Biz blotter

Openings Apex Brain Centers, 2 Walden Ridge Dr. Suite 80. 708-5274. Mojo Kitchen & Lounge, 55 College St. 255-7767. Katuah Market, 2 Hendersonville Road. 676-2882. King James Public House, 94 Charlotte St. 252-2412. Love Hate Asheville, 37 Wall St. 424-7176. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave. 575-0375, Posh Boutique Hotel, 8 […]

RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.


Sierra Nevada introduces IPA 4-pack Sierra Nevada is best-known for its hoppy Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. Now it’s taking the hoppiness one step further and rolling out a variety four-pack with Torpedo and three new hop-forward beers. According to the company, the variety pack, which will roll out in the next couple of weeks […]

Groovy, baby: Kelsey Anne Carter and Erin Schmidt model clothing by Charles Josef, Kristina Benshoff and Hip Replacements Clothing and hair and makeup by Amy Day Dougherty, Joanne Bolet Cafaro and Nicole Franklin of Aabani Biltmore Salon. Photo by Morgan Ford Photography

Time capsule collection­: Asheville Affiliates bring back ’60s fashion

The Product of the ’60s Fashion Show features local stylists and clothing purveyors, including designers Charles Josef, Kristina Benshoff, Simone Berhardt, Aurora Moulin, Rhetorical Factory and Danielle Miller of Royal Peasantry, as well Hip Replacements, Honeypot and The Costume Shoppe. The event takes place on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.

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 […]