Burgers are serious business in WNC — for both chefs and diners — and this weekend’s inaugural Battle of the Burger promises some stiff competition for the title of Best Burger in WNC. Among a diverse field of challengers ranging from the Farm to Fender food truck to downtown cocktail lounge The Vault, a little East Asheville bar and grill, The Social, is planning to bring their A-game to the event on Sunday, Aug. 10.
“Raw food is going to be the next big thing in Asheville,” says Tim Boissy, the executive chef of The Nectar Lounge. The new raw foods café, which will also feature vegan and gluten-free options, is slated to open in North Asheville near the end of August. “Raw food is an essential part of a […]
Sierra Nevada is famous for its high quality and consistency. Over decades the company has established a legendary reputation by thinking ahead and troubleshooting any potential problem in advance. The brewers are masters of controlling every variable. So perhaps it’s no surprise that when the company put on one of the largest beer festivals ever […]
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 […]
At 18 months old, most toddlers are able to say a handful of words. Wicked Weed just needed two as they celebrated their own 18-month anniversary: massive expansion.
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
True confessions: When I get home from a busy day and it’s time to get dinner on the table, sometimes the last thing I want is “help” in the kitchen from my young daughter. It is easier, faster and definitely cleaner if I do it myself. But after I take a deep breath and remind myself […]
On the heels of announcing a new satellite brewery on the South Slope of Asheville’s downtown, Catawba Brewing has announced a major renovation and facelift for their Morganton location. “We have been in this building for over five years, and it is time we optimized it for the dual purpose of manufacturing and tasting room. […]
An imaginative and affordable breakfast and lunch spot opened downtown early this month on the ground floor of the BB&T building on Pack Square. Situated in the tiny venue previously occupied by The Sandwich Company, Urban Café packs a globe-spanning range of bold flavor combinations into a compact kitchen and dining area — and offers them at what are almost fast-food prices.
It’s a cycle known as aquaponics, which uses dual-tanked plant-and-fish habitats to create a symbiotic environment and a sustainable system that mimics the natural world. One tank holds the fish; the other, the plants. A pump flows water between the two, aerating the water in the process. Along with hydroponics — a similar idea that focuses solely on raising vegetation — it’s a creating an alternative to traditional in-soil farming.
Twice a month from July through October, Foothills Farm & Butchery cranks out a four-course meal for no more than 10 guests at a time, calling the dinner the Butcher’s Table.
If you get up every morning and drive an hour to work, you have a good idea what it’s been like to work in sales or deliveries for Catawba Brewing. For the past 15 years, Catawba has been driving thousands of barrels of beer from its brewery in Morganton to Asheville, the company’s largest territory since day one.
A pirate-cocktail fundraiser, Asheville gets its own French Quarter and the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series makes a stop in WNC.
Asheville thinks of itself as a willfully healthy town, a place where spirulina shakes are as easy to come by as beer. But next time you order a kale salad, don’t be surprised if nestled right next to it is the best order of french fries you’ve ever had. “Asheville has a dual personality disorder,” […]
Berry-picking season is in full swing, and there are plenty of places in the Asheville area — both wild and cultivated — to pick some of nature’s candy fresh off the shrub. Of course, wild blueberries are free for the picking from late summer through early fall at spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Craggy Gardens […]
The Coffee Pedlar is the latest manifestation of Asheville’s mobile retail craze: an artisan pour-over coffee bar mounted on a sleek, black trike.
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 […]
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 […]