ASHEVILLE – A new breakfast and brunch destination projected for Arden; a Black Mountain chef to bring a taste of Peru to Asheville; an Asheville baker opens a cookie shop downtown.
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A popular chain of restaurants specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch is expanding, drawing more Asheville-area diners to its tables.
First Watch is in the early stages of planning and construction at 281 Long Shoals Road in Arden. An opening date has not been set.
In the spring, First Watch opened at 2 Hendersonville Road in the Biltmore Village and offers a menu of all-natural juices, healthy hearty plates, bowls and more.
See the menu at firstwatch.com.
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From scratch vinyl shop dinner
A Black Mountain chef is bringing his repertoire of recipes to Asheville for a one-night dining experience.
Citizen Vinyl, a downtown record store and more, will continue their Turntable Supper series from 6-8 pm on December 5 with special guest Bryann Sandoval.
Sandoval, sous chef at Milton’s, will prepare a curated menu of classic Peruvian dishes, paying homage to his roots in Lima, Peru. The menu includes tiradito, shishitos, papa rellena, lomo saltado, and alfajores for dessert.
Tickets are $100 and wine pairings can be added for $60. See the full menu and reserve a seat on Eventbrite.
Citizen Vinyl is at 14 O. Henry St. in Asheville. For more information, visit Citizenvinyl.com.
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A small cookie business known for its great cookies has moved downtown.
As of November 18, the new address for Morsel Cookie Company is 45 Rankin Ave.
The bakery is open with winter business hours, from 12 to 6 pm from Tuesday to Thursday and from 12 to 8 pm from Friday to Saturday.
Morsel previously operated at 175 Weaverville Road, where baker and businesswoman Caroline Dockery made her business debut in September 2021.
The downtown location offers greater visibility and foot traffic and room to expand with more dining options, he said.
“It will be easily (within walking distance) on foot. We also have parking right in front of us in the Rankin garage, which is free for the first hour,” she said. “I hope moving downtown doesn’t scare a lot of our local residents because we have following.”
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Customers will continue to find a rotating menu of small-batch thick cookies made in unique and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
Classic cookies include Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cream Pie, PB Cup, and another fall flavor is Butter Chai Cookie.
Cookie cake offerings include vanilla sprinkles, cookies and cream, and Nutella swirls.
Vegan and gluten-free options are available, such as PB&J and sea salt chocolate chips.
“Each cookie is picked by hand. Each cookie is treated accordingly. They each have their own position and attention,” Dockery said. “We make large filled cookies and always try to make as many internal fillings as possible. We want to bring a sense of nostalgia to eating a cookie.”
The cookies are elevated with inspiration from other beloved cakes and desserts, he said.
“For people who want a slightly larger selection with more convenient hours and better dining options, that’s what we’re investing in now,” Dockery said. “It used to be pop-in, grab what you need and go. Now, you can sit back and enjoy and talk with us and get to know the company a little bit more and in depth.”
For more details, visit morselcookie.company. Follow us on social media at facebook.com/morselcookieco and Instagram @morsel_cookieco.
Tiana Kennell is the food and dining reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this kind of journalism with a subscription to the Citizen Times.