When Whole Foods Market opened late last summer on Tunnel Road, the company said that in joining a beer city like Asheville, it would bring its A-game. Of course, that implies a comprehensive beer selection, complete with growlers to go. But what sets the Tunnel Road store apart from other Whole Foods stores across the […]
After completing a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, Smiling Hara Tempeh is debuting HEMPEH to financial backers nationwide this month. The Asheville-based company also has updates on upcoming cooking classes and inclusion in Whole Foods’ hot bars.
With a menu spotlighting the products of Asheville-area farmers, a team of culinary students from A-B Tech won the American Culinary Federation’s Student Team Regional Championship for the Southeast at the Southeast Regional Competition held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10-11, in Atlanta. The win advances the group to compete at the national level later this summer. […]
So far, confirmed warriors include Mojo Taco Lounge, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Haywood Lounge, the Social, Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Scully’s Bar and Grill, King James Public House, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Creekside Taphouse and the Barleycorn. A few additional competitor slots remain, and three of the listed participants — Barleycorn, Moe’s and Creekside — are in the game to defend a title.
Asheville celebrates truffles, Oskar Blues partners with King James Public House, Asheville’s French Quarter celebrates Mardi Gras, a chili cook-off in Fletcher,
plus January tea events.
Three Asheville food companies received national recognition for their products.
Formerly a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, then a church, the 100-year-old building that stands at the corner of Montford and Chestnut avenues is now an Italian restaurant owned by Robert and Melissa Willingham, career restaurateurs from Baltimore who moved to Asheville nearly four years ago.
How does Asheville, one of the busiest tourist hubs in the state — a place where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a chef or a farmer — have so many people lacking access to good food or outright going to bed hungry?
Just a few months ago, the old Gulf gas station at 143 Charlotte St. was a hollowed out shell. Peeking through broken windows, you could see piles of rubble sparkling with shards of broken glass. Now, the gray building casts a bright yellow glow from its large-pane windows, and from the street you can see crowds milling […]
A new coffee shop is open in East Asheville; Dough closes for remodeling; Hopey & Co. announces downtown expansion plans; Asheville Mardi Gras plans a Cajun Cook-off and
Internationally renowned Celtic violinist Jamie Laval’s Christmas in Scotland performance calls on a patchwork of art forms to revive traditional Celtic celebrations of the winter solstice and Christmas. Local guitarist and banjoist David Brown and multi-instrumentalist Rosalind Buda are among Laval’s supporting lineup of Celtic-influenced artists, in addition to a Welsh harpist and a Scottish […]
After years of asking for it, Asheville finally has its own Ethiopian restaurant. Addissae opened on Tuesday, Dec. 16, for the first in a string of soft-opening nights. Currently only accepting around 50 reservations per night, the owners are trying to ease into their launch.
What do you think were the most interesting or important local issues, events and stories that shaped 2014?
Walking through the streets of downtown Asheville on a chilly Sunday morning, it’s hard not to be tempted by the smell of fresh-roasted coffee wafting from inside cracked doors. Outside, eye-catching rows of sandwich boards line the sidewalk. “Lobster omelette; local eggs,” reads one. “Fresh-squeezed pomegranate mimosa,” reads another, adorned with a colorful chalk-drawing of a tasty-looking […]
Where there’s a grill, there’s a way — particularly for Korean House co-owner Jayson Im. After nearly a year of permitting struggles, the restaurateur is thrilled to announce the date he will debut his fleet of 10 tabletop grills.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the debut full-length studio album of local act Resonant Rogues, a healthy deli’s management transition, expansion by a vintage clothier and an online music subscription with a twist.
More than two dozen vendors gathered for Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ annual holiday market, held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on A-B Tech’s Enka campus. The event, which drew about 750 shoppers last year, brings together craft food purveyors from Blue Ridge Food Ventures and other suppliers of small-batch goods. “We started […]
It’s Ashley English Week at Rhubarb! The local author, known for her Homemade Living book series, is thrilled to be showcasing recipes for both food and drinks at the celebrated restaurant, which she calls one of her favorite local spots. “Who would’ve ever guessed that my patronage of a restaurant so seriously deserving of every […]
“This is one of my favorite events of the year because it’s all about mindfully deciding where to spend holiday dollars,” says Lindsey Mudge, communications and operations manager of HandMade in America. She’s talking about the nonprofit organization’s annual Cool Craft Market — an indoor shopping experience featuring more than 40 vendors of crafts (think […]
An 18-foot tree made of nonperishable food items and assorted household products, in a mall decked out in artificial candy canes: It’s as natural a fit as highlighting poverty in a place where commerce reigns and cash registers ring with cheerful abundance. “One of my goals for this season is to draw just a little […]
A few of Asheville’s sweet spots will share the national spotlight this week. Nightbell, The Hop and Fairview bakery Ruth and Ranshaw will be featured in an episode of the Cooking Channel program “Unique Sweets,” scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Dec. 14. A statement from the Cooking Channel sums up the episode, which […]