10 AND COUNTING: Asheville's Luella's Bar-B-Que restaurants will celebrate a decade in business with an anniversary brew and food-and-beer pairings Tuesday, March 21.

Luella’s celebrates 10 years of barbecue and beer

Ten years is a long time for any restaurant to thrive and survive, especially in Asheville’s highly competitive dining scene. But Luella’s Bar-B-Que has reached that decade mark and will celebrate Tuesday, March 21, with a special anniversary beer plus food-and-brew pairings at both the Merrimon Avenue and Biltmore Park locations. Luella’s has teamed with Asheville’s Hi-Wire […]

FORWARD MARCH: Luella's Bar-B-Que co-owner Jeff Miller, pictured with wife and business partner Ashley Miller, says he's been scouting a second location since 2014. The new spot in Biltmore Park will replicate Luella's existing menu with a refreshed ambiance once it opens in March.

Small bites: Luella’s opens second location in South Asheville

Luella’s Bar-B-Que will duplicate its pork-purveying efforts with a new location in Biltmore Park; Asheville Wine & Food Festival has announced its first Asheville Cocktail Week; Local Provisions is serving Italian wines with the flavors of winter at a pairing dinner; and The Hop Ice Creamery is celebrating its first year with free kiddie scoops for all.

WEB COMMUNITY: Jeff Miller, owner of Luella's Bar-B-Que, volunteered to help with the development of Behind the Apron, a new online resource for the local restaurant industry. Photo by Dylan Ireland

Behind the Apron: Asheville Independen­t Restaurant­s launches a new online industry resource

In Asheville, many restaurateurs realize that cooperation trumps competition. The local culinary scene is well-known for its collaborative spirit, and behindtheapron.com, a new business-to-business website recently unveiled by Asheville Independent Restaurants, aims to enhance and expand that synergy. Unlike AIR’s current website, which is mostly consumer-based, Behind the Apron was created to be a resource for the organization’s 120-plus member restaurants. […]

Shuler & Miller debate on Matt Mittan’s “Take a Stand!”


Congressman Heath Shuler (left) and his Republican challenger Jeff Miller (right) debated on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. on WWNC’s “Take a Stand!” The event was carried live on News Radio 570 AM in Asheville, on AM 1400 in Waynesville and streamed live over the internet. For a podcast, visit wwnc.com.

For live Twitter dispatches, follow Xpress reporter @Jake Frankel or the hashtag #avlelect (live feed below). Photos by Michael Muller

Crossroads

In a tumultuous election year, with Republicans seeking to regain control of Congress, North Carolina's 11th Congressional District is an appealing target. Comprising both urban, Democratic Asheville and the more Republican-leaning surrounding counties, the district is rated “Republican +6” by the Cook Partisan Voting Index. Incumbent Heath Shuler, a conservative Blue Dog Democrat, is fighting […]

Behind the scenes video preview: Shuler, Miller to discuss positions live tonight on WLOS


In a live broadcast expected to reach nearly 100,000 voters tonight, Oct. 14, in the 11th District, incumbent Congressman Heath Shuler and his Republican challenger Jeff Miller will appear together on WLOS in an informal “sit down” with news anchor Russ Bowen. Xpress reporters Michael Muller and Jake Frankel visited the WLOS studios last night for a behind-the-scenes video tour of the studio and to get a preview of the big event.

The Beat news roundup: Grand Old Party poopers-attachment0

The Beat news roundup: Grand Old Party poopers

It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party and its chairman, Chad Nesbitt, were harshly criticized for a 9/11 fundraiser and an associated video; the Board of Elections found their highly publicized complaints over an early voting site to be based on faulty information; and Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the party, citing its “antics that demonize people” and “political games.”

Rappelling 9/11 fundraiser creates fallout for GOP

Nesbitt on the Rappelling Tower at the Bee Tree Fire Dept.
Last weekend, the Buncombe County GOP threw a fundraiser on 9/11 at the Bee Tree Fire Station in Swannanoa. The event featured participants rappelling down a 90-foot tower, with donors asked to contribute $100 per rappel. In its wake, the event and an associated video used to promote it have set off a storm of criticism. This post includes a brief video interview with BCGOP chair Chad Nesbitt at the event as he was about to rappel.