Anyone who has sipped on the delightfully potent “green faerie” knows that she is a magical little vixen indeed. Thanks to Mary Rich Hill and her company Spirit Savvy, you can discover for yourself the charms of absinthe at the Dance With the Green Faerie benefit for the Asheville Art Museum this Sunday.
The James Beard Foundation has tapped Chef William Dissen of Asheville’s The Market Place Restaurant to helm a dinner event on March 22 at the James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Photo courtesy of William Dissen
As cold and flu season lingers on, herbal medicine is “definitely a frontline treatment,” says Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism (ASHH). Jamie Sparks, owner and director of Herban Farmacy, agrees, and shares what she has been offering customers in her herbal CSA. Both women tout the healing powers of herbs for winter wellness and offer different suggestions for herbal remedies.
A.J. Gregson and Autumn Pittman are bringing their unique brand of Latin-food mojo to downtown Asheville. The pair – partners in both business and life—recently took over the kitchen at One Stop Deli & Bar on College Street and is making some creative changes to both the space and the menu. Photo by Carrie Eidson
If you’re a true Romeo (or Romea), you’ve no doubt got everything worked out for celebrating Valentine’s Day: flower delivery scheduled, champagne chilling and — most importantly — dinner reservations made. If you’re like the rest of us workaday schlubs however, your dinner reservations for the Big Day Of Love are no more real at this point than a bow-wielding winged baby.
Valentine’s Day is only two days away, and (nearly) every Yelp-approved romantic restaurant in town has been booked for days. Lucky for Ashevilleans, impromptu plans and comfy meals are just our style – and even the coziest nooks and crannies in this quaint town are dressing up for the occasion.
The Junction is one of several local businesses, including restaurants and smaller breweries, forming grassroots partnerships with New Belgium Brewing as the beer giant digs in to open its new facility in the River Arts District. Pictured is Tanya Triber, co-owner of The Junction.
National organic convenience food brand Amy’s Kitchen recently introduced a new line of vegan-certified frozen desserts based on Plant chef Jason Sellers’ locally popular recipes. Photo by Nathan Metcalf
Rich and Lauren Cundiff, co-owners of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, have launched into the demolition and early-construction phase of their planned second location in Arden. The couple has negotiated a lease on the building adjacent to a vacant lot they already owned on Sweeten Creek Road.
Katie Button, celebrated chef and co-owner of Asheville’s Cúrate restaurant, just signed on with Macmillan Publishers to create her first-ever cookbook. Photo by Mark Bennett.
Asheville Lyric Opera’s Winter Gala was attended by a crowd of more than 200 on Saturday, Jan.25, at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center. The event provided a bountiful feast of both food and music to all who partook.
Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett
WLOS Carolina Kitchen chef Bruce Brown heads to New York City next week to unleash his original Halloween Hangover cheesecake on a national audience on the Spike TV food show Frankenfood. Photo courtesy of Bruce Brown.
This week and next, Whittington Chiropractic is hosting its annual food drive, an event that offers a chance to get your spine aligned while providing much-needed food resources for the community. (Photo courtesy of Tom Whittington)
Firestorm Café and Books will close its doors March 1 but not for good. The worker-owned business is simply on the market for a new space, says its worker-owners.
Say what you will about British food, but there’s nothing heartier than an English breakfast. Pair a big pub-style brekkie with a pint of ale and some football on the telly, and you have an Anglophile soccer fan’s dream come true.
Last spring Canadian television show The Illegal Eater filmed an episode in Asheville that is set to air Jan. 28 on Canada’s Travel+Escape channel. Jeff Anderson, marketing and creative director at Urban Orchard Cider Company, served as the production assistant on the two-day shoot. “I had a blast,” Anderson says.
Cocktail bar and late-night dining spot MG Road is adding some out-of-town spice to its Monday night, Asian-themed pop-up restaurant, Punk Wok. Owner Meherwan Irani and Chai Pani Creative Director Michael Files have invited Chef Angus Brown of Atlanta’s Octopus Bar to pair up with Punk Wok creator and chef Elliott Moss for Octo Wok, a culinary one-night stand that will take over the Wall Street restaurant on Monday, Jan. 20.
Pisgah Brewing Co. has made the decision to launch Pisgah Pale in cans, with one or two additional styles likely to be added down the road. The first Pisgah cans should be available at limited locations around town next week.
Photo by Alicia Funderburk
“We¹ve been hard at work over the past year assembling what we consider the ‘Dream Team’ of Asheville pub management,” says Thirsty Monk founder Barry Bialik, whose company is preparing to open its fourth Asheville location.
Bialik recently promoted Chall Gray to vice president in anticipation of a busy 2014. Gray, a native of Western North Carolina, is well-known in the area as an entrepreneur and theater and music producer.
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are always a notoriously busy time for restaurants, but at the end of 2013, packed downtown sidewalks and long waits for tables at local eateries signaled a banner holiday for many in the Asheville-area food industry. (Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett)
More than a dozen new restaurants opened throughout Asheville in 2013, adding even more to the city’s lively restaurant scene. With the beginning of the new year, XPress checked in with some of the restaurants’ owners and chefs to see how things are going after their first few months in business. (Photos by Alicia Funderburk)