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Archive for February, 2008

Southern Living’s Eco-Friendly House

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Southern Living has chosen eco-friendly community Whisper Mountain located just outside Asheville to build their 2008 Green Idea House.

The architect has drawn up a traditional farmhouse, and visitors will be given tours to learn about building green homes. The contractor is EcoBuilders and features will include solar panels, a gray water system and radiant-heated floors.

While the house is being constructed, on-site recycling is being implemented as well as the use of non-toxic materials and locally made building materials. The house’s energy recovery ventilator draws in filtered air and removes humidity. Recycled metal will be used on the house’s roof.

Bill Allison of Allison Ramsey Architects and Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design Studio designed the house locally.

For more information about the Southern Living eco-friendly house, call (877) 687-2626

Restaurants and Dining Events in Asheville : Big Game Banquet

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The tenth annual Lasher Family and Friends Big Game Banquet will happen on March 28th at the Crest Pavilion on Crest Mountain from 6 until 9pm. Fare will include regional preparations of game meats from around North America, including bison & venison steaks, Louisiana crawfish boil, Pacific coast salmon, East Carolina quail and more! Guests will enjoy live entertainment from Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition, presented by 99.9 KISS Country and magnificent wildlife displays by Wilderness Taxidermy and Outfitters.

Event proceeds will go to a scholarship fund, currently held by Eblen Charities and created by the Lasher Family. This scholarship benefits students pursuing a career in wildlife management and conservation. Also, the National non-profit organization, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, will be raffling items to raise money for the organization. In 2007, FHFH and GameDinner.com worked together to feed over 2,500 meals of healthy, lean, hunter-donated venison to hungry people in Buncombe, Madison and Haywood Counties.

Ticket prices are $50 for adults, and $40 for kids. Reserved tables for eight are available for $360. To purchase a ticket or table, visit the GameDinner Store.

For those who can’t get enough bison steak, also happening soon is a tasting event, being held by Asheville’s Exchange of Restaurateurs and Women Chefs on Monday, March 3 at Stovetrotters Restaurant on Sweeten Creek Road. Food will include crab, buffalo steak and bread pudding.

The food-tasting event starts with cocktails and socializing time at 6:30pm followed by a meeting, bread tasting and baking demonstration.

Tickets are $20, and include a beverage of your choosing. Participants must register by next Friday. For information and registration for the Asheville’s Exchange event, call (877) 927-7787.

Spring Dining at Asheville’s Cafes and Outdoor Restaurants

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
Spring Dining in Asheville

Spring is right around the corner, and Asheville offers cafés and outdoor dining at its best. Many restaurants offer outdoor dining during the spring, summer and fall.

Here are a few restaurants in Asheville that have wonderful outdoor atmosphere:

  • Over Easy Cafe downtown offers breakfast, brunch, and brunch. They take pride supporting local farmers and use organic ingredients whenever possible. They use free-range chicken eggs as well as antibiotic & hormone-free meat from Spring House Meats, Sunburst Trout, The Salmon Guy, and Wilshire Farms. They also only use organic coffee, which is roasted here in-town by Asheville Coffee Roasters.
  • The Corner Kitchen: When the Corner Kitchen opened for business, the house was one hundred and eight years old. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a delicious Sunday Brunch. The Corner Kitchen also offers scenic outdoor seating and an extensive wine list.
  • The Flying Frog Cafe, right in the middle of downtown, offers both affordable and upscale cuisine of the Bavarian and Indian variety. They have an enormous wine list with offerings from around the world.

By no means are these only restaurants in-town that offer outdoor dining; Asheville is full of them. Just take a walk downtown until you spot or smell something that strikes your fancy.

Asheville Tourists hold singing tryouts for pre-game National Anthem

Friday, February 15th, 2008

It’s not American Idol, but you’ll still get to sing in front of a crowd (assuming you make it that far). The Asheville Tourists are looking for a few singers to sing the National Anthem before their games at McCormick Field.

On Saturday, March 29th, the team’s front office will be holding tryouts to find pre-game singers from 10am to 2pm. Anyone and everyone can attend, and singers are not required to register. The tryouts will be broadcast over the stadium’s PA system. In the past, the Tourists have been quite impressed with Asheville citizens’ vocal ability and are hoping to be equally impressed this year.

An Introduction to the Asheville Drum Circle

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

If you’re visiting Asheville for the first time and want an example of the city’s unique culture, stop by Pritchard Park during a Friday night in the Spring, Summer, or Fall and see the Drum Circle. Anyone can join in — all you need is a drum. The park is smack in the middle of downtown, and you will see old and young alike beating away in rhythm. Everyone gets involved and has a great time, from professional musicians to first-timers, the Asheville Drum Circle welcomes everyone.

The circle has survived numerous complaints from nearby condos and there was once a movement to have it shut down, but the weekly event survived, and is just as eclectic as ever. During the rest of the week, Pritchard Park is also used by many people to play chess, as well as hosting an outdoor silent movie series during the Summer months. For additional information on the circle, check out its page on myspace.com/ashevilledrumcircle.

Warren Haynes and Government Mule headline Asheville Music Jamboree

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Warren Haynes and Government Mule will be headliners for the Asheville Music Jamboree that runs from May 23-25 at Deerfield Retreat in Mills River.

Also booked for this year’s music festival are Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, Burning Spear, The Lee Boys, former Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell, AQ, Afromotive, the Laura Reed Band, the New Familiars, Shannon Whitworth and many more.

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday through the festival’s web-site amjam.net. Advance weekend tickets will be sold for $125, which includes camping. Once advance tickets are gone, prices will go up to $140. Only 3,000 tickets are available in all, and are expected to sell out.

The Asheville Music Jamboree started last spring and had crowds of about 2,000 people.