Xpress contributor Jonathan Ammons recently spent several days in New Orleans reporting on the annual five-day Tales of the Cocktail international cocktail festival. (Yes, it’s a tough job.) As the event wrapped up on Sunday, July 20, Ammons shared a backward glance at this year’s gathering of the worldwide spirits community.
On a rainy Friday afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, Asheville’s own Nicole Anhalt came in from the downpour to stake her claim in this year’s Sidecar by Merlet Cocktail Competition. Hosted annually at the country’s largest cocktail conference, Tales of the Cocktail, seven bartenders from across the country competed for a trip to the Merlet […]
MG Road, the bar and lounge below Chai Pani, might have just gotten cooler. At least, that’s owner Meherwan Iran’s idea behind letting employees take over his business for a couple nights a week to execute two creative new pop-up bar concepts. Wednesday night promises a dive bar vibe complete with fried bologna and cheap […]
Once a year, in the muggy heat of July, thousands of bartenders flock to New Orleans for the largest cocktail conference of the year, Tales of the Cocktail. It is estimated that this year 22,000 of the world’s finest craft cocktail nerds — including a healthy contingent from Asheville’s bar scene — have either […]
When a truffle has a name like “velvet sin ecstasy,” it probably doesn’t need to win awards to convince customers to give it a try. But at a recent competition, The Chocolate Fetish proved that its chocolates lived up to their names when the Asheville business earned 15 medals at the International Chocolate Salon’s 2014 […]
Sierra Nevada is gearing up for Beer Camp Across America. The seven-stop festival starts this weekend in Chico, Calif., and wraps up with its final stop on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the new brewery in Mills River. In preparation for the event, Sierra sent Xpress a few final details. To start, don’t plan on driving […]
Blue Ridge Food Ventures (BRFV) will host an evening full of Asheville specialties, including artisan food, craft beer, signature cocktails, wine and, of course, live music. Proceeds will support BRFV in their mission to aid aspiring food entrepreneurs as they move food product ideas from the test kitchen to the marketplace.
Pork devotees can celebrate International Bacon Day (and Labor Day weekend) on Saturday, Aug. 30, by pigging out at the second annual BaconFest Asheville; Asheville Wine and Food Festival and updates on Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant, Vortex and Hole Donuts.
Farm-to-table agriculture has gone mainstream, but does it work as a sustainable model? Some local farmers and restaurateurs aren’t sure, even as they persist in trying. “Any good farming system has all the components of an actual ecosystem,” says Sunil Patel, who runs Urban Patchwork Farms, a progressive farming venture that seeks to develop inner-city […]
Most of us in Asheville only notice the Asheville Brewers Alliance during Asheville Beer Week, if we notice them at all. That’s when a group of volunteers from the ABA organize and promote the dozens of events that happen that week — and help pull off the Beer City Festival.
With a brand-new pizza oven just delivered, the last thing Green Room restaurateur Brian Lee had in mind was selling the place. Chris Kronberg and Samantha Rink, owners of Havana Comida Latina restaurant, were sipping beers in the Green Room on June 28 and chatting with friend Richard Barrett (sales coordinator for Lee’s other business […]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you already know all about Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America. In short, the brewery has invited every craft brewer in the nation to a massive road trip across the United States. They’re starting in Chico, Calif., the site of the original Sierra Nevada brewery, on Friday, July 18, and ending in Mills River where the new facility is slated to come online on Sunday, Aug. 3.
Most people know that the Meals on Wheels nonprofit is an important source of hot, nutritious meals for elderly members of our community. But they also collect and distribute pet food to low income seniors who might otherwise share meals meant for them with their four-legged friends, who are often their only constant companions.
The Asheville Wine & Food Festival is full of fun and feasting for attendees, but for many local chefs and wineries, the event is all about the competition. And this year, the rules and prizes are a little different for the wine competition, thanks to local vineyard-industry organization, the French Broad Vignerons. Unlike last year, […]
Beer lovers can support local efforts to build and maintain parks and greenways as well as score some free beer by volunteering at Highland Brewing Co.’s Ale Share Fest on Saturday, July 26. The inaugural festival, which runs 1-6 p.m., will feature live music and more than 20 breweries serving samples. A total of 120 […]
All Souls Pizza celebrated their first year of business while welcoming the former Montford Farmer’s Market to the River Arts District.
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 […]
by Alli Marshall, Rich Rennicks and Gina Smith —
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.
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 […]
Another local small business yields to the power of a large corporation; Urban Orchard Cider Co. may be the new pre-lunch hangout spot on Haywood Road; and Nightbell wants to cook you dinner.