SECRET INGREDIENT: The 100 percent black Angus burgers at The Social are "cooked with love," says co-owner Clarissa Marshall, right. She is pictured with her husband, co-owner and chef Ryan Marshall. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Burger warriors: The Social takes on WNC Battle of the Burger challengers

Burgers are serious business in WNC — for both chefs and diners — and this weekend’s inaugural Battle of the Burger promises some stiff competition for the title of Best Burger in WNC. Among a diverse field of challengers ranging from the Farm to Fender food truck to downtown cocktail lounge The Vault, a little East Asheville bar and grill, The Social, is planning to bring their A-game to the event on Sunday, Aug. 10.

FUN ON TAP: Creekside Taphouse co-owners Brendan and Patty Dennehy say they want their barbecue-themed indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant to be a "neighborhood joint" for East Asheville. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

East Asheville eats

Downtown Asheville’s culinary offerings are certainly no secret, and West Asheville, with its ceaseless onslaught of restaurant openings, is clearly booming as a foodie mecca. But what about points east? Although it is not widely considered to be a dining destination, East Asheville has its own sampling of fun eateries and delicious dishes.

Chris Pelly is an innovator, and that’s what Asheville needs

Transformational leadership indicates an actual capability to transform “wicked problems.” I have mostly lived in east Asheville since 1980 and the recent infrastructure improvements, for which Chris Pelly can take a lot of credit, are generating a huge positive effect. Using our public-resource pool in positive, ethical and innovative ways creates possibilities for good that […]