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.
A clerical error created a confusing twist in this year’s Asheville Food Truck Showdown. Farm to Fender clearly claimed the People’s Choice Award, but naming a winner for the Judges’ Choice Award proved to be a bit more complicated. Photo gallery by Pat Barcas
Although still based in Black Mountain, Foothills Meats has a new location in Asheville, sharing space as a deli and sandwich shop within Ben’s Penny Mart.
With nearly a dozen local creameries in the area, quality, craft-made cheeses are in abundance in Asheville — something both the Cheese Store of Asheville and the WNC Cheese Trail are hoping to educate eaters about through the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on April 26. As a fundraiser for the festival, the Cheese Store of Asheville will host a cheese tasting and movie night this week at Metro Wines.
“Growing mushrooms at home is extremely rewarding,” says Tyler De Francisco, a hog and sheep farmer and owner of Sugar Creek Meats in Leicester. He keeps around 200 mushroom-growing logs on his property just for fun. “The quality is phenomenal, compared to anything that you can buy in the store.”
By now, no one is surprised to see MG Road hosting another pop-up event or dinner party. The crew there have been treating the Wall Street bar like a concert venue for over a year now, but instead of bands, the chefs are the show.
“We want to offer an experience akin to some of the best establishments in Paris or other cities where the atmosphere is impeccable, and the food and drink are rooted in high-quality ingredients, sourced from the local area,” says owner Charlie Hodge.
The management of Social Lounge and Tapas, formerly Sazerac, announced this week that a face-lift is in the works for the popular two-story bar and rooftop patio. Manager Aubury Phillips says the bar will close for remodeling starting Monday, Feb. 16. Scheduled changes include removing a large portion of the bar and replacing it with comfy couches and tables to […]
Things have been changing at Asheville’s beloved Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder. Hosting Blind Pig Supper Club events both regionally and on the road, chef and owner Michael Moore has found himself drawn from the kitchen more and more lately, leading to rumors that he was closing or selling the restaurant.
North Carolina’s wine fortunes have fluctuated over the years. Especially after the long stretch of Prohibition, what had once been the nation’s leading manufacturer of wine faded from the forefront of the industry.
How does Asheville, one of the busiest tourist hubs in the state — a place where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a chef or a farmer — have so many people lacking access to good food or outright going to bed hungry?
Just a few months ago, the old Gulf gas station at 143 Charlotte St. was a hollowed out shell. Peeking through broken windows, you could see piles of rubble sparkling with shards of broken glass. Now, the gray building casts a bright yellow glow from its large-pane windows, and from the street you can see crowds milling […]