Dobrá Tea celebrates its latest location. Also: Blue Dream Curry House transitions to takeout-only model; High Climate Tea Co. hosts cacao and dance event; and more!
(HUMOR) The ceiling is the roof
PIE.ZAA’s offerings go through the roof, Billy Cardine partners with Asheville’s premier tea room and an A-B Tech culinary student hits the fast-food jackpot.
Fear and loathing in Coffeeland
See what happens when a writer consumes five cups of coffee in the same number of hours, as part of an assignment to check out the Asheville coffee scene.
What’s new in food: Franny’s Farmacy South Slope grand opening
Franny’s Farmacy continues its expansion. Plus: Cultivated Community Dinner Series launches latest Spring Series; Asheville Truffle Experience returns; and plenty more!
New shops join scenic views among Mars Hill’s attractions
After more than a year of lockdowns and hesitant restarts, the Madison County college town of Mars Hill is feeling the effects of shifting trends. “People have decided they want to have a less congested life but still have access to restaurants and shopping,” notes real estate agent Angela Morgan.
What’s new in food: Indian market opens in West Asheville
Radha Indian Grocers opens in West Asheville. Plus: Cane Creek Valley Farm launches Farm Kitchen; Halloween festivities planned at numerous eateries; and plenty more!
The Times at S&W bar launches a craft coffee concept
The downtown cocktail lounge has reinvented itself as a coffee shop.
Gene Ettison feels blessed to unite
“Grind is grateful for the opportunity to hold space in such a historic spot [on Depot Street, which runs through the historically Black Southside community]. For years, our people have struggled and shed tears because of disenfranchisement. Our community was hurt from redevelopment. Gentrification is real. But we have been blessed to open a business […]
New coffee shop owners face pandemic shortly after opening
Farewell coffee shop was open only two months before it was forced to close by COVID-19. But the owners saw the store’s roll-up window as an opportunity to stay in business.
Former Fractals, 10th Muse owners plan a collaborative food truck venture
With Asheville retail rental spaces at a premium, two recently displaced coffee shops are looking at business alternatives.
Inaugural Chow Chow culinary festival sets the table for growth
Organizers reflect on the highs and lows as they consider planning for future events.
Asheville Coffee Tours spotlights a robust local industry
The new business highlights a bean scene that’s coming into its own.
Local museum events blend tea and history
A Smith-McDowell House exhibit and programming and a Swannanoa Valley Musuem & History Center event bring tea into the conversation about Western North Carolina history.
Steeped in history: Asheville gets nerdy about tea
Part of the responsibility of tea shops and those trained in appreciating teas, says Miles Cramer of Dobra Tea, is to highlight the history and efforts of the regions and cultures that have spent thousands of years growing and brewing them.
Women chefs introduce permanent downtown pop-up concepts
Most restaurants open with a bang — banners, grand-opening parties, VIP tastings and the like. But as Asheville’s market gets more and more saturated with eateries, a new trend is emerging: the quiet entrance. This summer, two established bar venues silently launched kitchens led by up-and-coming chefs, bypassing opening frivolities in favor of a more […]
Conscious Party: Thursday Night Throwdown
Proceeds from the barista latte art competition on Feb. 8 at Vortex Doughnuts benefit the Tranzmission Prison Project.
Thinking outside the PSL
Asheville coffee shops feature fall-flavored beverages that will make you forget about pumpkin spice.
Asheville Coffee Expo broadens its focus and footprint
This year’s festival expands onto Depot Street, adding tea vendors, yoga, cupping sessions and more.
Dobra events highlight Japanese teas and culture
Dobra Tea will host two tasting and slideshow events this month focused on tea production and culture in Japan. The presentations draw from the recent travels of Miles Cramer, general manager for Dobra Tea’s Asheville-area operations. Cramer spent two weeks in May exploring tea regions in Japan along with other members of the Dobra Tea Collective, which […]
Carolina Beer Guy: Changes coming for two Thirsty Monk locations
Thirsty Monk’s Open Brewing becomes a coffee pub while the chain’s efforts to purchase French Broad Brewing Co. continue.
PennyCup targets late March for launch of Haw Creek location
With its third Asheville location, PennyCup joins a growing wave of homegrown restaurants expanding to the east side of town.