Garden & Gun magazine taps Buxton Hall Barbecue as a top North Carolina lunch spot

Jed Portman, editor of Garden & Gun magazine included Asheville’s Buxton Hall Barbecue among his top picks for lunch spots in North Carolina in the publication’s June/July “Southern Road Trips” issue. In his story, “Tar Heel Eats,” Portman wraps up a two-day sea-to-mountains food tour of North Carolina with a meal at South Slope wood-fired […]

THE LONG VIEW: “It’s a real treasure — for Buncombe County, for the city of Asheville, for the state of North Carolina," says Sandy Mush Farm owner Dave Everett of his historic, conserved property in northwest Buncombe County. "If we’re successful in ruining these vistas, it will be a truly sad turn of events.”

Buncombe County’s Farm Heritage Trail supports an agricultur­al legacy

Out-of-towners who flock to Asheville for mountain views, world-class dining and a taste of Appalachian culture probably don’t often make a point of including a drive to northwest Buncombe County on their travel itineraries. Sparsely populated rural communities like Sandy Mush, Leicester, Newfound and Alexander tend to be pretty far off the radar for tourists — and even for […]

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Oakley’s M R Gardens adds passive solar greenhouse

PRESS RELEASE: ASHEVILLE—A one-of-a-kind passive solar greenhouse aimed at producing plants with all renewable resources is now in the Oakley community of Asheville. As part of her edible landscaping and garden coaching business, Megan Riley of M R Gardens aspires to grow plants that are as sustainable as possible. Producing seedlings with no supplemental heat […]

Shovel & Pick takeover at Buxton Hall Barbecue, April 24

Virginia-based chef Travis Milton will give Asheville a taste of his his soon-to-come, highly anticipated restaurant, Shovel & Pick, during a collaborative takeover evening with chef Elliott Moss at Buxton Hall Barbecue on Sunday, April 24. Featured in a recent article in The Washington Post, Milton is known for crafting innovative cuisine that celebrates Appalachian foodways. Read the press […]

St. Patrick’s Day specials at Corner Kitchen and Chestnut, March 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from Corner Kitchen, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen Catering: Chestnut and Corner Kitchen are offering some special dishes on St. Patrick’s Day as follows: Chestnut’s Executive Chef Joe Mitchell is going to slip some Irish spirit into the menu on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. Being a good Irish American, Joe is […]

Jazz Brunch at The Imperial Life, March 13

FROM A PRESS RELEASE from The Imperial Life: The Imperial Life bar will host a Jazz Brunch featuring five-piece band The Roaring Lions noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Brunch will be served buffet-style and will include eggs, sausages, home fries, boiled peanut-braised greens, grits and other items made in-house at the downstairs Table restaurant and […]

Folkmoot USA presents inaugural Music Showcase and Spring BBQ in Waynesville, March 19

PRESS RELEASE from Folkmoot USA:   Celebrate spring on March, 19, 2016, with the first annual Folkmoot Music Showcase and Spring BBQ, 5pm to 10pm at the Historic Hazelwood School at 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Musical performances begin at 7pm and will include the Darren Nicholson Band (of Balsam Range fame), Whitewater Bluegrass Band, youth […]

Local Provisions to host New Belgium Brewing Co. beer pairing dinner

PRESS RELEASE from Local Provisions: WHAT:      Local Provisions’ beer pairing dinner will feature a special five-course menu by chef Justin Burdett with beer pairings from New Belgium Brewing.  The winter style dinner will highlight the notes of select New Belgium beers, including sours and brown stouts. WHEN:      Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:30 […]

Organic Growers School receives grant from Simply Organic 1% Fund

PRESS RELEASE from Organic Growers School: Asheville, NC—Organic Growers School (OGS) is pleased to announce an award of $6,700 from the Simply Organic® 1% Fund, which, since 2001, has provided over a million dollars of support to organic causes. Simply Organic® is a comprehensive 100% certified organic line of spices, seasoning mixes and baking flavors […]

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina opens first Asheville store, March 1

PRESS RELEASE from Salsarita’s: What: Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina will celebrate the grand opening of the first Salsarita’s restaurant in the Asheville market, located in front of Biltmore Park at 26 Carl Alwin Place, on Tuesday, March 1, beginning at 11 a.m. Grand opening festivities will feature fun for everyone with prizes, giveaways, music and more. The […]

Asheville Truffle Experience returns, Feb. 19-20

PRESS RELEASE from Asheville Truffle Experience: The Asheville Truffle Experience returns in elegance and style this Friday and Saturday, February 19th and 20th, with multiple mouth-watering sessions spiraling out from the Haywood Park Hotel in beautiful downtown Asheville.  Guests will plunge into the mystery of this ultra-prized ingredient, the magical Tuber melanosporum—otherwise known as the Périgord (Black […]

Photo of Ruth Solis courtesy of A-B Tech

A-B Tech graduate wins Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year

PRESS RELEASE from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College: Ruth Solis, a 2014 A-B Tech Culinary Arts graduate, won the American Culinary Federation Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year title during competition January 30 at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. She will advance to national competition this July in Phoenix. As a member of A-B Tech’s […]

WNC Agricultural Options awards $177,000 in grants to diversifying farmers

PRESS RELEASE from WNC Agricultural Options: MILLS RIVER, N.C.—Diversifying farmers in western North Carolina are receiving support to offset the risk of expanding and trying new ventures. WNC Agricultural Options awarded 33 farm businesses a total of $177,000 in $3,000 and $6,000 grants on Thursday at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills […]