The new year will bring a fresh dinner theater experience to Asheville — one that will be of particular interest to fans of the British television series Downton Abbey. On Sunday evenings starting Jan. 4, downtown restaurant Lex 18 will offer live viewings of the popular BBC program while re-creating an aristocratic 1920s meal in […]
Walking through the streets of downtown Asheville on a chilly Sunday morning, it’s hard not to be tempted by the smell of fresh-roasted coffee wafting from inside cracked doors. Outside, eye-catching rows of sandwich boards line the sidewalk. “Lobster omelette; local eggs,” reads one. “Fresh-squeezed pomegranate mimosa,” reads another, adorned with a colorful chalk-drawing of a tasty-looking […]
If you’re one of the many who wake up on Sundays only to find lines at all your favorite brunch spots, there’s a new option in town. Burial Beer is now offering a low-key, order-at-the-bar jazz brunch every Sunday. The brunch features New Orleans-inspired food from Gary Sernak (Zambra, Admiral) and Josh Dillard (Zambra, Asheville […]
Where there’s a grill, there’s a way — particularly for Korean House co-owner Jayson Im. After nearly a year of permitting struggles, the restaurateur is thrilled to announce the date he will debut his fleet of 10 tabletop grills.
If your favorite way to shop is at home in your pajamas, there’s some good news this holiday season: You can now buy beer from Bruisin’ Ales that way as well. “We’ve shipped beer for years, but it was becoming unmanageable to keep doing it by email and phone,” says co-owner Julie Atallah. So when […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the debut full-length studio album of local act Resonant Rogues, a healthy deli’s management transition, expansion by a vintage clothier and an online music subscription with a twist.
In September, Hi-Wire announced it had grown 135 percent since opening its doors just over a year before. In order to keep pace, the company was planning to enter a contract brewing agreement with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Mississippi. The contract brewing arrangement meant that Hi-Wire would pay Lazy Magnolia and work with that […]
More than two dozen vendors gathered for Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ annual holiday market, held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on A-B Tech’s Enka campus. The event, which drew about 750 shoppers last year, brings together craft food purveyors from Blue Ridge Food Ventures and other suppliers of small-batch goods. “We started […]
It’s Ashley English Week at Rhubarb! The local author, known for her Homemade Living book series, is thrilled to be showcasing recipes for both food and drinks at the celebrated restaurant, which she calls one of her favorite local spots. “Who would’ve ever guessed that my patronage of a restaurant so seriously deserving of every […]
“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it’s all about mindfully deciding where to spend holiday dollars,” says Lindsey Mudge, communications and operations manager of HandMade in America. She’s talking about the nonprofit organization’s annual Cool Craft Market — an indoor shopping experience featuring more than 40 vendors of crafts (think […]
Bar food in Asheville has turned swanky. After all, noshes have to be as elegant as Asheville’s increasingly classy craft cocktail offerings. Think Fred Astaire in coattails dancing with Ginger Rogers in rags. It just wouldn’t do. So, Asheville chefs have ratcheted up the swish in bar offerings with festive fare including small-plate dinners.
An 18-foot tree made of nonperishable food items and assorted household products, in a mall decked out in artificial candy canes: It’s as natural a fit as highlighting poverty in a place where commerce reigns and cash registers ring with cheerful abundance. “One of my goals for this season is to draw just a little […]
Local bakeries are busy making tempting and festive cookies for the holiday season. Click through for the story followed by several recipes from members of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, as well as a gluten-free recipe for chocolate snowball cookies from a Brevard home baker.
A few of Asheville’s sweet spots will share the national spotlight this week. Nightbell, The Hop and Fairview bakery Ruth and Ranshaw will be featured in an episode of the Cooking Channel program “Unique Sweets,” scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Dec. 14. A statement from the Cooking Channel sums up the episode, which […]
“Our Hempeh Kickstarter was successfully funded, and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,” reads a December newsletter from Smiling Hara Tempeh. Some 278 backers raised $25,035 for the local tempeh company, surpassing the original $20,000 target. Backer rewards ship in January, and the Hempeh product is scheduled to line grocery store […]
Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, championed states’ rights to enforce genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling during an activist trip to Capitol Hill earlier this December. Dissen and about two dozen other renowned chefs spoke against the DARK Act (or “Denying Americans the Right to Know”), a proposed bill […]
If Simcoe, Citra and Cascade all sound familiar, chances are you’re either a brewer or a really, really big fan of IPAs. But while some hops gain household name status — at least in some houses — not all hops are so lucky. Many hops varieties never break past the competition in the commercial breeding […]
According to a press release, New Belgium’s 21-city Clips Beer & Film Tour raised some $139,524 for charities across the nation and drew more than 20,000 guests. The outdoor film and beer-tasting event, which stopped in Asheville on Friday, Sept. 5, raised $5,717 locally with attendance by approximately 1,400 individuals. Asheville’s average waste diversion rate […]
Two local buyers clubs have launched in the Asheville metro area with an eye to helping small businesses, families and individuals. For both, the initiatives are about community building. For over 20 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has ordered quality bulk and natural foods from Azure Standard, a Dufur, Ore.-based company that gives her an alternative to traditional grocery […]
Cathy Cleary has always had a knack for bringing people together. In 2001, at a time when Haywood Road in West Asheville housed mostly appliance stores, she opened West End Bakery, which she co-owns with Krista Stearns and Lewis Lankford. “Haywood was not a place where people hung out,” says Cleary. “My partners and I […]
News on indoor holiday markets, a winter community potluck, evaluations for amateur winemakers and a free tasting of Alpine cheeses.