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Four Outdoor Dining Experiences in Asheville

first_imgOn the first crisp days of fall, open air dining is a dream anywhere. In Asheville, North Carolina, however, dining outdoors has taken on a entirely new meaning with elevated experiences that combine the best of outdoor adventure with a tall order of gourmet delicacies.While AUX Bar, a new downtown haunt from the minds of the Blind Pig Supper Club, hosts an outdoor, late-night cinema and Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is featuring a free outdoor concert series, other establishments are giving their guests the option to roam. Those seeking a more immersive dining experience beyond an open kitchen layout or sitting at the chef’s table, several of Asheville’s culinary community has formed picnics, farm tours and afternoons of foraging.Apple- and pumpkin-picking seasons are just the beginning. With pleasant weather throughout most of the year and a near constant supply of produce available each season, itineraries suggested by local restaurants extend beyond warm-weather days and past peak leaf-peeping weekends. Visitors and locals alike looking for an exhilarating afternoon or a quiet escape to the countryside will find the perfect opportunity to dine al fresco with the help of local restaurants. These four outings are guaranteed to thrill–and lessen the decision maker’s burden.Take a curated, gourmet lunch to-goChefs around town, namely second additions of two Asheville staples, are curating picnic baskets perfect for an on-the-go date or outdoor activity like hiking in nearby state parks. James Beard-nominated John Fleer, famously known for his work at Blackberry Farms, is providing a selection of options at The Rhu, a café and bistro next door to his full-service restaurant Rhubarb. Guests can also build their own lunch filled with products made both in-house and locally.A local-favorite for approachable French cuisine, Bouchon, opened their second restaurant in East Asheville this summer. The new establishment, RendezVous, will also offer a range of French-inspired picnic options. Though designed for take-out, consider dining on their lawn or in the specialty garden for an atmospheric setting without wandering too far away.Dine like a VanderbiltThose seeking more action will love exploring the Biltmore grounds, an 8,000-acre estate, by way of a private three-hour horseback ride. From walking through forests and across expansive meadows, guests will enjoy a unique experience and views of the iconic Vanderbilt home. After spending some time in the saddle, guests can select an idyllic stop for their packed picnic included with the day’s adventure. While the horses rest, enjoy the meal and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine to share from the Biltmore’s own winery.Get up close and personal on the farmProving to be a more leisurely day, full- and half-day options for farmland tours can be arranged throughout Asheville’s lush surrounding countryside. Take an active role by feeding the animals and gathering eggs while learning more about the city’s culinary scene and surprising insight into the local produce production. Of course product tastings–think craft beer, cheese, fruit and southern spreads–will take place at the farms as well.Other dining arrangements can be made with Asheville Farm to Table Tours. Guests can visit creameries, flower farms, Appalachian produce farms and the pottery studios of local artisans. Take lunch at one of the small homesteads like Little Round Farmhouse complete with a bakery. Don’t forget your wallet. You and everyone you know will want souvenirs to take home (or at least eat on the way home).Forage for ingredientsAn exciting day of discovery can be found on a mushroom hunt with No Taste Like Home through the second-richest temperate ecosystem on the planet. A fixture of the community, this  company is planning to add more tours and a monthly immersion series to their repertoire.Though the tour may focus on educating its participants with regard to one ingredient, this outing plays by the “finders keepers” rule: everything edible can be picked. With baskets full of greens, berries, nuts, flowers, and more from the Blue Ridge Mountain terrain, head back to one of the company’s four partnered restaurants for a prepared lunch or dinner featuring your finds. Plates these award-winning restaurants have served after the tour include wild mushroom pizza, daylily tamales and wisteria ice cream.last_img read more

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General Villas Bôas Talks About the Brazilian Army’s Immediate Priorities and Plans

first_img Army Gen. Villas Bôas: The Army is a secular institution based on hierarchy and discipline, and it must be ready to fulfill its constitutional mission, which includes the participation in Law and Order Enforcement Operations (LOE). The second week of 2015 was a busy one in the Palácio do Planalto, headquarters of the Brazilian government. President Dilma Rousseff and the newly sworn-in Minister of Defense held many meetings to decide who would lead the country’s Armed Forces. Diálogo: Is Brazil in a position to stay in the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) indefinitely if so requested by the UN and Haiti? Diálogo: What lessons can be learned from the Army’s participation in the Military World Games in 2011, and the World Cup in 2014? The results of the Brazilian Army’s action in the communities of Penha and Alemão were very positive, as shown by the statistics provided by the Public Security Institute of Rio de Janeiro, according to which there was a decrease by about 9 percent in the murder rate (with intent to kill), a reduction of about 20 percent in the incidence of bus robberies, and a 44 percent decrease in auto thefts in the region. One must consider that all of this is intended to contribute to the effort promoted by the Brazilian Army in the search for a troop of employment doctrine on peacekeeping missions. Finally, to represent our country in peacekeeping missions is considered a great honor among our Soldiers. There is no denying the success of Brazilian troops in carrying out their missions. Regarding the Maré Complex, from April 2014 to date, the Pacification Force has achieved significant success, as the numbers show, with over 65,000 actions undertaken by the Pacification Force. This total includes 570 arrests, 224 arrests of minors committing illegal acts, and 1,205 seizures of drugs, weapons, ammunition, vehicles, motorcycles, and various materials. In summary, LAAD promotes the exploration of defense products and materials; strengthens the relationship between the Army and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB); and allows for better interaction between the Army’s Strategic Projects and potential goods and services suppliers. DEFESA CIBERNÉTICA: Computer Defense System The Land Force members’ excellent preparation and modern equipment and doctrine, combined with the strong leadership of unit commanders at all levels ensures compliance with LOE missions assigned to the Brazilian Army. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: Faced with the new challenges of the 21st Century, shielded by the legal framework that regulates its societal role, and supporting the commitments and values that guide the specificities of military life, the Army has been fulfilling its deterrent mission through a set of military tools that can be presented as a military response option to an attack against the people, the territory, or national sovereignty. The Pacification Hotline, which has been in operation for almost a year, has received over 2,300 tips, demonstrating the public’s support for the work done by the military. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: LAAD is a major international defense expo in Latin America, so it fosters knowledge exchange in the defense area. It is an opportunity to project the Brazilian Army and the country’s image abroad, especially considering the proximity of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Besides, LAAD is successful in disseminating the activities of the Land Force, especially those linked to the Army Strategic Projects. It shows society and the defense industry what is being produced within our institution. Diálogo: Why is an expo like LAAD important for the Brazilian Army? It will certainly provide the Industrial Base of National Defense the opportunity to show the Brazilian Armed Forces its advances and technological innovations. It is undoubtedly an excellent time to interact with various countries and enable Brazilian society to deepen its knowledge of defense products and the strategic interests of Brazil. A swimmer and water polo athlete, the future commander of the Brazilian Army graduated from the Augulhas Negras Academy in 1973 as an officer candidate. After a brilliant career highlighted by having led the 1st Jungle Infantry Battalion in Manaus, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Amazon Military Command, Villas Bôas was promoted to Army General in July 2011. In 2014, he became the head of the Army’s Land Operations Command and was among those responsible for planning the security and defense of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Military World Games were held in Brazil with the participation of around foreign and Brazilian 6,000 high-performance athletes from more than 100 countries, and it consolidated the image of Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro as centers capable of handling major international sporting events. PROTEGER: Strategic Land Structure Protection System The Land Force members’ excellent preparation and modern equipment and doctrine, combined with the strong leadership of unit commanders at all levels ensures compliance with LOE missions assigned to the Brazilian Army. Diálogo: How do you perceive the cooperation between the Brazilian Army and those of other countries in the region, including the United States? Diálogo: What are the main challenges of your new role? The Pacification Hotline, which has been in operation for almost a year, has received over 2,300 tips, demonstrating the public’s support for the work done by the military. General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bôas was chosen to head the Brazilian Army. Born on November 7th, 1951, in Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, Villas Bôas initiated his military career at age 16, when he joined the Brazilian Army’s Preparatory School in Campinas (São Paulo). A swimmer and water polo athlete, the future commander of the Brazilian Army graduated from the Augulhas Negras Academy in 1973 as an officer candidate. After a brilliant career highlighted by having led the 1st Jungle Infantry Battalion in Manaus, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Amazon Military Command, Villas Bôas was promoted to Army General in July 2011. In 2014, he became the head of the Army’s Land Operations Command and was among those responsible for planning the security and defense of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Diálogo spoke with General Villas Bôas to hear his thoughts during the LAAD 2015 Defense & Security exhibit in Rio de Janeiro, which took place from April 14 to 17. LAAD 2015 is also a forum devoted to discussions and presentations by the world’s most prestigious companies and organizations in the industry. These structural changes will create the conditions needed for SISFRON, PROTEGER, DEFESA CIBERNÉTICA, ASTROS 2020*, and the rest of the Army’s seven strategic projects to be successful in developing new skills needed by the Land Force. In addition to contributing significantly to the event’s safety, deploying the Army in defense actions and in support of public safety left a significant legacy. Of note is the improvement in the Army’s interagency relations with other military branches, as well as other government organizations and agencies involved in the security of the World Cup. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: The Army is a secular institution based on hierarchy and discipline, and it must be ready to fulfill its constitutional mission, which includes the participation in Law and Order Enforcement Operations (LOE). Army General Villas Bôas: The priorities are to continue with the Army’s transformative projects initiated by General Enzo. These transformations include: structural changes in management and innovation; IT governance; the creation of a new system of Military land doctrine, a new Military land logistics, a new military land operations system, the construction of the Center for Science and Technology in Guaratiba; the structuring of a new engineering system, improving the education and culture system; and the advancement of projects Força da Nossa Força (Strength of our Force), Amazônia Protegida (Protected Amazon), and Sentinela da Pátria (Homeland Sentinel). It will certainly provide the Industrial Base of National Defense the opportunity to show the Brazilian Armed Forces its advances and technological innovations. It is undoubtedly an excellent time to interact with various countries and enable Brazilian society to deepen its knowledge of defense products and the strategic interests of Brazil. Diálogo: Why is an expo like LAAD important for the Brazilian Army? Army Gen. Villas Bôas: Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro hosted the 5th Military World Games in 2011, considered the third largest sporting event on the planet, which served as a test for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. * SISFRON: Integrated Border Monitoring System Army Gen. Villas Bôas: The Brazilian Army operates on the international stage according to Brazilian Foreign Policy (BFP) and the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defense. In this context, the Institution prioritizes cooperation with countries in the South American regional environment, since the maintenance of a climate of friendship and integration among the countries of this region have a significant impact on border security. Consequently, the Army maintains a high level of military cooperation with the countries of the subcontinent, and it has implemented actions aimed at building mutual trust. Bilateral activities are usually agreed upon while conducting biannual bilateral conferences with all South American armies and regional meetings of military exchange (annual), along the border with neighboring countries. All these arrests and results provide an increased sense of security with indirect improvement in the quality of life of that region’s residents. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: In general, it is not possible to measure the results, given that they are intangible values. However, the participation of Brazilian troops in peacekeeping missions has shown benefits such as the promotion of a positive image of Brazil to the international community; increased troop employment capacity under logistics and complex operating conditions; enhanced motivation, self-esteem and camaraderie of the members of the Land Force; maintaining a high degree of institutional operability and credibility; opening new perspectives to the Land Force in the face of unfolding new operating environments; strengthening activities related to the preparation and use of the peacekeeping force; the opportunity for peacekeeping mission training for more military service members; providing the opportunity to reequipping the Land Force; and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and share experiences with contingents from other countries. Diálogo: What lessons can be learned from the Army’s participation in the Military World Games in 2011, and the World Cup in 2014? By Dialogo May 07, 2015 General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bôas was chosen to head the Brazilian Army. Born on November 7th, 1951, in Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, Villas Bôas initiated his military career at age 16, when he joined the Brazilian Army’s Preparatory School in Campinas (São Paulo). The Army employed around 36,000 men and women in pre-established pivotal areas within the security plan. Thus, we can assume that the World Cup represented the highlight of the Army’s participation in major events. ASTROS 2020: Rocket and missile launch battery systemcenter_img The Military World Games were held in Brazil with the participation of around foreign and Brazilian 6,000 high-performance athletes from more than 100 countries, and it consolidated the image of Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro as centers capable of handling major international sporting events. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: LAAD is a major international defense expo in Latin America, so it fosters knowledge exchange in the defense area. It is an opportunity to project the Brazilian Army and the country’s image abroad, especially considering the proximity of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As far as the United States is concerned, the Brazilian Army has historically maintained excellent relations in the military aspect. The Institution prioritizes the cooperation with that friendly nation due to the opportunities it offers in the doctrine and science & technology areas, and because it is a prominent player in the continental and global security arenas. Currently, agreements between the two countries are discussed in annual bilateral meetings. very important AND THE SALARY, HOW WILL THAT BE IF THE MILITARY HAS AN OUTDATED SALARY SCALE? Lt. Paulo’s commentary in the link below leaves uncertainty about the side our Armed Forces are on with regard to the clear and evident implantation of Bolivarian communism by the Worker’s Party (PT); is it the side of the people of democracy, freedom, the green and yellow flag, or the side of the red communists.https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1446335395680827&id=100009131426946&substory_index=0 No comment with regard to the remuneration of Brazilian Army personnel. Does he think he’s going to command the Army of England? A soldier recruit for example earns less than minimum wage, but a 3rd sergeant with schooling earns less than state police officers in several states. Your Excellency, it would be good to look at this and emphasize discipline, obedience and completing missions. I am commenting because everything he says, I have done for 30 years. Today, I am a first sergeant, retired, age 67, my pension is barely enough to live with dignity. SELVA (JUNGLE). [illegible] he must be thinking that he is going to command the Army. I wonder how a general who has studied his whole life to be controlled by a guerrilla must be feeling. It is unfortunate to watch the military force under the command of such an incompetent representative! Moreover, with a speech as tasteless as we can see, not knowing for sure whether this deficiency is a strategy or desperate reality. Poor defenseless population… I wonder how the Army must feel being commanded by various rebels who are stealing from the country and ruining the largest companies. For example, Petrobras and Eletrobras, and giving our money to Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. DISAPPOINTED WITH THE MILITARY I think the military should act when defending the country at the borders to prevent the entry of weapons and drugs, helping the state police, especially in Rio de Janeiro, and in the event of war. “The Institution gives priority to cooperating with this friendly country (the United States) due to the opportunities it offers in the doctrinal and scientific-technological fields. Furthermore, they are known leaders in the area of continental and global security.”Mr. General, we request that you specify the contribution being referred to, in the the doctrine field.Thanks in advance,Luis Seixas Diálogo: How do you perceive the cooperation between the Brazilian Army and those of other countries in the region, including the United States? Army General Villas Bôas: The priorities are to continue with the Army’s transformative projects initiated by General Enzo. These transformations include: structural changes in management and innovation; IT governance; the creation of a new system of Military land doctrine, a new Military land logistics, a new military land operations system, the construction of the Center for Science and Technology in Guaratiba; the structuring of a new engineering system, improving the education and culture system; and the advancement of projects Força da Nossa Força (Strength of our Force), Amazônia Protegida (Protected Amazon), and Sentinela da Pátria (Homeland Sentinel). Diálogo: What are the main challenges of your new role? Army Gen. Villas Bôas: As a United Nations member country, Brazil must respond to the organization’s mandates. However, Brazil’s permanence in MINUSTAH is a decision taken by the Brazilian government based on its foreign policy. It is the Army’s duty to support the government’s decision and seek the best solution for the missions to which it has been assigned. In addition to contributing significantly to the event’s safety, deploying the Army in defense actions and in support of public safety left a significant legacy. Of note is the improvement in the Army’s interagency relations with other military branches, as well as other government organizations and agencies involved in the security of the World Cup. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: Faced with the new challenges of the 21st Century, shielded by the legal framework that regulates its societal role, and supporting the commitments and values that guide the specificities of military life, the Army has been fulfilling its deterrent mission through a set of military tools that can be presented as a military response option to an attack against the people, the territory, or national sovereignty. Diálogo: Why is it important for Brazil to participate in contingents such as the MINUSTAH? DEFESA CIBERNÉTICA: Computer Defense System LAAD 2015 is also a forum devoted to discussions and presentations by the world’s most prestigious companies and organizations in the industry. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: In general, it is not possible to measure the results, given that they are intangible values. However, the participation of Brazilian troops in peacekeeping missions has shown benefits such as the promotion of a positive image of Brazil to the international community; increased troop employment capacity under logistics and complex operating conditions; enhanced motivation, self-esteem and camaraderie of the members of the Land Force; maintaining a high degree of institutional operability and credibility; opening new perspectives to the Land Force in the face of unfolding new operating environments; strengthening activities related to the preparation and use of the peacekeeping force; the opportunity for peacekeeping mission training for more military service members; providing the opportunity to reequipping the Land Force; and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and share experiences with contingents from other countries. In addition, due to its military nature, permeability, and social coverage, the Brazilian Army is a large reserve of civic and moral values dear to our evolving society. Thus, the biggest challenge is directly related to the preservation of these values, so that it can fulfill its constitutional mission while retaining full operational capability. Diálogo: What is your opinion on the Brazilian Army’s participation in actions such as the repossession of some of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas? Diálogo: Why is it important for Brazil to participate in contingents such as the MINUSTAH? All these arrests and results provide an increased sense of security with indirect improvement in the quality of life of that region’s residents. Diálogo: What are your priorities as the new commander-in-chief of the Brazilian Army? Regarding the participation of the Brazilian Army in security actions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we can say that those actions were extremely positive for the maintenance of public confidence in our Armed Forces. In summary, LAAD promotes the exploration of defense products and materials; strengthens the relationship between the Army and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB); and allows for better interaction between the Army’s Strategic Projects and potential goods and services suppliers. ASTROS 2020: Rocket and missile launch battery system Diálogo: What is your opinion on the Brazilian Army’s participation in actions such as the repossession of some of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas? Regarding the participation of the Brazilian Army in security actions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we can say that those actions were extremely positive for the maintenance of public confidence in our Armed Forces. Besides, LAAD is successful in disseminating the activities of the Land Force, especially those linked to the Army Strategic Projects. It shows society and the defense industry what is being produced within our institution. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: As a United Nations member country, Brazil must respond to the organization’s mandates. However, Brazil’s permanence in MINUSTAH is a decision taken by the Brazilian government based on its foreign policy. It is the Army’s duty to support the government’s decision and seek the best solution for the missions to which it has been assigned. Diálogo: What are your priorities as the new commander-in-chief of the Brazilian Army? These structural changes will create the conditions needed for SISFRON, PROTEGER, DEFESA CIBERNÉTICA, ASTROS 2020*, and the rest of the Army’s seven strategic projects to be successful in developing new skills needed by the Land Force. In addition, due to its military nature, permeability, and social coverage, the Brazilian Army is a large reserve of civic and moral values dear to our evolving society. Thus, the biggest challenge is directly related to the preservation of these values, so that it can fulfill its constitutional mission while retaining full operational capability. One must consider that all of this is intended to contribute to the effort promoted by the Brazilian Army in the search for a troop of employment doctrine on peacekeeping missions. Finally, to represent our country in peacekeeping missions is considered a great honor among our Soldiers. There is no denying the success of Brazilian troops in carrying out their missions. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro hosted the 5th Military World Games in 2011, considered the third largest sporting event on the planet, which served as a test for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Army Gen. Villas Bôas: The Brazilian Army operates on the international stage according to Brazilian Foreign Policy (BFP) and the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defense. In this context, the Institution prioritizes cooperation with countries in the South American regional environment, since the maintenance of a climate of friendship and integration among the countries of this region have a significant impact on border security. Consequently, the Army maintains a high level of military cooperation with the countries of the subcontinent, and it has implemented actions aimed at building mutual trust. Bilateral activities are usually agreed upon while conducting biannual bilateral conferences with all South American armies and regional meetings of military exchange (annual), along the border with neighboring countries. The results of the Brazilian Army’s action in the communities of Penha and Alemão were very positive, as shown by the statistics provided by the Public Security Institute of Rio de Janeiro, according to which there was a decrease by about 9 percent in the murder rate (with intent to kill), a reduction of about 20 percent in the incidence of bus robberies, and a 44 percent decrease in auto thefts in the region. Diálogo: Is Brazil in a position to stay in the United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) indefinitely if so requested by the UN and Haiti? Regarding the Maré Complex, from April 2014 to date, the Pacification Force has achieved significant success, as the numbers show, with over 65,000 actions undertaken by the Pacification Force. This total includes 570 arrests, 224 arrests of minors committing illegal acts, and 1,205 seizures of drugs, weapons, ammunition, vehicles, motorcycles, and various materials. As far as the United States is concerned, the Brazilian Army has historically maintained excellent relations in the military aspect. The Institution prioritizes the cooperation with that friendly nation due to the opportunities it offers in the doctrine and science & technology areas, and because it is a prominent player in the continental and global security arenas. Currently, agreements between the two countries are discussed in annual bilateral meetings. * SISFRON: Integrated Border Monitoring System PROTEGER: Strategic Land Structure Protection System The Army employed around 36,000 men and women in pre-established pivotal areas within the security plan. Thus, we can assume that the World Cup represented the highlight of the Army’s participation in major events. The second week of 2015 was a busy one in the Palácio do Planalto, headquarters of the Brazilian government. President Dilma Rousseff and the newly sworn-in Minister of Defense held many meetings to decide who would lead the country’s Armed Forces. Diálogo spoke with General Villas Bôas to hear his thoughts during the LAAD 2015 Defense & Security exhibit in Rio de Janeiro, which took place from April 14 to 17. last_img read more

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