First clock arrives, cookie shop opens, Peruvian chef dinner

Hot Chocolate Chili Cookie from Morsel Cookie Company.

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.

a second help

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

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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.

Sous chef Bryann Sandoval talks about his inspirations and his time at Milton's on September 1, 2022.

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

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morsel moves

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.

Pecan Pie Cookie from Morsel Cookie Co.

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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