Early Girl Eatery owners Julie and John Stehling are pictured with Southern Living food critic Morgan Murphy, center, during Murphy's recent visit to their Wall Street restaurant. Photo courtesy of Early girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic visits Early Girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic, author and television personality Morgan Murphy visited Asheville on Sunday, July 13, with the mission of sampling two specific menu items at Wall Street’s Early Girl Eatery: the Early Girl benny and the local sausage and sweet-potato scramble. “I am constantly searching the South for the most inventive and creative fare — and hot […]

THE WILD SIDE:Carolina West RibFest organizers say the revamped festival will offer a more eclectic blend of entertainment than past events , including sideshow acts and cancan girls. Photo courtesy of AKA Entertainment & Media

Small bites: RibFest gets a makeover

As in summers past, WNC residents can expect a barbecue rib festival to happen this month at the WNC Agricultural Center. But this year there’s a new RibFest in town. What has been called since 2007 the Carolina Mountain RibFest will now be known as Carolina West RibFest and will sport an edgy new look aimed at appealing to a broader, more alternative audience.

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The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen opens for business

The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen is now open and serving alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, including cocktails made with locally produced Buchi kombucha, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and locally made sodas and kombucha on draft. Wine, beer and Noble Cider are also available, and a dumbwaiter system allows guests to order food from Rosetta’s Kitchen located directly upstairs. Cocktails […]

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Seven Sows rolls out Saturday late-night menu

Beginning Saturday, June 21, Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder will host a weekly late-night eats, drinks and dance party. DJ Ghostface Kahlua will be spinning disco, funk and old-school hip hop, and the always-creative restaurant’s late-night menu will feature some rather adventurous options. Highlights  include cheddar funnel cake with foie gras gravy and crispy frog legs […]

DESSERT ON THE MOVE: Black Mountain Bakery is one of the stops on Creative Mountain Food Tours' Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour. Photo by Kathy Mundy

Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

A new business is opening in Black Mountain that’s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain’s picturesque downtown.

HOME COOKING: Chef Tres Hundertmark has returned to Asheville after a stint in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of Tres Hundertmark

Small bites: The return of Chef Hundertmark

Local restaurateur Michel Baudouin recently brought Asheville food-scene veteran Tres Hundertmark onboard as executive chef for his two Lexington Avenue eateries, Bouchon and Creperie Bouchon. Hundertmark, former vice president of Asheville Independent Restaurants and past executive chef of The Lobster Trap, has made Asheville his home on and off since the late 1980s, alternating with stints in […]

PICKLE PAIR: Brandi Morrow and Beau Martin are getting ready to take their pickle-making business to the next level. Photo by Micah Wilkins

Brine and brews: Green River Picklers plans to expand in Weaverville

“Nobody would be alive without pickles and beer,” says Beau Martin, co-owner of Green River Picklers. Alcoholic beverages saved people from water-borne illnesses, and pickled and fermented foods got people through the winter long before water filters and grocery stores provided year-round produce, he explains. Bringing brine and beer together in the form of pickle-and-beer tastings is one of the first things Martin and co-owner Brandi Morrow want to do after their planned expansion to a new space in Weaverville.