Ron Jimenez had a literal eye-opening epiphany. “I woke up one morning a couple years ago with an out-of-the-blue conviction to become a vegetarian,” he recalls. “From that day forward, I stopped eating meat and cut back on all animal products.” Raised in Asheville, Jimenez later relocated to Florida to pursue his culinary education before returning to […]
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What’s new in food: AVL Honey Fest buzzes into Salvage Station
The inaugural AVL Honey Fest debuts at Salvage Station Sunday, June 5. Also: Livermush Festival returns to Marion; Well Played Board Game Café reopens; and more!
What’s new in food: Mehfil serves northern Indian cuisine to downtown diners
So radical is the transformation of the storefront building at 5 Biltmore Ave. — revealed on April 7 as Mehfil — that even people who frequently traverse downtown’s main artery may need a reminder of what was there. “It was Hana Japanese Hibachi and Sushi,” says Al Singh, owner of the new Indian restaurant with […]
What’s new in food: Red Fiddle Vittles opens in Arden
Red Fiddle Vittles expands its catering business with a new retail space. Also: Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery celebrates its five year anniversary; Chef Chris Cox heads to Mother Ocean Market; and plenty more!
What’s new in food: Ashleigh Shanti competes in season 19 of ‘Top Chef’
Ashleigh Shanti hosts a pop-up to celebrate her “Top Chef” debut. Plus: Parlor launched in downtown; MANNA FoodBank hosts its latest Student Food Drive; and more!
What’s new in food: Ladies Who Brunch say rise and shine
Three local female chefs continue to share their love of brunch with the pop-up series, Ladies Who Brunch. Also: Bargello and District 42 host local nights; Benne on Eagle celebrates Black History Month; and more!
What’s new in food: Dough House Vegan Donuts opens in Black Mountain
The Trashy Vegan owners launch a new doughnut shop in Black Mountain. Plus: Asheville Restaurant Week 2022 arrives; Spicewalla and Poppy’s Handcrafted Popcorn collaborate; and plenty more!
Year in Review: Asheville chefs and restaurateurs reflect on another unusual year
What was 2021 like for local chefs and food entrepreneurs? Xpress caught up with a few to get their take on another challenging year.
What’s new in food: Little Chango Hispanic Craft Kitchen opens on Coxe Avenue
Caribbean-inspired dishes are on the menu at Little Chango Hispanic Craft Kitchen. Plus: El Gallo lands new ownership; Buxton Hall BBQ is still accepting holiday pie orders; and plenty more!
Flooding destroyed crops, but support of community grew resolve
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred, Gaining Ground Farm lost 85% of what was in the ground and about 30% of its gross revenue for the season. Despite the heavy hit, the farm bounced back thanks to the support from locally owned restaurants.
What’s new in food: Benne on Eagle welcomes new chef
Benne on Eagle hires a new chef, We Give a Share welcomes an executive director, the Getaway fries fish on the river and more local food news.
What’s new in food: The Market at Underground Baking Co. eyes its relaunch
The Market at Underground Baking Co. in Hendersonville is on the cusp or reopening. Also: New Origin Brewing Co. opens, Chop Shop Butchery returns to in-house workshops and plenty more local food news.
Improving with age: Visionary restaurateurs, architects and designers work to rejuvenate Asheville’s old buildings
As Asheville began reimagining itself over the last 20 years, its dense urban core of older yet viable structures has allowed local, independent restaurants and breweries to obtain affordable — if somewhat decrepit — spaces for their ventures along with opportunities for architects and designers to transform them.
Black chefs forge their own paths in Asheville’s food scene
The increased attention and plaudits paid to high-profile Black chefs in America in recent years simultaneously sheds ambient light on their overall scarcity.
New year brings new restrictions on indoor dining capacity
Local restaurant owners face increasing challenges and difficult decisions as Buncombe County lowers dining room capacity to 30%.
Asheville chefs and bartenders share DIY gift ideas
From homemade marshmallows to batch cocktails, Asheville-area chefs and beverage experts share inspiration for gifts from the home kitchen.
Collard Week shines a spotlight on the humble Southern green
A four-day series of virtual discussions, including a cooking demo with Ashleigh Shanti, highlights the results of the Heirloom Collard Project’s 2020 crop trials.
Asheville relishes chow chow, the quintessential Southern condiment
Cookbook author Ashley English describes chow chow as a “democratic” condiment. “There are so many permutations and iterations, you can customize it the way you want.”
The BLOCK Off Biltmore has closed, but its free CommUNITY Meals initiative continues
Although The Block is closed for business, owner Cam MacQueen intends to keep the CommUNITY Meals initiative going.
Asheville nabs five James Beard Award nods across four categories
Asheville chefs are semifinalists in the Best Chef: Southeast, Rising Star Chef, Outstanding Chef and Best New Restaurant categories.
New Asheville hotels tap local talent to raise the bar for on-site dining
Luxury hotels in many metropolitan tourist destinations are known for restaurant concepts that bank on high-profile celebrity chefs. But Asheville hotels, while pushing the parameters of standard hotel dining, are taking a different approach.