APPROACHABLE ART: This vegan, gluten-free sweet potato and mushroom manicotti is among the elegant-but-not-intimidating items on Chef James Lumley's menu at Vue 1913.  Photo by Cindy Kunst

Post-tablecloth dining at Vue 1913

It is a crystal-clear day when I take my seat in the dining room at Grove Park Inn’s new Vue 1913, a more casual take on farm-to-table dining than the venue’s previous installment, Horizons. I’ve come here for a chef’s tasting, and the fact that the inn even has a chef’s tasting is a good sign that, despite having a burger on the menu, there might be a little more fine dining going on here than meets the eye.

A compromise is possible

I always enjoy reading the Letters section in the Mountain Xpress. I noticed that the Grove Park Inn responded to a letter complaining about the new parking fees [“Shame on the Grove Park Inn,” Dec. 5 Xpress]. It would seem to me that a compromise could be reached between the locals who enjoy the gingerbread […]

Shame on the Grove Park Inn

Shame on the Grove Park Inn for charging $10 for self-parking. Every year it has been a tradition in our family to go and see the display of gingerbread houses and other holiday decorations. We bring our out-of-town guests who enjoy shopping in the Grove Park Inn stores, buying refreshments and, most importantly, seeing the […]

It’s not all about pumpkins and chickens. Family farms, like Flying Cloud (pictured here) often showcase other goods, like local cheeses, honey and flowers.

Have yourself a local food and farm adventure

Western North Carolina is full of talented farmers, artisan food producers and wine makers. You might even go so far as to call WNC “America’s Tuscany” — the perfect place for a food-and-farm adventure. Let the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project be your virtual travel agency, guiding you to the freshest tomatoes, the most scenic apple […]