STUDY IN SUSTAINABILITY: Western North Carolina colleges and universities actively work to make their food service programs as environmentally responsible and waste-free as possible. UNC Asheville's dining hall has been designated a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association.

Making the grade: WNC’s college dining programs get high scores for sustainabi­lity

Increasingly, U.S. colleges and universities are working to make their institutions as environmentally sustainable as possible. These efforts cover a broad spectrum, from a recycling initiative at Stanford University that diverts 65 percent of the school’s solid waste away from landfills to Cornell’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2035, as noted in The Princeton Review’s annual ranking […]

A CUT ABOVE: Many Asheville hotel restaurants try to cater to the expectations of local residents as well as visitors. Pictured is The Blackbird chef Mike Reppert.

Not just for tourists: Asheville’s hotel restaurant­s bring their A game

Thanks to Asheville’s reputation as a food destination, many area hotels have stepped up their restaurant game in recent years with models that bring in the talents of well-known Western North Carolina chefs and highlight locally grown ingredients. And these hot spots aren’t just trying to woo tourists — there’s also a move toward catering to a local customer base. […]

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: Ben Colvin, pictured left with wife Vashti and baby Tahlia, recently launched Devil’s Foot Beverage Co., which produces artisan non-alcoholic ginger beers, sodas and fresh juice sparkling waters. Also pictured are team members, from left, Jacob Baumann, Aaron Wilson and Carly Wilson at the Devil’s Foot facility in Woodfin.

Cross-drinkers’ paradise: Other craft beverages thrive in Beer City

While craft beer has put Asheville on a host of lists — including third for most breweries per capita by Forbes magazine — other beverage makers are betting that locals and visitors have a thirst for drink options other than suds. Several cideries, one of the few sake breweries in America and one of the country’s leading kombucha […]