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WPVM lp 103.7 the “Voice of Asheville” is a listener supported, volunteer-programmed low power fm radio station managed by the Friends of WPVM, a registered non-profit founded to promote independent media to the Asheville community. WPVM lp is committed to presenting the best of the cultural, artistic and musical endeavors, organizations and activities that makes our community unique in the world.
Our mission is to be the beacon of Asheville’s creative and cultural voice for the community and to broadcast to the world via WPVMfm.org all that is unique about our artistic and cultural heritage.
We are proud to introduce our handmade, artisanal chocolates. Established in Asheville, NC in 2007, French Broad Chocolates is borne of an endless love of chocolate and a perpetual lust for culinary creativity. We make our chocolates in small batches with ingredients thoughtfully selected for their integrity. The following outlines our food philosophy with a set of criteria that inform our ingredient choices and business practices.
We’re a mom & pop business, which adheres to small batch, artisanal methods, in order to serve you a small luxury, made with love and good stuff. We believe measured indulgence is an important part of nourishing one’s soul.
Speaking of small, it bears mentioning that we advocate reasonable but sufficient portion size. You will not find anything gargantuan at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, perhaps other than our selection. You will leave satisfied, not stuffed. We believe decadent desserts can be part of a healthy diet. Small luxuries are part of having a positive relationship with food, and one’s body.
One of our primary company directives is to be a part of the local business community. We are fortunate and proud to be part of a vibrant culture of small food producers here in western North Carolina. Fertile soil and evolved consciousness make this area ripe for the local food movement. Farmers, artisan bakers, cheese makers, chefs, tailgate markets, and nonprofit organizations all work side-by-side to support one another.
For our chocolate kitchen and bakery, we buy fruits and berries and free-range eggs from WNC farms, and pick herbs out of our back yard. We pick up our wildflower honey from an honor-system shack on the other side of town, and our milk is processed less than 5 miles from our chocolate kitchen. At French Broad Chocolate Lounge, we sell locally churned ice cream, locally brewed beers, and regionally roasted coffee. The point is: We always have our eyes and ears open to find ingredients from within our regional foodshed. We believe we vote with our dollars, and try to live within our local economy as much possible.
But, um, isn’t chocolate grown in the tropics? Indeed. Cacao, an awfully finicky tree, only thrives within a short range from the equator. But even the most die-hard locavores agree that some foods are worth making an exception. Anyone want to live without coffee? Black pepper? Vanilla? Chocolate?! For globally-sourced ingredients, we seek to connect with small producers in a way that values their efforts, as if they were our neighbors. Applying local mentality in a global sphere. Everybody now: It’s a small world after all!
Historically, commodities trading (whether it’s milk or cocoa beans) has involved power struggles, in which the wealthier buyers typically have the upper hand over the small farmers and producers. We are part of a massive movement to change that, bringing equity to the trade relationship. No single method of trade can achieve this for all players, but with diverse strategies, we can level the field.
Across the planet, the lion’s share of cacao is grown on farms smaller than 5 acres. It is inherently the business of small farmers. Furthermore, the nature of the plant makes the mechanization of harvest impossible; every pod must be carefully removed by hand. To ensure that this hard work is valued fairly, we can rely on direct contact, conscientious middlemen, association with like-minded chocolatiers, and fair trade certification.
The best way to get farmers the compensation they deserve is by establishing a direct relationship with them. This way, we can encourage farming methods that will improve the value of their products, increasing their profitability while procuring a better ingredient for our operation. Among the ingredients we source directly from the farmer: hazelnuts, pistachios, butter & cream, maple syrup, lavender, fruits and berries. Cacao, the heart and soul of our business, is next. We’re heading to Peru this month on a sourcing expedition. In Costa Rica, we are restoring an abandoned cacao farm, and helping a Costa Rican friend build a fermentary. In establishing these ties, we’ll craft chocolate from direct-sourced beans, and use that housemade chocolate to create our truffles, confections and pastries. We’ll be one of a handful of chocolatiers in the world to be bean-to-bar-to-truffle.
The organic movement embodies principles of responsible food production and earth stewardship. Since the USDA developed their National Organic Program, the word is laden with controversy and many small farmers and producers feel that the spirit of the movement has been legislated away.
We were certified organic under the USDA NOP for the first year of our operation, but our honey had to come from Brazil, because that was the only certified organic honey we could buy. Now, we can procure honey from local beekeepers, and save about 4,000 miles of carbon-intensive travel. By creating local relationships with our food producers, the specter of “food security” loses its ominous underpinnings. We value the third-party organic certification for keeping a watchful eye on producers that we can know nothing about, but all the better if we can visit Alex up at Full Sun Farm and ask if he sprays his berries. His farm may not be “certified organic,” though he does in fact use organic methods.
We believe that using organic methods of production is the right thing to do, and we buy organically produced foods most of the time. We take earth stewardship seriously, as evidenced by the growing pile of eggshells and coffee grounds behind our house that will be the soil in next year’s herb garden, or by the compostability of most of our takeout packaging.
All of the above factors are considered in selecting our chocolate and other ingredients. There is often a compromise; and when there is, we err on the side of excellent taste. Take milk chocolate. We have in the past used a very good organic milk chocolate made by Dagoba. Then we met Kokoleka, a divine 38 percent single origin, single estate American-grown chocolate from Hawaii made by Guittard, a San Francisco chocolatier. While not organic, it blows our minds.
We cannot help but take our food choices personally; our products are a reflection of who we are.
Zambra is the shared vision of partners Peter Slamp and Adam Bannasch.
Our dynamic menu is the passion of Executive Chef Adam. Adam has attained many influences through his training in Europe and New Orleans. Zambra is his modern, local vision of the tastes and flavors of the western Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Gypsy, and North Africa. We are a tapas restaurant and like tapas restaurants in Spain, the menu selections are based on locally available ingredients. Because of this philosophy, our menu differs from what you would have in Spain but our inspiration is Spanish.
As an appropriate accompaniment, we have assembled one of the region's finest selection of Spanish and New World wines. We have been awarded the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and our winelist has been voted the best in Asheville.
The Zambra experience has been featured in Southern Living, on the Food Network and been recognized across the country in publications as diverse as: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Charlotte News and Observer.
Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues is a beautiful and historic landmark known through out the region for its romantic ambience and impeccable service. Now in our 16th year, we still pride ourselves on providing Asheville with the ultimate nightclub experience. The people who frequent Tresssa’s, relax into an ambience not found elsewhere in our city. The softly lit, old New Orleans elegance, combined with beautiful music, expert service, fine spirits, fresh lite fare menu served till 2 am, and our famous Martinis, create an unparalleled oasis for Asheville’s famous and infamous! Downstairs, we continue to showcase the best Live Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, R&B, Latin and DJ Dance artists in the region, five nights a week!
Upstairs you will enjoy our plush beautifully decorated Special Event Venue, featuring a full service bar, plush leopard velvet chaise lounges; along with a beautiful roaring fireplace .We can help you design an evening to fit your vision and budget. We have hosted many memorable rehearsal dinners, receptions, ceremonies, birthdays, fundraisers, weddings and celebrations during our 16 year history in downtown Asheville. Both levels of the club are available for private or semi-private events. Both levels offer elegant yet comfortable décor, ambient lighting, great sound systems, bathroom access, and gorgeous full bars. The main bar (capacity of 150 pp) on the ground level provides a full stage with a baby grand piano and the upstairs has a capacity of 100 pp. .We have our own in house caterer, Food Experience, to accommodate any menu needs you may have, or we allow you the option to choose your caterer .We possess all ABC permits and are known for our fine spirits and delicious martinis! Please check our website at www.tressas.com, or www.facebook.com/tressasjazzandblues for more information and pictures of the club
For booking inquiries please send detailed email including links to artist audio/video, specific dates, and valid contact information to: [email protected]
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BOILER ROOM offers perfect acoustics for live music of any genre and hosts local, as well as out of town live music scenes. Well known as a ‘launching pad’ for the community to grow beyond Asheville and is renowned for being attentive and accommodating to the needs of all artists, entertainers, and patrons alike.
BOILER ROOM is a place for bands to showcase “Original” works and materials only, for you won’t find ANY cover bands here!
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TIMO'S HOUSE is THE Underground PARTY BAR and Music Venue. We serve behind a full liquor bar backed by a variety of ASHEVILLE'S FINEST LOCAL BEERS on tap. Our range of musical accompaniments keep our stage fresh with a variety of Local, National, and Global acts passing through the most intimate venue in Asheville. Check our Monthly calendar for new events and weeklies, or add us on our social networky things if you want us to keep YOU informed.
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Club Eleven On Grove is the pinnacle of the GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex, located at the top of the 3 available venue spaces; Eleven is elegant, upscale, and affordable. Club Eleven On Grove is a high functioning, unique space perfect for your special event. Beautiful and inviting, the venue offers a large outdoor patio, a private dressing room, a commercial kitchen capable of presenting a catered event, large video screens, a mobile DJ booth and much, much more! This space can be tailor-made to meet the needs of your event.
Club Eleven On Grove is the perfect venue for private and/or promoted events, and gatherings of all types: birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, dinner/dance parties, bridal/baby showers, swanky black-tie affairs, fashion presentations, art exhibitions, wedding receptions, business presentations, and so much more!
“Bele Chere” means beautiful living. That’s what you’ll find in Asheville at the largest FREE arts and music street festival in the Southeast. Great art, music, food, and beer come to the streets of downtown Asheville each summer. Discover a cool new band, find the perfect piece of art, sample some local cuisine, enjoy a microbrew – find your own way to celebrate Bele Chere.
Fun, easy and totally relaxing! Fired Up! is an interactive studio where you are the artist. Walk ins always welcome. We ship anywhere in the continental USA.
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Hungry for a taste of Asheville but don’t know where to start? Join our walking food tour as we experience Asheville one bite and sip at a time. Fit for foodies and everyone that eats! Our Downtown tour visits six restaurants per tour, enough for lunch! Check out the sights, sounds, and flavors and enjoy Asheville’s best food on foot.
Eating Asheville is a fun and exciting way to Eat.Drink.Walk. downtown Asheville. Learn about history, culture, food, and wine with our enthusiastic guides.
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands features over 200 exhibitors selling fine traditional and contemporary crafts. The event takes place twice a year at the US Cellular Center: July 17 - 20 and Oct 16 - 19, 2014. Admission is $8; Children under 12 get in free.
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Calling all foodies, locally-sourced fanatics, lovers of the handmade, brew hounds, music mavens, boutique divas and serious fans of Asheville! Scene is the essential culinary and culture guide to Asheville and beyond. We are passionate about local food and independent restaurants, the craft brew scene, not to mention hills and trails, family fun, the handmade and artfully crafted, fashion and design and Asheville’s random quirks. Find Scene in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Fridays, on the streets of downtown Asheville and online at AshevilleScene.com.
We are a boutique agency specializing in publicity, digital marketing, consulting and radio promotions for musicians, festivals, and events. By offering a wide variety of services, we are able to tailor our campaigns specifically to our client’s needs while providing the highest quality of service. We embrace unorthodox methods of marketing and are proud of our longstanding relationships with media tastemakers.
Clients include: AC Entertainment [Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN) - Forecastle (Louisville, KY)] - HUKA Entertainment [Rock The Ocean's: Tortuga Music Festival (Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL) - BUKU Music and Art Project (New Orleans, LA) - Pemberton Music Festival (Pemberton, BC)] + The Hudson Project (Saugerties, NY) + Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa (Riviera Maya, Mexico) + The Meter Men + George Porter Jr. + Toubab Krewe + The Booty Band + Earphunk + + Ghost Owl + Fruition + Kuf Knotz + Marisa Bettina + The Salvage Station (Asheville, NC) + New Mountain Asheville (Asheville, NC)
Previous Clients include: DeLuna Fest (Pensacola Beach, FL), Jomeokee Music & Arts Fest (Pinnacle, NC), Perpetual Groove & PGroove’s Amberland Festival (Lafayette, GA), Erick Baker, Vusi Mahlasela, Asheville Earth Day Festival, Asheville Improvisational Music Festival, Moog’s AHA AVL series, John Brown’s Body, Acoustic Syndicate, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Sol Driven Train and Event Live Expo.
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