After living in Charlotte for more than 20 years, Ramona Young, owner of the Kente Kitchen and program coordinator for the Eagle Streets Market Development Corp., found herself starting over in Asheville. That change steered her from a corporate career path into food entrepreneurship. Her catering business, Kente Kitchen, specializes in Liberian, Nigerian and Ghanaian cuisine. Mountain Xpress: […]
A recent addition to Asheville Independent Restaurants’ board of directors, Kate Bannasch brings her years of experience as a server to play in her new role of owner and manager at Copper Crown.
Although it operates from a Holiday Inn, Woodfire is an independently owned restaurant with specials that cater to the local community.
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The executive chef talks about inspiration, creativity and the joys and challenges of running the popular River Arts District dining destination.
When asked why they decided to open a Latin restaurant, this North Carolina-born-and-raised couple reply, “Why not?”
Rafael and Martha Alejeo talk about their journey from dishwashers to restaurant owners, plans for the future and how a 140-pound pig helped them name their business.
Doug Walls, chef at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, talks about work and more.
The North Asheville restaurant’s owner and executive chef talks about his recent expansion project, the challenges of owning an eatery in Asheville and more.
The Writer’s Bistro chef talks about his new fall menu, favorite tools and ingredients and working with the hotel’s rooftop beehives.
Chef Patrick Abernathy has spent the past 15 years working at notable Asheville eateries, but Chupacabra Latin Café in Reynolds Village is his first solo project.
Surrounded by Leicester’s stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shady Place’s cattle drink water from pure mountain springs and eat grass, hay, and corn produced on-site. The animals are raised by hand and treated like pets by the entire family, including the Morgans’ sons Nathanael and Eli.
Although Papa’s Pizza’s location on New Leicester Highway is removed from the bustle of the Asheville food scene, owner Kostas Dotsikas‘s vision is one familiar to downtown foodies: Greek dishes made from scratch with local ingredients. Dotsikas bought Papa’s Pizza in 2002 and runs it with the help of his sister; wife, Amy Dotsikas; and parents, Jimmy and Tina Dotsikas, who […]
When it comes to chai, local tea makers Katie Ames, Tommy Winant and Joel “Windfox” Boyle don’t cut any corners. Through their year-and-a-half old business, AppalaChai, the three owners are committed to their mission of honoring the tea’s ancient Indian roots.
A.J. Gregson and Autumn Pittman are bringing their unique brand of Latin-food mojo to downtown Asheville. The pair – partners in both business and life—recently took over the kitchen at One Stop Deli & Bar on College Street and is making some creative changes to both the space and the menu. Photo by Carrie Eidson