North Carolina’s alcohol laws are slowly changing to allow greater freedom for the state’s growing number of brewers, distillers and bar owners. However, despite the progress, local industry advocates say many key concerns remain untouched by recent reforms.
During its first two years in operation, Nightbell, the second restaurant of husband-and-wife team Katie Button and Felix Meana, has morphed from a glitzy, upscale nightclub to a full-scale sit-down eatery and cocktail bar offering Button’s own brand of whimsical experimental cuisine.
“Everyone has their own way of thinking about what Rosetta’s is and isn’t,” says Rosetta’s Kitchen and Buchi Bar owner Rosetta Buan. “Some people see it as a really punk enclave; some people think we are only a hippy-friendly establishment. … A lot of the time it is just a matter of what time you show up. The Buchi Bar celebrates its first anniversary this weekend with drink specials, music and more.
At the recently opened downtown café 67 Biltmore, the legacy of the late community activist and restaurateur Laurie Masterton lives on in spite of a few changes, including a fresh name.
When your sweet tooth starts making noise, it’s good to know that Asheville has myriad options offering swift and complete satisfaction. Consider these choice venues: The French Broad Chocolate Lounge downtown is one of Asheville’s standard-bearers for quality chocolates. When you visit, be sure to sample their sipping chocolates. Also notable is The Chocolate Fetish: […]
Every city has its hidden gems — eating and drinking establishments that locals treasure but that may not command the same attention as their higher-profile brethren. Asheville boasts an array of those unsung heroes in just about every corner of the city. Many are tucked away amid the bustling downtown, but there are also good […]
Despite having so many great breweries in Asheville, sometimes you just need a hiatus from the hops. Those finding themselves in need of something a little stronger should consider trying a tipple from one of the city’s many creative craft-cocktail lounges and savvy wine bars. Even though it was illegal to sell alcohol by the […]
When in the South, eat Southern. And fortunately, whether it’s fine dining or homegrown barbecue, a number of Asheville-area chefs and restaurants are as rooted in the region as the local foods they source and serve. Hailing from Eastern North Carolina, Mike Moore has made his mark with the Blind Pig Supper Club, a recurring […]
Despite Asheville’s compact size, its neighborhoods are as distinct and varied as can be — from downtown’s eclectic, urban vibe to West Asheville’s reinvented charm. And naturally, those areas’ neighborhood favorites also run the gamut: Downtown Limones offers classic Mexican dishes with a modern twist, plus a not-to-miss brunch. Primarily set up as a bar, […]
The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority trademarked the term Foodtopia, and for good reason. Asheville, the farm-to-table-friendly county seat, hosts a pantheon of award-winning chefs and their renowned restaurants. The James Beard Awards are the Oscars of the food world, and several Asheville chefs, including Katie Button and John Fleer, keep making the grade. Button […]
With his long-awaited barbecue joint, Buxton Hall, on the horizon, chef Elliott Moss marked the final night of his pop-up restaurant, The Thunderbird, with a mash-up of the two concepts that have sustained his wait for his own kitchen. On May 24, Thunder Wok Punk Bird delivered creative combinations of the Asian cuisine Moss had previously offered and the Southern cooking he loves.
Just as Duke Ellington needed a band of skilled, talented musicians, good chefs need good support players. And Asheville’s three nominees for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast tip their hats to several folks whose names you might not know.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad recently partnered with the French Broad Vignerons to host the MacNeill Uncorked, a wine dinner that rolls from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge and back .
Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, one of Asheville’s celebrated and decorated downtown restaurants, will close in two weeks.
A recent preview dinner offered a taste of new menu items from the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s executive chef, Scott Ostrander. “This is about giving everybody an idea of what the Red Stag Grill is going to be about from the spring on into the summer,” Ostrander says.
When the Smoky Park Supper Club opens this summer, it will be the nation’s biggest eatery made out of those recycled containers, but it will also boast something equally curious: an almost entirely wood-fired kitchen.
It’s starting to become a common occurrence: Another week, another excellent Asheville chef sees national recognition.
With the popularity of locally made artisan cheese steadily growing in the Asheville area, local cheesemakers have planned a new festival to spotlight the craft — the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest.
“Sausage Party was born out of a really slow February,” says chef Dan Silo of MG Road’s newest pop-up restaurant. “One night I was sitting at home trying to get re-inspired and figure out something fun to do and realized all of my ideas were in the context of making sausage.”
Hints had been circulating yesterday, but Goff made sure to distance himself from the controversy by making a statement to the press early this morning: “It is increasingly public that I am no longer with King James Public House.”
During the past few weeks, these cooks have gotten used to serving three-course meals to whoever shows up. But there are no point-of-sale systems, uniformed waitresses or fancy, laminated menus here, because this isn’t your average restaurant: It’s the Southside Community Kitchen on Livingston Street, the café for Green Opportunities’ Kitchen Ready program.