Putnam comes into this weekend’s Finals competition as the leading “All Around Cowgirl,” having scored more points in multiple categories than her competitors, in addition to being ranked fourth overall in barrel racing and ninth in breakaway roping. True to her family legacy, she has established herself as a top competitor in her chosen sport, translating her heritage of winning and love for speed from the asphalt to the cow-pen.
People are opinionated about their pizza. Whether its New York-style thin crust, Chicago deep-dish or something completely different, everybody has their likes and dislikes. A few Asheville pizza makers recently told Xpress what they think it takes to create an amazing pie.
Hi-Wire is bringing in 15 breweries for a stout-focused battle of the beers. Also, Catawba Brewing Co. announces expansion plans, and Highland Brewing Co. gets set for its annual Cold Mountain Winter Ale release.
**UPDATED NOV. 5** Thirsty Monk launches monthly Beer Academy, Burial and The Junction join forces and Hi-Wire hosts a stout showdown.
In a recent blind tasting, two panels of judges from the French Broad Vignerons determined the top hard ciders for this year’s CiderFest NC competition.
Urban Orchard Cider Co. hosts a free Halloween celebration with entertainment, a costume contest and a special flight of spicy ciders.
Food truck owner Suzy Phillips’ long-awaited brick-and-mortar restaurant opens this week. A Mediterranean deli will be part of the operation.
**UPDATED OCT. 30** Lookout brings back Jive Turkey, Asheville Brewing does the same with NinjaBread Man and Appalachian Vintner gets creative with s’mores.
Multifaceted food and drink venue Asheville Food Park is now open on Amboy Road. The ambitious project brings a bar, coffee shop and farm market along with a rotating schedule of food trucks and pop-up shops to the historic riverside location.
Atlanta bartender Miles Mcquarrie will team up with Asheville chef Chris Hathcock on Monday, Oct. 26, to host a Midcentury Cocktail Party featuring riffs on cocktail and food classics from the 1950s and 1960s. The party marks the final installment of MG Road’s Libation Migration pop-up series.
Western North Carolinians looking to stay fit and blow off steam might turn to yoga or try outdoor activities like running, hiking or biking. But these days, growing numbers of area residents are taking their quest to a different level that includes armbars, takedowns and sometimes getting punched in the face.
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. will soon consolidate its entire brewing operation to the downtown Coxe Avenue location — opening up opportunities for more experimentation, more aging and blending possibilities and, ultimately, more beer.
At a recent “research dinner” hosted by Asheville’s Blind Pig Supper Club, the mountains met the coast for a groundbreaking chefs’ collaboration and hands-on exploration of seafood sources.
Chef Justin Burdett’s new downtown restaurant will offer modern interpretations of traditional Appalachian and Southern flavors.
**UPDATED OCT. 21** Brooklyn Brewery returns to the Asheville market in a major way, Wedge releases its first cans and Burial hosts its second Burnpile Harvest Fest.
Fall weather is a great excuse for a day trip, and the areas outside Asheville offer numerous opportunities for adventures of both the active and edible variety.
Asheville is a city full of transplants that loves to celebrate its diversity. Yet the area’s third-biggest immigrant population goes mostly unnoticed.
**UPDATED OCT. 21** Classic Riverside Drive bar Ole Shakey’s is now under the ownership of Charlie Hodge, a leader in Asheville’s craft cocktail community.
With his new restaurant, Zambra chef Adam Bannasch is hoping to create a new neighborhood hangout for East Asheville. Opening dates have been announced!
Fall is here, which means Asheville Oktoberfest is right around the corner. This year’s celebration is moving to a new location but will still feature its annual merry combination of local brews and lederhosen.
Fiesta Latina spices up Pack Square Park; Villagers offers a fall vinegar workshop; Hops & Vines does a yeast and fermentation class; and Asheville’s French Quarter makes some big changes.