Food trucks are a known entity: Those mobile dispensaries of cheap, tasty meals drove into downtown Asheville (and our hearts) in 2011. And with revised city ordinances, a dedicated lot on Coxe Avenue and regular appearances at local festivals and music venues, food trucks have only increased in number. But sandwiches aren’t the only thing that can fit into a truck.
When ordering a chai in the Western world, a customer may receive any number of concoctions. A simple black tea with spices is one possibility, but it is significantly more likely that the beverage will be prepared with a powdered mix of sugar and corn syrup solids, with tea nowhere to be seen on the ingredient list. Fortunately for Asheville residents, local businesses are taking the making of chai back to the basics.
North Carolina has always had a peculiar relationship with alcohol. Despite being known as the home of American wine before Prohibition, the state beat the nation to the punch by nearly a decade, outlawing alcohol in 1909. In the 1920s, North Carolina’s Prohibition chief declared that the Tar Heel State led the nation in illicit […]
Brewgrass, the original Asheville beer fest is officially back for its 18th year. Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 20 event, to be held at Memorial Field, at brewgrassfestival.com. In years past, there was little but Bele Chere when it came to Asheville festivals ahead of Brewgrass in the hot summer months. But […]
Ethnobotanist and educator Marc Williams recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally, home of Celtic Sea Salt, to discuss wild edible plants and demonstrate how to make a healthy, delicious wild-plant pesto out of things many of us are used to thinking of as annoying weeds.
By 9 p.m. on June 20, most seats were filled at Off the Wagon’s first themed event: an Elvis-inspired Hawaiian luau. There were several large groups, one table of 20 and quite a few couples. But the minute dueling piano maestros Jess Mills and Eddie Hathaway started tinkling the keys, it was one big […]
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.
Locals whose Fourth of July plans don’t already include overstuffed picnic baskets or cookouts with friends will have plenty of other food and drink options to choose from this holiday as Asheville’s restaurants and bars get set to celebrate with everything from wieners to watermelon-mint cider. Those who are really, really hungry can fill up […]
The art of picnicking goes way back. Omar Khayyam waxed poetic on the perfect outdoor dining experience in the 12th century (“A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou / Beside me singing in the Wilderness”). Medieval nobleman paused in their hunts to dine en plein air, and hundreds of years later, Britain’s […]
As you head out to enjoy a picnic, whether at a downtown park or in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, why not designate some of the packing duty to one of Asheville’s local chefs? Grocery stores such as Katuah Market, Green Life, Earth Fare and the French Broad Food Co-op offer pre-made, wrapped […]
It is a balmy and bright Thursday morning, and over in Fairview, just outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Jennifer Perkins is unlocking the door to the small creamery she runs with her husband, Andy. The building is conveniently located next door to their house and 2-acre yard. “Our process is slightly different than a […]
The can part of Burning CAN Beer Fest at Oskar Blues in Brevard is easy — more than 30 breweries that can their beer will be on hand to share craft brews. As far as the burning part, it’s unlikely to refer to the wares of local food trucks at the event. It might, however, […]
All Souls Pizza will help the Montford Farmers Market’s transition to its new incarnation as the River Arts District Farmers Market with a welcome-to-the-neighborhood bash at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in its field at 175 Clingman Avenue. The festivities will also celebrate All Souls’ first anniversary and mark the beginning of drink service […]
“We’re the old dog now, in our 13th year,” says Drew Smith, owner of Westville Pub. But this old dog can learn new tricks: The West Asheville bar and restaurant recently made a major change to its front entry that not only alters the look of the place, but the atmosphere as well. When Westville […]
Asheville Food Fights’ hugely successful Asheville Wing War will soon be joined by a new installment in the series of annual culinary throw-downs to raise money for local charities: the WNC Battle of the Burger. Only 15 local restaurants will be allowed to compete for the title of Best Burger in WNC in the […]
Asheville’s bars were packed with enthusiastic soccer fans June 26, as the U.S. men’s national team faced Germany in the World Cup. The game, which took place in Brazil, started conveniently at noon, allowing people who work downtown and others to watch the game during lunch break. The U.S. lost to Germany 1-0 but fans […]
Toast Café plans Asheville expansion Charlotte-based restaurant chain Toast Café is planning to open as many as three locations in Asheville in the coming months. CEO Robert Maynard says he is looking at potential spaces downtown on Biltmore Avenue as well as in West Asheville. According to Maynard, the company, which focuses on breakfast […]
By the time we come down from the clouds that cling to the mountains, and pull into Tryon, the rain is hot on our heels on a Friday afternoon. Not good news for the 73 competition barbecue cookers that have come from as far away as Texas and Missouri to try their hand at yet another trophy, this time at the recent Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival.
In Colorado, Oskar Blues has plenty of side-projects. There’s CHUBurger, which is their take on a fast-casual burger joint. There’s Cyclhops, a bike cantina, where they combine a taco and tequila restaurant with REEB Cycles, their own brand of bikes. There’s the Bonewagon, a smokehouse on wheels. And they even have a farm, dubbed Hops & Heifers, where they grow hops and raise cows on spent brewing grain for their restaurants.
After being open for less than two months, Lex 18 closed in early June only to reemerge on June 14 flaunting some significant changes. Although the restaurant’s interior maintains the same rich, vintage Jazz Age décor, and the bar still highlights the upscale moonshine and classic cocktails touted at its first opening in March, a shift of ownership has resulted in an eatery with a completely reinvented culinary direction.