North Carolina’s alcohol laws are slowly changing to allow greater freedom for the state’s growing number of brewers, distillers and bar owners. However, despite the progress, local industry advocates say many key concerns remain untouched by recent reforms.
This week, chef Dissen is traveling to Bristol Bay, Alaska, and he’s agreed to take Xpress’ entire readership along for the ride by sharing updates and photographs of “one of the most sustainable fisheries on the planet.”
Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.
12 Bones Smokehouse recently released its first cookbook and will host a party on Sunday, June 14, to celebrate with Asheville fans.
Asheville takes breakfast and brunch pretty seriously. Simple or elegant, urban or rustic, Asheville and environs offers options ranging from a heaping stack of pancakes with eggs and bacon to a breakfast salad — and just about everything in between. A walk through downtown on a weekend morning reveals a staggering number of choices. Eateries […]
Every city has its hidden gems — eating and drinking establishments that locals treasure but that may not command the same attention as their higher-profile brethren. Asheville boasts an array of those unsung heroes in just about every corner of the city. Many are tucked away amid the bustling downtown, but there are also good […]
When your sweet tooth starts making noise, it’s good to know that Asheville has myriad options offering swift and complete satisfaction. Consider these choice venues: The French Broad Chocolate Lounge downtown is one of Asheville’s standard-bearers for quality chocolates. When you visit, be sure to sample their sipping chocolates. Also notable is The Chocolate Fetish: […]
Food limitations, whether taken by choice or of necessity, can make eating out feel more like a chore than a treat. Skimming those delicious-looking menu items only to settle for the blandest dish that’s devoid of all the good stuff can beg the question, “Why go out at all?” Thankfully, Asheville boasts a number of […]
The slow food movement is alive and thriving in Western North Carolina, but sometimes we all find ourselves in need of a quick, affordable bite on the run. An informal poll of Mountain Xpress staffers (a busy and budget-conscious bunch) revealed that, in Asheville, the need for speedy eats doesn’t have to mean a stop […]
Parenting is hard work, and let’s face it, sometimes at the end of a long day mom and dad just don’t feel like cooking. But despite the wealth of top-notch eateries in Asheville, the simple act of taking kids to a restaurant can present unique, stress-inducing challenges. Thankfully, plenty of local dining destinations warmly embrace […]
Despite having so many great breweries in Asheville, sometimes you just need a hiatus from the hops. Those finding themselves in need of something a little stronger should consider trying a tipple from one of the city’s many creative craft-cocktail lounges and savvy wine bars. Even though it was illegal to sell alcohol by the […]
When in the South, eat Southern. And fortunately, whether it’s fine dining or homegrown barbecue, a number of Asheville-area chefs and restaurants are as rooted in the region as the local foods they source and serve. Hailing from Eastern North Carolina, Mike Moore has made his mark with the Blind Pig Supper Club, a recurring […]
Despite Asheville’s compact size, its neighborhoods are as distinct and varied as can be — from downtown’s eclectic, urban vibe to West Asheville’s reinvented charm. And naturally, those areas’ neighborhood favorites also run the gamut: Downtown Limones offers classic Mexican dishes with a modern twist, plus a not-to-miss brunch. Primarily set up as a bar, […]
Let’s face it: A substandard (or merely ordinary) cup of coffee or tea just isn’t going to cut it in Western North Carolina. Infusion-savvy residents know where to find pu-er tea from Yunnan, “Dereje” heirloom coffee from Ethiopia, a pour-over iced coffee from Sumatra, and the best coffee- or teahouse for hunkering down with a […]
ALL WEEK Beer Cocktails at Top of the Monk Top of the Monk, downtown Top of the Monk will have a special menu of beer-infused cocktails designed for both beer and cocktail lovers alike. FRIDAY, MAY 27 Sanctuary Shakeup 12-11 p.m., Sanctuary Brewing Co., 147 First Ave. E., Hendersonville Sanctuary Brewing Co. is releasing 10 […]
From five-course dinners to small-plate samplings, Western North Carolina chefs and brewers are pairing up their bites and brews
The grand prize for this battle of the bands is $350 in cash, a full promotional kit from Peppermint Media and three songs professionally recorded, mixed and mastered by Giraffe Studios.
Three teams competed and chef Joe Mitchell of Chestnut restaurant led his team to victory in the April 22 Whacked! culinary competition during the Mountain Area Restaurant Show at FRS.
So far, confirmed warriors include Mojo Taco Lounge, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Haywood Lounge, the Social, Foggy Mountain Brewpub, Scully’s Bar and Grill, King James Public House, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Creekside Taphouse and the Barleycorn. A few additional competitor slots remain, and three of the listed participants — Barleycorn, Moe’s and Creekside — are in the game to defend a title.