Culinary evolution

Watch for more voices in Xpress’ Food section, thanks to Gina Smith, our new coordinator who took over last week from outgoing Food Writer Emily Patrick. She will help evolve the section into a forum for readers, food activists, restaurateurs, chefs and community leaders to tell their food stories. Smith will also contribute articles and features.

Smith is an Asheville-based freelance journalist who has contributed community and school news to The Charlotte Observer for many years and, more recently, to Verve magazine. She honed her management skills during a five-year stint as full-time volunteer coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. And, as a founding member of the Oakley Farmers Market steering committee, she has developed ties to local farmers and entrepreneurs.

We choose Smith to helm the Food section because we believe her skills are well suited to the Xpress mission of building community and promoting activism.

If you’ve got an idea for a food story, want to tell us what you’d like to see in this section, or want to share a food-news tip, email us at, or call 251-1333 and ask for Gina Smith.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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