KICK UP YOUR HEELS: Goldie Weizman (in glasses) dances at a past Celebration Israel Festival of Food and Culture. She and her husband, Hanan, started the event 10 years ago along with their son, Michael Weizman. Israeli folk dancing for all ages will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the festival. Photo courtesy of Sally Gooze

Celebration Israel

Falafel, vegetarian schwarma with hummus, matbucha Moroccan tomato salad and pita, all paired with a hearty serving of baklava for dessert and washed down with mint lemonade: This is just one of combinations that will be served up at the Celebration Israel Festival of Food and Culture on Sunday, May 4.

GOOD MAGIC: Aradhana Silvermoon mixes 15 herbs with raw cacao, which she calls a “magical food,” to create her signature Medicine Balls. Photo by Javiera Estrada

A spoonful of cacao

“I think cacao is nature’s antidepressant,” says Aradhana Silvermoon. Unleashing a radiant smile, she rolls over an exercise ball and starts bouncing her 3-month-old daughter, Perseia, swaddled closely to her chest. Although Silvermoon has cut back significantly on chocolate since beginning to breast-feed, the joy her budding Asheville business brings to both her family and […]

PIG TALE: The nearly extinct Red Wattle pig has been making a comeback, thanks to breeders like Tyler De Francisco of Sugar Creek Meats in Leicester. Photo by Sarah Green.

Pigging out

At first glance, the Red Wattle pig gives no telltale signs that it’s the source of what leading culinary professionals consider the highest quality pork money can buy. The distinctive sags of skin that hang from either side of its neck look almost like defects, and the pleasing pink hue that one might expect has […]

Namas-neigh: Yoga on Horses offers a twist on typical meditation and yoga practices. Photos courtesy of Spirited Connections

Buck up

In times of distress or grief, any means of solution is on the table — or, in the case of Spirited Connections, in the stable. Rebecca Stares, owner of the equine therapy program, cites an example from the early days of her practice. A family struggling with the father’s recent death entered a stable together, […]

Do tell: The CCP cast explores with the audience that secrets are not just heavy things. Photo by Doc Klein

Tell me everything

“You know, I don’t have any secrets,” Fiora Lizak says when asked about her role in Secrets: Freeing the Hidden Story, Community Choreography Project’s latest production,. A smile slowly spreads across her face and she bursts out laughing. CCP artistic director Barrie Barton knows the challenges of getting people to openly admit or discuss, let […]