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Seven Sows offers brunch, lunch

In Asheville, there is no shortage of great patios upon which to sip a mimosa and cure your hangover on a Sunday afternoon. But Seven Sows announced this week that they will be bringing us yet another as they expand their hours in preparation for warmer weather. Previously only open for dinner, the restaurant will […]

Connecting with Cuba: A delegation of Asheville travelers recently visited Cuba and is working to build cultural bridges between the local area and the island country.

Connecting with Cuba: A celebration and discussion in Asheville

In the last six months, dozens of Asheville travelers have visited Cuba, creating growing connections between the local area and the island nation. And on April 22 members of those local delegations are hosting an event that aims to help bridge the divide between our different cultures and communities. Featuring live Cuban music and art […]

Joel Salatin appears on his farm in the documentary Farmageddon.

A weekend (and Q&A) with Joel Salatin

Last weekend offered a whirlwind of events for the area’s food and environmentally conscious citizens, including multiple chances to see the “Lunatic Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Salatin has risen to notoriety through his appearances in Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and through his film appearances in Food, Inc. and Farmaggedon. He […]

MIXING IT UP: Bartender Jack Ouellette crafts nine creative beer-and-liquor combinations at Jack of the Wood. Photo by Jayson Im

Beyond the boilermaker

Asheville takes on the beer cocktail On any given night in Asheville, people are mixing up their beer and booze, usually in the form of shots and chasers. But there’s a more refined way to enjoy the hoppy yumminess of a brew and the bite of liquor than by dropping a shot of Irish whiskey […]

FLYING BLIND: Sommelier Andy Hale of Metro Wines' Blind Tasting League says participating in blind tastings frees wine aficionados to experience different varieties without the burden of preconceived notions. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Out of sight

Blind Tasting League brings wine appreciation down to earth Currants, bramble and boysenberry are among many of the somewhat inaccessible descriptive terms I’ve heard tossed around at lofty wine tasting events over the years. The world of wine can be a bit pretentious, a trait that often leads would-be connoisseurs to settle for “critter wines” […]

GET YOUR GREENS: N'yzaya Utsey tries some kale at YWCA of Asheville. Photo courtesy of YWCA of Asheville

Rainbow table

Strategies for dealing with picky eaters Most parents face the challenge of dealing with a picky eater at some point in their child’s life. As the mother of a 5-year-old who has gone through her own phases of selective eating, I understand the struggle. We know that children develop many of their food preferences before […]

FILLING A NICHE: Homebrew Beyond the Basics is for homebrewers who have been brewing for a couple of years. Photo courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Beer scout: The pint in print

Two new books sure to satisfy homebrewers and beer lovers I could say that Mike Karnowski’s book, Homebrew Beyond the Basics, is easily the best brewing book of the year. Then again, I was his editor.   But ask anyone who’s been to Dirty Jack’s since Karnowski took over brewing the specialty beers (everything that’s not […]

CAN'T WAIT: Construction on the new brewery is almost finished.

BEER SCOUT: Is it summer yet?

Perhaps it was a coincidence that the Sierra Nevada media preview last week felt like the first real day of spring. But after winding up an entryway that will make the Biltmore Estate look over its shoulder, after walking into an entire warehouse where the lights are motion-activated and bags of malt are stacked as […]

PRESERVING THE HARVEST: A simple mixture of fresh vegetables, salt and time can yield delicious fermented results.

Cultural revolution: The revival of fermented food traditions

The kitchen of Janelle Lucido-Conate’s West Asheville home is literally bubbling with life. Its shelves and countertops, decorated with a large and motley assortment of jars and crocks, reflect Lucido-Conate’s passion for cultured foods. Each vessel is packed with a different vegetable, dairy or sourdough ferment, and all are fizzing away contentedly as beneficial microbes […]

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Beer Calendar: 4/9 – 4/15

Wednesday Asheville Brewing Company “Wet nose Wednesday” (dog-day), 5-8pm $3.50 all pints at Coxe location Catawba Slideshow & stories from the Grand Canyon, 6-7pm French Broad $7 growler fills Tiny Batch: Hoppy Red Ale Highland Live Music: Amy & Mike (acoustic), 5:30-7:30pm Hi-Wire New Release: Hop Burst Spring Ale LAB $3 pint night Oskar Blues […]

GIRL WITH A GRIST: Owner Jennifer Lapidus and head miller Stuart Wedhoft at Carolina Ground Mill. Photo by John Dickson

All Souls gets grounded

Pig roast event supports Carolina Ground Flour Mill’s wheat-seed expansion project

Jennifer Lapidus, owner of Carolina Ground Flour Mill, was on a mission to find locally grown, soft white wheat seed to stone-grind at her mill. When she called Paul Murphy, professor of crop science at N.C. State University in Raleigh, she found what she was looking for. Murphy had in fact developed a soft white wheat seed, but he advised Lapidus that there was no market for it. “I told him we are the market,” says Lapidus.