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Fire on the Rock serves up a fierce competition

In a series of Fire on the Rock cooking competitions in Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina’s top culinary talents are vying for the title of the state’s best chef. A crowd of 125 foodies assembled at Biltmore Estate’s Lioncrest on Monday, March 31 to indulge in a sumptuous, six-course feast. Chef Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake Inn & Resort in Flat Rock and her team went up against Chef Sam Etheridge and his team from Ambrozia Bar & Bistro in Asheville.

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The Quick Dish with Lexington Avenue Brewery Chef Mike Fisera

Anyone who has eaten at Lexington Avenue Brewery knows that in spite of its name the place is not just about the beer. Xpress recently talked with LAB’s chef, Mike Fisera, about inspiration, outside-the-box beer dinners and his upcoming face-off with King James Public House chef Steven Goff in the Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series. Photo by Carrie Eidson

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Love in a Parking Lot: How Oakley grew a farmers market

A celebration of locally grown food and neighborhood relationships, the Oakley Farmers Market and the adjacent Oakley Community Garden are giving a much-needed boost to a predominantly low-wealth community that the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers a food desert. But what brought them all together was as simple as a sign.

Crawl for your food

Next week Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s Small Plate Crawl will offer an affordable and fun way to get a broad sampling of the area’s culinary offerings. Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 25-27, more than 20 AIR-member restaurants will feature special, low-priced small-plate menus with a price range of $3-$8, providing the perfect opportunity for a midweek night out on the town.