Back of House is a new monthly column from former Xpress Beer Scout writer Thom O’Hearn profiling local chefs and brewers.
**UPDATED NOV. 26** Highland releases Black Watch, Burial hosts its annual Thanksgiving potluck and Bourbon County spreads through town.
Chef Justin Burdett’s new eatery will offer dinner service and Sunday brunch. Click through for photos from the recent soft opening by Cindy Kunst.
Downtown’s new vegan, social justice bar has planned a soft opening this week with open house events and a vegan soul food Thanksgiving soireé.
A new fast-casual Italian eatery is taking over the Haywood Road space previously occupied by Pineapple Jack’s.
Asheville Independent Restaurants presented its annual foodie kick off to the holiday season Thursday with the 2015 Taste of Asheville.
Asheville and environs have seen considerable change in the 77 years since Wolfe’s death, yet many of the aspects he wrote (and sometimes fumed) about seem uncannily familiar. And as current residents ponder the challenges the city faces today, a look at several of the celebrated author’s key themes might prove instructive.
From vegan centerpieces to creative ways to treat leftovers, local chefs offer homegrown ideas for Thanksgiving Day dishes.
With the launch of his new Weaverville brewery, Zebulon Artisan Ales, former Green Man brewer Mike Karnowski aims to tap into the rich history of brewing and revive beer recipes from ages past.
Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation is seeking competitive talents for its chili cook-off in Brevard. Meanwhile, FEAST and Asheville Middle School team up for a pie fundraiser; MetroWines’ Anita Riley invites two women behind Hi-Wire Brewing’s branding to the shop; Smiling Hara Tempeh’s Hempeh makes its way to grocery shelves; and Lex 18 hosts an Appalachian-themed evening.
**UPDATED NOV. 20** Small batches galore at Burial and Highland, Pisgah’s Chocolatized Vortex II ready for preorder and the return of Shelton Bros. imports.
From potlucks to free community dinners to gourmet, multicourse meals, Asheville-area restaurants have a staggering number of options for those who want to stay out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
Sanctuary Brewing Co. and Full Circle Farm turn the tables on the conventional Thanksgiving dinner by offering an opportunity to meet — not eat — a turkey at this week’s ThanksLiving event.
During the Blind Pig Supper Club’s Kitchen Ready Hands dinner on Sunday, Nov. 8, four of Asheville’s top chefs collaborated with students of Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready to present a meal that raised thousands of dollars to support the culinary training program.
Pie is not only the ultimate comfort food — it also offers endless opportunity for culinary creativity, be it sweet or savory.
Hops & Vines is adding a new series to its class lineup. Meanwhile, Trout Lily of Fairview will host its sixth annual Bluegrass Oyster Fest; Ultimate Ice Cream partners with Youth Outright for the month of November; Living Web Farms teaches several donation-based food classes; and Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen adds local beers to its brunch menus.
**UPDATED NOV. 11** Font Flora turns two, Pisgah rolls out a 10th anniversary DIPA and Cold Mountain gets a four-day release.
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.