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Tickets on sale for Sierra Nevada’s Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild are planning to send winter on its way with the Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival, an event celebrating dark and warming brews on Saturday, March 28. The full roster of participating breweries won’t be announced until later this month, but the list so far includes Maine’s Allagash […]

Local restaurants ready for 2015 Asheville Small Plate Crawl, Feb. 24-26

The 2015 Asheville Small Plate Crawl kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 24, with three days of small-plate menus available at more than 20 of Asheville’s independent restaurants. With menu items priced at $3-$8 per plate, the event offers an opportunity for diners to sample the cuisine of a wide range of local restaurants. Participants will also be entered […]

Season’s at Highland Lake plans Valentine’s weekend events

Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock has planned a weekend of foodcentric events to highlight Valentine’s Day. A special menu will be offered 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, featuring appetizers of lobster bisque and baby arugula salad, entrees of seared North Carolina tilefish, winter herb-roasted North Carolina pork tenderloin and grilled bone-in Manhattan strip […]

Luella’s Bar-B-Que closes for renovations

Luella’s Bar-B-Que has closed for 10 days for scheduled renovations. The remodeling, which takes place Monday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 11, will involve “improvements to kitchen production areas, in order to make our food even safer and make operations easier for our kitchen team,” says owner Jeff Miller. Miller says Luella’s will reopen for regular service on Thursday, […]

Season’s at Highland Lake announces winter hours

Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock has announced winter hours for its restaurant. Following is a press release from Season’s at Highland Lake about the new hours: Flat Rock, North Carolina – January 17, 2015 – Season’s at Highland Lake announces its 2015 Winter Restaurant Hours: Open for Lunch Wednesday through Saturday 11:30-2:30 Open for Dinner Wednesday through Saturday 5-8 […]


Developer to host Q&A for proposed Oakley apartment complex

Residents of the East Asheville community have voiced concerns about the proposed development, which would include more than 300 rental units in 5- and 6-story buildings with 2 percent of the project allotted to retail space. Members of the Oakley Community Association have met several times since early December to discuss the proposal.

Grape Growers Conference scheduled for Feb. 12

North Carolina vineyard owners and others interested in the state’s rapidly growing viticulture industry will gather on Thursday, Feb. 26, for the fifth annual Grape Growers Conference at the Madison County Cooperative Extension auditorium in Marshall. The event, organized jointly by the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard and the French Broad […]

GET FUNKY: A VIP tour of Wicked Weed's Funkatorium will be a part of the American Homebrewers Association rally on Saturday, Jan. 17. Xpress file photo

American Homebrewer­s Associatio­n rally comes to Wicked Weed Funkatoriu­m, Jan. 17

Part of a national series of American Homebrewers Association Rallies (other upcoming rallies are scheduled at places such as Magnolia Brewing Co. in San Francisco and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. in Houston, Texas), the event is intended to give homebrewers an opportunity to check out local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and brewers in their area.