New downtown development specialist and Asheville native Dana Frankel took time from her busy schedule to speak with Xpress about growing up in the city, her role among downtown stakeholders, facilitating equity around the central business district and what makes Asheville special to her.
Three days of festivities followed by nearly a week of locals-only tours will mark the grand opening of New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville facility and the company’s 25th anniversary.
Isis and the Rankin Vault topped a field of fierce competitors at this year’s local burger showdown.
Hi-Wire debuts a DIPA with all local ingredients, Asheville Brewing releases a Lionel Richie-themed saison and more.
As the cost of growing food in Western North Carolina rises, local farmers are feeling the squeeze. Increasingly, many are turning to agritourism to help their enterprises stay afloat.
Noble Cider highlights pie to raise money for Make-A-Wish, a new Irish pub opens downtown, Buxton Hall Barbecue celebrates its first birthday, The Farm Kitchen hosts a wine dinner and Asheville restaurants keep topping national lists.
Festival organizer Kris Kraft talks about the numerous changes to this year’s festival and why there is no longer a WNC Chef’s Challenge. Photo gallery from Sweet and the Grand Tasting by Adam McMillan
The River Arts District’s new Salvage Station outdoor music and events venue that keeps food and drinks in the spotlight.
As commercial rents rise ever higher in Asheville’s downtown, local business owners and other community members hope the area’s popularity won’t lead to increasing homogenization, the proliferation of national chains and the loss of the city’s unique character.
Scores of Asheville residents met with city staffers and representatives from Nelson Nygaard, a national transportation consulting firm, on Wednesday, August 17 to learn about and provide feedback on an early-stage proposal on instituting a city shuttle service in and around downtown Asheville.
With intimate, hands-on classes that spotlight classic cocktails, The Imperial Life mixologists Ben Johnson and Jasper Adams are empowering Asheville’s home bartenders one drink at a time.
Asheville and its surrounding area continue to see culinary expansion. While this is good news for residents and tourists, some businesses are struggling to stay staffed.
The Asheville Wine and Food Festival caps its eighth year with an updated Grand Tasting event; Gan Shan Station brings Charleston chef Daniel Heinze onboard for Sunday Supper, Appalachian Appetite photo contest looks for images of family recipes; Sanctuary Brewing Co. hosts and anniversary bash and The Cheese Store of Asheville plans a pairing event with Blue Ghost Brewing Co.
**UPDATED AUG. 20** Hops and Vines and Altamont sell, three breweries release beers to benefit the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waynesville hosts its second Beer Faire.
A love of science and dinosaurs prompted brewer Tim Weber to craft two Tyrannosaurus Rex-themed beers to raise money for the Asheville Museum of Science’s relocation efforts.
While tractors and mechanized farm equipment have now largely replaced draft animals, a small but passionate contingent of farmers in Western North Carolina continues to rely on them to help with the daily work around their farms and as a source of extra income at times.
Asheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the road a ways. With the challenges of urbanization besetting Asheville, newcomers and locals alike are turning to surrounding towns and communities in search of cheaper […]
A growing number of outdoor dining options allows diners to take advantage of both Asheville’s vibrant food scene and its beautiful vistas.
The new club is aimed at creating a forum for local fermentation enthusiasts of all skill levels to exchange ideas and materials, experiment and gain new knowledge.
Hemp cheese ravioli, a vegan cheesecake with hemp crust and a dreamsicle—a kind of Creamsicle with a hemp twist—are all on this year’s menu for A Taste of Hemp.
With a new event series at The Hop, owner Greg Garrison hopes to raise awareness of and funds for local nonprofits while carrying on the memory of beloved community organizer Steve Liebenhaut.