The Dec. 31 cover story by Jonathan Ammons, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” examined communities in Asheville that lack supermarkets and access to other sources of affordable, nutritious food. The story explored how these neighborhoods, known as food deserts, came to be and how grassroots organizations, like the Ujamaa Freedom Market (made possible due to the Women’s […]
A local chiropractor hosts his 19th annual food drive, A-B Tech’s culinary team heads to the nationals and Asheville readies for a Wing War, plus food writer Jonathan Ammons dishes on Nine Mile’s Groundation Salad.
In the mill room, a cavernous, chilly space in a multiuse facility in West Asheville that used to be an electrical equipment plant, Kim Thompson takes out a marker and kneels down by a sack of freshly milled flour. She writes the type of flour, the date, and often, something extra. One day, it might […]
On wintry nights, while snow banked against the front door, my mom made chili to eat out of small clay bowls with lids. This was not food for guests; this was for family. So, I was surprised when I found my mom’s chili at Creekside Tap House on Beverly Road.
Asheville celebrates truffles, Oskar Blues partners with King James Public House, Asheville’s French Quarter celebrates Mardi Gras, a chili cook-off in Fletcher,
plus January tea events.
Three Asheville food companies received national recognition for their products.
Growing numbers of Asheville residents are going caveman. Proponents say the paleo diet (mostly meat and veggies plus a moderate amount of fruit and nuts) greatly improves their overall health. And for those living with health challenges, healing through diet can provide a welcome sense of control and empowerment.
The mention of mead is likely to bring to mind Vikings and Renaissance fairs rather than sophisticated sipping and food pairings. But times and tastes are changing, and some locals have their sights set on modernizing perceptions and knocking the dust off the ancient drink’s faded appeal. One of these mead mavens is Fairview resident […]
Formerly a Piggly Wiggly grocery store, then a church, the 100-year-old building that stands at the corner of Montford and Chestnut avenues is now an Italian restaurant owned by Robert and Melissa Willingham, career restaurateurs from Baltimore who moved to Asheville nearly four years ago.
A recent story in Our State magazine by Durham, N.C., writer Christina Cooke focuses on the efforts of Asheville cooking instructor Barbara Swell to celebrate and preserve old-time recipes and cooking methods. Cooke also highlights Swell’s belief in the importance of gathering around a table and eating together without distraction. When she was a girl, Barbara […]
How does Asheville, one of the busiest tourist hubs in the state — a place where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a chef or a farmer — have so many people lacking access to good food or outright going to bed hungry?
A new coffee shop is open in East Asheville; Dough closes for remodeling; Hopey & Co. announces downtown expansion plans; Asheville Mardi Gras plans a Cajun Cook-off and
Sugary beverages are everywhere and are connected to every season. Why is that such a big deal? According to The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health’s resource for evidence-based diet and nutrition information, soft drink makers produce 10.4 billion gallons of sugary drinks each year. That is essentially one 12-ounce can for every American, every day of the year.
For Led Zeppelin, it’s “Stairway to Heaven,” for Outkast, it will forever be “Hey Ya!” And you know that Nick Cave will never be able to take the stage without playing another rendition of “Mercy Seat.” It’s the monster hit, the one you just can’t get away from. None of these artists are one-hit wonders, […]
After years of asking for it, Asheville finally has its own Ethiopian restaurant. Addissae opened on Tuesday, Dec. 16, for the first in a string of soft-opening nights. Currently only accepting around 50 reservations per night, the owners are trying to ease into their launch.
Ethnobotanist and educator Marc Williams recently joined Xpress in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally to show us how to create “bliss bites” — a healthy treat for the holiday season
The new year will bring a fresh dinner theater experience to Asheville — one that will be of particular interest to fans of the British television series “Downton Abbey.” On Sunday evenings starting Jan. 4, downtown restaurant Lex 18 will offer live viewings of the popular BBC program while re-creating an aristocratic 1920s meal in […]
If you’re one of the many who wake up on Sundays only to find lines at all your favorite brunch spots, there’s a new option in town. Burial Beer is now offering a low-key, order-at-the-bar jazz brunch every Sunday. The brunch features New Orleans-inspired food from Gary Sernak (Zambra, Admiral) and Josh Dillard (Zambra, Asheville […]
Bar food in Asheville has turned swanky. After all, noshes have to be as elegant as Asheville’s increasingly classy craft cocktail offerings. Think Fred Astaire in coattails dancing with Ginger Rogers in rags. It just wouldn’t do. So, Asheville chefs have ratcheted up the swish in bar offerings with festive fare including small-plate dinners.
An 18-foot tree made of nonperishable food items and assorted household products, in a mall decked out in artificial candy canes: It’s as natural a fit as highlighting poverty in a place where commerce reigns and cash registers ring with cheerful abundance. “One of my goals for this season is to draw just a little […]
Local bakeries are busy making tempting and festive cookies for the holiday season. Click through for the story followed by several recipes from members of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, as well as a gluten-free recipe for chocolate snowball cookies from a Brevard home baker.