When Laurey Masterton opened her restaurant and catering company storefront, Laurey’s, in 1990, most of Asheville was still degenerate. Barley’s wouldn’t start slinging pizzas until four years later, but Laurey’s sandwich shop paved the way for an entire section of Biltmore Avenue to be revitalized. “Cooking was a big part of their family, and that […]
Living in a self-proclaimed Foodtopia like Asheville, one can often go one of two directions. You can either go broke eating out every night, indulging yourself on local fare, or you ignore the restaurants, bunker down in the farmers market culture and just cook for yourself. Fortunately, two local authors have put together a book […]
Click through for a slideshow of photos by Cindy Kunst and a report by Jonathan Ammons on the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills food and wine festival, held Sunday in Tryon.
Mike Fortune started Green Hill Urban Farm nine years ago. From the road, all you see is a large, densely planted yard behind three West Asheville homes; gnarly trees with big bushes underneath. But in fact, the farm raises rabbits, ducks, geese, mushrooms and artichokes; figs, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, blueberries. It’s hard to believe […]
The farm is an immutable part of the American idiom. The image of the silo, the big red barn, and the sprawling ranch house are as indelibly marked on our indigenous identities as the stars and stripes, fried chicken and high school football. But with prepackaged food and grocery store convenience, it seems miraculous if a […]
If you’ve been looking for a midday food coma, fear not: King James Public House can to satisfy your gluttony. The Charlotte Street restaurant is now serving lunch seven days a week. The lunch menu features Chef Steven Goff’s duck French dip, fried chicken and crumpets with black pepper gravy as well as an assortment of po’ boys […]
After several months of anticipation, Sovereign Remedies, Asheville’s new farm-to-glass cocktail haven, opened last week. In his typical, community-focused fashion, owner Charlie Hodge first welcomed Asheville bar employees for a Bartenders Brunch on Wednesday, Sept. 3, followed by a family-and-friends event on Friday, Sept. 5, which allowed VIPs and the press to get the first tastes. The […]
Driving by the old Standard Paper Sales building, you can see construction workers carrying equipment in and out and hear the sounds of loud machinery. Vortex had originally planned to open in the space in June, and four other South Slope businesses had their sights on the space for September. As the summer slips away, you can’t help but wonder what’s holding up those projects.
It turns out it’s not just dogs that come running at the first whiff of bacon in the air. Just over 2,000 Ashvilleans flocked to Highland Brewery Saturday for the artery-clogging-but-delicious second annual BaconFest Asheville. Click through for a full report and slide show.
In response to our recent article (“Handcuffed: Asheville Bartenders Decry ABC Law Restrictions,” July 9 Xpress), General Manager Mark Combs of the local Alcoholic Beverage Control system had a few things to say.
Crowds of people, people and more people — more than 3,000 — made their way to the annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival at the U.S. Cellular Center downtown on Saturday, Aug. 23. At the end of the evening came the highlight of the festival: the final competition in the annual Chefs Challenge, a cooking competition that pits regional chefs against each other in an Iron Chef-style battle.
Thanks to a recent event at Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, many of us can now say we’ve been to “bourbon school.” Monday night, over 70 thirsty patrons poured into the Bourbon & Larder for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Old Fashioned University, a night of Southern food and whiskey enlightenment.
Asheville may be Beer City, but that’s not the only libation local residents enjoy. Consider the continuing success of the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration of the region’s winemakers, wine shop owners, chefs and restaurants is expanding its focus on local wines, adding a competition for commercial […]
A battle was waged Sunday in the parking lot of the Renaissance Asheville Hotel to claim the title of Best Burger in WNC. Click through to view a slide show from the event by Cindy Kunst and to read Jonathan Ammons’ reflections on the competition.
Twice a month from July through October, Foothills Farm & Butchery cranks out a four-course meal for no more than 10 guests at a time, calling the dinner the Butcher’s Table.
Xpress contributor Jonathan Ammons recently spent several days in New Orleans reporting on the annual five-day Tales of the Cocktail international cocktail festival. (Yes, it’s a tough job.) As the event wrapped up on Sunday, July 20, Ammons shared a backward glance at this year’s gathering of the worldwide spirits community.
On a rainy Friday afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, Asheville’s own Nicole Anhalt came in from the downpour to stake her claim in this year’s Sidecar by Merlet Cocktail Competition. Hosted annually at the country’s largest cocktail conference, Tales of the Cocktail, seven bartenders from across the country competed for a trip to the Merlet […]
Once a year, in the muggy heat of July, thousands of bartenders flock to New Orleans for the largest cocktail conference of the year, Tales of the Cocktail. It is estimated that this year 22,000 of the world’s finest craft cocktail nerds — including a healthy contingent from Asheville’s bar scene — have either […]
Farm-to-table agriculture has gone mainstream, but does it work as a sustainable model? Some local farmers and restaurateurs aren’t sure, even as they persist in trying. “Any good farming system has all the components of an actual ecosystem,” says Sunil Patel, who runs Urban Patchwork Farms, a progressive farming venture that seeks to develop inner-city […]
North Carolina has always had a peculiar relationship with alcohol. Despite being known as the home of American wine before Prohibition, the state beat the nation to the punch by nearly a decade, outlawing alcohol in 1909. In the 1920s, North Carolina’s Prohibition chief declared that the Tar Heel State led the nation in illicit […]
It is a balmy and bright Thursday morning, and over in Fairview, just outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Jennifer Perkins is unlocking the door to the small creamery she runs with her husband, Andy. The building is conveniently located next door to their house and 2-acre yard. “Our process is slightly different than a […]