Time for that to change with a visit to the Woodfire Bar & Grille, a true hidden gem of a restaurant located at the award-winning Holiday Inn Asheville East, just minutes from Downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.
From the moment you arrive, you are embraced in a décor of warm, tasteful elegance. From the exquisite wood ceilings and floors, stone walls, and the abundance of natural light through the room’s many windows, you know you are in for a genuine adventure in fine dining.
The lion’s share of what makes Woodfire Bar & Grille so special comes down to the staff. The Executive Chef, Jonathan Green (Chef Jon), brings 23 years of restaurant experience – everything from fast food to fine dining. Sous Chef Jackson Van Cott, the lead production chef, is well versed in all forms of cooking, from fine dining to diner fare. Daegal Ellis, who was a long-term chef at Burrito Gallery in Jacksonville, adds a southwest, TexMex influence to dinner specials and menu items. Restaurant Manager Shelly Bannik rounds out the team, ensuring that diners have a truly memorable dining experience.
Chef Jon has been in and around the food business most of his life. “I grew up with a brilliant southern cook of a mother, and a father on the food distribution side of the industry,” he said. “As soon as I was of working age I started at a small sandwich shop and have moved through the industry ever since.”
The secret to great food at the Woodfire Bar & Grille is the wood-fired grill. “Often not as quick as a standard chargrill, the hickory smoke and longer cooking process ensure a tender, more evenly cooked meal for every plate,” Chef Jon said. “Our focus is on simple foods, done well. Our hickory burning grill imparts a subtle smoky flavor to all of our grilled foods. We select the highest quality meats available with a focus on natural and local when possible. We know that great ingredients speak for themselves, so we make sure nothing is over complicated. Our steaks and seafood are lightly seasoned and finished with a glaze of garlic butter. Our produce is natural and from local providers. We pride ourselves on a fine dining culinary experience, at a casual dining price.”
Woodfire Bar & Grille consistently exceeds customer expectations. “We offer a steak comparable to places such as Ruth’s Chris, but for around half the price,” Chef Jon said. “Although we are often judged as simply being a standard hotel restaurant, our guests have always been beyond complimentary about their experience. We often hear them say they didn’t expect something this good in a Holiday Inn. Our staff is always receiving positive feedback about their balance of familiarity and professionalism. We have a large number of hotel regulars that stay at the hotel simply because of the restaurant. Our biggest fans are our regular hotel guests.”
There are more amenities to enjoy at Woodfire Bar & Grille. “We offer a full bar, drink specials, local drafts, and craft cocktails,” Chef Jon said. “We have the ability to accommodate a party of up to 25 without having to split up the group. We have a long meeting table, complete with charging ports. For hotel guests we offer room service and poolside dining. We have two large HD TVs for all sporting events, and a lounge area for relaxing with cocktails before or after dinner.”
Woodfire Bar & Grille takes pride in its creative culinary independence. “Although we are located in a hotel, we are one of the many great independent restaurants in Asheville,” Chef Jon said. “The concept, menu, atmosphere, and all other things that go into a restaurant are all decided by our staff, rather than the hotel corporate offices. We have free reign to do the type of food we want, and serve the types of drinks we would like to. When people begin to understand that we are an independent restaurant, it makes them more open to trying us out and seeing what we have to offer.”
What they have to offer is remarkable, starting with appetizers like seared ahi tuna, Cajun beef tenderloin kabobs, Panko havarti sticks, and quesadillas. Entrees include filet mignon, NY strips, bone-in pork chops, baby back ribs, lamb chops, grilled salmon, trout, and more. Don’t skip dessert, with key lime pie flown in from Key Largo, classic pecan pie served warm, “chocolate overload cake,” and more.
Find out why we love the place so much. Pay a visit to Woodfire Bar & Grille, and we know you’ll be back again and again!
Woodfire Bar & Grille
Address: 1450 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Located in the Holiday Inn Asheville East
Just down the road from the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Folk Arts Center
Close to downtown Asheville, and within easy distance to Black Mountain, Chimney Rock and the Biltmore Estate
Hours: Breakfast/Lunch 6:30am-2:30pm
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DIY classes are all the rage. The most popular ones seem to involve wine. There's wine and painting on canvas, wine and crafting, even wine and woodshop. And don't forget you can get wine in almost every public event and business.
It was inevitible that wine and personalizing wine glasses would come along. In WNC, Le Painted Grape is making quite the splash. Classes are usually held in a wine bar or other establishment that serves a good variety of wine. You'll be coached in bringing out your creativity to decorate you very own wine glass, you'll have a lot of fun with your friends, and make new friends along the way. It's affordable, fun, and there's wine! You can even host a private wine glass painting party.
Visit Le Painted Grape's events page to find out when, where, and how you can join in the fun.
Edible Arrangements has a daily offer for you. Happy Hour!
You already know Edible Arrangements - Asheville has great Fruit Bouquets, gift baskets, and their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries. Now you can get two for the price of one during Happy Hour!
Every day between 3:00 and 5:00 until July 10, it's BOGO time at Edible Arrangements - Asheville. Visit them at 5 Regent Park Blvd.
WNC has a thriving arts community. Everywhere you turn, you'll find galleries, theater spaces, buskers, and sidewalk vendors. The Arts draws thousands of tourists to the area year-round.
Theatre fans have a lot to choose from in the area. Not only in Asheville, but everywhere from Flat Rock to Waynesville to Burnsville to Black Mountain.
In Asheville this weekend, two plays are finishing their runs, and one is opening here and in Burnsville. There are more, of course, but this post will tell you about four.
Saturday in Burnsville, Parkway Playhouse opens A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. When Monty Navarro discovers he is the not-so-distant heir to the D'Ysquith family fortune, he decides to jump the line of succession using a good bit of charm… and a little bit of murder. Along the journey of knocking off his eight unsuspecting relatives, Monty must juggle both matters of the heart and not landing behind bars.
The Montford Park Players might just be the best-kept Theatre secret in the area. They've been performing free "Shakespeare In The Park" in the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater for over 40 years. Opening this weekend is Robin Hood: Quest for Justice, an original play by locals Jeff Messer & Robert Akers. Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:30. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverages and blankets and lawn chairs. Don't worry if you don't bring anything. You can purchase beer, wine, and various food items at the amphitheater.
The How To Crew is back with Rules & How To Break Them. Shows have been selling out, but there mey be a ticket or two available for this final weekend of the run at the BeBe Theater. Produced by the Steven Samuels' Sublime Theater. Always fun, musical, and laugh-inducing, the How To shows never fail to deliver. If you don't get a chance to see this one, follow the Sublime Theater to keep up to date.
Closing this weekend at the Magnetic Theater, In The Assassins' Garden, writtn by local David Hopes, is a smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. See it this weekend or miss it entirely.
Next up at the Magnetic, More Crimes and Missed Demeanings.
Supporting the Arts in WNC is simply the right thing to do. Buy Local!
Now that warmer weather is here for the next few months, thoughts often turn tocooling off. There are many options for wet, cool fun in the mountains of WNC. Of course, there are the municipal pools, but we like to go out into nature for our relief. Here are the top 3 swimming holes in WNC. Grab your swim suits, towels, and a picnic lunch, and come join us in the mountains.
1.Sliding Rock - Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this is a popular spot for good reason. Slide down the 60-foot flat, sloping boulder and make a splash in an eight-foot deep pool, swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Open 10:00 - 6:00 through Labor Day.
2. Skinny Dip Falls - A beautiful waterfall setting for any time of the year. A 3/4 mile hike down the trail at Looking Glass Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 417 brings you to this swimming hole and soaking spot with several waterfalls and pools.
3. Hooker Falls - Head to the DuPont Forest for this wonderful pool with a 12-foot waterfall. A delightful setting for a day of cooling off.
If you’ve ever faced the challenge of looking for a reliable babysitter or nanny for your child, you know the cliché, “It’s a jungle out there.” Where do you begin? Do you look for family friends with teenaged daughters with some sitting experience? Perhaps you start asking all your friends if they know any reliable sitters they would trust with their own children. It’s not something you can choose lightly – not when the health and safety of your children could be put at risk.
The solution is College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors of Asheville. Franchise owner Jay Cottrell points out that the company’s core concept gives parents total peace of mind. “We provide families with safe, reliable and convenient childcare,” he says. “We are a personal service that takes the time to get to know our clients and to provide them with a high level of service and access to high-quality, safe, and screened role models for their children.”
Working with College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors has multiple advantages for customers. “Every College Sitter is professionally trained and matched to your child’s unique abilities, interests and style. Can you say that about the kid down the street?” Jay asks. “We’re all about trustworthy childcare. All our sitters are carefully screened and receive ongoing professional training and guidance. And of course, they love children.”
Another advantage is simple, quick, and easy scheduling. “Book your favorite sitters anytime. With our MySitters® app you can confirm in as little as 20 minutes,” Jay says. “We operate locally, know your neighborhood, and most importantly, we get to know your family personally.”
Jay got into the College Sitters business through his own experiences trying to raise a child and work full-time. “I’ve always sought way/jobs/companies that help people,” Jay said. “After selling a small stake in a previous business in the healthcare sector, I decided to pursue real estate as the next chapter in my life of doing something that can truly help people. A couple years in my wife and I welcomed our son Ayden. Once she went back to work we struggled to find childcare and were on numerous waiting lists for daycare centers. Since I had the job with “flexible hours” it fell upon me to take care of our son most of the time. Trying to be a full-time dad and work a full-time job was not the easiest to accomplish and maintain a successful career in real estate.”
Conversations with his father about business opportunities and investments led Jay to his next step. “I found what would have been the answer to my childcare issues and knew that it would be for others as well,” he says. “I saw a company with strong values and a great system for providing families with relief and help when they need it most. I decided to purchase a franchise and move from real estate to helping Build Stronger Families® with College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors.”
Higher income families are the ideal customers for College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors. “A great fit is Millennial Mom that is the ‘CEO’ of a busy and active family,” Jay says. “Our customers are generally higher income ($200,000+) families that can appreciate and afford a professional sitter service.”
Not all customers want college students as sitters or nannies. “No problem!” Jay says. “Despite what our name suggests, we do not only hire college students. We hire college students or older. In fact, we are currently hiring active seniors. For instance, in Asheville we have Pam, who is a mother of 4, nurse of many years, and a rock star sitter! She has tons of experience and is very loving and caring when it comes to working with children. Kids are clearly a passion of Pam's! She will engage with them and keep them active and learning. We know she'll be a great fit for any family!”
Pam describes her affinity for children. She says, “I am calm and patient, I have a background in nursing with an understanding of development. I am an experienced mother, who understands the importance of meeting people where they are. I love children, and I advocate and support families and children.”
Jay speaks of the time a customer called him “in anger” about his service. “This is in jest because they then proceed to tell me that their children had such a great time with one of our sitters that their child actually told them to leave and not come home yet. They wanted to keep having fun with the sitter.”
There is a great difference between hiring the kid down the street to babysit, and contracting with College Sitters. One of those differences is price. “Most people in are used to paying a middle school or high school kid or family member to babysit,” Jay says. “There can be a bit of a sticker shock when they hear the pricing for a professional service like ours. But there is no company that is more committed to making sure that your family is well cared for and that every College Sitter is safe, reliable and professional. Your family’s safety and well-being are our top priority.
At this time, sitters and nannies are available in Asheville, but the tutoring service will be launched in about 12 to 18 months.
College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors Asheville
Focal Point Coworking
125 S. Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Across the street from Bhramari Brewing Co.
Also visit College Nannies Sitters and Tutors on Incredible Towns Asheville
Home break-ins. It’s probably every homeowners biggest fear. Do you ever find yourself wondering if someone is watching?
According to Ooma, a home phone & security company, 16% of Americans have experienced a home break-in. Whether it’s pranks by neighborhood kids or a legit burglar, your home can be a target regardless of where you live. And there are a plethora of reasons why you could be targeted, but here are the top five listed in order of percent-cause of break-in.
1. Your Neighborhood - 24%
Nearly 1/4 of all American homes are at risk simply based on the neighborhood the home is in. It can even be the surrounding neighborhoods.
2. No Alarm System - 16%
Not having an alarm system is the second leading cause of break-ins. Even if you don’t have an alarm system, putting a sign by your door saying you do helps thwart would-be vandals. If you do have an alarm but no sign, get one.
3. Unlocked Doors - 14%
The bygone days of never locking your doors are, well, gone. While only 14% of Americans claim an unlocked door was the cause of their break-in, a whopping 42% leave doors unlocked. What?
4. Open Windows - 8%
Never, ever leave ground floor level windows unlocked when you are away or sleeping. If you do lock your door, then the next thing a burglar will try is the window.
5. Living in an Apartment Building - 7%
Multiple unit dwellings are often thought to be less of a target for burglary, however it turns out to be the opposite. With many people in and out of these dwellings, it’s hard to keep up with who should be there and who should not. They are an invitation for strangers to scope out. Try to find buildings with locked exterior doors to help up the security level.
Even if you do have an alarm system, it’s a good idea to purchase timers for interior and exterior lights to cycle on and off periodically to give the sense the home is occupied. Using a home watch service while away from your home, like Roost Home Watch, provides a sense of security because of the inherent nature of the home watch visit. Picking up newspapers & mail, moving trash bins in & out, physically inspecting doors & windows, and much more default items in our service.
Call Roost Home Watch at 828-505-1003
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Mark your calendar for Asheville's Beer City Festival 2019!
Over 70 WNC breweries, live music, food, and fun will make the Rodger McGuire Green the place to be on Saturday, June 1. It's all happening from noon until 5:00. Get your tickets while they are still available.
Located in Roger McGuire Park -- designated by the city as Asheville's Front Porch -- this beer festival is the capstone event of Asheville Beer Week, an annual celebration of all things WNC craft beer. To commemorate the 10th year, BCF is taking a fresh, new approach to the average beer fest. Beer City Festival is partnering with Asheville Van Life - who host the largest van rally on the continent - to throw Asheville’s largest lawn party. The vans will serve as "tour-able" pouring stations, with breweries partnering with attending van lifers. Expect light, refreshing summer seasonals to complement the unofficial kick-off to summer party. Beer City Festival is proud to support Asheville Brewers Alliance as their nonprofit partner.
This year's BCF is focusing on the type of beer you want to drink when it's hot - crisp, refreshing, sessionable beer from some of the best brewers in the state.
Spring has sprung in Asheville and there is no better sign than the Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019, celebrating their 30th year as the largest herb festival in the US & Canada! How lucky are we to have this event right here in our own backyard at the WNC Farmers Market (570 Brevard Rd at I-40). The event is Fri-Sun, May 3-5, 2019 and you won't want to miss it. Get everything you need to grow the herb garden of your dreams this year. Hours are Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm, and Sun 10am-3pm. Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome to attend as well. Free admission and parking all weekend.
Some of the many items available will be Herb plants (of course!), heirlooms, medicinals, soaps, tinctures, extracts, oils and more, plus a heap of education and information on herbs. Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service will be on hand during the festival to answer gardening questions.
More Info? Click here: Asheville Spring Herb Festival 2019