**UPDATED FEB. 8** Sweeten Creek offers a new beer as its first crowler release, Burial celebrates Mardi Gras and the launch of its Ambient Terrain series and more local beer news.
Growing vegetables in limited daylight and freezing temperatures is no picnic. But Asheville-area winter markets feature a surprising selection of fresh, locally grown produce, thanks to savvy farmers.
When the weather outside is frosty, simmering food on wood stoves or in slow cookers is a comforting option.
Blue Ghost Brewing Co. brings back its Soup or Bowl soup-off and Chai Pani cooks up a pop-up while it closes for renovations. Also, check out some Super Bowl Sunday options and the latest from PennyCup Coffee.
**UPDATED JAN. 31** Super Bowl parties abound, Burial celebrates International Gruit Day and more local beer news.
Warm winter cocktails offer healing and comfort in a mug.
With its own local flour mill and a wealth of highly skilled and knowledgeable talent, Western North Carolina is becoming a regional hotbed for artisan baking culture.
Wicked Weed Brewing’s Funkatorium hosts the Real Estate Agents Combating Homelessness fund launch party. Also: The town of Fletcher hosts its 17th annual Chili Cook-Off; the Organic Growers School talks food sovereignty and agriculture in Cuba; Blue Spiral 1 hosts its first art dinner pairing; Your Vegan Mentor demonstrates homemade soups; and author Julia Turshen celebrates her latest cookbook at Nightbell.
Food waste is a costly problem that is particularly painful in Western North Carolina with its high rate of food insecurity. Thrifty local chefs say there are many ways to start ending food waste in the home kitchen.
The Cajun Cookoff returns to the Salvage Station. Also: Firestorm Books & Coffee hosts a vegetarian potluck, Our Global Table fundraiser benefits Pisgah Legal’s Justice for All Project, Cuban food comes to Twin Leaf Brewery, Mamacitas hosts a fundraiser for ArtSpace Charter School and Knife & Fork starts its annual winter pop-up series.
**UPDATED JAN. 16** Appalachian Vintner welcomes Firestone Walker to town, Black Star Line collaborates with Highland and more local beer news.
For downtown wanderers, food trucks have long been a scarce commodity. But with a new food truck lot open now in downtown’s “Pit of Despair,” Asheville’s lunch scene is about to welcome new faces weekly.
In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Black Star Line Brewing Co. will host a vegan breakfast plus a whole day of events honoring the civil rights leader. Also: a plant-based Bravo Breakfast at the Hendersonville Community Co-op, Punk Wok Pop-Up at Buxton Hall Barbecue, the GO Kitchen Ready Showcase Dinner and more.
**UPDATED JAN. 10** Bhramari celebrates its second anniversary with four taproom releases, Archetype unveils its first barrel-aged offering and more local beer news.
The East Asheville restaurant will hold a dine-out event Jan. 10 to support an employee recovering from a debilitating seizure.
From feeding the community at Western Carolina Rescue Ministries to starring in cooking videos with Ingles Market, this local chef is determined to inject some laughter into Asheville’s food scene.
Lower margins on Asheville’s craft brews could negatively impact local restaurants.
Southern tradition brings winter greens to Asheville’s New Year’s tables, but other cultures also embrace this abundant cold-weather food source.
Throughout Western North Carolina, restaurants will celebrate New Year’s Eve with parties and special dinners. Where will you ring in 2018?
Casteel talks about UNC Asheville’s sustainability and food waste prevention efforts.