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WNC Chef’s Challenge

May 29th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

The WNC Chefs Challenge competitions are underway  Tuesday nights at Pack’s Tavern  in downtown Asheville. The Asheville area’s coolest culinary competition is back going strong.  Fourteen of the areas top chefs square off in weekly match-ups that determine who triumphs as  Best Chef in WNC.

At each challenge,  the two chef teams prepare  six dishes – three from each team.  Earlier in the day the chefs are given a   “secret ingredient” that has to be featured in each culinary creation.  The diners are not told which team prepared each dish and score the dishes using the same guidelines as a professional food critic. At the end of the evening the scores are tallied and the winning team moves on to the next round.

The last two teams standing  will face off during the finale at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting on August 23, 2012.

Want to judge for yourself ?  Call Pack’s Tavern at 225-6944 to reserve your space. Tickets are $49 per person and do not include beverages, tax or gratuity. For additional information speak with Stacy at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast.

Asheville, NC is a Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Vegan Diner’s Dream

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

Asheville, North Carolina continues to live up to it’s title of Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City.  Asheville is a vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diner’s dream. Starting in downtown Asheville and heading north along a 2 mile stretch of road, locals affectionately refer to as the Merrimon Shuffle, you will find two exclusively vegetarian restaurants; the Laughing Seed and  Rosetta’s, Posana, a gluten free restaurant, Plant, a vegan restaurant and VegHeads, a vegetarian drive thru. Only in Asheville.  Along the way you will also go by Greenlife  Grocery store which features everything from “simple vegetarian to “raw” cuisine in a mostly local food approach. And this is just the Merrimon Shuffle. You will find many more  food co-ops, grocers and other restaurants that fulfill the needs of any dining desires.

Asheville has built itself into quite the vegetarian-friendly city, and continues to add more animal-free  dining options.  The Laughing Seed, a perennial favorite  and well-known to visitors and locals alike calls itself a global fusion vegetarian restaurant and offers an eclectic vegetarian menu.  This Asheville tradition also serves organic, seasonal, farm-to-table, vegetarian cuisine with an international flair.

Global fusion is very much alive at the Laughing Seed.  Right now, you can experience the deep, slow cooked tastes of Thailand as well as the simple, but intensely satisfying flavors of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Sunflower seed pesto and cashew nut ricotta form a deliciously satisfying filling for their raw Spinach Pesto Manicotti.  Their sushi offering changes nightly, along with their pasta special and authentic Indian thali plate.  And nothing says “comfort food” more that their classic Harmony Bowl, Tempeh Reuben, or Tico Burrito

The new kid on the block, Plant, another farm-to-table  concept brought to Asheville by the partnership of Jason Sellars (the former chef at The Laughing Seed) and Leslie Armstrong and and Alan Berger (former owners of the best independent video store in the city — Rosebud.  Plant has only been open a short time, but is already drawing a sophisticated crowd who appreciates the quality of the food, prepared from fresh local ingredients. The farm-to-table concept is strong in Asheville and continues to grow, benefiting our local farmers and the restaurant clientele.

Plant, also a completely vegan restaurant, describes itself as “A restaurant with roots; sophisticated scratch-made food from the earth.” Nothing is served that is an animal or a by-product of any animal. This can be quite unnerving to the uninitiated, but trust us — your taste buds will revel in the new experience.  Our favorites were the Mushroom Risotto, the smoked Portabello and the truffle fries (of course).  We do hear that the Reuben and the Peppercorn encrusted Seitan are out of this world.

As a locally-owned independent business, Plant is committed to a deep concern for the environment, our individual and collective health, and ethical and compassionate lifestyles.  Success for them means that their guests feel rewarded for choosing the compassionate and exciting dining experience that Plant offers.

If you are looking for an epicurean adventure that is sure not to disappoint — shuffle up to 165 Merrimon Avenue (a short trip from this Asheville Inn.

Here at Pinecrest Inn Bed and Breakfast we strive to accommodate our guests special dietary requests. We source local and support our area farms and grocers. We also promote the restaurants that use the same approach.  For more information visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com or contact our Asheville Bed & Breakfast for reservations 888-811-3053.


TripAdvisor Recommends Visiting Asheville

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

TripAdvisor has announced that Asheville is one of 15 destinations on the rise for travel and tourism. According to their website, travelers are raving about this mountain town, and creating quite a buzz. This comes on the heels of another designation by TripAdvisor in October, 2011 when Asheville was voted by the website’s users as being a Top 10 Destination for Food & Wine.
Here’s what TripAdvisor had to say about Asheville:
There’s something about Asheville that makes its blend of remote Appalachian charm and cosmopolitan sophistication seem perfectly natural. The city abounds in cultural attractions and events, many stemming from the literary greats who have lived here. Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg and O. Henry all once called Asheville home. The city has historically been a resort for the wealthy. But there’s also a friendly, small-town atmosphere; the city has a way of making visitors feel right at home. Located at the confluence of two rivers and nestled in the mountains, Asheville is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, who have their pick of hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning and many other activities. So breathe in the fresh mountain air, take a spin along “America’s most scenic drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway, and soak up the beauty and spirit of this lovely mountain city.
For reservations at our Asheville Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

 

Nothing Like a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree – Let this Asheville Inn be your Guide

November 18th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Let this Asheville Inn be your guide to the best fresh cut Christmas trees in WNC! We are so fortunate to live in western North Carolina, the number two state in the country for growing Christmas Trees! There are 3 farms within 30 minutes of Asheville and many more as you drive toward Boone.  One of our family favorites is Sandy Hollar Farm located in the beautiful Sandy Mush area about 30 minutes north/west of Asheville.  Every year we head out to Sandy Mush, which  also happens to where our good friends and well known organic farmers, Vanessa and Alex Brown call home.  Our kids always enjoy the hayride up to the meadow passing llamas and goats,  where we pick  and cut down two Frasier Firs — one for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast and one for our private home.  Each of the farms listed below offer hay rides and other holiday festivities. Rounding out the family outing, Santa often shows up so the kids can sit on his lap and tell them what they would like for Christmas. To start your holiday season visit us at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, NC and take advantage of all the holiday festivities. Visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

You can certainly get into the holiday spirit with so much to see and do.  Most folks will want to visit the Biltmore Estate, which is all lit up for the holidays.  If you’ve been good, you will want to walk around downtown or in Biltmore Village to knock some items off of your own Christmas list.  Adding a trip to the country to cut your own tree might just become a family tradition of your own.

Sandy Hollar Tree Farm
63 Sandy Hollar Road
Leicester, NC 28748
828.683.3645
Choose & Cut Christmas Trees, Christmas Tree Live, Christmas Trees, Hay Rides, Tours, Wreaths. Sunday-Saturday 9 am-4:30 pm; Open seven days from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the weekend before Christmas. Buy wreaths, garland (roping), decorations, refreshments, and crafts. Hay rides to the tree fields and marshmallow roasting on weekends.
Directions from Asheville: About 20 miles from downtown, follow Patton Ave/ U.S. Highway 19-23 South. Take NC 63 (Leicester Highway) 11 miles to North Turkey Creek Road (left). Go 1 1/2 miles to split, veer right onto Early’s Mountain Road. Go six miles. Farm is second drive on left past Robinson Cove Road (Sandy Hollow Lane).

Mehaffey Tree Farm

24 Corner Drive
Waynesville, NC 28785
828.926.1424
Open daily, except Mondays 9am-5pm from mid November to Christmas Week.
Enjoy a trip back to your own childhood by selecting your own Christmas tree from among acres of beautiful Fraser firs. Sometimes Mother Nature provides a light dusting of snow to make your visit even more magical. Their specialty is high-quality Fraser Fir trees. They cut your favorite tree, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains near Maggie Valley & Waynesville. They offer paved access, plenty of parking, restrooms, and even free refreshments in a heated section of their Morton building. They have five to12 foot trees, plus wreaths, roping and tree stands.
Directions from Asheville (30-40 minute drive): Follow I-40 west to exit 20. Travel 3.1 miles on Hwy. 276 South, Turn right onto Grindstone Rd. Travel 1.3 miles on Grindstone Rd. to Hemphill Road, Turn right on Hemphill Rd. and travel .1 miles to 24 Corner Drive.

Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees
13623 Highway 212
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828.656.8100
This “no-frills” tree farm is a short distance off I-26 near the North Carolina/Tennessee line. They produce Fraser fir Christmas trees for choose-and-cut. Visitors will find the farm by the large American flag painted on the barn. You’ll be surrounded by hillsides of trees and fields with cows, goats, and a llama or two. Donna and Chipper Jones and their children grow 80,000 Fraser fir on 55 acres of their 300 acre farm at elevations of 3200 to 4800 feet. Open early November through December 20, dawn to dusk.
Directions from Asheville: Take I-26 West toward Weaverville, Take Exit #50, Flag Pond Rd., Turn left at Higgins Creed Rd., Go 1/4 mile and turn right at T-intersection onto old Hwy 23., Go almost 2 miles and turn left at TN-352., Go 4.5 miles to NC line and the road becomes Hwy 212. The farm is 1/2 mile.

Asheville’s premier food event, the Taste of Asheville, will be held on November 17, 2011 at The Venue at 21 North Market Street from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This highly anticipated annual fundraising event, held by the members of Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), will feature food from 37 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries. “ We are very excited about this year’s event as it has a record number of participating restaurants and will feature some of Asheville’s top chefs,” says Steve Frabatore, AIR’s president. “These same restaurants are participating in our 2012 AIR Passport, which will be kicked off that same evening ”. The AIR Passport program offers discounts at many of Asheville’s top restaurants while encouraging passport holders to try new restaurants.

For reservations at our Asheville Inn, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

It’s Not Too Late to Book a Room November 17 and Sample “Taste of Asheville”

November 16th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Taste of Asheville, Asheville’s premier food event, will be held on November 17, 2011 at The Venue at 21 North Market Street from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This highly anticipated annual fundraising event, held by the members of Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), will feature food from 37 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries. “ We are very excited about this year’s event as it has a record number of participating restaurants and will feature some of Asheville’s top chefs,” says Steve Frabatore, AIR’s president. “These same restaurants are participating in our 2012 AIR Passport, which will be kicked off that same evening ”. The AIR Passport program offers discounts at many of Asheville’s top restaurants while encouraging passport holders to try new restaurants.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening and the sale of the Passports will go to benefit AIR’s “Chefs of Tomorrow” scholarship at AB Tech. Tickets for the event are $70 for a single ticket and $125 for a pair. Tickets will go on sale October 3rd on the AIR Website www.airasheville.org.  Call today and book your room at the Asheville Bed and Breakfast 888-811-3053 or visit our website and book online www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

 

Stay at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast & Check out the Latest Additions to the Local Food Scene

August 30th, 2011 by Lisa Lidback

Cúrate

At the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, we take our restaurant recommendations seriously. For such a small hamlet, Asheville has a remarkable array of dining experiences to offer. A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes in to ensuring our guests have a wonderful visit to our fair city. Recently, our research took us to two of the newest arrivals to the local restaurant scene — Cúrate and Storm. Both are located downtown, but are on the southern edge, stretching the definition of a “leisurely stroll” from this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Unless your aim is to walk off dinner, you may want to consider another mode of transportation.

Cúrate is a traditional Spanish tapas bar. The atmosphere was casual and bustling with patrons. We enjoyed an array of small plate specialties from the traditional tortilla espanola (spanish potato and onion omelet) to the more creative plates like pimientos de piquillo con queso de cabra (peppers stuffed with goat cheese), espinacas a la cantalana (sauteed spinach with raisins, apples and pine nuts) and the bocadillo catalan (special-made Spanish sausage with piquillo pepper confit )and our table favorite.

Felix, one of the co-owners, takes great pride in his wine selection and we would have to say he is on the right track. After sampling several throughout the evening, we settled on a beguiling 2009 Finca Resalso – Tempranillo as our favorite — scurrying around the following day to see if our friends at the Wine Studio could procure this velvety elixir. Alas, to no avail.

You can tell that service is emphasized here. Despite a very busy night, our server took excellent care of us and guided us through the rather extensive menu selections.

Storm, which bills itself as a Rhum bar and bistro, is just around the corner from the Orange Peel (and is open late nite to satisfy your post concert hunger). In keeping with the Rhum bar theme, we quenched our hot summer thirst with a rum and ginger beer cocktail (one of many creative cocktails that they offer).

Another tantalizing menu is offered up here — we started with a cheese board that rivaled any we have had elsewhere. Moving on to some of the selections, we tried the grilled hangar steak, the East Fork Farm Lamb and the Scallops. All three dishes were wonderfully prepared. And as an added bonus Storm also offers a small plate/large plate option. With an eclectic and welcoming interior (and a great outdoor space for cooler eves), Storm is another excellent addition to the fabulous Asheville lineup of dining treasures.

And so now, we have two more stellar restaurant offerings for our guests to enjoy.

In our effort to deliver the greatest Asheville experience, we will continue keep up the research and let you know what we find. It’s hard work, but we do so with our guests in mind. For more on Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com.

“Tank You” for Staying at this Asheville Inn. Save $15 & 15%

May 23rd, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

As our way of saying thank you, this Asheville Inn has teamed up with seven other inns and nine Asheville, NC restaurants to bring you special discounts that may help to ease the pain of filling your gas tank for your summer trip to the mountains.

Through September 1st, book two nights Sunday through Thursday and we will give you back $15 on your total room charge before tax AND you will receive a coupon for 15% off in food at your choice of some of the best restaurants in town!  Participating Restaurants include:  Avenue M, Carmel’s Restaurant & Bar, Cucina 24, Fig Bistro, Frankie Bones, Limones, Market Place, Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Rezaz, and Zambra Wine & Tapas.  You must mention the package at the time of booking with this Asheville Bed and Breakfast in order to qualify.  Additionally, this offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.  Asheville is quite famous for it’s epicurean offerings and so we strongly recommend contacting us ahead of your visit so we can secure a reservation at your choice of restaurant.

Total value of this package could be $25 or more depending upon your choice of restaurant and is offered as a meaningful way to help visitors to Asheville pay for their gas. For more information, visit our Asheville Bed & Breakfast at www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053.

Journey to Asheville’s Foodtopia

September 13th, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Asheville, North Carolina is rapidly becoming a food paradise – some have even proclaimed the city the first “Foodtopian” society — boasting 17 farmers’ markets, 135 independent restaurants and seven local breweries. Locals and visitors alike are lucky to find themselves in a place where the quality of food, and where it comes from, and how it is grown are so important.

Guests visiting the Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast marvel at the abundance of local restaurants and are amazed at how many restaurants incorporate local seasonal ingredients into their menus.  At Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast we have also embraced this concept by using locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables purchased from organic farmers at the local tailgate markets.  We procure our breakfast meats from Hickory Nut Gap Farm just down the road in Fairview.  The Ager family strives to mimic nature in a “perennial polyculture” that includes open fields and woodlands, grass-fed cattle, pastured turkeys and chickens, lambs and pigs, and even pastured egg production. “We maintain open land the way that nature has always done it,” says Jamie Ager.  When customers buy the Ager’s meat and eggs, sold under the business name Spring House Meats, they get delicious foods from humanely raised animals.

At our food markets, you can find everything from local free-range meats, trout caviar, hand-picked blueberries, heirloom apples, sorghum and local honey to artisanal breads and cheeses. At Asheville’s restaurants (and Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast), farm-to-table meals that feature seasonal ingredients are easy to deliver with the access to abundant farming community.

A sampling of what our guests have found on the table this summer:

Full Sun Farm, Big Sandy Mush, NC

Full Sun Farm heirlook Tomatoes and Blueberries

Local blueberries make their way into our waffles, muffins and coffee cakes.

Fresh strawberries can be found in our granola-yogurt parfaits.

Heirloom tomatoes, from Full Sun Farm, are stacked on our Eggs Benedict.

Zucchini bread includes locally grown vegetables pulled from the dirt the day before.

Farmer’s Market Frittata is loaded with locally harvested vegetables.

French Toast is made from Chiabatta bread baked daily and purchased from City Bakery

A crucial ingredient in the Apple Pound Cake is Golden Delicious Apples from Hendersonville.

Join us at this Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast to start your journey to Asheville’s foodtopia!

For a sampling of recipes please view the ” Most Requested Recipes at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast”

Lucious Veggies Gorgeous North carolina Sunflowers

Jamie Ager, Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Jamie Ager, Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Sante Wine Bar downtown Asheville, NC

August 13th, 2009 by Stacy Shelley

Santé Wine Bar is located in downtown Asheville in the north east corner of Asheville’s Grove Arcade, just a pleasant walk away from our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.   Sante’s is a wonderful  place to start your evening whether it’s on their large outdoor patio or in the main bar with it’s various nooks and crannies. If you are a wine enthusiast you will be impressed by the variety of wines and if you are a novice Sante’s is a great place to get your feet wet. You might want to start with a flight of Santé’s signature wines, which change frequently.  The wide variety of wines may include California Cabernet Sauvignon’s, Pinot Noir and  Russian River Valley Chardonnay.  Sante’s also offers light fare. They have several cheese boards to select from.  We particularly enjoy the cheese board featuring a delicious true Bleu Cheese, Jarlsburg, Brie,and Chevre served with grapes and olive mélange. They also offer dips of all sorts.  A must on the menu is the Chunky Pesto Dip, which is twist on an old classic it’s made with whole pine nuts, ricotta, hand chopped basil & parmesan.

The owners relocated to Asheville after selling their homes in California. It was their feeling downtown Asheville was just the perfect place for an affordable wine bar and they couldn’t have been more right. Glasses of wine start at $4.50 and the most expensive bottle tops out at $55.00.  The best part is you can purchase a bottle of the wine you fell in love with and take it home or back to our Asheville, NC  Bed and Breakfast!

Sante Wine Bar a short walk away from our B & B
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