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Chow Chow: An Asheville Food Festival with Heart

Up until my mid-to-late twenties, I grappled with the fact that I was born and raised in North Carolina and wasn’t living in a bustling metropolis like the majority of my friends. I was a 25-year-old millennial (I’m still a millennial), who thought success waited for me in a glitzy

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The Anatomy of a Hot Dog

A favorite childhood pastime consisted of playing hooky from school and hitting the gas station with my late father, where we’d grab two messy hot dogs each and devour them in his red Ford pickup truck, on the way to Wal-Mart. A no-frills hot dog topped with chili, onions, mustard

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Newsflash: The Aperol Spritz Will Never Be Dead.

Last summer, the New York Times  wrote an article stating that the Aperol Spritz was “officially the drink of the summer.” The article goes on to say that the neon orange-hued cocktail is so popular at Caffe Dante in New York City, it’s now on tap and poured from a

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A Pig Pickin’ to Remember with Sam Jones

I’ll never forget the day I took this photo of North Carolina pitmaster Sam Jones. We were sitting in the middle of a field at Green Button Farm in Bahama, NC (pronounced Ba-hay-ma). He had just finished prepping a whole hog for the NC BBQ Revival, and I was patiently

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Seat for One at the Bar, Please!

It’s a Thursday night and I have a hankering for a cocktail and chef Scott Crawford’s apple-parsnip soup and warm malted wheat rolls. I’m single and my friends are busy. After all, the craving hit last minute, and I plan to walk in and sit at the bar. I throw

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Beat the Heat in New Orleans and Eat

The heat in New Orleans in the summer is not a joke. Seeing that Raleigh, NC has its fair share of piping-hot days, we know all of the great bars and restaurants with good patios and refreshing menus.   We are headed to the Big Easy in July and found ourselves

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