NIGHT OWL: Jessica Zuk works as a host at Bartaco, which stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The South Asheville native says that although the city is a "supercool place to live," its late-night dining options are limited.

Feeding the nightlife: Is Asheville’s late-night dining scene up to par?

By day, the streets of Asheville are packed with hordes of tourists following their GPS toward crowded restaurants, locals weaving their way to favorite hole-in-the-wall cafés and beer drinkers galore stumbling toward the next brewery on their list. But as night sets in and shops start to close, an entirely new problem emerges: Where can […]

MAKING HAY: Chef William Dissen, owner of The Market Place, celebrates the upcoming launch of his new Charlotte restaurant, Haymaker, with a Blind Pig Supper Club event this week.

Chef William Dissen celebrates new Charlotte venture with Blind Pig event

Chef William Dissen has been one of the faces of Asheville’s culinary scene since he bought The Market Place restaurant from its founder, Mark Rosenstein, eight years ago. On the cusp of The Market Place’s 38th year in operation, Dissen recently announced his newest venture — a 150-seat farm-to-table restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Located just around the corner […]

PAYING TRIBUTE: "We are are asking for your donation to launch our Women Who Made Music History concert series," Peggy Ratusz, left, and Paula Hanke write online, "where we entertain and educate while we honor and pay emotional tribute to an array of influential divas, dames and darlings."

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a female duo’s traveling tribute to iconic songstresses before them; a parent’s efforts to end lunch debt shaming in local schools; and a team of Erwin High track athletes’ trip to compete at nationals.