COOKING WITH CONFIDENCE: Making sure employees are ServSafe-certified "makes me more confident in my crew, myself as a chef and the food we serve," says Amy Lawson, chef at Nine Mile West. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Safety first: Local restaurants team up with Goodwill for food-safety training

With 109 food-poisoning cases in Buncombe County in 2013 — and probably more that went unreported — Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has teamed up with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association to train local workers and certify them through the national ServSafe program. “Making people sick is bad business, and you can definitely take measures […]

Lillah Schwartz, yoga teacher at One Center Yoga, strikes a pose at the studio. Photo by Max Cooper

Young at heart

Since opening Asheville's first yoga studio in 1981, Lillah Schwartz has practiced and taught yoga to hundreds of Asheville locals, many of whom have gone on to become yoga teachers themselves. Schwartz specializes in an alignment-based yoga tradition called Iyengar yoga, which focuses on the precise positioning of the body, as well as breath control. […]

Lost in West Asheville

Before I came to Asheville, I studied the AAA maps. At first, I planned to drive here from Phoenix, Ariz., and noticed that Interstate 40 ran through the middle of town. Asheville looked pretty easy to master, on the maps. My daughter put the kibosh on driving. She didn’t want my car at her house. […]