COFFEE TALK: Friends Mary Scarborough, left, and Alex Perry, right, visited and ranked 30 Asheville coffee shops last summer. Here, the two share a laugh outside of Odds Café in West Asheville.

Asheville Coffee Crawl project showcases local brews

Summer vacation can create more free time than some college students know what to do with. But last summer, Alex Perry and Mary Scarborough, 19-year-old sophomores at Berry College in Georgia, turned their downtime into an opportunity. The pair decided to visit and rank 30 coffee shops in the Asheville area and created a website with their results — “I […]

A FINE LINE: Anejandro Gonzalez works the line at Chestnut. As retaining back-of-house employees becomes increasingly challenging, many local restaurants are working to sweeten the pot with higher wages, more benefits and greater opportunities for advancement.

Putting it on the line

Line cooks are the backbone of restaurants. They toil behind the scenes and spend long hours on their feet but get very little of the glory. “The job is physically hard, can have odd hours and puts the cook in contact with fire and sharp objects,” says Kevin Westmoreland, co-owner of the Corner Kitchen and Chestnut and president […]

COOKING FOR A CAUSE: The 7th Annual Sweet Potato Cooking Contest happens Saturday, Oct. 1, at Homegrown Families Health and Education Center.

Homegrown Families hosts sweet potato contest and fundraiser Oct. 1

  Something sweet is in the air. The seventh annual sweet potato cooking contest and fundraiser is happening Saturday, Oct. 1. This event will also double as the fall open house for the new Homegrown Families Health and Education Center at 201 Charlotte St. The center houses a variety of integrative family health services, including licensed […]

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