Grocery store wars: East Asheville Bi-Lo closing

After opening for business 30 years ago in east Asheville, Bi-Lo is closing its grocery store at 801 Fairview Road. The local closure comes as part of a decision by Jacksonville, Fla.-based parent company Bi-Lo Holdings to close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the country. Spokesman Brian Write told Supermarket News that the […]

From left to right, French instructor Allison Weems, CSW Andy Hale and Metro Wines co-owners Gina Trippi and John Kerr are the organizers behind Sip and Speak, an educational series for Asheville adults. Photo by Kat McReynolds

Sip and Speak language series pairs wine and words

“This is about the fusion of two passions,” says French instructor and wine enthusiast Allison Weems, explaining the inspiration behind her new continuing education series, Sip and Speak. The Asheville French School founder approached Metro Wines owners Gina Trippi and John Kerr earlier this year with the idea of offering in-store classes exploring basic language […]

Filling vacant positions has been a struggle for the city of Asheville, according to development services director Shannon Tuch, who says that economic growth has increased demand for development specialists across the state. Photo by John Coutlakis

Permit pileup: Following the paper trail for Asheville’s growing food economy

Nicknames like “Beer City USA,” “Foodtopia” and “Paris of the South” all acknowledge Asheville’s increasing significance as a food and drink haven. But for city development officials, keeping pace with the permitting needs of a burgeoning food industry has been a hard bite to swallow. THE RESTAURATEUR’S HOLY GRAIL A certificate of occupancy must be […]

COMING SOON: Chef Patrick O'Cain hopes to open his new Asian restaurant, Gàn Shān Station, this winter. Photo by Tim Robison

Co-executive chef named for Gàn Shān Station

Patrick O’Cain has chosen a kitchen co-conspirator for Gàn Shān Station, his new venture on Charlotte Street. On Tuesday, O’Cain, owner of the soon-to-open Asian-themed restaurant, announced that Charleston, S.C., chef Chris Hathcock will join him in the role of co-executive chef at the eatery, which is slated to open later this year in the old gas station at […]

MENU FOR ALL: Despite its seacentric name, Oyster House offers plenty of vegetarian-friendly fare, including a hummus plate, red beans and kale and a spinach-mushroom burger. Photo by Jayson Im

Carnivore name, vegetarian game: 12 Bones, King Daddy’s and Oyster House offer more than their titles suggest

By now, Jim Klingel is accustomed to the misconceptions that the name Oyster House Brewing Co. yields. On a regular basis, the restaurant’s chef hears that his brother Billy’s brewpub is owned by The Lobster Trap (it’s not, though its roots began there), that all of the beers are made with oysters (only the stouts […]

PUMPKIN PIE: Peter Affatato, owner and chef of Nona Mia Italian Kitchen, was inspired by his grandmother's pumpkin dishes to make his popular deep-dish, roasted pumpkin pizza. Photo by Nick Moen

Pumpkin pleasers: Asheville food specialties welcome autumn

When Peter Affatato was growing up in Flushing, Queens, his grandmother — his nona — would take him to Long Island farms to buy pumpkins. “She bought them because they were cheap,” says Affatato, owner and chef at Nona Mia Italian Kitchen in West Asheville, “and then she would cook them with everything.” That’s how Affatato came up with Peter’s pumpkin pizza, a pie customers begin calling to ask about as soon as pumpkins start bronzing the fields.

FEAST TEAM: Kelly Shea, Jeremy Seifert, Jamie Ager, Dan Rattigan and Kevin Fletcher. Photo by Grant G. Edwards, partner, creative director of Socialoriate

Preserving our place on the planet: A food-community discussion on GMO and organics

At the farm-to-table Feast hosted on Monday, Sept. 29th, a hundred guests, including local farmers, bakers, chefs, restaurant and market owners, food activists and stakeholders in the local food economy, gathered at The Hub in West Asheville. Feast, inspired and organized by Rebecca Friedman, owner of Farmer’s Daughter Catering, was an invite-only occasion designed to […]