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 […]

FROM THE FARM: ASAP founder Charlie Jackson began his work in the WNC food community as a farmer in Madison County.

Asheville’s food pioneers: Charlie Jackson and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

To fully appreciate how rich our local food scene is, it helps to leave town, says Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project founder and executive director Charlie Jackson. “It’s hard to get perspective sometimes,” Jackson says. “But you can really tell [how great Asheville's food scene is] when you have to leave to go someplace else. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Smart bets: UWABE — Art in the Park

Theater devotees and outdoor enthusiasts unite for two evenings of free alfresco performance. UWABE — Art in the Park meanders throughout Grove Park (338 Charlotte St.) to present three dances, each derived from the natural landscape. During “Biosphere,” a giant puppet among open fields probes into our changing planet’s effects on the human condition. “Radiant […]