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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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
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125 S. Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Across the street from Bhramari Brewing Co.
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When it comes to nutrition and supplements, it’s a jungle out there! Confusion about choices, misleading claims, and a shortage of knowledgeable guidance – no wonder you’re confused! And then there’s Plexus, offering high quality products for digestive health, optimal nutrition, and youthful looking skin.
Asheville Plexus distributor Karen Sargent became a Plexus ambassador after seeing some amazing benefits from the products to her own health and well-being. Through her experiences, some of the Plexus products became her favorites.
“I love the TriPlex combo and have taken it for almost 5 years,” Karen said. TriPlex consists of three products: Slim (the “pink drink” that supports healthy glucose metabolism), ProBio5 (a probiotic/enzyme), and BioCleanse (a gentle cleansing agent).
“Plexus focuses on balancing the body from the inside,” Karen said. “Most of the health issues we deal with are really just symptoms, but Plexus supplements address the root cause – blood sugar imbalance, inflammation, and gut health. Common benefits are more energy, better sleep, healthy digestive function, stronger immune system, reduced inflammation, less “brain fog” and chronic discomfort, improvement in autoimmune diseases, healthy weight management, improved blood sugar numbers, and healthy cholesterol levels.”
If Karen had to choose only one Plexus formula, it would be ProBio5, a probiotic whose effectiveness comes from the combination of good bacteria, enzymes, and an antifungal. What makes this product unique and so effective is that it destroys yeast overgrowth first so the good bacteria have room to colonize and thrive. No other probiotic does that.”
“I love what Plexus has done for my husband and me, but I’m more grateful for what it’s done in my children’s lives. My daughter Leah is a violinist and developed an overuse injury in college. She tried every available remedy and finally had cortisone injections to get through her senior recital. After graduation she put her instrument away and didn’t play for more than three years.
“Then Leah began taking TriPlex and within a few months she was completely pain-free. She now teaches middle-school orchestra and plays professionally with no pain. But that’s not all Plexus has done for her.
“Leah suffered with anxiety and PMDD for many years. Getting her body balanced from the inside helped her chronic pain, but she still struggled emotionally and wanted to feel better. When Plexus launched a second probiotic, VitalBiome, which includes bacterial strains shown to help with anxiety and stress, Leah tried it. After a month, my daughter Abbey (her roommate) called me and said, ‘I don’t know what Leah’s taking, but she’s a different person!’ To say that Plexus has changed Leah’s life is not an understatement!”
Karen is always on the lookout for dedicated Plexus ambassadors. “The best ambassadors are products of the products,” she said. “When someone knows first-hand how life changing these supplements are, you can’t shut them down!”
That’s how it began for Karen. “I wanted to lose 10 pounds before my son’s wedding, but the harder I tried, the more frustrated I became. I had no energy, never slept well, craved the wrong foods, and felt hopeless. I’d been listening to my daughters talk about this pink drink, and I just rolled my eyes at what I thought was a scam. Finally, when I saw the pictures of myself at my son’s wedding, I knew I had to at least try it. In the first week I felt more energetic than I had in years and noticed I had less appetite. My sugar cravings disappeared and I began going for a walk after work. By the end of the month, all my pants were loose even though I’d only lost 3 pounds. But best of all, I was feeling so much better! I didn’t realize the extent of my brain fog until it was gone! In the second month, I put my husband on Slim and we’ve never looked back. Together we’ve lost 47 pounds. We’re in our late 50s and have more energy and better health than in our 30s!”
Karen didn’t go into Plexus with the idea of doing it as a business. “When friends started noticing changes in us and asking what we were doing, I had to tell them. So I started sharing what we were doing, and friends began joining me. At first I made enough to cover the cost of our products. Then it became a more significant income that enabled me to quit my job as an editor.”
Company integrity is a very important factor with Plexus ambassadors. “Their philosophy is clear from the start,” Karen said. “To build relationships, put people first, and support true health from the inside out with science-based products that work and that are always high quality and safe. Our core beliefs are simple: be trustworthy, be honest, be reliable, and be responsible.”
So whether your goal is weight loss, greater energy, more youthful skin, or a great independent business, call Karen and find out more about Plexus. “This business isn’t about sales; it’s about people being healthy and happy. Relationships are our focus, and our team approach is company-wide.”
Don’t take anyone’s word for it; find out for yourself if Plexus products are right for you. All Plexus products come with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Use them for 60 days risk-free. “This could be the last thing you ever have to try!” Karen said.
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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the person who has “everything?” We all have friends who don’t want any more “stuff” to clutter up their homes, even if our gifts are thoughtful and given with loving intentions. The perfect solution is a gift from Edible Arrangements. It’s healthy, delicious, and after it’s eaten, it disappears without a trace!
Edible Arrangements owners Diana King and Susan Rossignol strive to connect with every customer to make their occasions special. “We know we are an extension of the message a loved one is trying to deliver,” Diana says, “whether it be a birthday, anniversary or just someone wanting to say thank you. We take it seriously and are so grateful we were chosen to be part of their message. Especially if they need to send a get well bouquet to someone in the hospital, or a sympathy bouquet to a family, we will make it special.”
Edible Arrangements has served the Asheville area since 2005, creating unique gifts for many occasions. “Our number one occasion is birthdays, and we have hundreds of different types of arrangements all made with fresh fruit, “Diana says. “Our focal point is our pineapples that we use to create shapes to define the arrangement. We surround this with fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries topped with red seedless grapes. Some of the arrangements we make can be with just pineapples and strawberries and others will include oranges and dipped apple shaped like a donut.”
Other special occasions are holidays, especially Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day, and Christmas. “Each holiday we focus our energy on creating special baskets themed to the holiday or events like basketball designs, chocolate Easter bunny pineapples, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or snowmen and reindeer during Christmas,” Diana explains. “In the summer, gift creations include fruits like kiwi, watermelon, mangos, and blueberries.”
In addition to amazing edible gift creations, you can also get great fresh fruit smoothies at Edible Arrangements. “This is something a lot of people do not realize we do, and we are working to distinguish ourselves from other smoothie places that use syrupy products,” Diana says. “We have a grab and go section to our store that allows a customer to see our gourmet dipped fruit options and create their own quick pickup boxes of singles, half dozen or even a full dozen of dipped, apples, bananas, strawberries and pineapples.“
Diana says her favorite treats at Edible Arrangements are the smiles she gets from happy customers. “My personal favorite is chocolate dipped apples. We dip Granny Smith apples in chocolate for a delightful tart and sweet combination. A lot of my team will tell you that their favorite is the double dipped bananas that are first dipped in semisweet chocolate and then in white chocolate,” she says.
What makes an Edible Arrangements creation a really great gift? Here’s Diana’s explanation. “We are a fresh take on an old custom of giving flowers,” she says. “We’re a healthy alternative to just chocolate, and we make everything to order every day, so you are guaranteed the freshest fruits that have been cut and put into amazing designs by our well trained fruit experts. It’s this attention to detail and dedication to quality that makes someone’s day a little sweeter when they receive one of our designs.”
Diana says she feels great satisfaction in making people happy with Edible Arrangements. “We never knew how big this would get once we gained name recognition. It’s such a great feeling when we are asked what we do, and are met with OH MY GOSH, I love you guys or I received one of your arrangements and it was so amazing!”
Most of all Diana says she feels part of the bigger picture through her involvement with her business. “I love making a contribution to our community from creating jobs that people can take pride in the many nonprofits we have helped over the years, and to the smiles on the little kids’ faces when they open the door and see us standing there with a delivery. I take pride in mentoring young people who have been part of our team and remain close to lots of team members who have moved on,” Diana says. “I consider it a privilege to assist people by sharing the wealth of knowledge I have gained not just from this business but the corporate world I came from.”
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Asheville, NC 28806
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Do you need your carpets, area rugs, or upholstery cleaned safely and effectively? Call CitruSolution of Asheville, serving Western North Carolina in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison County.
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