10 AND COUNTING: Asheville's Luella's Bar-B-Que restaurants will celebrate a decade in business with an anniversary brew and food-and-beer pairings Tuesday, March 21.

Luella’s celebrates 10 years of barbecue and beer

Ten years is a long time for any restaurant to thrive and survive, especially in Asheville’s highly competitive dining scene. But Luella’s Bar-B-Que has reached that decade mark and will celebrate Tuesday, March 21, with a special anniversary beer plus food-and-brew pairings at both the Merrimon Avenue and Biltmore Park locations. Luella’s has teamed with Asheville’s Hi-Wire […]

Ramona Young, owner of Kente Kitchen, brings West African fare to Asheville.

Quick dish: Q+A with Ramona Young of Kente Kitchen

After living in Charlotte for more than 20 years, Ramona Young, owner of the Kente Kitchen and program coordinator for the Eagle Streets Market Development Corp., found herself starting over in Asheville. That change steered her from a corporate career path into food entrepreneurship. Her catering business, Kente Kitchen, specializes in Liberian, Nigerian and Ghanaian cuisine. Mountain Xpress: […]

UNION DAYS: Approximately 90 workers and organizers of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America, Local Div. No. 128 pose for a picture in April 1913. Despite North Carolina’s status as one of the least unionized states in the country, current-day local union chapters such as ATU 128, have a long history of organizing and advocating for workers’ rights in the Southern Highlands. Photo via the Norh Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville North Carolina

Labor pains: WNC unions at a crossroads

In Western North Carolina and across the country, labor unions seem to be a dying breed these days, and many local residents don’t seem overly concerned about it. Yet WNC’s complex history of unionization stretches back to the late 19th century. From high-profile labor disputes and the emergence of “right to work” laws to the […]

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