Early Girl Eatery owners Julie and John Stehling are pictured with Southern Living food critic Morgan Murphy, center, during Murphy's recent visit to their Wall Street restaurant. Photo courtesy of Early girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic visits Early Girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic, author and television personality Morgan Murphy visited Asheville on Sunday, July 13, with the mission of sampling two specific menu items at Wall Street’s Early Girl Eatery: the Early Girl benny and the local sausage and sweet-potato scramble. “I am constantly searching the South for the most inventive and creative fare — and hot […]

THE WILD SIDE:Carolina West RibFest organizers say the revamped festival will offer a more eclectic blend of entertainment than past events , including sideshow acts and cancan girls. Photo courtesy of AKA Entertainment & Media

Small bites: RibFest gets a makeover

As in summers past, WNC residents can expect a barbecue rib festival to happen this month at the WNC Agricultural Center. But this year there’s a new RibFest in town. What has been called since 2007 the Carolina Mountain RibFest will now be known as Carolina West RibFest and will sport an edgy new look aimed at appealing to a broader, more alternative audience.

MOUNTAIN FLAVOR: Lex 18 chef Edwin Bloodworth draws on experiences from his mountain upbringing for inspiration. Photo by Tim Robison

Wild roots: New chef at Lex 18 spotlights the bounty of Appalachia

After being open for less than two months, Lex 18 closed in early June only to reemerge on June 14 flaunting some significant changes. Although the restaurant’s interior maintains the same rich, vintage Jazz Age décor, and the bar still highlights the upscale moonshine and classic cocktails touted at its first opening in March, a shift of ownership has resulted in an eatery with a completely reinvented culinary direction.

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The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen opens for business

The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen is now open and serving alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, including cocktails made with locally produced Buchi kombucha, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and locally made sodas and kombucha on draft. Wine, beer and Noble Cider are also available, and a dumbwaiter system allows guests to order food from Rosetta’s Kitchen located directly upstairs. Cocktails […]

DESSERT ON THE MOVE: Black Mountain Bakery is one of the stops on Creative Mountain Food Tours' Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour. Photo by Kathy Mundy

Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

A new business is opening in Black Mountain that’s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain’s picturesque downtown.

HOME COOKING: Chef Tres Hundertmark has returned to Asheville after a stint in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of Tres Hundertmark

Small bites: The return of Chef Hundertmark

Local restaurateur Michel Baudouin recently brought Asheville food-scene veteran Tres Hundertmark onboard as executive chef for his two Lexington Avenue eateries, Bouchon and Creperie Bouchon. Hundertmark, former vice president of Asheville Independent Restaurants and past executive chef of The Lobster Trap, has made Asheville his home on and off since the late 1980s, alternating with stints in […]

FARM LIFE: This picture of farmhand Clarence Owenby is featured in an exhibit of images of Hickory Nut Gap Farm that opens May 30 in Chapel Hill. Photo by Ken Abbott

Small bites: Food news to go

The Center for the Study of the American South, in Chapel Hill will exhibit “Useful Work,” a collection of photographs taken by Asheville photographer Ken Abbot that capture the essence of Fairview’s simultaneously historic and progressive Hickory Nut Gap Farm. The show will feature 16 images selected from the project, which Abbot completed with funding he received from an N.C. Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship in 2006.