Photo courtesy of Pisgah Brewing

Check for a shadow: It’s almost Stout Hog Day

Pisgah brews some excellent porters and stouts — and the company’s brewers love drinking dark beers as well. So in 2008, they decided to add “a beer connoisseur’s twist” to Groundhog Day, according to events and public relations director Benton Wharton. “It’s our first self-established holiday, making it very dear to our hearts,” says Wharton. “Back […]

Photo of 2014 Vagina Monologues cast courtesy of Capturing WNC Photography

Local production of the Vagina Monologues to benefit domestic violence agency

Written by Eve Ensler seventeen years ago and based on hundreds of interviews with women, the Vagina Monologues returns to the Orange Peel on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. The production — directed, produced and all-around spearheaded by WNC Weddings and Events owner Allison Taylor — spans hilarious and heart-wrenching moments with the overarching […]

FRESH LAUNDRY: The Flatiron building's iron statue and Michael Dale's "fresh laundry" scent both commemorate a historic downtown laundromat at Wall Street. The Asheville Aroma Tour creator hopes candle customers will recall their trip to the historic landmark more vividly upon smelling the corresponding fragrance while at home. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Smelling Asheville: Local candlemake­r creates walking tour based on historic scents

“As far as I know, there’s never been anything like this,” says Asheville Aroma Tours creator Micheal Dale. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Asheville’s walkable historic sites and a passion for aromatics, the local candlemaker has combined seemingly disparate modes of taking in local history — sights and smells — in his most recent […]

Erika Allen (photo courtesy of Growing Power)

Growing Power’s Erika Allen calls for thinking big about food and sustainabi­lity

On Jan. 20, a roomful of college students and citizens gathered at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union to hear Growing Power‘s national projects director, Erika Allen, discuss food systems, urban farms and sustainability. She focused on “transformation through the food system.” Allen launched into a dialogue on how the concept of social justice is entwined with food, and she […]