CREAM OF THE CROP: Plant chef Jason Sellers’ nondairy frozen desserts are now available in stores across the U.S. under the Amy’s Kitchen brand. Photo by Nathan Metcalf

SMALL BITES

The nondairy, frozen-dessert virtuosity of Plant Chef Jason Sellers is no longer accessible only to those who are lucky enough to be able to swing by his Merrimon Avenue restaurant for a pint. National organic convenience food brand Amy's Kitchen recently introduced a new line of vegan-certified ice creams based on Sellers' locally popular recipes. […]

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Serving up comfort

“If you didn’t know it was tongue, you’d think it was delicious,” Asheville resident Chuck Fink says of his favorite Jewish winter comfort food. But does tongue really qualify as comfort food? “The thing about the Jews is, comfort food varies based on region,” explains Marty Gillen, chairman of the HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage […]

HOME ON THE RANGE: Dr. Frank King with a juvenile yak on his farm. Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett

Reviving the herd

Imagine hiking along your favorite mountain trail and encountering a herd of bison. It could have happened 300 years ago when buffalo were indigenous to Western North Carolina. A sign on the Blue Ridge Parkway reads, “View Bull Creek Valley — The last buffalo seen in this locality was killed nearby in 1799 by Joseph Rice, […]

Poultry for the people

Backyard chickeners take note: There’s a new club in town. The Asheville Chicken Club ‘Coq au Vin’ will combine practical, chicken-raising how-to with French cooking skills. The club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, during which members will learn a wide range of information about raising chickens at home. Jill Prescott started […]

JUST RIGHT: Jayden Douglas gets some hands-on learning about balanced eating and proper portion sizes at Mountain Area Child and Family Center. Photo courtesy of Rainbow In My Tummy

RAINBOW TABLE

More and more people are flocking to the Asheville area not only for the beautiful mountain views, but to experience the food culture we have created. Our restaurants offer something for every palate and are serving up everything from decadent culinary treats to healthy fare made with fresh, local and whole ingredients. But even in […]

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Tanya Triber, co-owner of The Junction, planned a beer dinner with New Belgium as a way to welcome the Fort Collins-based company to the River Arts District. Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Hand in hand

Earth is being moved at New Belgium Brewing’s Craven Street construction site as the Fort Collins, Colo.-based company prepares to finally begin construction on its Asheville facility. As progress is made on the physical aspects of New Belgium’s new WNC presence, the company, long-known for its community-minded initiatives, is also steadily working on building a […]

PAST WINNER: Lina Lam was a winner in the 2012 Cajun Cook-off with her shrimp and crawfish bisque. Photo by David Carpenter

Letting the good times roll

Shake off that winter chill, folks: It’s Mardi Gras season, and Asheville Mardi Gras is here to warm things up with some bayou flavor. The all-volunteer group’s sixth annual Cajun Cook-off will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, at The Millroom and all are welcome to attend. The family-friendly event moves this year from its former […]

HOT SPOT: Tadashi Torii, a resident of Waynesville and native of Japan, in the bamboo grove beside Heiwa Shokudo Japanese restaurant on Lexington Avenue. Photo by Nick King

Bringing the heat

For more than a thousand years, northern Asian cultures have beaten the harsh cold and brutal snow storms of winter with warming dishes such as steaming soups and stews, peppery kimchi, savory dumplings and spicy barbecue. Gathering with family and friends around the table to enjoy these foods is a cold-weather Asian tradition that has […]

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The family kitchen

Editor’s note: In her new regular column The Family Kitchen, Asheville yoga instructor and parent Mado Hesselink will explore ways for families to eat a healthy diet on a budget. Breakfast. Sometimes called the most important meal of the day, I call it the most troublesome. When I wake up in the morning, I feel […]

THE LINEUP: From left, A-B Tech students Alex Harris, Caroline Williams, Kristina Costa, Ruth Solis, Jay O'Hannon (rear) and Daniel Radle took top honors in the recent Hot Food Team Culinary Competition. Photo courtesy of A-B Tech

SMALL BITES

A-B Tech wins statewide competition Five A-B Tech students recently snagged first place and a gold medal during the statewide Hot Food Team Culinary Competition, earning them a trip to the American Culinary Federation’s Regional Competition. Team captain Alex Harris, Caroline Williams, Ruth Solis and Daniel Radle will move on to compete April 26-29 in […]

BREW AND VIEW: Catawba’s planned tasting room at 2 Fairview Road will allow guests to look down into the brewery while they enjoy a pint. Photo courtesy of Catawba Brewing Co.

BEER SCOUT: Catawba’s plan B

Catawba adapts to Asheville The first brewery opening of the year is anything but business as usual. SIDEBAR: Highland Night Flight Highland Brewing Co. has come up with a way to pair nighttime, beer-drinking fun with a competitive cardio workout. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the brewery is partnering with the Asheville Parks and […]

KINDRED SPIRITS: Husband and wife Harry and Elaine Hamil met in Black Mountain and together have helped grow the community’s local food culture. Photo by Mary Pembleton

A legacy of local

Elaine and Harry Hamil will soon move away from the Black Mountain community that they have devoted their lives to nourishing. In their wake, they leave a ripe legacy of local food, including the Black Mountain Tailgate Market, an endeavor that flourished under the couple’s loving guidance, and their store, the Black Mountain Farmer’s Market, […]

BEAN THERE: The interior of Blitmore Coffee Traders is decorated with locally made items and burlap sacks of coffee beans. Photo by Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire

Fika Files: Biltmore Coffee Traders

Blogger, minister and globe-trotting coffee aficionado Elizabeth Reynolds McGuire spends her downtime checking out local coffee shops and promoting the idea of fika, a Swedish custom of relaxing and savoring a cup o’ joe. Her regular series examines Asheville-area coffee culture one cup at a time. I first visited Biltmore Coffee Traders’ cozy red cottage […]

Taste of Opera Winter Gala

Asheville Lyric Opera’s annual Taste of Opera Winter Gala happens Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Crowne Plaza Resort’s Exposition Center, beginning at 6 p.m. “The audience will be presented with great appetizer and wine offerings,” says General and Artistic Director David Starkey. “They’ll have reserved seats at tables of eight surrounding the stage.” Volunteer Mark […]

NIGHT CREW: From left, Chef Katie Button, Felix Meana and Liz Button are set to open their new night spot on Feb. 2. Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett

Ring the Nightbell

Asheville’s spectrum of nocturnal food-and-drink destinations will soon expand: Nightbell will open Sunday, Feb. 2, at 32 S. Lexington Ave. Created by the family that owns and operates the popular Spanish tapas restaurant Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue, Nightbell will feature an assortment of premium liquors, craft cocktails, wine, dance music and imaginative cuisine. Cúrate chef […]

TEA FOR ALL: Sumitra D’Aragon  pouring tea to local patrons pictured (r-L) April Becka, Jude Lalcy,Nuit Moore,Elezabeth Carleton Photo by Alicia Funderburk

Time to steep

In a culture that has become increasingly focused on the “me,” tea enthusiast Sumitra D’Aragon hopes to bring the focus back to the “we.” In November, D’Aragon opened the small Panther Moon Tea Bar in the back of the West Village Market in West Asheville. In a culture of bustling, fast-paced lifestyles, Panther Moon is […]

HIGH HOPES: Residents of the High Vista golf-course community pooled their resources to turn their neighborhood restaurant into a cooperative. Courtesy of John Denison

Cooperative cuisine

Neighbors may share greetings and laughs, and they may share stories. More concretely, they may even share a sidewalk, shrubbery or a fence. However, neighbors don’t often share ownership of a community restaurant. But those are not the neighbors of High Vista, a golf-course community on the border of Buncombe and Haywood counties. From pub […]