After 48 weeks of turning Asian cooking on its head, rogue chef Elliot Moss is bringing Punk Wok to an end following service on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Last winter, after abruptly leaving Ben’s Tune-Up, the James Beard-recognized chef began taking over MG Road’s kitchen on Mondays and Tuesdays to host his own pop-up dinners — […]
There was a time when people didn’t generally consider downtown Asheville as a dining destination. ASAP, which launched in 2000 as a local food campaign to help reverse the loss of farms in Western North Carolina during the decline of the tobacco market, has been integral to that transformation.
It’s easy for a foodie to get spoiled in Asheville. Whether grabbing dinner downtown or shopping the tailgate markets and grocery stores for the makings of a homemade feast, the smorgasbord of choices is vast, diverse and endlessly innovative. It hasn’t always been this way, of course.
When Laurey Masterton opened her restaurant and catering company storefront, Laurey’s, in 1990, most of Asheville was still degenerate. Barley’s wouldn’t start slinging pizzas until four years later, but Laurey’s sandwich shop paved the way for an entire section of Biltmore Avenue to be revitalized. “Cooking was a big part of their family, and that […]
It’s Saturday morning, and Blue Ridge Food Ventures is redolent with the sharp scent of fresh-cut ginger. Located on A-B Tech’s Enka campus, the big industrial space has become the base of operations for roughly 60 entrepreneurs at any given time. Open 24 hours a day, the kitchens are used for everything from rolling raw […]
Since 2012, the Asheville Street Food Coalition has rented and managed The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave., where assorted food trucks dole out delectable edibles to several hundred customers a week. But as of Oct. 1, Johnny and Susan Robinson, who own the lot along with Johnny’s two siblings, have taken over its management. The […]
John Swann has no problem admitting his aversion to big business. “I’m not a good corporate guy,” he says. “I’m way too entrepreneurial.” Katuah Market owner Swann has had his hands in natural foods since the early 1970s, when he worked with the famous Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tuscon, Ariz. and later managed the Mountain […]
One of the most notable aspects of Asheville’s culinary community is its focus on camaraderie rather than competition. Tangible proof of this phenomenon is the success of Asheville Independent Restaurants, an organization formed in 2002 by a group of local chefs and restaurant owners who joined forces to create a united front for the betterment of Asheville’s […]
The highly anticipated openings of two doughnut destinations — Vortex and Hole — are finally upon us. First to officially open, Hole began serving customers on Thursday, Oct. 16. Located in a new building on Haywood Road with a small parking lot, the bright blue truck with its logo is easy to spot. “Eight months ago this […]
Great coffee is no different from any other art form: The quality of the final product depends both on material and process. “We can make really great green coffee taste terrible; we can make really great green coffee taste great. But we can’t make bad green coffee taste good: We can only work with what […]
Living in a self-proclaimed Foodtopia like Asheville, one can often go one of two directions. You can either go broke eating out every night, indulging yourself on local fare, or you ignore the restaurants, bunker down in the farmers market culture and just cook for yourself. Fortunately, two local authors have put together a book […]
The HardLox Jewish Food & Heritage Festival will schlep its annual “challahbaloo” of klezmer and knishes to Pack Square on Sunday, Oct. 19. Challahbaloo! is the theme for this year’s festival, now enjoying its 12th anniversary, and as always, guests can expect to find a host of traditional Jewish delicacies for their noshing pleasure. Some […]
Patrick O’Cain has chosen a kitchen co-conspirator for Gàn Shān Station, his new venture on Charlotte Street. On Tuesday, O’Cain, owner of the soon-to-open Asian-themed restaurant, announced that Charleston, S.C., chef Chris Hathcock will join him in the role of co-executive chef at the eatery, which is slated to open later this year in the old gas station at […]
By now, Jim Klingel is accustomed to the misconceptions that the name Oyster House Brewing Co. yields. On a regular basis, the restaurant’s chef hears that his brother Billy’s brewpub is owned by The Lobster Trap (it’s not, though its roots began there), that all of the beers are made with oysters (only the stouts […]
When Peter Affatato was growing up in Flushing, Queens, his grandmother — his nona — would take him to Long Island farms to buy pumpkins. “She bought them because they were cheap,” says Affatato, owner and chef at Nona Mia Italian Kitchen in West Asheville, “and then she would cook them with everything.” That’s how Affatato came up with Peter’s pumpkin pizza, a pie customers begin calling to ask about as soon as pumpkins start bronzing the fields.
Pumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin Oreos, heck, even pumpkin croutons: If you can eat or drink it, someone is trying to make it with pumpkin. When it comes to beer, pumpkin ale tends to elicit a love-it-or-hate-it response. Some order a seasonal beer for the only time all year while others scoff at the style. Wherever you […]
Ginger Frank is about to open a business that her kids can really get behind. The East Asheville mother of two is launching Poppy, Asheville’s first popcorn shop, in Merrimon Square this week. Poppy will offer 15 regular flavors to start, both savory and sweet. Her Chicago mix is a rich blend of caramel and cheddar […]
At the farm-to-table Feast hosted on Monday, Sept. 29th, a hundred guests, including local farmers, bakers, chefs, restaurant and market owners, food activists and stakeholders in the local food economy, gathered at The Hub in West Asheville. Feast, inspired and organized by Rebecca Friedman, owner of Farmer’s Daughter Catering, was an invite-only occasion designed to […]
My wife and I visited Portland, Ore., earlier this year. While we could only hit a small fraction of the city’s 50-plus breweries, we made sure to stop at Cascade Brewing, a legendary producer of sour beers, and Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. At Cascade, we found no fewer than a dozen sour beers […]
A dinner with author Robin Rose Bennett at Over Easy Café, new tabletop grills at Korean House, changes in the food-truck scene, a class on the science of cooking with Mark Rosenstein and a coffee IPA tasting event are all in the news this week.
A new Mediterranean restaurant opens this week in the downtown space at 130 College St. that previously housed the Arcade dance club. The Twisted Laurel Eatery and Lounge opens to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 1, offering a large menu of pizzas, subs, salads, pastas, traditional Greek specialties, desserts and more. The remodeled 6,400-square-foot space features […]