GET YOUR ESPRESSO STEAMERS READY: On Thursday, baristas from across the southeast will compete at Vortex Doughnuts Thursday Night Throwdown. Complimentary doughnuts will be available, as will music by DJ Zach Cooper.

Small bites: Thursday Night Throwdown

In 2008, Atlanta’s Octane Coffee introduced the Thursday Night Throwdown (often referred to as TNT). The latte art competition pits barista against barista in a series of elimination rounds where judges evaluate the clarity, milk texture, level of difficulty and contrast of each beverage made until a champion is crowned. On Thursday, July 28, Vortex Doughtnuts will […]

GOING FOR THREE: Renovations are nearly complete at the newest Green Sage. Co-owners Roger Derrough, left, and Randy Talley, right, are pictured inside the dining area. Photo by Jayson Im

The third place: Green Sage looks ahead with Westgate location

The opening of the third Green Sage location in Westgate Shopping Center brings co-owners Randy Talley and Roger Derrough full circle: The pair established the first Earth Fare store in that same plaza 20 years ago. But with this newest manifestation of their healthy, fast-casual café concept, Talley and Derrough clearly have their sights set on the bigger picture.

The Hop Ice Cream Café is a mecca for the pint-sized. Parents dig the desserts, too. Photo by Jonathan Welch

Family-friendly fare

When you’ve had it up to here and there’s nary a baby sitter in sight, there are a few options to feed the kids and blow off a little steam at the same time. If nothing else, these places certainly won’t bat an eye if your rugrat seems to be in a slightly, er, exuberant […]

The Raspberry Beret at Over Easy is a bright, berry-filled concoction, perfect for a morning jump-start. Photos by Jonathan Welch

Beyond the Shirley Temple

Sometimes it seems like Asheville’s all about the booze. We’re Beer City, USA, after all. But where to sip something special sans suds? Asheville has a large selection of drinkable treats that are alcohol-free. Buchi Kombucha is a perfect example of how locally focused and healthy Asheville can be as a whole. The fermented-tea drink […]