Though writing content for the Food section of Xpress morphed rapidly when COVID-19 closed restaurants and bars and decimated the vast network of businesses that support them, there have been plenty of compelling stories tell: People came together to help one another and the community, reinvented themselves and even launched new businesses and restaurants.
Following is one story about four women and their businesses that was written before we fully knew what was about to hit us, and four other articles reflect this unprecedented year in local culinary news. The state of Western North Carolina’s food scene today is not as I might have envisioned it 10 months ago, but it’s all the more remarkable for its incredible tenacity, positivity and generosity.
Resourcefulness, hard work and tenacity have proven to be indispensable ingredients for success among many of Asheville’s leading women restaurateurs.
The impacts of COVID-19 on demand, supply and distribution for local hunger relief organizations were immediate and profound, thrusting MANNA FoodBank and its smaller partner agencies into a triage response.
When restaurant dining rooms closed, some local chefs found new and personal ways to share their love of cooking.
Restaurants that were set to debut or relaunch during the state’s pandemic dining room shutdown have found creative ways to persevere.
With permission from the city, businesses with private parking lots can now convert 50% of their parking area to dining. To expand onto public sidewalks, businesses must be able to maintain 6 feet of clear space for diners and pedestrians.