CANDLES FOR HANDLES: Mike Sule, left, founder and director of Asheville on Bikes, is pleased to partner with The Market Place's chef William Dissen, right, for Asheville on Bikes' eighth birthday bash. Dissen will prepare four small plates to be paired with New Belgium's craft beers. Photo courtesy of Asheville on Bikes

Asheville on Bikes throws 8th birthday party, Beer and Bites for Bikes

Throwing a birthday party to celebrate eight years of activism certainly fits the bill for Asheville on Bikes, whose official mission is to “cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration.” Accordingly, Beer and Bites for Bikes, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at The Market Place, offers an open invitation to […]

PRESIDENTIAL PALATE: Chef William Dissen's trip to Washington, D.C. includes an invitation to meet President Obama's chef Sam Kass.  “Who knows? Maybe the first lady will step out to speak with us!” says Dissen in anticipation. Photo courtesy of The Market Place

Asheville chef demands GMO labeling at Capitol Hill, White House

Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, is one of about two dozen chefs invited to gather at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in support of labeling food containing genetically modified organisms. Dissen and other renowned chefs, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmerman […]

Actress and writer Kelli Cozlin, right, has been teaming up with Lexington Avenue Brewery chef Michael Fisera, left, to produce a beer dinner experience like no other  in town. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Play with your food: Kelli Cozlin wants to bring more dinner theater to Asheville

Kelli Cozlin is cooking up a new feast for the senses. The actress and writer is hoping to add dinner theater to Asheville’s lively food and entertainment mix. And based on years of experience acting in and producing shows across the country, she thinks it’s sure to be a recipe for success. “I feel like […]

WEB COMMUNITY: Jeff Miller, owner of Luella's Bar-B-Que, volunteered to help with the development of Behind the Apron, a new online resource for the local restaurant industry. Photo by Dylan Ireland

Behind the Apron: Asheville Independent Restaurants launches a new online industry resource

In Asheville, many restaurateurs realize that cooperation trumps competition. The local culinary scene is well-known for its collaborative spirit, and behindtheapron.com, a new business-to-business website recently unveiled by Asheville Independent Restaurants, aims to enhance and expand that synergy. Unlike AIR’s current website, which is mostly consumer-based, Behind the Apron was created to be a resource for the organization’s 120-plus member restaurants. […]

SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS: Apple stack cakes made with locally accessible ingredients like sorghum, buttermilk and dried apples were among simple but delicious dishes traditionally served on Appalachian holiday tables. Photo by Tim Robison

Preserving tradition: Appalachian Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

FARM-SPECIFIC: "Like a single estate wine, a farm-specific coffee allows the terroir of the region to show through," says Dynamite Roasting Co. co-owner Andy Gibbon. Photo courtesy of Dynamite and City Bakery

Single origin, double quality: Asheville gets Honduran coffee

Praline, caramel and buttery notes co-star in the latest small-batch brew available from City Bakery and Dynamite Roasting Co., and this is one buzz you won’t regret in the morning. Certified organic single-origin coffee from Honduras’ Finca La Esmeralda farm — expertly grown, carefully selected and recently transported — has made its way to Asheville, […]

FOOD CREW: From left to right, producer Mike Berlin, blogger Lindsay Moore and chefs Gigi Stewart, Martin Mongiello, Stormy Mongiello and Derek St. Romain gather for Ingles' "Homecoming Holiday" filming. Photo courtesy of Bclip Productions

Chefs dish up $5,000 for charity at A-B Tech competition

The Ingles Table, an online content series which highlights recipes and rising culinary talent, filmed its “Holiday Homecoming” program at A-B Tech’s Asheville campus on Nov. 14, donating $5,000 to local nonprofit organizations at the event’s conclusion. The 30-minute episode followed four Ingles All Star chefs, each competing on behalf of a local charity, as […]

Three Asheville restaurants were featured in The Washington Post's travel section.

Washington Post: Asheville’s ‘more than just the foothills’ of Southern cuisine

Asheville was recently visited by The Washington Post, spawning a post in the Post’s travel section titled “Postcard From Tom: Asheville’s more than just the foothills of Southern cuisine.” The writer, Tom Sietsema, raved about three Asheville dining locations, Ben’s Tune-Up, Rhubarb and Table. In Asheville, which the writer originally claimed was “the Jan Brady” of the Southern restaurant […]

BREWS AND DUES: At $250 per person, an Outer Banks field trip can be prohibitively expensive for FDNSC students. Brian Pesci aims to use his passion for homebrewing to reduce the financial burden on students' families. Photo courtesy of Pesci

Homebrewing teacher hopes to fund field trip with brew sale

Bucking the bake sale tradition, West Asheville’s Hops & Vines will host a “brew sale” fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 21, to benefit students of the Francine Delany New School for Children. The donation-based beer-tasting event, led by FDNSC teacher and award-winning homebrewer Brian Pesci, will help offset the cost of FDNSC’s annual sixth grade field […]

TOP TASTING: Larken Egleston, regional brand ambassador for Rémy Cointreau, will visit Top of the Monk on Wednesday, Nov. 19, to host a showcase of Woodford Reserve's finest bourbons. Photo courtesy of Top of the Monk

Top of the Monk event to spotlight bourbon and the Manhattan

No plans for hump day? How about Whiskey Wednesday at Thirsty Monk? On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the regional brand ambassador for Rémy Cointreau, Larken Egleston, will be making his way to Asheville to host a showcase of Woodford Reserve’s finest bourbons at Top of the Monk, the speakeasy above Thirsty Monk. Woodford, based in Versailles, […]

REAL DEAL: Real Food Living, founded by Vickilynn Haycraft in 1984, features blog posts this month detailing the Haycraft family's experience with "no-shopping November." Photo courtesy of Haycraft

WNC family implements ‘no-shopping November’

While some are celebrating no-shave November, one Western North Carolina blogger and her family are partaking in a different type of abstinence. “It wasn’t a choice— it was a necessity,” says Vickilynn Haycraft, writer and independent product reviewer, explaining her family’s need for “no-shopping November.” “We had a large emergency that exceeded our available funds, […]

VEGGIE BASED: Amy Lanou will be talking about plant-based nutritional strategies for bone health and how to practically translate plant-based research into action at the first Plant-Based Prevention of Disease Conference, to be held at UNC Asheville on Friday-Sunday, Nov 14-16.

Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference brings nutrition experts to Asheville

Nutrition experts from across the country are gathering in Asheville Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, for the inaugural Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference.  One of the reasons the conference is being held in Asheville is that our local restaurants are already modeling “how alternative dietary patterns and eating styles can be made accessible to a broad population,” says Amy Lanou, chair of […]