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November 2019 Rapid River Magazine

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WILD ABOUT WAYNESVILLE

WILD ABOUT WAYNESVILLE Julie Calhoun-Roepnack at Twigs and Leaves Gallery BY STAFF REPORTS • WAYNESVILLE * Extra Virgin Olive Oils * White & Dark Balsamic Vinegar * Infused Olive Oils * Specialty Oil & Vinegar * Bread Dip Seasonings * Specialty Salts & Rubs * Seasonings * Handcrafted Pottery 224 Branner Ave. Waynesville, N.C. 828-246-6868 www.cornerstationoliveoil.com Support Clean / recyclable Newsprint Twigs and Leaves Gallery presents potter Julie Calhoun-Roepnack at Art After Dark, Friday evening, November 1, 6-9 pm. Calhoun-Roepnack has always been fascinated by the wide variety of colors and textures exhibited by nature through the course of four distinctive seasons. This appreciation for variety has made its way into her work, which she produces today. Brightly colored glazes and innovative techniques using scraffito, carving, and impressions characterize her signature works. Friday evening, as you stroll through the gallery’s 140+ primarily regional artists, enjoy live piano music and delight in savory hors d’oeuvres. If you missed the Art After Dark this month, don’t worry, Calhoun-Roepnack’s work is on display at the gallery, and makes for a perfect addition to your autumn and winter décor. Art After Dark on Friday, Nov. 1. 6, 6-9 pm Twigs and Leaves Gallery 98 North Main Street, Waynesville Open Monday through Saturday 10- 5:30pm, Sunday, 1-4pm (828) 456-1940 www.twigsandleaves.com Find them on Facebook and Instagram. INFO Simple, delicious food with vegetarian options, Craft beer on draft, great wines, kids menu, to go menu, daily specials. 112374 7376 Firefly 18 01 17 We’re bringing brunch downtown! Sundays 10:30 til 2:00. Open daily except Wednesdays 11:30-9:00 454-5400 128 N Main Street, Downtown Waynesville 18 |RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | VOL. 23, NO. 3 NOVEMBER 2019

WILD ABOUT WAYNESVILLE (L-R) Victor Llamas, Carmen Steinel, and David Garber At Firefly Taps and Grill, brunch reigns supreme BY STAFF REPORTS • WAYNESVILLE Banana Foster. Created at Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans in 1951, this classic dessert was named after loyal customer Richard Foster Eggs Benedict. This dish was first popularized in New York City. The fall season is fast approaching. With the breathtaking change of colors comes the ritual of sweaters, scarves, and pumpkin spice. It is arguably the most beautiful time of the year. Firefly Taps and Grill, located on Main Street in downtown Waynesville, is just the place to go to usher in the new season. The Cipielewskis, Beth and Keith, have been a staple in the neighborhood first with their restaurant Blossom and then with the rebranding to Firefly two years ago. If you haven’t stepped inside, now is the time to do it. With a new brunch menu and expanded hours, Saturday, 10:30 - 1 pm, and Sunday 10 - 2 pm, guests can choose from yummy selections such as Creamy Grits and Shrimp, with a siracha cheddar cheese drizzle, Southern Skillet Scramble, or Pesto Egg Sandwich with smoked pecan shoulder bacon. Want more sweet than savory? Try the Bananas Foster French Toast with a homemade caramel sauce. The after-brunch crowd will love the locally-sourced trout with a cream sauce, and for a traditional Southern side, there are the hand-breaded fried green tomatoes. Chef Carmen Steinel’s offerings embrace southern-home-cooking with a farmhouse-chic-dining-room-element hosted by The Cipielewskis’s new business partners, Victor Llamas and David Garber. Llamas comes to Firefly with over 20 years in guest relations and Garber with 30+ years in family entertainment. This is an experience that complements Firefly’s focus on great food, cold craft beverages, and excellent guest service. “It begins as you walk through the front door. This is home, and everyone is welcome in our home,” shares Garber. So, if you happen to be in the area and your stomach starts to growl after taking in all the fall beauty that surrounds Waynesville, stop by Firefly Taps and Grill for brunch or any time. You won’t leave disappointed. The Cipielewskis, Victor, David, and Chef Carmen say, “Y’all come by and visit.” INFO Firefly Taps and Grill 128 N Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 454-5400 • fireflytapsandgrill.com VOL. 23, NO. 3 — NOVEMBER 2019 | RAPIDRIVERMAGAZINE.COM | RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE | 19