Mike Fortune started Green Hill Urban Farm nine years ago. From the road, all you see is a large, densely planted yard behind three West Asheville homes; gnarly trees with big bushes underneath. But in fact, the farm raises rabbits, ducks, geese, mushrooms and artichokes; figs, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, blueberries. It’s hard to believe […]
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.
The farm is an immutable part of the American idiom. The image of the silo, the big red barn, and the sprawling ranch house are as indelibly marked on our indigenous identities as the stars and stripes, fried chicken and high school football. But with prepackaged food and grocery store convenience, it seems miraculous if a […]
The Our Carolina Foothills campaign will host the inaugural Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus. Visitors will […]
A smorgasbord of Greek delicacies to tempt every palate will be part of the 28th Annual Greek Festival this weekend on the grounds of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville in historic Montford. Visitors will be able to sample Greek recipes handed down through generations, all prepared fresh on-site and, fortunately, you don’t have to be able to pronounce […]
“I was born to bake,” says Hollie West, owner of Sweet Monkey Bakery & Café, a restaurant that opened this summer in downtown Marshall. As a kid growing up in Maui, Hawaii, West begged her mom to buy her an Easy-Bake Oven. “But mom said, ‘No, you have a real one to play with,’” she recalls, […]
Break out the candles! Western Carolina University celebrates its 125th year during the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, a free event to recollect WCU’s rich history. Two stages and a dedicated dance floor will host clogging team performances and concerts (including Grammy Award-winner David Holt), and more than 100 vendor booths will sprawl into […]
“I want people to come in and feel like they’re at a beer festival every day of the week,” says Nate Tomforde, owner of the new Pour Taproom in West Asheville. “We’ll have 46 taps of craft beer and eight wines, and all of them will run on the pay-by-the-ounce model. … You can come […]
A test orchard at Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler is part of the Asheville GreenWorks Food Tree Project, an ambitious 20-year program developed in concert with the city of Asheville, Buncombe County and the Buncombe Fruit and Nut Club. Launched last year, the program has established four orchards so far, including the test plot; 18 more are planned.
Summer was bid farewell and lady autumn was greeted with open hearts by tea fans of all ages who gathered at Dobra Tea in Black Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the change of seasons. Dobra Tea and Panther Moon Tea Co. united to host the inaugural Fall Equinox Communi-Tea Festival, an event filled with music, […]
Pour Taproom, the pay-by-the-ounce beer bar announced earlier this year, held their soft opening on Friday, Sept. 19, at 800 Haywood Road in West Asheville. After opening a tab and receiving a digital bracelet, you can check-in at any of the taps and pour as much–or as little–beer as you wish. Prices vary by beer, […]
Burial Beer Co. has only hosted a couple of large events at their tiny taproom, but so far they have all been big draws. Jess Reiser, part-owner of Burial, just sent out word that Burial will introduce a new annual festival called Burn Pile at the taproom 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The fest will […]
It has been said that too many cooks spoil the broth, but four acclaimed chefs from Asheville and Charleston, S.C., will cream that sentiment on Sunday, Sept. 28, and spoil a lucky few with a six-course dinner — all for a worthwhile cause. Ivan Candido of The Admiral and Todd Woods of Seven Sows will […]
If you’ve been looking for a midday food coma, fear not: King James Public House can to satisfy your gluttony. The Charlotte Street restaurant is now serving lunch seven days a week. The lunch menu features Chef Steven Goff’s duck French dip, fried chicken and crumpets with black pepper gravy as well as an assortment of po’ boys […]
Money will buy you nothing at the Asheville Food Swap. The goal and mission of the food swap, as stated on the group’s website, is to “create an outlet for sharing surplus homemade or homegrown food while offering an alternative to store-bought items, helping swappers eat locally, sustainable and affordably.
Back in July, West End Bakery & Café embraced the summer season by adding a covered outdoor seating area to its landmark West Asheville property. Around the same time, the bakery’s dessert chef, Meg Schearer, introduced dessert flights to the menu — a sampling of sweet items in tiny portions on one plate — and […]
Wicked Weed debuted its Funkatorium sour beer facility as a work-in-progress during Asheville Beer Week in May with a large sour beer tasting event held among the hundreds of barrels already in place. Then, in August, Wicked Weed stole its own show by announcing an expansion that included not just the Funkatorium, but also a production […]
Every parent has been there: a hungry child in the backseat, a forgotten snack and several errands left to run before heading home. The big-name fast food chains make these moments so effortless to resolve with a quick sprint through the drive-thru. But with dietary restrictions and food allergies becoming more common, fast food is […]
Next summer, Asheville will host a small but influential group of bloggers for the first time: The Beer Bloggers Conference will descend upon the city July 17-19.
Buncombe County Commissioners will seek public feedback on two issues tomorrow night, Sept. 16: one involving an economic incentive deal to Wicked Weed Brewing and the other regarding Weaverville zoning.
“For years I’ve said I need to make a shepherd’s pie,” Connie Pegg says as she reveals her entry for the North Carolina Pork Council’s contest Monday night at the Mountain State Fair. With delicate swirls of both sweet and white mashed potatoes atop the dish, it’s a colorful temptation for the eye as well as […]