FORM AND FUNCTION: The Bull and Beggar’s upcoming dinner, “Pairing Elements: An Artful Dining Experience,” combines fine art and craft with a locally-sourced, hand-crafted meal. Photo by Nick Moen

Pairing Elements

Art and craft. They share similar audiences, but split crowds when it comes to applying those definitions to the work itself. It’s a dialogue that’s most often played out in studios, galleries and museums and in the occasional after-hours argument at bars or breweries. (Certainly this is the case at the Wedge.) But what if […]

RECIPE FOR FUN: Chefs Jacob Sessoms, left, of Table and John Fleer of Rhubarb are contributing food for the OpenDoors of Asheville’s Art Affair 2014 event. Photo by Katherine Brooks Photography

Mardi Gras dreams

OpenDoors of Asheville hosts its “Art Affair 2014: One Night in New Orleans” art auction and gala Saturday, March 1. More than a dozen restaurants, bars and social lounges will lend a hand by donating food and beverages to the local charity’s annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise vital funds for programs and services […]

Flower power: John Brute, Meg Proffitt Heathman and Amanda McGuire (from left) of The Petticoat Government will wear daffodils to celebrate Welsh heritage at the inaugural St. David’s Day Jam. Photo courtesy of the band

Wales watching

“What’s with the flower?” is a question John Brute has become accustomed to answering on March 1 each year.  Since his youth in the small Welsh town of Mochdre, which translates as “Pig Town,” he’s worn a daffodil in honor of St. David’s Day. It’s his homeland’s holiday, comparable to St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. […]

Serious consequenc­es

An extensive joint study by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force highlights the hazards transgender people face. Among the findings of the 2011 study were: • 40 percent of respondents reported harassment when their identification didn't match their preferred name. • 63 percent reported facing serious discrimination […]

Mapquest: It might seem that Future Islands is a local band. The group got its start in Greenville, N.C., and briefly called Asheville home before relocating to Baltimore. Photo by Tim Accenti

Rising tide

For longtime Asheville music fans, it might still feel that Future Islands is a local band. The group got its start in Greenville, N.C., as members of the lo-fi new wave act Art Lord & The Self-Portraits, and, after relaunching as a trio under the Future Islands moniker, briefly called Asheville home before relocating to […]

Judy Kaplan in her kitchen. Courtesy of Judy Kaplan

Judy Kaplan’s borscht

“The story goes that borscht actually means beet soup, and some people make it hot or cold, some add cabbage and others add meat. You can buy the cold variety in any grocery store — it’s made by Manischewitz and is a good hot-summer-day dish served with a dollop of sour cream. My recipe is […]

MARITAL BLISS: Molly Irani, left, encouraged  her husband, Meherwan, to find his “true bliss” and open his own restaurant. The couple opened Chai Pani in 2009. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Dinner for two

Food and love have long been linked in the popular imagination, but actually running a restaurant with your beloved partner seriously raises the bar. With the spirit of Valentine’s Day in the air, however, here’s a look at how the owners of five highly successful yet very different local eateries have managed to combine their […]

NOURISHING RELATIONSHIP: Judi and Carl Murphy put their shared love of living foods to work at their West Asheville juice bar. Photo by Micah Wilkins

Living foods, growing ambitions

As one man sits down at the bar, Judi Murphy greets him with a smile. “Hey, happy 2014,” she says. “I haven’t seen you in a while.” He smiles back at her. “I’m waiting for the end of January to celebrate the Chinese New Year,” he says. According to the Chinese calendar, this is the […]

Mad men: Glengarry Glen Ross covers two days in the lives of four desperate, amoral real estate agents trying to get ahead. The cast includes, from left, Alphie Hyorth, Anthony Abraira, Ryan Travers and Dan Clancy. Photo by Anthony Abraira

Up close and personal

Yes, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. But Daniel Clancy, the co-producer and actor of local theater company DJCIII Productions, doesn’t count that particular hallmark as the impetus behind bringing the show to the Asheville Masonic Temple. The real reasons are much simpler. “I’m just an actor […]

VEGAS, BABY: Andy Favilla, owner of Favilla’s New York Pizza, will fly to Las Vegas in March to pit his primavera pizza against other pies from around the globe at the International Pizza Challenge. Photo by Nick King

Pie fight

Andy Favilla, who owns Favilla’s New York Pizza in West Asheville, is headed to the 2014 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in March to compete against contestants from all over the globe in the International Pizza Challenge in March. Favilla will be one of 60 competitors in the specialty pizza category with his primavera pizza […]

CREATIVE JUICES: Lookout Brewery owner John Garcia, left, and brewer Chris Terwilliger, right, enjoy experimenting with inventive flavors, such as a white-chocolate stout they created for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Nathan Metcalf


John Garcia, owner and brewer of Lookout Brewery in Black Mountain, was used to a certain type of Black Mountain tourist before he switched careers. He’d see people in town because their family has a place in Montreat or Lake Lure. Others he talked to were stopping to grab a bite to eat before going […]

Wick and Greene Photo by Carrie Eidson

Smart shoppers

You visit an independently owned, locally based store where you meet the proprietor and purchase a scarf. The scarf was made by a local knitter with wool sourced from sheep on a nearby farm. At the farm, the feed is grown from seed distributed by a local company whose packets were printed by a local […]

Curio Photo by Carrie Eidson

Present company

Gift cards, once a social taboo, are now not only acceptable but welcome. But before you take that easy out, why not browse Asheville’s specialty shops for one-of-a-kind presents? It makes sense that, in a town with so much quirk and personality, the possibilities for giving are equally unique. Xpress went shopping, and here’s what […]

Home goods at k2 Photo by Jesse Farthing

Furnishing touches

Asheville’s love affair with Craftsman-style bungalows dates to the early 1900s. The modest, affordable homes could be built entirely from materials ordered from a catalog and were popular with working-class residents through the ’20s and beyond. Bungalows are sought after today, thanks to their affordability and relatively easy maintenance. However, they tend to be of […]

Asheville Wine Market Photo by Carrie Eidson

Party people

If wine doesn’t make the world go ’round, it’s certainly a major player when it comes to extravagant fêtes and special events like weddings, graduations and retirement parties. And we happen to be living in the golden age of vino, according to Eberhard K. Heide, owner of the Asheville Wine Market (65 Biltmore Ave.). “Wine […]