The main reason to visit Rhubarb may not be the most obvious. People will tell you about the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner, John Fleer. They'll mention his background, which includes a 14-year stint as head chef at Blackberry Farm, an exclusive resort in east Tennessee where one night’s stay could easily cost four […]
In 1905, at a certain bar in Albuquerque, every drink was served with a fried oyster, according to Chall Gray's research. While Top of the Monk, the bar Gray helped open last week, won't serve fried oysters, it will offer what Gray calls "companion bites," snacks that accompany every drink by default. Think a prosciutto-wrapped, […]
Like the fermented beverage it serves, Blue Kudzu Sake has developed over time. The plan for the nation's fourth independent sake brewery (as the owners slate it) began in 2011. Two years later, the sake finally is flowing in the River Arts District. Blue Kudzu will begin as a bar and restaurant, and as the […]
Zak Yancey, owner of Neo Burrito, admits he's interested in showing off — but in a good way. He's planning a new Neo Burrito at the Reynolds Village development in Woodfin, and it promises to be a little more exhibitionistic than his other two restaurants in West Asheville and Biltmore Park. The Woodfin spot will […]
Zak Yancey is developing a new Neo Burrito at the Reynolds Village development in Woodfin, and it promises to be a little more exhibitionistic than his other two restaurants in West Asheville and Biltmore Park.
After months of construction, Trader Joe’s hosts its grand opening Friday, Sept. 27, on Merrimon Avenue.
Tyler Capps never realized a pot of chili would land him a book deal with one of the largest publishers in the world — until just that happened. (Illustration for Xpress by Tyler Capps)
Every year at Bele Chere a number of gyro vendors line the streets. To the untrained eye, they’re all alike. But if you’ve been to the Asheville Greek Festival, you know that Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s booth is the only place to go for a mid-festival gyro. Now that the last Belle Chere festival is […]
Brace yourself for the confusion that’s about to ensue. Soon, Asheville will be home to Tiger Mountain, the downtown bar frequented by the hipster set, and Tiger Bay Café, the restaurant taking shape behind BattleCat Coffee bar in West Asheville. Here are two crucial differences: Tiger Mountain refers to a Brian Eno album; Tiger Bay […]
Hyphen, the new everything business coming to Patton Avenue, could just as appropriately be called “slash.” The longtime Creatures Café spot will become a coffee roaster/yoga studio/tattoo parlor/art gallery/music classroom. Why so many operations in one building? The concept is about more than keeping rent costs low, co-owner Kimi Leger explains. The goal is to […]
Laurey Masterton walked 500 miles this summer, released a book and landed a TV appearance — all while enduring cancer treatment. The longtime Asheville resident started a catering business in 1987. Eventually, it grew into Laurey’s, a Biltmore Avenue café serving fresh fare from a deli-case, soups, sandwiches and take-home meals. But there's more to […]
All of our lives could be very different if Laura Mixson, co-owner of White Duck Taco Shop and Pizza Pura, had gotten her way. “I wanted to be Ye Olde Taco Shop,” she says before falling into a fit of laughter. Her husband and business partner, Ben Mixson, just smiles. “He's better at branding,” Laura […]
Bence Vetro wasn't just raised in Asheville — he was raised by Asheville. “I was taken care of by the whole city,” says the 17-year-old, whose parents, Melinda and Zoltan Vetro, founded Old Europe coffee shop in 1994. “I would be at the shop, and people would just take me for the day.” He remembers […]
Took and Rick Corcoran learned plenty about wheels from the vantage point of their old restaurant, Little Bee Thai, which was located in a service station on Sweeten Creek Road. Now, they've got a set of their own. Last week, the Corcorans moved their restaurant concept into an old box truck. “It's almost as big […]
Every year at Pack Square Park, Organicfest provides a new way of looking at all things green and organic. The celebration of “everything organic and green,” now in its 12th year, brings food, games, yoga, vendors and plenty of information to downtown. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. […]
The James Island-joint could open this year. It’s the next step for the popular local business.
A few months ago, bright yellow bags of corn chips began appearing all over Asheville. Almost simultaneously, they were on display in Earthfare, Greenlife, French Broad Food Co-op and West Village Market. The 5th Sun Specialties chips are just the beginning. They're accompanied by a line of salsas and hot sauces. The products have intriguing […]
Dishcrawl launches in Asheville Can’t decide where to eat dinner? Don’t. Dishcrawl, a food tourism service, will choose for you. The San Jose-based company launched an Asheville branch last month. The tour takes groups to four restaurants, three of which are kept secret until they arrive. Each restaurant serves three tasting dishes. (Vegetarian options are […]
MANNA FoodBank seeks volunteers to help pack boxes on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Here are the details from the press release: Many of the pantries we serve have really been stretched the last few weeks. We are putting together boxes for emergency food assistance, and we need about 200 volunteers (100 in morning, 100 in afternoon) […]
The Thursday, Sept. 12, event brings a variety of food, wine and beer samples to the Grove Arcade.
Roaming in the Raw launches; Little Bee Thai plans a truck; Hi-Wire Brewing creates a lot.