COFFEE TALK: Friends Mary Scarborough, left, and Alex Perry, right, visited and ranked 30 Asheville coffee shops last summer. Here, the two share a laugh outside of Odds Café in West Asheville.

Asheville Coffee Crawl project showcases local brews

Summer vacation can create more free time than some college students know what to do with. But last summer, Alex Perry and Mary Scarborough, 19-year-old sophomores at Berry College in Georgia, turned their downtime into an opportunity. The pair decided to visit and rank 30 coffee shops in the Asheville area and created a website with their results — “I […]


Weekend Picks: Friday, Oct. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 16

Whether you are gearing up for Halloween with a walking tour of Riverside Cemetery or just wanting to enjoy some autumn cider at CiderFest, this weekend will not disappoint! There are plenty of shows, gallery exhibition openings and family events to choose from. Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress […]

A FINE LINE: Anejandro Gonzalez works the line at Chestnut. As retaining back-of-house employees becomes increasingly challenging, many local restaurants are working to sweeten the pot with higher wages, more benefits and greater opportunities for advancement.

Putting it on the line

Line cooks are the backbone of restaurants. They toil behind the scenes and spend long hours on their feet but get very little of the glory. “The job is physically hard, can have odd hours and puts the cook in contact with fire and sharp objects,” says Kevin Westmoreland, co-owner of the Corner Kitchen and Chestnut and president […]