Food & Friendship

/ Issue

Cover Design Credit:

Laura Barry

Cover Photography Credit:

Lynne Harty, with permission from Ashley English ( A Year of Pies (2012) ), Larks Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co.


  • A new crop of songs

    -by Alli Marshall
    In 2006, Bryon McMurry had 75,000 tomato plants in the ground and was moving produce on a large scale. But then the economy took a dive, along with a hefty…
  • Smart Bets: Cassandra King

    -by Xpress Staff
    "In this novel of second chances, the conflicts begin because Emmett remarries quickly and brings his new wife, Helen, into the world he had occupied with Rosalyn before her puzzling…
  • Smart Bets: David Wilcox

    -by Xpress Staff
    It's the time of year for annual happenings: turkey dinners, top-10 roundups and homecoming shows. The latter is the case of singer-songwriter David Wilcox's annual Thanksgiving show at The Grey…
  • All sewed up

    -by Steph Guinan
    In the hierarchy of craft cachet, fiber arts are often less discussed than other media such as pottery or metalwork. Maybe that’s because textiles are, by nature, a quieter genre:…
  • Smart Bets: The Melodic

    -by Xpress Staff
    If the name The Melodic seems a bit too pointed (albeit sweetly so), the English folk ensemble has been living up to it. A collaboration between songwriters Huw Williams and…
  • State of the Arts

    -by Kyle Sherard
    The next two weeks offer a couple of unconventional opportunities to connect with local culture and influence. From an art exhibit featuring folk-heritage takes on seasonal spirit to a film…
  • Smart Bets: Malcolm Holcombe

    -by Xpress Staff
    "This album really was created by the grace of the good Lord and a lot of friends and family that have helped this old boy and his family," singer-songwriter and…
  • Music heals

    -by Lea McLellan
    Complete silence. All noise ceases upon entering the sound chamber. Once a patient is seated in the suspended chair, Mickra Hamilton, owner of Synchronicity Wellness and an audiology expert for…
  • clubland captions

    -by Webmaster
  • calendar captions

    -by Webmaster


  • Food and fellowship for all

    -by Gina Smith
    Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the Haywood Street Congregation, based in the brick church at the corner of Patton Avenue and Haywood Street, offers a family-style lunch and rollicking worship service…
  • Tuning up the menu

    -by Michael Franco
    The mighty plank of wood sailed through the air before docking atop my table. On it, two iron burners protected small fires in their depths. Armored red legs rested in…
  • Small sips for Thanksgiving: Catawba changes directions, fall seasonal beers roll out and more

    -by Webmaster
    After 14 years of brewing in Western North Carolina, Catawba is on the move. This month, the company is rolling out completely new branding and a new winter seasonal.
  • Readers’ recipes

    -by Webmaster
    Editor’s note: In response to our request for readers to share their favorite dishes, Arjuna da Silva of Black Mountain sent in this refreshing take on cranberries just in time…


  • The Biz: Feeling the crunch

    -by Jake Frankel
    Struggling to address an increased demand for services amid a funding crunch, Mountain BizWorks is conducting “an intensive review of our programs and finances,” board Chair Eileen McMinn reports. Most…
  • Fracking in WNC?

    -by Webmaster
    As North Carolina paves the way for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will the mountains see a new form of mining? Recent signals out of Raleigh are both revealing and contradictory.…
  • Secret no more

    -by Webmaster
    The Skyland Fire Department’s white-walled community room might not be the usual place to watch an in-depth news report, but for the roughly 50 people gathered late on the afternoon…
  • Commissioners approve Long Mountain conservation easement

    -by Jake Frankel
    On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners voted to spend $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 acres from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominy area. The measure passed…
  • The Biz: The revolution will be printed

    -by Jake Frankel
    Back in February, President Barack Obama hailed 3-D printing as having “the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” And now, Asheville area residents have affordable access to…


  • Tech Fields

    -by Molton
  • Thankful

    -by Brent Brown
  • Asheville Disclaimer 11/27/13

    -by Webmaster
    Asheville unicorn encounters up due to gluten scarcity
  • Asheville citizens will fight against Keystone Pipeline

    -by Webmaster
    As a concerned citizen, I am planning to take part in a nationwide wave of peaceful civil disobedience in the event that Obama approves the Keystone Pipeline. 76,000 people in…
  • Light voting?

    -by Webmaster
    In a recent issue of the Xpress, I read an article about light voter turnout [“Between the Lines,” Nov. 13 Xpress]. In previous issues, we read about what [some] considered…
  • No such thing as a small potbellied pig

    -by Webmaster
    I am the director of Goat Mountain Animal Sanctuary in Leicester, and some of the calls we get regarding pigs are from people who believed, when they purchased their potbellied…
  • Traffic safety standards fall short

    -by Webmaster
    While I appreciate an expanded approach to modestly priced housing in Asheville, I've not seen attention given to the problems such development can create in a neighborhood. Specifically, increased traffic…
  • News of the Weird in bad taste

    -by Webmaster
    You have a very strange concept of humor. If satire is supposed to make a point and teach something, I wonder what is being taught here [see “News of the…

    -by Webmaster
    A Local Economy story in the Oct. 23 issue, (“By Design: An Asheville Lotion Business and Go Local Spell Success,” Oct. 23 Xpress) did not include the website of the…