INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS: Former Kitchen Ready student Kendel Bethea, left, and soon-to-be graduate Walter Brannan work together in the program's prep kitchen.

Small bites: Kitchen Ready Showcase Dinner spotlights New Orleans fare

Kitchen Ready graduates are set to showcase their culinary skills in the program’s capstone project. Also: A Taste of the Vineyard raises funds for Big Brother Big Sister of Henderson County; Dobra Tea hosts tasting class; Villagers offers workshops in canning and fermented alcoholic beverages; The Asheville Club opens and White Duck Taco relocates in the RAD.

NATIVE DAUGHTER: Camille Cogswell, named 2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, began her culinary studies at Asheville High School and interned as a teenager at West End Bakery.

Asheville native named James Beard Foundation 2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year

A Philadelphia pastry chef with deep Asheville roots claimed one of the top honors this year in a competition that’s widely considered to be the Oscars of the food world — the James Beard Awards. Camille Cogswell, who started on her career path in Asheville High School’s culinary arts classes and did an internship as a teenager at the West […]

GREEN THUMB: Activist and farmer Karen Washington grew her first tomato in 1985. She's been involved in the food and farm scene ever since.

Small bites: Karen Washington uses food to connect the dots

The 2014 James Beard Leadership Award-winner Karen Washington will lead a workshop in anticipation of the Organic Growers School spring conference. Also, Food Connection hosts Chefs in Action; Curragh Chase pop-up dinner at Summit Coffee; White Labs Kitchen & Tap debuts fermentation series; Hickory Nut Gap Farm hosts whole hog butchery class; and James Beard Award semifinalists are announced.

A CUT ABOVE: Many Asheville hotel restaurants try to cater to the expectations of local residents as well as visitors. Pictured is The Blackbird chef Mike Reppert.

Not just for tourists: Asheville’s hotel restaurant­s bring their A game

Thanks to Asheville’s reputation as a food destination, many area hotels have stepped up their restaurant game in recent years with models that bring in the talents of well-known Western North Carolina chefs and highlight locally grown ingredients. And these hot spots aren’t just trying to woo tourists — there’s also a move toward catering to a local customer base. […]

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