As far as Thanksgiving beverages go, Xpress has covered beer pairings, and we’ve covered wine. But cocktails allow room for copious creativity — and can even incorporate ingredients from off the dinner menu. Now, I’ll be honest with you. At first, I scoured the internet for the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. Pumpkin pie martinis and “harvest” margaritas […]
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, […]
Garrison Keillor once said, “Thanksgiving is the closest Americans will ever come to understanding the Middle East conflict.” And while most of our dinner tables might not get quite that explosive, it is always wise to keep some wine on hand as a welcomed social lubricant. But pairing wines on Thanksgiving can be tricky. For […]
Everything from beef tartare to torched marshmallow s’mores was on the menu last night as Asheville Independent Restaurants celebrated the local food scene with its annual Taste of Asheville event.
Raleigh residents got a taste of Asheville last night, Nov. 19, when chef Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake defeated Cape Fear Country Club’s chef Antoine Murray in the first round of Final Fire eliminations.
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 […]
There are plenty of excellent reasons to go out to eat on Thanksgiving. No dirty dishes. No eccentric uncle’s special venison stew. But the best reasons to leave your oven off this Thanksgiving are the holiday offerings from local restaurants.
Whether it’s a traditional turkey with 50 of your closest relatives or a vegetarian spread for two, there’s no escaping the trappings of the Thanksgiving meal. It’s a holiday that revolves around food as much as it does family. Of course, there are also traditional beverages — a certain type of wine with dinner, a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
As the sun dipped behind a mountain ridge on Sunday, Nov. 2, the Asheville Friends Meeting House began to fill with people, with conversation and with the smell of roasted roots and herbs; savory lentils; sweet, cooked dates and homemade macaroni. Every dish in the room, however, had one thing in common: All were completely […]
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, […]
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 […]
Asheville Independent Restaurants readies for Taste of Asheville, WNC Health Advocates hosts a fundraising dinner, King Daddy’s adds breakfast, Loretta’s goes late-night and Black Mountain Ciderworks throws a Rabelaisian Feast.
From a press release: Asheville Brewing Company’s newest beer celebrates The Feral Chihuahuas Long-time Feral supporters Asheville Brewing Co. have created a brew to celebrate The Feral Chihuahuas 10th Anniversary Best-Of Show happening this Saturday at Asheville Community Theatre. The Feral Chihuahuas have performed over 300 shows in WNC and at comedy festivals around the […]
Swannanoa native Robert Duncan nabbed both of the top prizes in Swannanoa United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili and Cornbread Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 8, according to a press release from event organizers. Colleen Harris of Black Mountain won second prize in the chili category and third prize went to Jerry Hubbard of Hendersonville, who won last […]
You never know when winter will hit in Asheville. This year, with early November snow, it seems the upcoming release of Cold Mountain from Highland Brewery is right on time. Community liaison Drew Stevenson says there’s even more to look forward to this year as the company plans to expand the release celebration at the […]
Whole Foods Market Asheville announced on Thursday, Nov. 6, that local worker-owned mobile produce vendor Ujamaa Freedom Market was among 12 nonprofit organizations in the Southeast tapped to receive grants from Whole Foods Market’s Whole Cities Foundation. The grants were funded by money raised during the company’s quarterly 5% Day community giving event on Aug. 19. Ujamaa […]
The bright yellow sign in front of Happy Jack’s bills it as a biscuits-and-gravy joint, but this description doesn’t tell the whole story. While there are definitely both biscuits and gravy worth bragging about at the Tunnel Road breakfast-only restaurant, it seems likely that owner Kevin Lee lavishes just as much attention on Happy Jack’s other offerings. […]
How does your Bier Garden grow? In nearly 20 years of operation, downtown Asheville’s Bier Garden has assumed multiple identities, rebranding the company’s look and feel to reflect demand. This year’s upgrade includes a second bar and a new cocktail lounge seating area, which management aims to unveil by late November. “We always try to […]