An imaginative and affordable breakfast and lunch spot opened downtown early this month on the ground floor of the BB&T building on Pack Square. Situated in the tiny venue previously occupied by The Sandwich Company, Urban Café packs a globe-spanning range of bold flavor combinations into a compact kitchen and dining area — and offers them at what are almost fast-food prices.
A pirate-cocktail fundraiser, Asheville gets its own French Quarter and the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series makes a stop in WNC.
The Coffee Pedlar is the latest manifestation of Asheville’s mobile retail craze: an artisan pour-over coffee bar mounted on a sleek, black trike.
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 […]
Pork devotees can celebrate International Bacon Day (and Labor Day weekend) on Saturday, Aug. 30, by pigging out at the second annual BaconFest Asheville; Asheville Wine and Food Festival and updates on Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant, Vortex and Hole Donuts.
Beer lovers can support local efforts to build and maintain parks and greenways as well as score some free beer by volunteering at Highland Brewing Co.’s Ale Share Fest on Saturday, July 26. The inaugural festival, which runs 1-6 p.m., will feature live music and more than 20 breweries serving samples. A total of 120 […]
Another local small business yields to the power of a large corporation; Urban Orchard Cider Co. may be the new pre-lunch hangout spot on Haywood Road; and Nightbell wants to cook you dinner.
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.
Locals whose Fourth of July plans don’t already include overstuffed picnic baskets or cookouts with friends will have plenty of other food and drink options to choose from this holiday as Asheville’s restaurants and bars get set to celebrate with everything from wieners to watermelon-mint cider. Those who are really, really hungry can fill up […]
All Souls Pizza will help the Montford Farmers Market’s transition to its new incarnation as the River Arts District Farmers Market with a welcome-to-the-neighborhood bash at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in its field at 175 Clingman Avenue. The festivities will also celebrate All Souls’ first anniversary and mark the beginning of drink service […]
Asheville Food Fights’ hugely successful Asheville Wing War will soon be joined by a new installment in the series of annual culinary throw-downs to raise money for local charities: the WNC Battle of the Burger. Only 15 local restaurants will be allowed to compete for the title of Best Burger in WNC in the […]
Toast Café plans Asheville expansion Charlotte-based restaurant chain Toast Café is planning to open as many as three locations in Asheville in the coming months. CEO Robert Maynard says he is looking at potential spaces downtown on Biltmore Avenue as well as in West Asheville. According to Maynard, the company, which focuses on breakfast […]
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.
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 […]
Chef John Fleer is taking the traditional American idea of family and friends gathering around a table for a Sunday evening meal to a new level. Fleer’s Pack Square restaurant, Rhubarb, is reimagining its current Thursday evening Family Meal as Sunday Supper, a celebration of the abundance of area farms in a communal dining setting […]
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.
Black Mountain’s Lookout Brewing has collaborated with Hi-Wire Brewing and Urban Orchard Cider to create a small-batch, short-release hemp-seed oil brew in support of a documentary made by local filmmakers about industrialized hemp. The beer will be available at a special screening of the movie, Bringing It Home, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17.
Tryon is the place to be for barbecue fans this weekend. The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival is happening all day and well into the night on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14 at Tryon’s Harmon Field. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event will feature dozens of cooking teams from as far away as Florida […]
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 […]
Decide for yourself who makes the best Negroni in town and help raise money for a good cause by hoisting a glass at some favorite Asheville cocktail spots this week. As part of Imbibe Magazine and Campari’s international Negroni Week celebration and fundraiser, MG Road, The Imperial Life, Table and Top of the Monk will join bars around the world in […]
Two months after receiving news that they had lost their lease at the Downtown Market building, Hi-Fi Café co-owners Aaron Gibbs and Katie Baird have decided to permanently close their small eatery this summer. Despite previous plans to relocate, the two have decided to call it quits in Asheville. Gibbs and Baird say they learned […]