PRESIDENTIAL PALATE: Chef William Dissen's trip to Washington, D.C. includes an invitation to meet President Obama's chef Sam Kass.  “Who knows? Maybe the first lady will step out to speak with us!” says Dissen in anticipation. Photo courtesy of The Market Place

Asheville chef demands GMO labeling at Capitol Hill, White House

Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, is one of about two dozen chefs invited to gather at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in support of labeling food containing genetically modified organisms. Dissen and other renowned chefs, including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmerman […]

Around 100 supporters and activists gather at Vance Monument Nov. 20 to remember transgender people murdered in the last year due to discrimination.

Activists say transgender people still face uphill battle in Asheville

Activists who gathered Thursday night, Nov. 20, during the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TdoR) say there is ongoing danger toward transgender people living in Asheville, and it may not be an issue that is on people’s radar. “There is danger for transgender people living in Asheville. I know of transgender women who have faced danger […]

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Crystal Visions hosts AkashVille soul gathering Friday, Nov. 21

WHAT: Kelly Jones, cofounder of AkashVille, hosts the release of her self-published book, Akashic Records: Soul Dialogues. A trained medium in reading akashic records (from the Sanskrit word “akasha” for “luminous” or “ether”), Jones will offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions about their own records. WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 WHERE: Crystal Visions Bookstore, […]

Intro to film: Nicole Hinebaugh, right, will work with Mars Hill University students, including Shamika Davidson, left, and Paige Stack, center, as they document life in Asheville's public housing communities. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Student documentary invites the public into public housing

Working in collaboration with Housing Authority residents and the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, a group of Mars Hill University undergraduate social work students will spend a semester interviewing and filming public housing tenants before assembling their footage into a short film. The idea is to increase a sense of connection in a city where public housing communities are physically and socially isolated.

Space Invaders: Asheville Green Drinks encounters non-native plant species

Who knew that a pastime as pedestrian as gardening could be downright dangerous? On Wednesday night, around 20 people took refuge from November’s bluster at the Green Sage Café to hear Bill Jones, president of Carolina Native Nursery, explain both the risks of importing non-native species plants and the benefits of proliferating indigenous plant-life. The […]

Alex Ryan of Mock Orange Bikes tackles a hill

Get outside this weekend: Nov 13-16

According to a press release from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the U.S. Forest Service has proposed opening a 700,000-acre chunk of Pisgah National Forest to a logging program. Email NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us to leave your comments.

MSG CX, NC Cyclocross State Championships, Veni, vidi, vici Trail Race and Dog Tag Dash 5k this weekend! #getoutside #avlout

REAL DEAL: Real Food Living, founded by Vickilynn Haycraft in 1984, features blog posts this month detailing the Haycraft family's experience with "no-shopping November." Photo courtesy of Haycraft

WNC family implements ‘no-shopping November’

While some are celebrating no-shave November, one Western North Carolina blogger and her family are partaking in a different type of abstinence. “It wasn’t a choice— it was a necessity,” says Vickilynn Haycraft, writer and independent product reviewer, explaining her family’s need for “no-shopping November.” “We had a large emergency that exceeded our available funds, […]

VEGGIE BASED: Amy Lanou will be talking about plant-based nutritional strategies for bone health and how to practically translate plant-based research into action at the first Plant-Based Prevention of Disease Conference, to be held at UNC Asheville on Friday-Sunday, Nov 14-16.

Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference brings nutrition experts to Asheville

Nutrition experts from across the country are gathering in Asheville Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, for the inaugural Plant-based Prevention of Disease Conference.  One of the reasons the conference is being held in Asheville is that our local restaurants are already modeling “how alternative dietary patterns and eating styles can be made accessible to a broad population,” says Amy Lanou, chair of […]

(Photo by Jane Izard)

Mutual benefit: WNC farm animals, owners share deep bond

North Carolina is home to over 50,000 farm operations and in one way or another, the livelihood of many Western North Carolina families is tied to domesticated animals. But whether the objective is food, fun, health or therapy, these farmers often seem to have what amounts to a symbiotic relationship with their livestock.