As a kid, the public library was a magical place. It had endless shelves of colorful adventures, and it was a place to go for story time. As an adult, some of us still use the library for more than voting. They have those old-fashioned paper books and audiobooks, after all. However, not many of […]
Haywood County boast a long tradition of growing apples and will celebrate both the fruit and the season with the 26th annual Haywood Apple Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.
“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 […]
With its burger challenges, bacon festivals and general meat idolatry, Asheville certainly caters to the carnivorous eater. But who is looking out for the hungry others? Smiling Hara Tempeh — a Blue Ridge Food Ventures company that distributes tempeh to a host of Asheville restaurants as well as grocers throughout North Carolina and beyond — […]
The Wicked Weed Funkatorium opened on Friday, Oct. 10, and there’s no arguing that it’s the big news of the week for the South Slope. However, a few other South Slope breweries are busy expanding as we head into fall: Burial Beer (40 Collier Ave) has moved its new 10-barrel system into place and will […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Pumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin Oreos, heck, even pumpkin croutons: If you can eat or drink it, someone is trying to make it with pumpkin. When it comes to beer, pumpkin ale tends to elicit a love-it-or-hate-it response. Some order a seasonal beer for the only time all year while others scoff at the style. Wherever you […]
Ginger Frank is about to open a business that her kids can really get behind. The East Asheville mother of two is launching Poppy, Asheville’s first popcorn shop, in Merrimon Square this week. Poppy will offer 15 regular flavors to start, both savory and sweet. Her Chicago mix is a rich blend of caramel and cheddar […]
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 […]
At quick glance, fresh fish — other than the supermarket catch — may seem as rare in Asheville as a quiet night on Patton Avenue. But dig a bit, and you’ll find numerous fish sellers within a 30-mile radius whose fish passion has them pulling fish from Alaska, Scotland, Florida, and, of course, North and South […]
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. Healthy Harvest Natural Foods’ mission: “To promote wellness and the celebration of life, spirit, nature and the good that exists.”
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. Do More Bars’ mission: “To create a great tasting, wholesome, gluten-free snack.”
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. UliMana’s mission: “To provide a product that uplifts people, that tastes great yet delivers nutritional value to the body, and that is made with love and consciousness.”
My wife and I visited Portland, Ore., earlier this year. While we could only hit a small fraction of the city’s 50-plus breweries, we made sure to stop at Cascade Brewing, a legendary producer of sour beers, and Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. At Cascade, we found no fewer than a dozen sour beers […]
A dinner with author Robin Rose Bennett at Over Easy Café, new tabletop grills at Korean House, changes in the food-truck scene, a class on the science of cooking with Mark Rosenstein and a coffee IPA tasting event are all in the news this week.
A new Mediterranean restaurant opens this week in the downtown space at 130 College St. that previously housed the Arcade dance club. The Twisted Laurel Eatery and Lounge opens to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 1, offering a large menu of pizzas, subs, salads, pastas, traditional Greek specialties, desserts and more. The remodeled 6,400-square-foot space features […]
Asheville will get its first taste of alcoholic kombucha on Wednesday, Oct 1, when Lenny Boy Brewing Co. brings a variety of beverages up the mountain from Charlotte. The company’s nonalcoholic kombucha is already available at Whole Foods, Greenlife, Earth Fare and the French Broad Food Co-op. However, this will be the first time the […]
Click through for a slideshow of photos by Cindy Kunst and a report by Jonathan Ammons on the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills food and wine festival, held Sunday in Tryon.