BONA FIDE: Katuah Market owner John Swann says choosing who supplies his store’s produce is more about getting to know the farmers than it is about paperwork. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

Cultivating the source

Looking to live the idyllic farm life, yet still be able to pop into downtown Asheville on a whim for dinner and a show? John Swann, owner of Katuah Market, is seeking an experienced grower to take charge of his farm, 106 acres of mountains and valleys about a 35-minute drive from Asheville in Yancy […]

HEALTHY  COMBINATION: Gibson Webb, a preschooler at Mountain Area Child and Family Center, snacks on a winning mix of celery, nut butter and raisins. Courtesy of Mountain Area Child and Family Center

Rainbow table

If I had a nickel for every time my daughter asked me for a snack, well — you know how the saying goes. Snacks are a big topic when you are a little person. They can be a great way to fill nutritional gaps and can help a child from getting too hungry and cranky. […]

RELEASE THE BEAST: Hi-Wire Brewing will debut its new Man Eater double IPA at its March 8 English Breakfast event. Photo courtesy of Hi-Wire Brewing Co.

SMALL SIPS

Sierra Nevada introduces IPA 4-pack Sierra Nevada is best-known for its hoppy Pale Ale and Torpedo IPA. Now it’s taking the hoppiness one step further and rolling out a variety four-pack with Torpedo and three new hop-forward beers. According to the company, the variety pack, which will roll out in the next couple of weeks […]

FORM AND FUNCTION: The Bull and Beggar’s upcoming dinner, “Pairing Elements: An Artful Dining Experience,” combines fine art and craft with a locally-sourced, hand-crafted meal. Photo by Nick Moen

Pairing Elements

Art and craft. They share similar audiences, but split crowds when it comes to applying those definitions to the work itself. It’s a dialogue that’s most often played out in studios, galleries and museums and in the occasional after-hours argument at bars or breweries. (Certainly this is the case at the Wedge.) But what if […]

RECIPE FOR FUN: Chefs Jacob Sessoms, left, of Table and John Fleer of Rhubarb are contributing food for the OpenDoors of Asheville’s Art Affair 2014 event. Photo by Katherine Brooks Photography

Mardi Gras dreams

OpenDoors of Asheville hosts its “Art Affair 2014: One Night in New Orleans” art auction and gala Saturday, March 1. More than a dozen restaurants, bars and social lounges will lend a hand by donating food and beverages to the local charity’s annual fundraiser. The goal is to raise vital funds for programs and services […]

A GIFT FOR COOKING: Aaron Hodges, left, gave the gift of cooking to Catherine Loftis, right, this past Christmas. The couple cooked Italian lasagna together during a recent workshop at DOUGH. Photo by Micah Wilkins

Kitchen class

DOUGH’s classroom kitchen was designed to look and feel like a typical home kitchen, says the chef and owner Brian Ross. And it’s probably true that many of us would be familiar with the wooden countertops and spice racks, gas stoves and cast iron skillets at the North Asheville bakery and classroom. It won’t take […]

LIKE A FAMILY: Old Europe owner Melinda Vetro, left, thinks of her employees, including Manager Anna Beth Eason, right, as family. Photo by Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire

FIKA FILES

Fika is the Swedish tradition of taking time each day to share and savor coffee with family and friends. In the middle of downtown Asheville, I found the perfect little coffee shop to visit whenever I am homesick for a good, strong European espresso: Entering Old Europe Patisserie is like stepping into a typical café […]

BLOCK PARTY FOR THE PEOPLE: Short Street Cakes owner Jodi Rhoden is partnering with East-West Asheville businesses to host a block party aimed at raising money for Hall Fletcher Elementary’s chess program. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

SMALL BITES

Short Street Cakes will celebrate its fifth year in business on Tuesday, March 4, by partnering with its Haywood Road neighbor, Urban Orchard Cider Co., and turning the bakery's annual birthday event into a Mardi Gras Block Party. According to Short Street owner Jodi Rhoden, there’s more to the plan than just partying down: The […]

MEAL IN A BOWL: The white bean and spinach stew created by staff at Mountain Area Child and Family Center, provides a well-rounded meal for the whole family. Photo courtesy of Mountain Area Child and Family Care Center

Mountain Area Child and Family Center’s white bean and spinach stew

Mountain Area Child and Family Center is a nonprofit early care and education center. The following recipe was created by its staff and is included in the Rainbow in My Tummy nutrition enrichment program that aims to improve the quality of food served to young children. Bronwen McCormick, the MACFC director, writes the regular Rainbow […]

THE ANTI-YELP: Jamie Fedele has designed his new online restaurant guide to be everything he says Urbanspoon and Yelp are not. Photo courtesy of Lucky Fork

What the fork?

Jamie Fedele hates Yelp. Not because of any bad reviews he’s suffered, just the overall concept. His Charlotte restaurant, Soul Gastrolounge, opened in 2009 and has received accolades, acclaim and a steady stream of business in one of the hipper parts of town, Plaza Midwood. A former DJ and music business veteran, the ever-entrepreneurial Fedele […]

FORK-FREE: According to Anoop Krishnan, owner of Mela Indian Restaurant, the Indian tradition of eating without utensils reflects reverence for the food and offers a unique sensory experience. Photo by Jayson Im

Sticky fingers

Have you ever caught yourself at a restaurant holding a piece of chicken with your fingers and wondered: Is anyone looking? “Emily Post said it’s correct etiquette to eat fried chicken with your hands,” says Chef Bob Wallace of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. (His grandmother, he says, always quoted Emily Post.) Rocky’s co-owner Lauren Cundiff […]

MARITAL BLISS: Molly Irani, left, encouraged  her husband, Meherwan, to find his “true bliss” and open his own restaurant. The couple opened Chai Pani in 2009. Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Dinner for two

Food and love have long been linked in the popular imagination, but actually running a restaurant with your beloved partner seriously raises the bar. With the spirit of Valentine’s Day in the air, however, here’s a look at how the owners of five highly successful yet very different local eateries have managed to combine their […]

VEGAS, BABY: Andy Favilla, owner of Favilla’s New York Pizza, will fly to Las Vegas in March to pit his primavera pizza against other pies from around the globe at the International Pizza Challenge. Photo by Nick King

Pie fight

Andy Favilla, who owns Favilla’s New York Pizza in West Asheville, is headed to the 2014 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in March to compete against contestants from all over the globe in the International Pizza Challenge in March. Favilla will be one of 60 competitors in the specialty pizza category with his primavera pizza […]

CREATIVE JUICES: Lookout Brewery owner John Garcia, left, and brewer Chris Terwilliger, right, enjoy experimenting with inventive flavors, such as a white-chocolate stout they created for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

BEER SCOUT

John Garcia, owner and brewer of Lookout Brewery in Black Mountain, was used to a certain type of Black Mountain tourist before he switched careers. He’d see people in town because their family has a place in Montreat or Lake Lure. Others he talked to were stopping to grab a bite to eat before going […]