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 […]
“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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Acquisition of white trolley company by red trolley company has many worried about homogenization of local trolley services
Last summer, writer Kristin D’Agostino visited Asheville and discovered one of the city’s hidden gems: the vintage elevators at the Flatiron Building, and the operators who run them.
Nancy Orban is the former owner of High Tea Café and gathering spot for local artists and musicians that was a fixture at 23 Wall Street 1974-1983 — years when vacant storefronts were the norm in downtown Asheville. Several years ago, she wrote The High Tea Cafe No Frills Recipe Book, a collection that includes […]
Mountain Area Child and Family Center is a nonprofit early care and education center. The following recipe was created by its staff and is included in the Rainbow in My Tummy nutrition enrichment program that aims to improve the quality of food served to young children. Bronwen McCormick, the MACFC director, writes the regular Rainbow […]
“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 […]
As snow falls over the Asheville area and locals deal with the impact, here’s a compilation of closings, advisories and other local news.
Take Back the Nightbell
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When Sommer Collier was teaching third grade at Jenks Elementary in Tulsa, Okla., it’s a safe bet she didn't see herself running a commercially competitive food blog and having companies like KitchenAid remodel her home kitchen just a few years later here in Asheville.