Knife & Fork

Flavor: Classic WNC field-to-table Ambiance: Subdued stylish Price: $12-$17 Where: 61 Locust, Spruce Pine Contact: (828) 765-1511 Hours: Tue-Fri, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The hardest part of being an artist — other than the measly paychecks and constant parental griping — is surrendering control of your […]

Shooting the chef

Sandlin Gaither wanted to point his camera at loud, foul-mouthed, rowdy, besotted subjects, which is pretty much how he ended up shooting chefs. Street vendors, Bangkok, Thailand Photos by Sandlin Gaither "God, they almost look like pirates," local photog Gaither says of the back-of-the-house workers who've become an ongoing project for him. "They have tattoos, […]

Canyon Kitchen

Flavor: Southern seasonal Ambiance: Cookout at a wealthy relative's summer place Price: $35 Where: Lonesome Valley, Cashiers Contact: (828) 743-7696, ext. 222 Hours: Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday midday meal Xpress food writer Hanna Rachel Raskin can be contacted at food@mountainx.com. Lonesome Valley, a planned community plopped into a Cashiers valley with a singularly gorgeous […]