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Our Visit to Asheville’s New Rhubarb Restaurant

December 29th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

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Goat Cheese Gnudi

In our never ending quest to discover new culinary finds in Asheville, we dined at one of the latest eclectic restaurants downtown, Rhubarb. We had read the reviews so we knew there’d be plenty of new flavors, and there was. After all, how often do you come across a lobster corn dog? A tasty twist on an old classic for sure, albeit a bit pricey for what amounted to gourmet carnival food. We also tried the crispy Brussels sprouts & cauliflower. We thought the portion was small, and the fried texture overwhelmed the delicate vegetables a bit, but it was a nice attempt to serve fall vegetables in a new fashion. Overall we shared two appetizers, a salad and an entrée and more than a couple glasses of wine. Our dinner selection proved to be the highlight of the evening, with the most interesting combination of flavors. We shared a salad with charred farro, turnips, crispy beets and grilled kale and an entrée with goat cheese gnudi (a light airy gnocchi like pasta made with yellow branch cheese) – lightly sauteed with roasted shallots, local mushrooms, wood grilled radicchio and toasted pumpkin seeds. The flavors were an unexpected delight. Overall the atmosphere was subdued and comfortable and the service was exceptional.

We had a great dinner, but with what ended up being a hefty price tag for an ordinary night out, we will probably save our next visit for a special occasion. That said, I would definitely recommend it to anyone searching for bold new flavors in a serene downtown setting.

Visit www.pinecrestbb.com/blog for more about our Asheville adventures. To inquire about Inn reservations at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast, call 888-811-3053. We hope to see you soon!

Artisan Cheese-making in Western North Carolina

July 15th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

WNC cheese trailWe recently made a goat cheese and chive breakfast scramble for our Asheville Bed & Breakfast guests. It made me think about how lucky we are to have so many artisan cheese makers right in our own WNC backyard. As it turns out, the time-honored craft of artisan cheese making has experienced a revival the past few years, especially throughout North Carolina. Our state boasts over 40 cheese producers, with about 30-35 of those being artisanal in nature. Artisanal cheese-makers own their own goats or cows and process their cheeses on small, sustainable family farms or local creameries.

Many N.C. cheeses are produced without the use of additives, growth hormones, preservatives or other unnatural ingredients, and are some of the most prized in the nation.  In 2011, Looking Glass Creamery in Fairview was one of only six Artisan Cheese-makers across the country to be featured in Williams Sonoma catalog. Three of their signature cheeses Early Bird, Ellington, and Chocolate Lab were showcased. Ellington is named after the famed art deco architect who designed many of Asheville’s unique buildings. The famed cheese won the Taste Test Awards by Cooking Light in 2011 and brought home second place at the American Cheese Society Conference and Competition last August.

The artisan cheese movement has taken such a strong hold, there is now an official cheese trail (wine lovers eat your heart out!)  The WNC Cheese Trail gives cheese connoisseurs a chance to tour the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, while sampling some of the finest local cheeses fresh from the farm. Sample cheeses from local favorites like Round Mountain Creamery, Heritage Homestead, Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, Looking Glass Creamery and more. Whether you prefer Blue, Chevre, Gouda, Brie or something more exotic, the tour will give you the chance to taste a wide variety from soft-ripened pasteurized varieties to hard, aged raw milk cheeses. The distinctive flavor of handcrafted cheese results from the high quality and pure nature of the milk being used and the variety of grasses and herbs used to feed cows and goats. For more information, visit www.wnccheesetrail.vpweb.com.

Now that we’ve got you all geared up for some yummy local WNC cheese, we’ll share one of our favorite Bed & Breakfast recipes with you.

Goat Cheese & Chive Scramble (serves 6)

3 tbsp. stick of butter

18 eggs whisked

2 tbsp. half and half

Good quality goat cheese (to taste)

Half a bunch of chives chopped

Heat large sauté pan over medium high heat and melt butter.  Mix eggs and half and half together and pour into pan. Turn heat down to medium low and cook eggs slowly. Gently push eggs around in pan and keep a close eye on them. When almost set turn off heat and add goat cheese and chives.

For more tasty breakfast ideas or to book a reservation, visit our Asheville Inn at www.pinecrestbb.com.

 

 

Winter Holiday in Asheville

January 10th, 2013 by Stacy Shelley

Happy New Year ! This year marks our 10 year anniversary as owners of this Asheville Bed and Breakfast. It’s hard to believe how fast time has flown by and here we are starting the New Year off much like last. The weather has been very mild, no snow and quiet. Even though January and February are usually slow months, it’s a great time to visit. The Biltmore Estate is still magnificent and less crowded. You can purchase your 2 day ticket for $35.00 from this Asheville Inn. Guests receive a complimentary audio guide with purchase. Children 16 and younger enjoy free admission.

Asheville’s restaurants are calmer – making reservations unnecessary on most nights and giving you some extra flexibility in your schedule. With temperatures expected to continue to be mild this year, outdoor hiking and activities are abundant. Strolling the streets of Asheville is a more leisurely and relaxed experience.

Here at Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast, our rates are reduced through March 31st. We also allow for one night bookings on the weekend, except certain holidays. This year we are offering an additional 5% savings if you book 2 weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) through March 31st in the Grace, Thomas Wolfe or Wible suites.

Valentine’s day falls on a Thursday this year and we expect that the weekend following Valentine’s day to be busy, so you may want to start your planning your get-away now. We would really enjoy the opportunity to host you during your visit to Asheville. Please call our toll free 888-811-3053 for additional information or book online.

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.

 

Curate Bar de Tapas and the Fine Arts Theatre presents “El Bulli Cooking in Progress” March 5th

February 28th, 2012 by Stacy Shelley

In celebration of Curate’s first anniversary the restaurant will host a showing of the movie El Bulli: Cooking in Progress at the Fine Arts Theatre on March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm followed by a  Q & A by Curate’s Katie Button and Felix Meana.

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress” fastidiously documents one year in the creative life of the esteemed Spanish chef Ferran Adria.” New York Times. Hear about Katie and Felix’s experiences at elBulli, a restaurant the New York Times proclaimed, “The Most Influential Restaurant in the World.”

The start of a new career for Asheville’s own Executive Chef Katie Button, co-owner of Curate Bar de Tapas located downtown Asheville, who went from a PhD student studying neuroscience to helping her mother pursue her dream of opening a restaurant. Katie rapidly honed her culinary skills: apprenticing at Jean Georges in NYC for James Beard Award Winner Johnnie Iuzzini, followed by working for Jose Andres, winner of James Beard 2011 Most Outstanding Chef Award and Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio at The Bazaar in Los Angeles, CA. While working for Jose Andres ThinkFoodGroup, she fell in love with Felix Meana, Jose Andres’ consultant for new projects and the Chef de Rang (service manager) from elBulli, Ferran Adria’s famous restaurant in Spain. Felix introduced her to Spain and to the kitchen of elBulli.

Felix Meana, part of the family team which owns and operates Curate (and recent husband to Katie!), brought his many years of front-of-house management skills to create a restaurant in downtown Asheville reminiscent of his beloved country, Spain.

Tickets: $10.00 and $8.00 senior/children Available at the Fine Arts Box Office.

Need a cozy place near downtown to stay as you sample the culinary delights and fine arts of Asheville, visit www.pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053 to book your reservation. Ask about spring specials at our Asheville NC Inn when you call.

 

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.

 

 

Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

May 27th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

This Asheville Inn was just awarded a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This ceritificate is awarded to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings. We think your 5 rating is something to be proud of and we hope you do to. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guests who have posted such lovely reviews over the years. Here at Pinecrest B & B we strive for excellence and it appears our guests feel we are achieving that goal. Come stay at this Asheville Inn and experience what our guests are writing about.

Asheville Community Theatre Presents Rent

January 24th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

Hey, this is Asheville.  It’s not necessary to “put on the Ritz” for a night on the town.  No top hat and tails required.

Join the Asheville Community Theatre as it turns 65 this year.  The ACT remains one of the oldest community theaters in the country.  To celebrate their youthful exuberance they’ve put together a season bursting with music, energy, humor, and intrigue.

ACT is proud to present the 1996 Tony Award winning Rent, a hot rock opera that follows a group of bohemians struggling in modern day New York. Based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.  A truly powerful story.

Music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson
February 18-March 6, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

The folks at Pinecrest B&B can help you plan a fun-filled evening with drinks and hors d’ouvres before the show and a late night meal afterwards at any of the fabulous restaurants in Asheville. 

Check our Asheville Inn at www.pinecrestbb.com for winter rate specials or click here to book your accomodations.

Jazz It Up While You Visit this Asheville Inn

January 7th, 2011 by Stacy Shelley

“The Big Easy” comes to The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with a special New Orleans-themed All That Jazz Weekend! January 28-30, 2011. 

Enjoy afternoon and evening concerts in the Grand Ballroom, numerous jazz performers in the Great Hall, themed culinary delights, and much more as they celebrate the history and heritage of “All That Jazz.” Performers will include Henry Butler & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Ellis Marsalis Quartet. 

Book your room at ourAsheville Inn and take a short drive (5-10 minutes) to the Grove Park and enjoy listening to some great Jazz. At Pinecrest B&B Inn, you can enjoy peace and quite without the Grove Park prices or crowds plus you get easy parking, a  yummy breakfast and delicious afternoon treats.

Visit us at www.pinecrestbb.com for room reservations at our bed and breakfast and information about winter rate specials and Valentine’s Day packages.


Stay at this Asheville Bed and Breakfast and Experience the Grove Park Inn

November 16th, 2010 by Stacy Shelley

golfing ashevilleStay at the historic Pinecrest Asheville Bed and Breakfast from November 2010 through  March 2011 and we will arrange greens fees of $50.00 per round for any of our guests at the Grove Park Inn.  Discover the course that Golfweek magazine included in its 2005 “America’s Best” listings and Golf Digest named in 2004 as “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.” Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the course is rated as the 8th best in North Carolina (with five of the seven courses rated higher located at legendary Pinehurst).

This is a shot-maker’s course, emphasizing accuracy over power in its 6,720 yard, par 70 layout. From beneath the crest of Sunset Mountain, the players’ ascent from the somewhat flat, yet undulating front nine to the gentle slopes and sometime steep inclines and descents of the back nine brings with it spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course is immaculately maintained and is considered one of the finest conditioned courses in North Carolina.

For more information about our romantic bed and breakfast accomodations, please visit www.Pinecrestbb.com or call 888-811-3053 for reservations at our Asheville Inn.

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