Carol Peppe Hewitt is a matchmaker of sorts. As cofounder of the North Carolina chapter of the international nonprofit organization Slow Money and author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, Hewitt’s goal is to help sustainability-minded food entrepreneurs and community members interested in supporting their work meet and — quite possibly — fall in love.
Asheville may be Beer City, but that’s not the only libation local residents enjoy. Consider the continuing success of the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration of the region’s winemakers, wine shop owners, chefs and restaurants is expanding its focus on local wines, adding a competition for commercial […]
Upscale grocer Whole Foods has planned a week of mobile kitchen feasts in anticipation of the grand opening at its 4 S. Tunnel Road location. The campaign kicks off with a “community giving day” on Aug. 18, at which nonprofit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be the sole beneficiary of all food sales.
On Aug. 20, popular pizza chain Mellow Mushroom will celebrate 40 years in business by offering customers extremely cheap eats, including a $2.50 small cheese pizza. Mellow Mushroom’s marketing team is encouraging patrons to celebrate their event, Way back Wednesday, by posting social media under the hashtag #40YrsBaked – a slogan that may or may not refer to the company’s stone-baked pizza.
Valet Gourmet, an Asheville-based multi-restaurant delivery service, expanded its operations into Knoxville, Tenn., as of Monday, Aug. 4, by acquiring a similar delivery business called 622-EATS. Founder Kenan Hopkins closed the deal with 622-EATS and started fulfilling orders in Knoxville the very same day. “We’re only one week in, but the response has just been […]
A battle was waged Sunday in the parking lot of the Renaissance Asheville Hotel to claim the title of Best Burger in WNC. Click through to view a slide show from the event by Cindy Kunst and to read Jonathan Ammons’ reflections on the competition.
August is a good month for Asheville’s ice cream lovers. Each year, The Hop owners Greg and Ashley Garrison celebrate the historic store’s August anniversary by offering free kiddie scoops of their handmade ice cream for one day. This year, The Hop turns 36 and the Garrisons are celebrating their sixth year as owners of the business on Thursday, […]
A cold, sweet ice cream cone on a hot summer day is as American as apple pie — not to mention more seasonally appropriate. And ice cream shops aren’t the only places to get your frozen fix. If you’re looking for a dish of the cold stuff to finish off a meal at most local […]
A new culinary event kicks off later this month that will highlight the farms and eateries of Haywood County. Sponsored by the Buy Haywood Market Development Project, the inaugural Uniquely Local Food Crawl is scheduled for the weekends of Aug. 21-24 and Aug. 28-31. The self-guided tour will include dozens of Haywood County businesses featuring […]
Earl “Happy” Gray always leads the opening prayer at the Saturday morning Least of These breakfast. By that time, the food line often extends up the parking lot of Summit Church, near the corner of South French Broad and Patton avenues. The folks in line come from the WNC Rescue Mission and the Bartlett Arms […]
Since 2010, Bend, Ore.’s Visitor and Convention Bureau has produced an Ale Trail guide to the city’s many breweries. With 17 breweries, the Asheville area is quickly closing in on Bend’s 19. So it makes sense that our own Asheville Ale Trail thought it was time to start producing their own guide for Asheville’s visitors.
Xpress has received word that Asia Wrap’s opening day has been pushed to Aug. 30, with a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. Here is the story that we ran on Aug. 1, highlighting the new business. Fast-casual eatery Asia Wrap will open on Hendersonville Road on Aug. 21 according to Donna […]
“Everybody needs sodas and cigarettes and snacks,” says Ben’s Tune-Up co-owner Meg Alt. Now, individuals who work and play downtown have an expedient means to get these items. Ben’s Penny Mart, Asheville’s newest convenience store and hangout, is scheduled to open on Friday, Aug. 15, at 195 Hilliard Ave. adjacent to Hi-Wire Brewing. The hours […]
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. THRU HIKE: THE APPALCHIAN TRAIL […]
Western North Carolina’s (and the nation’s) mobile food trend continues to roll along: Darren Stephens of Mills River believes he may have found a new market niche with mobile pizza kitchens. Nearly two years of research and development and about $60,000 pumped into the Asheville-area economy have yielded a compact, wood-fired oven that cranks out […]
Tiger Mountain, a popular Asheville locals’ bar, has closed the doors to its 103 Broadway location and will open just around the corner at 112 N. Lexington Ave. (formerly Emerald Lounge). Owner Sean Bickford is optimistic that the new location will be open to the public by next Friday, Aug. 15. One of Bickford’s primary goals […]
Whole Foods Market announced yesterday it will open its second Asheville location on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The store, at 4 S. Tunnel Road in the new Asheville Market shopping center, encompasses 35,000 square feet of space including an upper-level beer garden with 12 taps of local beer and kombucha, according to a press release from […]
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 […]