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FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

Richard Mellert | Richard.Mellert@LifestylePubs.com Austin Bennett | Austin.Bennett@LifestylePubs.com Alana Bennett | Alana.Bennett@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

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WE ASKED AND YOU ANSWERED! It's with great excitement that we bring you the Readers’ Choice edition of Asheville Lifestyle Magazine.   With this issue, we're celebrating the businesses that you've selected as doing the

Emily Glaser, Wesley Brown CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Evan Anderson, Tim Arrowood Photography, Asheville Art Museum,

best work in their respective fields. Success in business can't be taken lightly. You

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can be the smartest, work the hardest, have the most talented staff, and still fall

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short of your goals. Many successful businesses can relate to these facts. But these businesses rose above the challenges to snag the crown. We want to give a huge "thank you" to our readers and advertisers, and a big "congratulations" to the winners. It's refreshing to get such an amazing response from our readers, and we're excited to have this opportunity! Our Best to You and Yours,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2018

FEATURES 12 Raising the Bar Highland Brewing Company’s Influence on the Industry

16 Readers’ Choice Your Picks for the Best of Asheville 2018

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26 With Great Care Posana Continues to Define Asheville’s Culinary Landscape

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hops & Vine

26 Culinary Creations 28 Road Trip 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


GOOD TIMES

Western Carolina Rescue Christmas Gala Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in association with Judd Builders held the first annual nonprofit Christmas Gala. The Gala featured New York Times best-selling author, Ron Hall, author of the book Same Kind of Different As Me, which tells the life-changing experiences in a Rescue Mission. 

6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser focused on the homeless population and those in crisis in our community, supporting five local nonprofits (Homeward Bound of WNC, Caring for Children, Helpmate, Eliada Home, and ABCCM's Transformation Village).

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AROUND TOWN

Asheville Art Museum

GROVEWOOD VILLAGE HOLIDAY SIP & SHOP

MY BIG BLACK AMERICA AT THE ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM

Grovewood Gallery’s annual Holiday Sip & Shop

The Asheville Art Museum recently acquired

event brought artists and their crafts to the pub-

a new work titled My Big Black America by artist

lic last December. Local patrons shopped unique

Wesley Clark through its newly formed Acquisition

holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional

Response Team (A.R.T.), a support network for

artists, as well as a large collection of American-

acquiring prominent and exciting works of art that

made art and craft. Holiday shoppers enjoyed

require rapid funding and quick decision-mak-

complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies.

ing. Intricately detailed, My Big Black America

Local artists Patricia Cotterill (painting) and Karen

consists of a variety of wood, including both man-

Kennedy (needle felting) also performed craft

ufactured wood used in household furniture and

demonstrations and chatted with guests.

unworked, natural wood. As Clark explains, “Old

GLAMOUR ON BOARD: FASHION FROM TITANIC THE MOVIE

wood is the base of the construction and acts as a metaphor for those from which America’s foundation was built—black slaves and low-paid industrial

Costumes from the Oscar-winning Titanic will star

workers. Newer segments of wood are the younger

in the first large-scale exhibition inside America’s

generation creating what is the surface of the USA

largest home when Biltmore launches Glamour on

today.” In keeping with other works by Clark, My

Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. Opening Feb.

Big Black America aims to encourage viewers to

9, 2018, this exhibition of fashions features hats,

think about race on both a national and personal

gowns, jewelry and tuxedos worn by Kate Winslet,

level. Shaped like a map of the United States, the

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates and others fill-

work makes a statement about the Museum’s focus

ing the grand rooms once lived in by George and

on collecting American art and is in dialogue with

Edith Vanderbilt. With these garments, Biltmore’s

other works in the Museum’s Collection.

guests will have perfect examples of the luxurious wardrobes favored by transatlantic travelers like the Vanderbilts in the early 1900s. Parallels between the film and Biltmore don’t stop there. The exhibition will include the story of the Vanderbilts’ own plans to sail on Titanic’s maiden voyage. At the last min-

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ute, they decided to sail instead on Titanic’s sister

We are always accepting submissions for announce-

ship, the RMS Olympic. Biltmore is the only location

ments you’d like to see included in our Around Town

to see these Oscar-winning costumes on display.

section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact

The exhibition will run through May 13, 2018.

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HOPS & VINE

RAISING THE BAR HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANY'S INFLUENCE ON THE INDUSTRY

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ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN | PHOTOGRAPHY EVAN ANDERSON

IN 1908—MORE THAN A DECADE BEFORE THE 18TH AMENDMENT INSTALLED A NATIONWIDE PROHIBITION— NORTH CAROLINA BECAME THE FIRST STATE IN THE SOUTH TO OUTLAW ALCOHOL. It proved to be a resolution that would dictate Carolinian con-

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sumption for nearly a century. Long after the Prohibition was repealed with the 21st Amendment in 1933 (an amendment our state’s population of staunch teetotalers long denied), the busi-

+ Highland partners with the Southern

ness of alcohol still struggled in the Old North State. Finally, in the

Appalachian Highlands Conservancy,

early and mid ‘90s, decades of temperance policy finally began to

naming their seasonal brews after pro-

fade under the bubbling demand for breweries.

tected features of the local landscape,

Even Asheville, now a mecca for craft beer aficionados, was

supporting partnership hikes related to

long a land desolate of brews. It was in that fortuitous decade

each landmark, and donating $1 per pour

when Asheville finally got her first post-Prohibition brewery in

at each seasonal release party.

the form of Highland Brewing Company. It proved to be the business that seeded an industry.

+ The stewardship doesn’t stop there:

It’s a fate made all the more surprising by the company’s origins.

Highland also partners with 12 non-prof-

Engineer-turned-retiree Oscar Wong established Highland as a

its every year, featuring them in tours,

hobby in the 3,500-square-foot basement of what is now Barley's

promotions and donating $1 per beer at

Taproom in downtown Asheville. Over two decades later, Highland

Community Nights.

calls a veritable campus home, vast grounds that include a large meadow with an outdoor stage, an expansive tasting room, a roof-

+ Proceeds from Highland’s annual

top bar, an event center, and of course, the brewery itself, where

Night

they brew four times a day, five days a week.

$40,000 in four years—were all donated

The fresh, Carolina-inspired brews (the brewery is named for

Flight

race—totaling

almost

to building greenways.

the Scotch-Irish settlers who first called these hills home) have long made Highland a local and regional favorite. Year-round

+ Highland is home to the third larg-

beers like the Gaelic Ale and Oatmeal Porter, as well as sea-

est craft brewing solar array in the coun-

sonal offerings like Cold Mountain Winter Ale and small-batch

try, and the 13th largest in the world.

specialties like the Brogan’s Roggen Roggenbier please palates both adventurous and habitual.

+ The weekly events at Highland

When we say it’s a favorite, we aren’t exaggerating; the

range from fun to fitness: Game Night,

brewery’s successes—like being the largest native North

Run Club, Bike Club, Hip Hop class, Trivia

Carolina brewery and the largest family-owned brewery in the

and free live music five days a week.

Southeast—are owed to the drinkers as much as the brewers. Even as Asheville’s brewery landscape expands on a seemingly

+ It’s truly a family business:

daily basis, Highland remains a constant, earning accolades

Oscar’s

like our own Reader’s Choice and praise in the form of bottles

joined Highland in 2011 and took the

daughter,

Leah

Ashburn,

drunk and glasses emptied.

reigns as President in 2015.

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» BEST DERMATOLOGIST Biltmore Dermatology

80 Peachtree Road, Suite 106, Asheville 828.232.5222 | BiltmoreDermatology.com At Biltmore Dermatology, they diagnose and treat skin, hair, and nail conditions in patients of all ages. They diagnose and treat a variety of conditions  including rashes, psoriasis, skin cancers, lesions, and melanoma.  Founded in 2001, Biltmore Dermatology's expert staff has been helping the patients in the Asheville community address these various conditions for nearly two decades. 

» BEST CHIROPRACTOR WNC Chiropractic

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patients of all ages. Their doctors have special training in prenatal

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services, from spinal decompression and cold laser to herbal sup-

Dr. Draper has been in private practice since 1992 and specializes

plements and essential oils. At WNC Chiropractic, they strive to pro-

in cosmetic surgery. She is Board Certified by the American Board of

vide the best service possible in a friendly and warm environment.

Plastic Surgery. She believes that the field of cosmetic surgery allows the blending of art and medicine, and she is sensitive to the role of plastic surgery and how a healthy look is part of the total well-being

» BEST ORTHODONTIST

Blue Ridge Orthodontics 1915 Hendersonville Road, Asheville

of men and women of all ages. She moved from Dallas, Texas and opened Asheville Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2011.  "I love everything about Asheville. It is such a beautiful place and has such wonderful people. Such a great place to raise myfamily,” she says.

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BEST HEATING/COOLING

Gentry Heating and Cooling 100 Buckeye Access Road, Swannanoa 828.274.2520 | GentryHeatingInc.com Established in 1963 by Charles Gentry, Jr., Gentry Heating and Cooling began as a family owned and operated business. With Western North Carolina in mind, their focus was to meet the unique home comfort needs of every customer. The company employs 90 people and operates in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee with a focus on maintenance,

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» BEST HOME BUILDER

Milestone Contracting 7 Ledgestone Drive, Fairview 828.342.8211 | MilestoneContracting.net Dustin Penland, owner of Milestone Contracting, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration from Western Carolina University (WCU). During his time at WCU, he met his wife, Shawna Penland, who received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Communications with a Concentration in Public Relations. Over the course of ten years, this husband and wife team have used skills gained through their degrees and experience in the building and design industry to expand Milestone Contracting to the reputable, Energy Star Certified custom home business it is today. Their hands-on approach throughout the building process and positive relationships created with each client have proven to be an essential part of their success. “We understand that building a home is a big deal. It takes so much time and there are so many factors involved with each project that it can often be overwhelming," says Dustin. "Our goal is to make the process enjoyable from start to finish and leave each client with the home of their dreams.” 

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they understand that time is something that everyone values, so it's their  goal to serve each customer with respect for his or her time. With upfront pricing and a multi-tiered sales experience, they honor each customer by allowing them to make decisions.  From their humble beginnings to the business that they've become, there is one thing that hasn't changed: the importance of every customer. 

» BEST HOME DECOR AND BEST INTERIOR DESIGN

ID.ology 1056 Haywood Rd, Asheville 828.252.4403 | IDologyAsheville.com We all want a home we can be proud of, that speaks to us, and beautifully represents who we are. But let’s be real—it’s a big job! Laura K. Sullivan leads her team at ID.ology Interiors & Design in offering a different approach to design than most industry professionals. They take pride in providing the best service and most comprehensive experience in the region, while offering an exceptional value.  A holistic passion for one’s life in their home is the foundational drive of ID.ology. Through the selection, design and furnishing processes, clients reap the benefits of their assistance in creating an enjoyable, smooth, fun experience. Designs are customized to speak to the style and personality of each client with timeless sensibility, appealing to a sophisticated aesthetic.  Refined yet livable, stylish without sacrificing comfort or health, and expressive of your distinct individuality. 

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» BEST LANDSCAPER Gardens for Living

15 Mary Jane Lane, Swannanoa

» BEST REALTOR

Town and Mountain Realty 261 Asheland Avenue, Suite 103, Asheville

828.274.7225 | GardensForLiving.com                                 828.232.2879                        | TownAndMountain.com                                  Gardens For Living is a landscape design, instal-

Town and Mountain Realty is an independent, family-owned real estate com-

lation and maintenance company based out of

pany that strives to be a resource to the local community. Their real estate agents

Asheville, North Carolina. Gardens For Living was

and staff pride themselves in service for the good of Asheville and Western North

founded by John Phillips in 1983, fueled by the desire

Carolina. This relaxed, people-first approach to real estate sets the tone in Town and

to collaborate with clients to create landscapes

Mountain’s downtown Asheville office, where you probably won’t see anyone in a suit

that are exceptional in form, function, and beauty.

and tie. However, you are likely to meet an agent’s kid or a client’s dog at the office,

Thirty years later, they continue to design and install

as it is a family and dog-friendly office. By sharing knowledge, adapting to trends and

landscapes that enhance the lives of clients all over

providing quality service, Town and Mountain Realty has successfully guided buyers

Western North Carolina. They are known for their

and sellers in thousands of transactions. A commitment to “The Golden Rule” is at

intuitive design (uniquely created to fit each individ-

the heart of this company. Town and Mountain Realty is not about the next sale;

ual space), creativity throughout the process, and

it’s about doing the right thing and protecting their clients. Ultimately, this business

steadfast attention to detail. Your lawn and garden

approach has cultivated a company-wide environment of love and support among

are an extension of your home, and they pour the

the agents and staff, the clients they serve and the community as a whole.

same skill, creativity, and experience to the outside of your living space as you do inside.

» BEST ARCHITECT John Petri

P.O. Box 550, Arden 828.699.2449 | PetriArchitecture.com Petri Architecture, PA is a full service architectural firm dedicated to serving its clients the highest degree of design excellence coupled in a friendly yet professional manner. Their mission is to provide their clients with exceptional design, quality service and accurate construction documents in a timely and efficient manner. “I am blessed to be able assist others in the creation of their dream home. I have never sought to create a distinct design style; rather I would like the designs to be perceived as having style. Each and every client regardless of their budget deserves a bit of luxury, and it is our job to provide that for them," says John O. Petri, AIA.

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» BEST MAID SERVICE Merry Maids

541 Long Shoals Road, Arden 828.398.0824 | MerryMaids.com If your busy schedule has left you without the time to clean, don't fret. Merry Maids of Arden is a trustworthy maid service that can whip your home into shape. Merry Maids home cleaning services are available weekly, every other week, monthly or one-time. On every visit, your Merry Maids team dusts, vacuums, washes and sanitizes each room. Their  cleaning services are thorough, consistent and customized.

» BEST HOME MAINTENANCE Handyman Matters of WNC

4900 Jeter Mountain Road, Hendersonville 828.698.5541 | HandymanMatters.com Handyman Matters of Western North Carolina has been proudly serving both commercial

» BEST FITNESS CENTER YMCA of Western North Carolina

3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville 828.651.9622 | YMCAWNC.org The YMCA of Western North Carolina is one of the area’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y serves Buncombe, Henderson,

and residential customers in WNC since 2004. They provide exceptional quality work, performed by experienced, skilled, insured and bonded, mature craftsmen—just ask any one of over 1500 of their past customers! Their commitment is to making sure you can reach them when you need them. Whether it's during business hours, evenings, nights or weekends, you can depend on reaching Handyman Matters when the need arises. With skills assessments, background and reference checks, they do it all to make sure you will have a craftsman assigned to your project who has the skills to do your job right the first time. Since they do all work on a time + materials basis, you have the option to purchase your own materials if you like.  Whether you are a business owner or homeowner who is looking for quality work at a reasonable price, performed by experienced, courteous and trustworthy professionals, look no further than Handyman Matters of Western North Carolina.

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AssuredPartners, formerly Webb Insurance, has been a part of the Asheville commu-

the community. Deeply anchored in Western

nity for close to 100 years. As the fastest-growing independent insurance agency in the

North Carolina, the YMCA has been devel-

U.S, AssuredPartners offers clients localized solutions and support with the resources

oping lasting personal and social change in

of a national company. Offering property and casualty, employee benefits, and personal

the community for more than 125 years.

insurance, AssuredPartners also has many industry specialties that include writing insurance for breweries and restaurants, non-profits, as well as public entities.

» BEST LUXURY AUTOMOTIVE

Jaguar Land Rover Asheville 496 Cardinal Road, Mills River (888) 694-0581 | LandRoverAsheville.com Land Rover Asheville in Mills River is your pick for luxury vehicles. They have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying their customers' needs.

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» BEST JEWELER

Jewels That Dance 63 Haywood Street, Asheville 828.254.5088 | JewelsThatDance.com The first of its kind in downtown Asheville, Jewels That Dance opened in April 1983 as a tiny studio space and retail shop that exclusively sold

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jewelry by designer goldsmith Paula Dawkins. Paula soon welcomed

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a partner, Carol Schniedewind, and with Paula and Carol’s vision for

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growth and commitment to community, Jewels That Dance was soon established as an Asheville landmark with a name synonymous with

59 Haywood Street, Asheville

quality craftsmanship. Many locals consider Jewels That Dance to be

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their “neighborhood store” with a prestigious reputation and comfortable ambiance. While a lot has changed at Jewels That Dance over the past few decades, the heart and soul of the business has stayed the same.

vide the finest organic facial treatments featuring Eminence Organic Skincare, natural manicures and pedicures, rejuvenating body treatments and a wide array of therapeutic massage. Their experienced and talented staff members skillfully design and customize your sessions to address your specific needs. In addition to their many spa services, they offer a selection of retail spa products so you can continue your Sensibilities experience at home, including organic skin care, bath and body care and home fragrance. What’s good for our environment is good for you, so all of their products are environmentally friendly and free of harmful chemicals.

» BEST HAIR SALON ananda

22 Broadway, Asheville | 828.232.1017                 37 Payne’s Way, Asheville | 828.237.2444 | AnandaHair.com Ananda hair studio opened in 1995 to create a space in Asheville for artists to harness their strengths, to do great hair, and to give back to the community. It was important to them to be around other artists and to feed off all the creative energy in this region, so when the ananda family grew in April of 2013, they chose a spot in the heart

» BEST FINANCIAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT Parsec Financial

of the River Arts District for a second location—ananda west. For 22 years, it has been ananda’s mission to grow along with our vibrant community, through education-based styling with sustainable prod-

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financial decisions without ever forgetting the focus of their relationship: the client’s financial future. Their offerings include investment management and financial planning, business retirement plans, trust services and tax services. They've been a fee-only registered investment advisor since 1980. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, with offices in Charlotte, Southern Pines, Tryon and Winston-Salem, they serve clients across the nation. Parsec has a significant commitment to charitable giving and supports regional non-profits by dedicating a portion of revenues annually through the Parsec Prize grant program. 

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» BEST DOG CARE/GROOMING The Soapy Dog

270 Depot Street, Asheville 828.350.0333 | TheSoapyDog.com At The Soapy Dog, they offer overnight boarding, daycare, full service grooming and do-it-yourself dog washing.  As a small facility, one of the advantages of a lower-volume kennel is their ability to maximize their individualized interaction with each and every dog in their boarding and daycare programs. Play groups are kept small and are intentionally created to suit the diverse personalities of the four-legged friends. This also creates a low-stress environment where your furry family members can feel at home and allows their staff to truly bond with each and every creature they

» BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

Asheville Christian Academy 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa 828.581.2200 | AshevilleChristian.org ACA, the largest independent school in Western North Carolina, is a pri-

come in contact with. They also provide one-onone grooming services where the specific needs of each dog are met with a gentle hand and lots of patience. Whether the visitor is a new puppy coming in for the first time, a shelter dog with trust issues or a senior pup, all are warmly welcomed.  

vate Christian school serving over 700 students from preschool through 12th grade on a  53 acre  campus  and is accredited by the  Advanc-ED and the Association of Christian Schools International. Asheville Christian Academy, in committed partnership with Christian parents, provides a Gospel-centered education to shepherd and inspire Christ-oriented lives within a community of grace. The  upper school offers 13 AP classes, 40 honors courses, and  6 dual enrollment. A Winterim experience is also offered each year where students grade 9-12 may choose between a special course offering, an internship, or a trip. 100% of 2017 high school graduates went on to collegiate studies. 

» BEST RETIREMENT Givens Estates

2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville 828.274.4800 | GivensEstates.org Givens Estates is a Life Plan Community located on a spectacular 215 acre campus in South Asheville. The community features many amenities and conveniences such as five miles of hiking trails, a 2100-square-foot woodworking

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Animal Hospital of North Asheville 1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville

shop, gardens, art studios, flexible dining options, and so much more. Opportunities are abundant for residents to volunteer and focus on spending time doing the things they love.

828.253.3393 | AHNA.net Animal Hospital of North Asheville is a full service veterinary practice serving the dogs and cats of Asheville, Weaverville, Hendersonville, Black Mountain, and all of Western North Carolina since 1977. Using state-of-the-art diagnostics, they provide your pet with the highest quality affordable care while always using love and compassion as a guide. They emphasize wellness care, such as yearly exams and vaccines, along with medical and emergency care. The hospital provides surgical services, two veterinarians devoted entirely to dentistry, 24-hour nursing care for hospitalized patients, and is well-equipped with the latest in equipment and technology. They provide your pet with gentle, loving care using the Fear Free philosophy. Your dog, cat, puppy, or kitten will benefit from their expertise and you can rest easy knowing that your pet is receiving the best care available in WNC from a staff that is devoted to your pet’s well-being. 22

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Well-Bred Bakery & Café 26 North Main Street, Weaverville | 828.645.9300 6 Boston Way, Asheville | 828.774.5307 | WellBredBakery.com Well-Bred is an award-winning bakery and café enjoyed daily by locals and tourists alike. Founded in 2002, Well-Bred offers two locations: the original Weaverville store located 20 minutes north of Asheville, and South Asheville's Biltmore Village shopping location, just minutes from the historic Biltmore Estate. Both locations offer unexpected delights both sweet and savory. With luscious pastries, gourmet food, fabulous breakfast treats, plus locally roasted coffee, just making a decision is going to be your biggest problem! Vegan and gluten-free options are also available, so there's something everyone can enjoy.

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» BEST CASUAL DINING White Duck Taco

12 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville 1 Roberts Sreet #101, Asheville 828.232.9191 | WhiteDuckTacoShop.com Ben Mixson and Laura Reuss opened up in the White Duck taco shop in 2011 in the River Arts District. "White Duck" is Laura’s nickname that graces their business. She was called "La Pata Blanca," the white duck, by her coworkers for her excited, animated kitchen chatter and her blonde hair. The team launched their business based on the taco as the canvas for the palette of the world cuisines. Their tacos are both traditional and modern. Threads of authenticity invigorate their creative in-season approach to these

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tacos. Line up at the counter, read the chalkboard menu, place an order, and enjoy some of the best tacos Asheville delivers.

Highland Brewing Company 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200, Asheville 828.299.3370 | HighlandBrewing.com Asheville's oldest and largest brewery, Highland Brewing Company offers a variety of year-round, seasonal and small-batch brews, available at bars and stores across the country and in their South Asheville brewery and tasting room. For more, check out the editorial "Raising the Bar" on page 12. 

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CULINARY CREATIONS ARTICLE EMILY GLASER PHOTOGRAPHY EVAN ANDERSON AND TANJA KUIĆ

WITH GREAT CARE POSANA CONTINUES TO DEFINE ASHEVILLE'S CULINARY LANDSCAPE

“OPENING A RESTAURANT WAS NOT ON MY RADAR,” PETER POLLAY—OWNER OF DOWNTOWN’S UPSCALE, MODERN AMERICAN EATERY, POSANA—PAUSES AND SMILES. “IT WAS, HOWEVER, ON MARTHA’S.” THE YEAR WAS 2003, AND THE HUSBAND AND WIFE HAD JUST MOVED TO ASHEVILLE FROM L.A. In the midst of a busy career in hospitality, the Pollays discovered Asheville through a series of meditation retreats. “The community resonated with us, reflected

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our values and felt like home,” Peter remembers. It was impetus enough to move their family east to Asheville. The Pollays wanted to incorporate the stillness they’d

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fisheries, dairies and other local purveyors, and they even have their own West Asheville urban gardens.

found on those retreats into their daily lives, but as any-

Peter incorporated a few new values into his menu,

one who’s worked in hospitality knows, it’s a profession

too, specifically gluten-free recipes. “Another way Martha

that’s anything but still. Peter pursued real estate, but

inspired the creation of Posana has to do with her discov-

the career move left him unsatisfied. Martha knew the

ering in 2005 she has Celiac Disease. Much to Martha’s

perfect antidote: opening a restaurant.

surprise, I insisted that we keep gluten out of the restaurant,”

Since 2008, Posana has reflected the longstand-

Peter says. “I knew most traditional entrees, when prepared

ing culinary values of Peter. “Quality ingredients have

from scratch and employing classical culinary techniques,

always been a cornerstone of my culinary inspirations,”

are naturally gluten-free, unless processed additives, flavor-

he says, noting that he first began cooking with the

ings, and unnecessary thickeners are added.”

guidance of his mother in his childhood home, but it

Everything from pastries to pasta are gluten-free at

wasn't until college that he discovered his passion for

Posana, and they’re planning to continue to grow those

cooking. "Quality food is scarce when you’re in school,

programs in 2018. The Pollay’s Mandara Hospitality Group

so I started cooking and feeding my housemates. Good

will also expand this year to two additional restaurants in

food is a catalyst for so much more than feeding oneself,

Asheville, and they’ll serve as consultants on two spaces

it inspires connection on a whole new level.”

in Charlotte. Though change lies ahead, their dedication to

It’s that same dedication to quality ingredients and

good food remains a constant. “We set out to create an

preparation that marks Posana today. “Our menu has been

exceptionally delicious dining experience that feeds the

built on the ethos of Local, Seasonal and Sustainable,

well-being of our customers, our staff and the local farming

with a focus on quality sourcing and keeping things sim-

community,” Peter says. "We believe that food can be a

ple,” he notes. Today, Posana works with over 65 farms,

path to wellness when it’s prepared with great care.”

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PAN SEARED BLACK BASS WITH SQUID INK BUCATINI, BEET-BALSAMIC PAINT, GOAT CHEESE AND PISTACHIO BLACK BASS 4 each, 6 oz black bass fillet, skin on 2 oz olive oil salt and pepper Heat pan on high until very hot. Add oil. Gently put fish in pan, skin side down. Use a metal spatula and push down on fish to flatten. Remove spatula after one minute. Turn heat to medium. Cook until skin turns golden brown. Place pan in 375° oven to finish cooking, about 3-5 minutes. Remove pan from oven. With metal spatula, turn fish onto flesh side for moment, then plate. BEET-BALSAMIC PAINT 2 large red beets, peeled, diced 2 shallots, chopped 4 oz balsamic vinegar 1 T olive oil Peel and dice beets. Rough chop shallots. Sweat shallots in a small pot with oil while stirring, 3-5 minutes. Add beets. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add balsamic vinegar and enough water to cover beets by 2 inches. Simmer until beets are tender. Strain beets and reserve the liquid. Place beets in a blender. Blend and slowly add reserved liquid to the proper consistency. Reserve paint. PASTA SAUCE 8 oz goat cheese 6 T extra virgin olive oil ½ c pistachios, roasted, unsalted salt and pepper In a cold pan, add oil, goat cheese and pistachio. Place pan on medium heat for a moment. Cook your bucatini according to manufacturer’s directions. When pasta is al dente, place in pan and toss thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Brush a stroke of the beet-balsamic paint onto the four plates at an angle. Twirl pasta on carving fork and lay flat on the plate, at an angle to the paint. Lean the black bass against the pasta twirl. Garnish with more pistachios.

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ROAD TRIP ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY EVAN ANDERSON

THE VAN LIFE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER, EVAN ANDERSON, TOOK TO THE ROAD IN HIS VAN LAST SUMMER, SPENDING MONTHS ROAMING THE COUNTRY WITH HIS PARTNER, ABBY, AND THEIR TWO DOGS. He shares some of his favorite images from his epic adventure.

01 | YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA 01

We rolled into the park  at sunrise. The light cut  through mist and immense, jagged granite formations into the valley. That's when I realized what all the hype was about; I was half expecting to see a group of dinosaurs  grazing in the fields. We never found those dinosaurs, but we did have a dangerously close encounter with a bobcat. We found a gorgeous swimming hole along a river, tucked away from the crowds. This image was taken after returning from that swimming hole. 

02 | SAN FRANSISCO, CALIFORNIA My partner, Abby, and I parted ways in San Fransisco so that she could visit a friend by train. With the two pups, I spent the day  exploring the architectural  and natural beauty of San Fransisco. This image was actually taken from on top of my

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van, parked in the very place that I slept those few nights. To the left was the city, and to the right was the Golden Gate Bridge. At night, the lights from the bridge and city lit up the night sky.

03 | NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST This secret little gem was found off Highway 1 north of San Fransisco. We had the entire place to ourselves, and it was hands down one of the  most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been on. This was taken

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from the top of a lonely rock formation on the beach that we climbed up to watch the sunset. Everything was golden: the sand, the cliffs, the sunset, even the water seemed to glow. Now I know why it’s  called the "Golden Coast."

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04 04 | HUMBOLT, CALIFORNIA This was a private bay we found on a hike along the coast of Northern California. The way the mist laid so gently on the dark water. The rocks behind me were covered in this lime green moss. I love the simplicity of this image, the unknown. The vulnerability in her pose also strikes me. I’m a sucker for mist.

05 | GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO 05

As you’re driving along, astounded by the Rocky Mountains, you start to see the desert up against the mountains. The closer you get, the larger this “little” desert  grows. There were people going straight to the top of the dunes, where the view spanned for miles, but we broke off the route to explore these gorgeous folds of untouched sand. The sun was hot and the wind wicked. I think this was the dog’s favorite place, though. They ran wild.

06 | SALIDA, COLORADO This was taken from our campsite, somewhere on a mountain overlooking the town of Salida. The town reminded me a lot of Asheville.

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We checked out a little blues festival and then headed to this camp spot. The sunset was epic; a storm had just rolled through, and there were black clouds over all the whispy, white ones. The jagged shape of the mountain tops cut the light into beams. That night the coyotes came. At first the howls were pretty far, but they kept getting closer and closer. We rushed the dogs into the van and jumped in ourselves.

07 | ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH We drove through Zion for sunset with plans to come back the next day to really explore the park. We woke up the next morning and a wildfire had blown so much smoke into the Park that you couldn’t see 100

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yards in front of you, and breathing was tricky. The little time we did spend in the park was incredible. The winding roads through the mountains to get to this low spot were nothing short of mind-blowing.

08 | OUTSIDE ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH This is where we stayed after we visited Zion. I love the tones and texture in  this image—the reds, oranges,and yellows (and yes, Goldie back there as well). You can see Abby getting some food ready in the van. The  layers in these formations still blow my mind. The time and natural events that took place to create those layers, now revealed in the

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most beautiful way. As the sun dipped below on the other side, those red canyons turned purple, and the field a vibrant gold. EvanAndersonPhotography.com | @evan.anderson

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1 - 16 ORCHID TALKS IN THE CONSERVATORY

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en Keil Brown, Lynn Bregman-Blass,

Biltmore’s large collection of orchids

Julie Miles, Jennifer Kincaid, Leene

in the Conservatory is the subject

Hermann, Ralph Burns, Viola Spells,

of Biltmore’s free Orchid Talks. Bilt-

William Price, Christi Calaycay and Pat

more’s on-site orchid experts offer

Phillips, and will run through March

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movements with the arms and hands.

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The Brothers Reed are a sibling acoustic

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and Crafts Conference, Grovewood

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Gallery in Asheville will be hosting

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ARTICLE EMILY GLASER

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON'S HOT ASHEVILLE'S GROWTH IS ESTIMABLE—AND IT'S JUST HEATING UP

WE HEAR APPROXIMATE ESTIMATES ALL THE TIME OF ASHEVILLE'S GROWTH, INESTIMABLE DEFINITIONS FULL OF VAGUE MODIFIERS LIKE "DOUBLE" AND "TIMES." We all know Asheville's growing—anyone who's been here more than a few months can attest to the expanding crowds of pedestrians on Broadway and bellying up to our beer bars—but how? What do those numbers actually look like in 2018? We tapped the Chamber of Commerce to share the stats, facts and figures on Asheville's latest growth. The numbers aren't necessarily surprising, but they are steady, and projections (spurred by nods by "best of" city lists around the world) predict it's only the beginning. + Asheville Metro (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison Counties) Population in 2017: 456,420. » The highest percentage population? Folks 65 to 69; there are 33,084 of people in that age group in the area.  » Another powerhouse pop'? Millennials. Estimates put the number at 80,033 "millennials," aged 20-34, in the Asheville Metro area.  + Asheville is way below the national average on both violent crime and property crime.  + In 2012, the region offered 167,794 jobs. In 2017? 186,003. That's a growth of more than 18,000 jobs in just 5 years. » The largest employment sector in the Asheville area is Health Care and Social Assistance, employing 33,027 locals. » That sector also added the most jobs over the last five years, growing by 4,577 or 16%.  + Small biz is big in Asheville: 96% of establishments in the Asheville Metro have fewer than 50 employees. + In 2015, the median household income was estimated at $44,826. That's projected to grow to over $50,000 this year.  + Asheville's cost of living is below the national average.  + Asheville's growth is literal, too. Construction sector jobs in the Asheville area rose 14% from 2013-2015 for notable projects like the Mission Hospital tower and A-B Technical Community College's Ferguson Center.

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