Meredith and Brandon Ellison, and Casey and Sarah Watkins talk about how they ended up running a restaurant in Swannanoa and how they hope to help build the town’s future.
Western North Carolina’s booming restaurant and brewing scenes offer opportunities for jumping into semi-retirement or a phase-two career.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoying Asheville’s restaurant scene can be cost-prohibitive, but a number of local eateries make it a point to keep menu prices affordable.
“Historically, tipping has not just been about paying more for food, it has been an institutionalized way we as a community can support others in their larger dreams.”
From potlucks to free community dinners to gourmet, multicourse meals, Asheville-area restaurants have a staggering number of options for those who want to stay out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day.
Revered for its sumptuous desserts, the Greek-style café reopened for business on Saturday, June 20, complete with a new vision and a liquor license.
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. […]
Everything from beef tartare to torched marshmallow s’mores was on the menu last night as Asheville Independent Restaurants celebrated the local food scene with its annual Taste of Asheville event.
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
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are always a notoriously busy time for restaurants, but at the end of 2013, packed downtown sidewalks and long waits for tables at local eateries signaled a banner holiday for many in the Asheville-area food industry. (Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett)
With winter now in full swing, many locals are cutting the chill by turning on their slow cookers or looking for the daily soup specials at their favorite local eateries. From borscht to beef-and-barley, area residents and restaurants are cooking up spoon-friendly nourishment in myriad forms. Xpress invites readers to share tried-and-true recipes and write about their favorite soup and stew offerings at local restaurants. Send your soup submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you trying to decide what to do for New Year’s Eve? If you want to buffer your midnight toast with a good meal, several local bars and restaurants are serving up interesting eats along with liquid cheer. There is even an Asheville-style take on the Times Square ball drop for those who are in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary.
Since 2002, the folks at Star Chefs have been roving the country seeking out top-notch food. Having profiled and issued their awards everywhere from cities like New York to regions as broad as South Florida, Star Chefs has now decided to profile North and South Carolina for its latest cluster of honors, the Rising Star awards, which are given to stand-out industry professionals younger than 40.
Chef Kristina Im co-owns Stone Bowl Korean in South Asheville. She’ll open Korean House with her brother, Jayson, and serve an array of traditional Korean dishes (including dolsot bibimbap, or stone bowls).
A new (to us) sandwich shop, plus Books and Breadboard closes its doors and Asiana Grand Buffet (west) opens with a fresh look and new name — Yao. (Photos by Max Cooper)
A Green Restaurant Initiative has sparked collaboration between local eateries in the continued greening of Asheville’s dining scene. A new video detailing the process, produced by a local production company, has drawn the attention of the Huffington Post and other media outlets, helping to get the word out on a national level. The video can be viewed after the jump.
After a thorough renovation, the building at 401 Haywood has a new lease on life. (Photos by Bill Rhodes)