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In the Spirit: Celebrating Samhain with Coven Oldenwilde

WHAT: The 20th annual Public Witch Ritual, organized by Asheville-based Coven Oldenwilde WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. WHERE: French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive, West Asheville. WHY: Since 1995, Coven Oldenwilde has held its Public Witch Ritual on Halloween night (Samhain) in various Asheville locations. Annual themes have ranged from “Creatures of […]

COMPETITIVE EDGE: Sheila Tillman, associate dean of hospitality at A-B Tech, says the school's history of participation and success in culinary competitions has boosted Asheville's visibility in the national food scene. Photo by Stewart O'Shields

Asheville’s food pioneers: A-B Tech trains tomorrow’s chefs

A-B Tech’s culinary and hospitality curricula, started in 1968 and accredited by the American Culinary Federation, were the first such programs in North Carolina. Of course, there were far fewer lodging options and high-end food destinations in Asheville back then. But some folks saw the area’s potential and felt that culinary education and tourism were […]

Tourism Authority awards nearly $5 million to community projects

Press Release from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: Tourism awards nearly $5 million to community projects ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 22, 2014) — The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) provided a record amount of dollars from its Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) to five community projects today. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) voted […]

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Truth as weird as fiction: Steve-O performs in Asheville

“The life I’ve led lends itself to material,” says comedian Stephen Glover — aka Steve-O. A household name thanks to the Jackass franchise, he’s probably as (in)famous for his stunts as for his brushes with the law and drug-related troubles. But these days, successfully headlining his own stand-up comedy tour, Steve-O — who performs at […]

FROM THE HEART: Restaurateur Laurey Masterton (far right in the red hat) was known for both her love of  community and her entrepreneurial savvy. "She was so generous, and yet she was such a sharp businesswoman," remembers her friend Howard Hanger. Mountain Xpress file photo

Asheville’s food pioneers: The legacy of Laurey Masterton

When Laurey Masterton opened her restaurant and catering company storefront, Laurey’s, in 1990, most of Asheville was still degenerate. Barley’s wouldn’t start slinging pizzas until four years later, but Laurey’s sandwich shop paved the way for an entire section of Biltmore Avenue to be revitalized. “Cooking was a big part of their family, and that […]