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.

FRESH POUR: Summer imports from international tea harvests mean all teas at Dobra are quite fresh as the season changes to fall. Photo by Tim Robison

What’s in the pot: A peek at Asheville’s fresh and seasonal teas

Western North Carolina’s coffee culture is alive and thriving, with a seemingly ever-expanding array of coffee dispensaries — including shops, roasters, coffee trucks and drive-thru options. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that another contender — the oldest and most prevalent beverage on earth, apart from plain old H2O — is gradually becoming more […]