IN THE INN: Executive Chef Casey Maness, right, landed in Western North Carolina in 2010 with experience from numerous restaurant positions and four years cooking in the Coast Guard. Her forthcoming eatery, The Lantern — located inside Hendersonville's The Charleston Inn — is “meant to take you on a journey through Old Charleston, with Creole, Cajun and low country flavors.”  Maness is pictured with Charleston Inn Manager Tim Ross.

Small bites: The Lantern brings coastal flavors to Hendersonv­ille

A new restaurant is set to open at Hendersonville’s historic Charleston Inn; Metro Wines hosts a high-flying fundraiser for A-B Tech aviation scholarships; Buxton Hall Barbecue plans a late-night holiday dance party; Burial Beer works on a kitchen build-out for Salt & Smoke; and the Italian Cookie Lady hosts holiday truffle cake-pop parties.

HIGH TENSION WIRES: Residents around Henderson County are speaking out publicly over a 45 mile Duke transmission line project they say may adversely effect their community. Photo courtesy of Kathy Ziprik.

High tension wires: Duke Energy and Henderson County residents at odds over proposed transmissi­on lines

Power giant Duke Energy’s proposal for a 45-mile transmission line through Western North Carolina, part of the company’s multifaceted Western Carolinas Modernization project to upgrade and integrate the mountains with a larger regional power grid, is meeting staunch opposition from residents since the company announced its intentions in mid-July.

The Rebirth Brass Band brought a little of the Big Easy to Burning Can 2015 at Oskar Blues Brewery's REEB Ranch.

In photos: Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival 2015

Oskar Blues Brewery hosted its 2015 Burning Can ExtravaCANza Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, at its REEB Ranch just outside of Hendersonville. Despite some complications with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Department, a few thunderstorms and a blistering-hot afternoon sun, brewers, performers and attendees stuck it out and had a ball.

American pawpaw

Pawpaw among trees to be planted in Hendersonv­ille

PRESS RELEASE from the Hendersonville Tree Board HENDERSONVILLE – Fruit from the American Pawpaw tree was enjoyed by Native Americans and helped early European settlers survive. It’s sort of mango-meets-the-banana … with a little hint of melon, according to one reviewer of the fruit’s taste. The pawpaw has quite a history. On NPR’s “Morning Edition,” […]

On a roll: Umi Japanese Fine Dining features fresh sushi and Thai food, too. Photo by Jonathan Welch

Exploring Hendersonv­ille

[Editor’s Note: Just an apple’s throw away from Asheville, Hendersonville (home of the Apple Festival) is its own culinary destination. Xpress invited Laura Huff of popular Hendersonville-based food blog The Carolina Epicurean to point out some of her favorite tables. For restaurant reviews, chef profiles, information on cooking classes and more, visit carolinaepicurean.com.] Square One […]

The Stoney Knob in Woodfin offers pan-European food in an eclectically decorated setting

Getaway (without going away)

Sometimes Asheville can feel too crowded. When tourist season’s in full swing and the streets are choked with cars, trucks and buses, a place like Hot Springs can be just the ticket. Conversely, sometimes Asheville feels too small — especially when you’re trying to buy something embarrassing at the grocery store. When you want to […]