Get your grill on

We like Independence Day because it marks a time when the Founding Fathers were badasses, unafraid to tell the king of Great Britain to shove off. In their honor, we forget about rules. We blow things up and grill giant slabs of protein over flame, putting down loads of great American food that we may […]

Man actually bites dog

Wilmington, NC: A suspect trying to escape from the law bit a police dog’s ear today. “Police spokeswoman Lucy Crockett says doctors on Sunday had to stitch back together the ear of the injured police dog named Maxx. Authorities were trying to arrest 22-year-old Travis Keith Glaspie who was wanted for a weekend shooting. Officers […]

Florida woman files lawsuit against Smiling Hara Tempeh

Press release: The Salmonella attorneys of Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, along with Asheville law firm Roberts & Stevens, filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida woman who was hospitalized after contracting a Salmonella paratyphi B infection. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Asheville-based Smiling Hara Tempeh and Maryland-based Tempeh Online. […]

Fox News thinks our beer and food (and frog jam?) is great — cocktails, not so much

Judson Berger of Fox News visited Asheville and praised our food scene (which is “budding”), calling Chai Pani a major highlight of the trip (“a niche restaurant that specializes in Indian street food – in Western North Carolina, so go figure,” he says). We also have great breweries (several, even, says Berger!), frog jam (jam […]

Carolina Epicurean interviews Katie Button about her Noma internship

Carolina Epicurean interviewed Katy Button, chef of Cúrate recently, afterward trying some of her food. Here are the results (interview in its entirety after the jump): “She’s educated (Bachelor’s, Master’s, previous PhD student in neuroscience), has traveled the globe, worked at El Bulli (previously ranked “best restaurant in the world”), opened her own restaurant in […]

Read all about it

On June 13, Mountain Xpress’ annual salute to WNC’s thriving culinary scene hits the streets. Eats and Drinks, our colorful and glossy guide to the best of local food (and beverage), can now be found on stands and in purple Xpress boxes throughout the area. To celebrate, we offer a sneak peek of the guide […]

People are still asking questions about the safety requirements of food trucks

Just when we think everyone knows the whole story about food trucks — or at least the important points — someone proves us wrong. John Boyle, an Asheville Citizen-Times columnist, received a question from a reader who seemed concerned about the sanitation of mobile vendors. We thought that we’d share the question and the lengthy […]