Nina Zinn, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council’s development and outreach coordinator, is excited about this year’s CiderFest. “Instead of five cider makers, we have 16 this year,” says Zinn, the creative force behind the festival. Last year’s inaugural event, a small-scale benefit that wasn’t expected to sell 100 tickets, wound up attracting 425 […]
Great coffee is no different from any other art form: The quality of the final product depends both on material and process. “We can make really great green coffee taste terrible; we can make really great green coffee taste great. But we can’t make bad green coffee taste good: We can only work with what […]
Summer was bid farewell and lady autumn was greeted with open hearts by tea fans of all ages who gathered at Dobra Tea in Black Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the change of seasons. Dobra Tea and Panther Moon Tea Co. united to host the inaugural Fall Equinox Communi-Tea Festival, an event filled with music, […]
Every parent has been there: a hungry child in the backseat, a forgotten snack and several errands left to run before heading home. The big-name fast food chains make these moments so effortless to resolve with a quick sprint through the drive-thru. But with dietary restrictions and food allergies becoming more common, fast food is […]
Western North Carolina’s coffee culture is alive and thriving, with a seemingly ever-expanding array of coffee dispensaries — including shops, roasters, coffee trucks and drive-thru options. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that another contender — the oldest and most prevalent beverage on earth, apart from plain old H2O — is gradually becoming more […]
What is drawing more and more Asheville yogis to take their downward dog to the French Broad River? Those of you who attended LEAF or the Mountain Sports Festival in the spring may have taken part in or witnessed SUP — a stand-up paddleboard yoga class.
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
Berry-picking season is in full swing, and there are plenty of places in the Asheville area — both wild and cultivated — to pick some of nature’s candy fresh off the shrub. Of course, wild blueberries are free for the picking from late summer through early fall at spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Craggy Gardens […]
When ordering a chai in the Western world, a customer may receive any number of concoctions. A simple black tea with spices is one possibility, but it is significantly more likely that the beverage will be prepared with a powdered mix of sugar and corn syrup solids, with tea nowhere to be seen on the ingredient list. Fortunately for Asheville residents, local businesses are taking the making of chai back to the basics.
As you head out to enjoy a picnic, whether at a downtown park or in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, why not designate some of the packing duty to one of Asheville’s local chefs? Grocery stores such as Katuah Market, Green Life, Earth Fare and the French Broad Food Co-op offer pre-made, wrapped […]