Charcuterie platters are all the rage right now, and while many create their own DIY spreads, our little culinary city offers a wide variety of options for those craving this savory treat. We’ve put together a quick list of some local favorites, so let’s get snacky.
Oh, and if you’re looking to make your own charcuterie board, pick your board, table or plate, (unless you’re making the new craze, jarcuterie) and grab your favorite cheeses + meats from South Slope Cheese Co. and the Chop Shop Butchery. Personally, we love grabbing a loaf of Earth Fare’s fresh sourdough bread, cutting into thin slices + toasting lighty to go with the board, but crackers are also a solid add to any spread.
Now keep on scrolling to get some inspiration for your own creations.
Asheville Charcuterie Co., Online Recently open for orders, Asheville Charcuterie Co. crafts charcuterie boxes filled with seasonal meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, cookies + more with an artisanal flare.
Avenue M,791 Merrimon Ave. The chef-curated spread offerings rotate, but crispy grilled ciabatta, white miso mustard + pickles will always be included.
Board + Bread, Online Black- + queer-owned, Board + Bread serves Western Carolina University, Asheville, and the surrounding WNC area. You can find your typical meats + cheeses, along with fun add ons like hard boiled eggs.
Bull and Beggar, 37 Paynes Way #007 This charcuterie board was recommended to us by dozens of readers; have you had it yet? They’ve created a beautiful spread with a variety of savory + sweet tastes. ProTip: The menu changes weekly, so be sure to order it when you see it offered.
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Weather ○ 42º | Ice to rain | 96% chance of rain ○ A winter weather advisory is in effect for Western North Carolina through Friday. The region could see up to 1.5″ of snow, sleet, cold rain + freezing rain. ❄️ (WLOS)
Cause ○ Because of the winter weather, The Blood Connection’s local blood supply is low after several consecutive days of low donor turnout. TBC has also been receiving calls for help from blood centers in Texas as they face unprecedented weather + power outages across the state. If you are able to donate blood, you are urged to make an appointment and donate as soon as possible. 🩸 ○ Local disaster relief non-profit Hearts With Hands, is sending supplies to Brunswick County after a tornado hit the area shortly before midnight Mon., Feb. 15. The storm that hit the area of Ocean Isle Beach killed three + injured at least 10 individuals. Find out how to get involved and support the org here.🥫 (WLOS)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Wednesday afternoon, 14,671 cases and 284 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here. ○ School staff + teachers in North Carolina will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 24 as many schools are returning to in-person or hybrid learning structures. 975 doses of the weekly 1,950 dose allotment will be prioritized for teachers + staff, allowing all Buncombe County Schools staff to have their first doses within four to six weeks. 💉 (WLOS) ○ The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and UNC Asheville have partnered up + plan to operate avaccination site at the UNCA Reuter Center(1 Campus View Rd.) beginning this month + running through May 2021. Appointments are required – register for the waitlist here. (WLOS) ○ Last week, the CDC shifted vaccination eligibility, meaning vaccine providers do not have to offer the vaccine to people who do not work, live, or spend a significant amount of time in NC. According to health leaders, nearly 30,000 of the first million doses were administered to non-residents. (WLOS)
State ○ Federal broadband grants allocated to North Carolina total $166 million, $45 million of that will go towards counties in WNC. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fundgives areas with less population + access faster internet service. Charter plans to hire over 2,000 people to build out broadband in various areas. 🌐 (WLOS)
Health ○ Vaya Health and Access Family Services (AFS) have teamed up to develop specialized foster homes for children + adolescents with autism. According to Autism Society of North Carolina, Autism Spectrum Disorder affects about 1 in 54 children across the country. The specialized foster homes require parents to help children cope with separation, trauma, and grief with the support of professional team members. Foster parents are needed in our area, click here to learn more + apply.
Legacy ○ Mars Hill University volleyball coach, Raoul “Tony” Fontanelle, passed away on Mon., Feb. 15. Tony joined the Mars Hill family in 2004 and was the second longest tenured head coach in the university’s athletics program. Read the university’s tribute here. (Mars Hill University)
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Here’s a quick Q+A with Chef Santiago from the Favorite Chef page: Q: How long have you been cooking? A: 25 years Q: What is your signature dish? A: Lomo Saltado, plus ceviches, BBQ, southern cuisine, and Latin American Q: What will you do with the $20,000? A: Open a non profit fundraiser to feed people!
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