures to moonshine lore, Appalachia embodies a colorful culture all its own The Blue Ridge Mountains, the spine of southernmost Appalachia, are gently rolling as ranges go. Some of the oldest mountains in the world, the Blue Ridge and its famous scenic parkway are a source of much of the region's beauty, character—and even cuisine. Though the autumn trees are

Alan Muskat - No Taste Like Home

Wild Food Foraging Adventures in Asheville

Explore the local “find dining” scene Ask local chefs and mixologists about the inspiration for their signature dishes and drinks, and they will tell stories about searching for patches of chickweed, chanterelles, sassafras, violets and dandelions in the forests and parks. The bounty of wild edibles has led chefs out of the kitchen and into nature to forage for fresh, local

Ski Lesson at Cataloochee Ski Area

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out Avoid the crowds (and prices) that come with fall, spring and summer, and enjoy Asheville with your family at the coolest time of the year. Indoors With more than 30 pinball machines and over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” there’s enough nostalgic button pushing at the Asheville Pinball Museum to

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National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.

The Entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition Go On Public Display Each Year in Asheville For the Holidays. 2019-2020 National Gingerbread House Competition Viewing: Nov. 20, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020** (See details below) See the nation's most creative and incredible gingerbread creations when the entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition go on display to the public at The

Bee in Fairview

Asheville, N.C. is Bee City USA

Honey Bees Make Life Sweeter in the Mountains Asheville goes by many names, including Land of the Sky, Paris of the South, Beer City USA, and also Bee City USA. That's right—Bee City, as in honey bees. Honeybee (apis mellifera) by Eran Finkle (Flickr/finklez) The city became the inaugural Bee City USA in 2012, officially designating the community as one of the first in the nation to

Picnic at Richland Balsam

One Trip, Two or More Generations

Make the Most of the Multigenerational Getaway In search of the perfect vacation destination for kids, parents and grandparents? Look no further. Asheville has something fun and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age. Visitors have been flocking to Asheville since the 1880s when railroad companies transformed it from a wilderness outpost to a destination for those in search of outdoor adventure

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From the Earth to the Arts: Get Totally Involved in Asheville

A Hands-On Escape From Your Everyday Life Asheville is a great place to WATCH—the people, the events, the crowds and the changing scenery—but it is an even better place to DO. Visitors explore the natural world, create art and make music. Here’s what can happen in just a day-and-a-half. Into the Woods Meet up at a location given to you the evening before by Alan Muskat and his

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Eat Well, Bee Well: A Honey Bee Inspired Itinerary

Sweeten Up to Asheville’s Honey Culture Asheville is bee heaven. They buzz through local gardens, orchards and honey festivals and are celebrated throughout town. From restaurants to shopping excursions, bees keep Asheville’s honey culture humming. Honey in the Mountains Golden honey drizzled on biscuits and a glass of sweet tea are the cornerstones of a good Southern meal.

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James Beard Connections in Foodtopia

Top Asheville Restaurants Earn National Honors Think of American food and for many one name comes to mind: James Beard. Julia Child called him the “Dean of American Cuisine,” and he was. Three decades after his death, The James Beard Foundation continues his work by recognizing regional chefs who are taking American Cuisine to new heights. So it comes as no surprise to see

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Stay Up Late And Discover Another Side of Asheville

Late Night Offerings Will Lure You Sometimes, you just don’t want the fun to stop, the music to fade away, the celebration to be over. You want to squeeze every last minute of living life to the fullest out of each and every day. So, after a day in the Blue Ridge, enjoy a night on the town at one of these popular spots. After dinner or after the show, wander into downtown Asheville’s

Beyond Beer Story: Cocktail at Sovereign Remedies

In Asheville, There's More to Imbibe Than Beer

Drink It ALL In Asheville is known for its craft beer scene with its array of breweries, beer festivals and events and even a pubcycle. In fact, Asheville has earned the coveted title of Beer City USA multiple times. But don’t think beer is the only beverage in town. The craft beverage community is dynamic, vibrant, creative and dedicated to making quality drinks of all sorts. From meads to

Shindig on the Green

Asheville Events: A Seasonal Guide to the Best Local Events

Asheville Festivals at a Glance Which fest is the best? Here are top choices for Asheville festivals happening throughout the year. Truly one of the great things about Asheville is that no matter what time of year you visit, there’s a good chance you’ll find a festival taking place either in the streets of downtown, by the banks of the French Broad River, or tucked away in a remote

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Beercation Getaway

Tap Into Asheville’s Beer Scene Asheville offers a dizzying array of beer. From hoppy IPAs to dark stouts, the city’s breweries keep beer flowing like mountain water. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., Asheville was first named Beer City USA in 2009 and has swept the competition almost every year since. Track down the city’s best pints and pours

Amazing Pubcycle Tour

Asheville Beer Scene Tours, Tastings, & Tips

Here are the top ways to truly experience Asheville's craft brew scene. Asheville Brews Cruise Get a behind-the-scenes tour of what's happening in Beer City USA. The Brews Cruise is your all-access pass and comes with your very own designated driver! Bruisin' Ales Looking for some expert guidance or micro-brew souvenirs? Check out this specialty shop on Broadway, which was named the

Hi Wire Beer Flight

Beer Festivals in Asheville, N.C.

There’s plenty to celebrate in Beer City USA, and Asheville certainly rolls out the red carpet for its favorite brews. From the musically-inclined Brewgrass Festival, to the nine-day celebration of Asheville Beer Week, the parties are as unique as the breweries themselves. Festivals are a great way to introduce yourself to a variety of beers and to pick out that one ale, lager, stout or

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Asheville Beer History

The Evolution of a Beer Town Asheville’s beer culture all started back in 1994, when Oscar Wong, a retired engineer living in Charlotte, moved to Asheville and opened Highland Brewing Company in a rustic basement space below Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in downtown Asheville. What began as a home-brew hobby became the first successful brewery operation in Asheville landing Wong his

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They Put Beer in What?

Asheville’s beer culture goes beyond pints and pitchers of heady brew. From food to hygiene we’re finding new and unique ways to incorporate our favorite local brews into more than just a glass. Growlers Get your hands on some of Asheville’s most heady brew. Stop by beer boutique, Bruisin’ Ales, in downtown for the widest selection. Crooked Condiments Mustards Take your

Women Shopping Downtown

The Ultimate Guide to a Girlfriends Getaway in Asheville

A Three-Day Itinerary for a Fun-Filled Trip to Asheville Mastering the perfect girlfriends getaway is a bit of an art. A mix of personalities means that the ideal destination needs to have a range of activities and dining options for everyone. Lucky for you, Asheville has it all! From world-class dining and shopping to outdoor adventures and spas that make you say “ahhhh”,

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Pick Your Own Asheville Berry Adventure

Make the Most of the Area’s Abundant Berry Season From farms to forests, berries burst their way onto the Asheville scene beginning in May, and continue to brighten our ice cream and cereal bowls through late November. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, wineberries, and raspberries (both black and red) are on menus, in the fields, at the farmers markets, and in the wilds of the Blue

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Biltmore Estate's Vine to Wine Tour

Exploring Western North Carolina's Wine Country “Where ARE you? Are you in France?” squealed the comments on my new Facebook profile picture. I didn’t have to cross the pond to stand in a hillside vineyard, the horizon sprawled out behind me, puffy clouds languidly skimming across the gently-rounded mountain ridges. But it certainly looked like it. Rather, I was

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Hot on the Trail of Southern Cheese

Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest: April 2020 (date to be announced) Explore the WNC Cheese Trail The Western NC Cheese Trail covers the hills and dales of the Appalachians and foothills. Exploring it is a great way to soak up some rural mountain beauty and sample some of the best handmade cheese made in the South. Connect with cheesemakers, see how and where these delicious dairy products are

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Discover The Magic of Asheville

Because there's More to Life Than the Climb... There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. Discover Asheville, and perhaps your new favorite song by local band River Whyless. Take a Look Around

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Black Mountain: Small Town, Big Flavor

Enjoy Tasty Mountain Charm With an Artistic Twist It is easy to fall in love with Black Mountain. The charming downtown is packed with top-notch restaurants, art galleries and unique shops. Rockers line the streets, begging you to take a break and sit a spell. Beyond the store fronts, rolling mountains seem to perfectly circle the small town -- reminding you of this truly special location known as

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Grand Slam Your Instagram: 15 Great Asheville Photo Spots

Your camera, our picks Light up your Instagram with our recommended Asheville vacation photo shots of sunsets, street art, stunning mountain vistas and only-in-Asheville memories. Click, post, and share a little piece of this mountain paradise on your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Go ahead, get out your selfie stick. (We won’t judge.) #Asheville A photo posted by EnneitĘ

Once Upon a Tap: Asheville By the Beers

12 Beers That Take You On A Tour of Asheville

A Tale of the City Behind the Famous Craft Brews It could be the water, the welcoming community, or a little bit of mountain magic. But for some reason, Asheville has become a craft brewing mecca in the Southeast. On any given day, hundreds of local craft beers are on tap and sold in bottles and cans around town, and many of them help tell the story of Asheville. Here's a 12-pack sampler from

Where to Eat Brunch in Asheville

Where to Eat Brunch in Asheville

A Guide to Weekend Mornings in Foodtopia Brunch. That magical, (mostly) morning meal that permits diners to mix pancakes and sandwiches, eggs and entrees--perhaps with a little hair of the dog to boot. For weekend travelers, brunch also offers another opportunity to sample the local flavor. And in Asheville, N.C.--also known as Foodtopia--there is no shortage of choices. A recent article in the

Marcona Almond Cookies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Polvorones - Marcona Almond Cookies Recipe

Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth delicate Marcona Almond Holiday Cookies known as Polvorones as made by Curate’s Chef Katie Button. The name polvorones comes from the Spanish word, “polvo” which means dust. The classic recipe calls for regular almonds, but Chef Katie puts her its own twist on this favorite with buttery roasted marcona almonds. In keeping with the Spanish tradition,

Pumpkin Spice Syrup #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

A mix of rich and warm spices help create a pumpkin spice syrup that will allow you to taste the best of fall with every spoonful. The folks at Biltmore Coffee Traders like to use 1-2 oz. of this syrup for a delicious pumpkin spice latte, or a nice addition to your morning joe. The flavor is also perfect for spicing up ice cream or chai, too! Ingredients: 3 cups water 3 cups sugar 1 can pumpkin

Cranberry Walnut Cake #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Cranberry Walnut Cake Recipe

For a simple, sweet and delicious cake that looks as festive as it tastes, try this Cranberry Walnut Cake. This recipe from the Albermarle Inn will help you balance the sweet of the cake, the tart of the cranberries, and the crunch of the walnuts for a dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup (2 Sticks) unsalted butter 4 eggs 2 ½ cups all purpose flour 2 tsp.

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Roasted Eggplant Spread - Melitzanosalata

Warm pita or rustic bread just begs to be dipped in this delicious roasted eggplant spread, known as Melitzanosalata, that is served at Golden Fleece. The mixture of eggplant, oil, lemon, and parsley is a delicious starter to a meal, and perfect when entertaining a crowd. Ingredients: 3 eggplant 1 ½ red bell peppers (can substitute a jar of roasted red peppers) ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup

Manchego Kale Salad #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Manchego Kale Salad

The regulars at Posana swoon over the simple but tasty Manchego Kale Salad. Anti-oxidant filled currants, mix with crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds and kale, and creamy Manchego cheese. This dish is ideal for holiday gatherings because it tastes great, even after sitting out for some time. Ingredients 1 bunch kale thin julienne 4 oz. Manchego cheese grated 2 oz. pumpkin seeds toasted 2 oz. currants 2

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Baked Eggs in Cheese Sauce with Country Ham Recipe

Baked Eggs in Cheese Sauce with Country Ham Sovereign Remedies serves up a delicious twist on coddled eggs, a dish that dates back to late 19 th century England. Coddling is a gentle steaming that results in a soft-cooked egg. At Sovereign Remedies, the eggs are served in a mornay, a cheese sauce made by enriching a standard béchamel sauce. Ingredients (serves 6-8): 1/2 each white onion

Cranberry Roasted Sweet Potato Scones #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Cranberry and Roasted Sweet Potato Scones Recipe

Cranberry and Roasted Sweet Potato Scones A perfect fall treat, these scones from The Rhu feature a soft and flavorful texture with tart bursts of cranberries. Make breakfast, or any other meal, extra special at the holidays by adding a scone to the menu. Ingredients (makes 24 scones): ¾ cup Sugar (can use brown) 2 tbsp. Baking Powder 1.5 tsp. Baking Soda 1.5 tsp. Salt 9 cups All-Purpose

Sweet Potato Fritters #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Sweet Potato Fritters with Cranberry Relish Recipe

In a matter of minutes, make a plate of lightly-fried fritters you can serve at any time of the day. These sweet potato fritters are similar to potato pancakes or latkes but are fried in just a small bit of oil. Add the tart cranberry relish to balance out the palate. Recipe provided by Franny's Farm. Ingredients: Fritters 5 Tbsp. oil 2 lb. sweet potatoes (shredded and drained) 2 cups sweet

Mince Pies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Mince Pies Recipe

These delightful little pies are a tradition in England during the month of December. The Victorians would have used mincemeat that actually included meat, but the recipe has been refined to be a blend of apple, dried fruits, nuts and brandy which is aged for two to four months before using. At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, innkeeper Susan Murray makes her own mincemeat in September for the

Peach Bavarian Torte #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Peach-Topped Bavarian Torte Recipe

This recipe was given to A Bed of Roses innkeeper Emily McIntosh as a wedding gift. It's perfect for any special occasion, especially around the holidays. The original recipe was increased to fit current spring form pans, resulting in some unusual—but not impossible—measurements. Ingredients Crust: ¾ cup softened margarine or butter ½ cup sugar 1/8* teaspoon real

Blueberry Buckle #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Blueberry Buckle Recipe

This Blueberry Buckle recipe from Crooked Oak Mountain Inn is ideal for special occasions or for a summer treat baked from wild picked blueberries. A buckle is a dense old-fashioned cake, named for the way the streusel-style topping "buckles" as the cake batter sinks during baking. Ingredients Cake: ½ cup butter, softened ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour 2 ½ teaspoons baking

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Easy Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Brown Sugar Butter Recipe

This seasonal muffin recipe is served with brown sugar butter, and makes for a delicious way to start your morning. Special thanks to the Biltmore Village Inn for providing the recipe. Ingredients for muffins photo by Sommer Collier 2 cups all-purpose flower 1 ½ tsp baking soda ½ iodized salt 8 ounce can pumpkin puree ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar ¾ cup unsalted

Apple Stuffed Hush Puppies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Apple Stuffed Hush Puppies Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier A southern Appalachia recipe through and through, this "soon to be famous" recipe hails from the kitchen of Red Stag Grill located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Make this side for your next Thanksgiving feast. Ingredients 4 cups House-Autry hushpuppy mix 2 Tbs Poultry seasoning 2 Tbs Rubbed sage 1 Tbs Fresh sage chopped (if you have it) 2 WNC Mountain apples (your

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Raspberry Rugelach Recipe

This sweet treat combines a recipe from Sweetheart Bakery with an irresistible raspberry jam, made by Asheville's own Imladris Farm. Dough Ingredients 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 3 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of coarse salt 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough

Sweet Potato and Brie Bruschetta #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Sweet Potato and Brie Bruschetta Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier This savory treat is the perfect hors d’oeuvre to serve at your next holiday party (or a fantastic appetizer any time). This easy recipe was crafted by Biltmore’s Executive Chef, Damien Cavicchi and promises to be a crowd pleaser. Ingredients 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes 2 cups water 1 cup orange juice ¼ cup sherry ¼ cup

Gingerbread #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Gingerbread Recipe

The Omni Grove Park Inn hosts the National Gingerbread Competition each year and you could be a contender with this recipe and these tips. Gingerbread Ingredients 1 lb. Margarine 12 oz. Brown Sugar 1 lb. Molasses 3 lbs. 8oz. All Purpose Flour 1 Tbs + 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 Tbs + 1 tsp Ground Ginger 1 tsp. Ground Cloves 2 tsp Salt 11 oz. Cold Water Method Cream margarine, brown sugar, spices and salt

Pecan Sticky Buns with Creme Fraiche #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Pecan Sticky Buns with Crème Fraîche Recipe

Innkeeper Christina Muth serves these tasty treats as the first course of her elegant Beaufort House Inn breakfast year-round. Baked upside-down and then inverted, the buns are best served hot with a drizzle of crème fraîche and a dusting of fresh nutmeg. Ingredients 4 eggs 2 cups white sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup half & half, ½ c

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars

photo by Sommer Collier A specialty of the Carolina Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of the Montford Historic District, these pumpkin pie bars are a quick and easy treat to whip up for your next holiday gathering. Ingredients 2 c. flour ⅓ c. brown sugar ⅓ c. granulated sugar ½ tsp cinnamon 1⅛ cups chopped pecans or walnuts ¾ c. butter 2 eggs 2 ½ c. canned

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes Recipe

The irresistible combination of chocolate and peppermint are sure to make these delicious cupcakes a hit at your next holiday party. This recipe was created by Short Street Cakes, a family-owned bakery specializing in all-natural, handcrafted, down-home Southern desserts. Ingredients for cupcakes 2 ¼ cup flour 1 ½ cup sugar ¼ cup dark cocoa ¼ cup light cocoa ½ Tbs baking

Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier This sweet and salty dessert recipe offers a unique twist to your typical cookie. Crafted by Red Rocker Inn for the annual Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast and Inn Christmas Cookie Tour, you'll have a hard time saving these treats for holiday guests. Ingredients Cookies: 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup dark corn syrup 2 egg yolks 2 ½

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Recipe

Photo courtesy of The Omni Grove Park Inn. This signature recipe from the Great Hall of The Omni Grove Park Inn just the thing for sipping by a crackling fire on a cold night. Although store-bought marshmallows will work just fine, the Omni Grove Park's homemade confections can't be beat. Ingredients 2 cups whole milk ¼-½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (such as Ghiradelli)

Baked Eggs in a Nest #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Baked Eggs in a Nest Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier Start your morning off right by combining your favorite breakfast dishes into one. This easy Baked Eggs in a Nest recipe incorporates baked eggs inside a potato "nest" crust and easily feeds a large gathering with minimal effort. This recipe was created by the North Lodge on Oakland. search bed & breakfast inns Ingredients 2½ cups hash brown potatoes 1

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Banana Bread Pudding Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier Your friends and family will delight in this incredible and versatile Banana Bread Pudding recipe crafted by the culinary team of the Omni Grove Park Inn. This recipe requires two days to make so prepare accordingly. Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar 6 whole eggs 2 cups half & half 1 vanilla bean, pod scraped 3 cups leftover croissant, Danish or any other breakfast pastry,

Pesto Egg Souffle #Recipe | ExporeAsheville.com

Pesto Egg Souffle Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier Impress your friends and family with your soufflé skills. Plan this meal out ahead of time because it does require some prep the day before you bake. This recipe provided by The Inn Around the Corner. Ingredients Eggs Sour Cream Roasted Red Pepper Pesto * or Basil Pesto (Recipe below) Feta Cheese Mozzarella Mixed baby greens Ken's Lite Caesar dressing Cherry or

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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier Chef Dan from the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Hotel offers up his famous recipe for caramel popcorn that blends in the incredible flavors of the Doubletree signature chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients for Caramel 1 tsp salt 1½ quarts (6 cups) brown sugar ½ lb butter 2 oz water 2 tbsp vanilla extract Method Melt above ingredients together and simmer for

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French Broad Hot Chocolate Recipe

This signature hot chocolate recipe comes from French Broad Chocolate Lounge and is a two-part process. The drink is ganache-based, which is easier to make than you think. Want to spice it up a bit? We have a few alternatives to this beverage that will make for a gourmet treat. Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (65% cacao mass) 4 oz. heavy cream Method Chop chocolate

Venison Pastrami Sandwich on Rye Recipe

Courtesy of Biltmore Ingredients For the Pastrami Brine 1 quart water 1 cup red wine ¾ cup kosher salt ½ cup brown sugar 3 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt 1 tablespoon pickling spice ½ cup honey 7 garlic cloves, crushed ½ onion, sliced 1 sprig thyme 1 sprig sage 2 quarts ice For the Venison Pastrami 2 quarts pastrami brine 2 venison backstraps ½ cup crushed black pepper

Seared Duck Breast with Cassoulet Recipe

Courtesy of Biltmore Ingredients 2 duck breasts 4 cups white bean cassoulet (recipe below) ½ cup breadcrumbs ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese Directions Preheat the oven to 325° F. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Salt the duck breasts on both sides. Sear the duck, fat-side-down for 8-12 minutes until the fat is rendered, brown, and crispy. Flip the duck breasts and sear

Grilled Quail with Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Courtesy of Biltmore Ingredients For the Quail: 4 quail, semi boneless 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot, minced 1 sprig sage, finely chopped 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped 1 teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon allspice ¼ teaspoon dried mustard powder 1 teaspoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon salt For the Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce: 1 tablespoons butter 1 green

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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Asheville

Fan Favorites: Most Romantic Places to Dine in Asheville Updated in 2018 Feel the ambiance and savor the meals at Asheville's most intimate and romantic places to dine. From crackling fireplaces to stunning vistas, these restaurants serve up the perfect atmosphere for a special night out. We asked our Facebook fans to help us create this list and give you ideas for your next date night on the

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Top 8 Breakfast Spots in Asheville

Which Restaurants Received the Highest Votes in Our Online Poll? In June 2017 we conducted a new poll and the results are in! We asked our fans to choose their favorite spot in Asheville for breakfast. There were 56 restaurants named in the poll, and out of those, these eight garnered the highest number of votes. Here they are in descending order: 8. HomeGrown Just north of downtown Asheville on

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

Enjoy sampling this sweet potato salad with popular Asheville area ingredients. Ingredients 5 pounds medium diced sweet potatoes 2 1/2 cups julienne shiitake mushroom 2 cups red onion finely diced 1 cup celery finely diced 2 Granny Smith Apples - fine julienne 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup olive oil 2 tbsp. dry mustard 1 tbsp. curry powder 1 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 cups pumpkin seeds toasted 1/4

Sofrito Recipe

Make this Asheville chef's favorite sofrito recipe one of your new favorite dishes. Ingredients 4 jumbo yellow onions 2 red peppers 1 poblano pepper 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pint high quality canned tomatoes 3 tbls. sherry vinegar 1 small pinch saffron 1/4 tbls. Spanish paprika Preparation Julienne onions and peppers. Saute and salt till liquid release. Add garlic and saute for two minutes.

Faux French Onion Soup Recipe

Ingredients 2 cups white miso paste 10 cups water Gruyere cheese sliced into 8 long, thin strips Preparation In a large pot, bring water to a boil and whisk in white miso paste. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a large container. Refrigerate the miso broth overnight. Some of the sediment will float to the bottom. Carefully strain the clear broth from the sediment. Discard the

Spiced Carrot Soup with Cool Cashew Cream Recipe

Ingredients 3 Lbs Whole Carrots 2 Large Yellow Onion ½ Cup Vegetable Oil 2 Qts. Vegetable Stock 1/8 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar 1 Cup Honey 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice 6 (13oz) Cans Coconut Milk 1 cup Cashews 1/8 cup Water 3 Cups Heavy Cream ¼ Cup Honey ½ Tsp Salt Soup Peel & large dice carrots & onions. Heat oil in large stock pot over medium high heat. Sauté onions &

Carolina Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Ingredients 2 ounce Peppers Red Bell 2 ounce Peppers Green Bell 2 each Onion Green Scallion 4 fluid ounce Cream Heavy 2 ounce Watagua Country Ham,Sliced 1 ounce Garlic, Whole Peeled 4 each Shrimp 13/15 P&D T/O Raw 8 ounce Grits, Yellow White Cheddar 1 fluid ounce Jack Daniels, Black Label Preparation Sauté pepper trinity in butter with country ham & garlic. Add shrimp and deglaze with

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients 4 each U-10 Jumbo Shrimp P&D 8 oz. Sliced Bacon, Smoked ½ each Poblano Pepper, seeded & finely diced 2 oz. Smoked Gouda Cheese, Shredded 2 oz. Lump Crabmeat 2 oz. Cilantro, finely chopped 1 oz. Olive Oil 1 oz. Fresh Garlic, chopped Salt & Pepper, to taste Preparation Take Shrimp and split lengthen, not entirely, leaving room for stuffing. Take remaining ingredients and

Braised Cabbage Stuffed Pork Chop with Green Apple Jam Recipe

Ingredients 1 each 12 oz. Pork Chop 3 oz. Red Cabbage 4 oz. Cider Vinegar 4 oz. Apple Juice 1 each Granny Smith Apple, Peeled & Diced 2 oz. Sweet Onion, Diced 2 oz. Port Wine 2 oz. Brown Sugar 2 oz. Whole Butter Preparation Butterfly Pork Chop to make stuffing pocket. Braise cabbage with cider vinegar and apple juice, salt & pepper to taste. When cabbage is tender, drain excess liquid and

Southern Sweet Potato Spoonbread Recipe

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1 pheasant, 1 1/2 lb. 1 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. butter or margarine 1 tbsp. flour 1 can sauerkraut (3 1/2 cup) 2 tbsp. brown sugar 2 medium apples, tart, unpeeled 1/4 cup water 4 tsp. white wine 1/4 tsp. caraway seed (up to 1/2 tsp.) Remove pin feathers and clean thoroughly. Rinse well inside and out with warm water. Drain thoroughly. Cut into serving pieces. Sprinkle with salt. Brown slowly on all

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