COOKING WITH CONFIDENCE: Making sure employees are ServSafe-certified "makes me more confident in my crew, myself as a chef and the food we serve," says Amy Lawson, chef at Nine Mile West. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Safety first: Local restaurants team up with Goodwill for food-safety training

With 109 food-poisoning cases in Buncombe County in 2013 — and probably more that went unreported — Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina has teamed up with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association to train local workers and certify them through the national ServSafe program. “Making people sick is bad business, and you can definitely take measures […]

Early Girl Eatery owners Julie and John Stehling are pictured with Southern Living food critic Morgan Murphy, center, during Murphy's recent visit to their Wall Street restaurant. Photo courtesy of Early girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic visits Early Girl Eatery

Southern Living food critic, author and television personality Morgan Murphy visited Asheville on Sunday, July 13, with the mission of sampling two specific menu items at Wall Street’s Early Girl Eatery: the Early Girl benny and the local sausage and sweet-potato scramble. “I am constantly searching the South for the most inventive and creative fare — and hot […]

THE WILD SIDE:Carolina West RibFest organizers say the revamped festival will offer a more eclectic blend of entertainment than past events , including sideshow acts and cancan girls. Photo courtesy of AKA Entertainment & Media

Small bites: RibFest gets a makeover

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.

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The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen opens for business

The Buchi Bar @ Rosetta’s Kitchen is now open and serving alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, including cocktails made with locally produced Buchi kombucha, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and locally made sodas and kombucha on draft. Wine, beer and Noble Cider are also available, and a dumbwaiter system allows guests to order food from Rosetta’s Kitchen located directly upstairs. Cocktails […]

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Seven Sows rolls out Saturday late-night menu

Beginning Saturday, June 21, Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder will host a weekly late-night eats, drinks and dance party. DJ Ghostface Kahlua will be spinning disco, funk and old-school hip hop, and the always-creative restaurant’s late-night menu will feature some rather adventurous options. Highlights  include cheddar funnel cake with foie gras gravy and crispy frog legs […]

DESSERT ON THE MOVE: Black Mountain Bakery is one of the stops on Creative Mountain Food Tours' Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour. Photo by Kathy Mundy

Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

A new business is opening in Black Mountain that’s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain’s picturesque downtown.