SWEET AND SAVORY: The Mothlight in West Asheville is adding hand pies to the nightly lineup. Woodpecker Pies, the brainchild of Vincent Gagnon and Matt Bailey, will crank out their made-from-scratch mini meals from a small space near the Mothlight's back gallery following renovations. “It's going to be very intimate,” Gagnon jokes about the space. “Matt and I will really get to know each other.”  Pictured, from left to right, are Mothlight owners Jon and Amanda Hency, Matt Bailey and Vincent Gagnon.

Punk and pie: Woodpecker Pies sets up shop inside the Mothlight

Asheville is about to get pied — in the hand. Business partners Vincent Gagnon and Matt Bailey, who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their business opening, have lofty goals of becoming Asheville’s first exclusive pie purveyors (mini-hand pies, specifically). The joint venture will begin operating from within the Mothlight by this summer, if […]

CHEERS TO THAT: Waking Life Espresso owners Jared Rutledge, left, and Jacob Owens brew their coffee hot and chill it quickly with a wort-chilling device traditionally used for making beer. The resulting flash-chilled coffee, they say, is the best they've ever tasted.

Waking Life Espresso takes a lesson from the beer world

By borrowing the flash-chilling process from beer brewers, Waking Life Espresso co-owners Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens say they’ve perfected the art of iced-coffee. Now the two are making strides to get their product into more and more hands, by selling online, signing a larger scale distribution deal and scoping out a second location in East Asheville.

CONTROVERSIAL CONTENTS: Because the sale of unpasteurized milk is illegal in North Carolina, Marshall farmers Kate and Kevin Lane sell raw milk from their Jersey cows under a state-approved label that marks it as pet food. The farm expects to be distributing about 100 gallons of their milk per week to customers in the Asheville area this summer.

Raw deal? Asheville’s taste for unpasteuri­zed milk

Raw milk comes straight from the cow — it hasn’t been pasteurized (heated to high temperatures for specific lengths of time to kill potentially harmful pathogens). Though both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn against unpasteurized dairy products in no uncertain terms, the product remains in high demand.