Mackensy Lunsford, USA TODAY

Mackensy Lunsford


Asheville, NC, United States

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Past articles by Mackensy:

What do grocery ‘best by’ labels really mean?

Across the U.S., different date labels cause confusion about when to toss out food, contributing to staggering waste. → Read More

The best burgers you'll ever eat: How to make cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burgers

Smashburgers. Thick burgers. Bacon burgers. The variations are endless. But you can't beat a Juicy Lucy burger for its messy, delightful simplicity. → Read More

Grilled pizza is better than oven-baked pizza. Here's how to make it at home

Almost nothing handles the job of making pizza at home as perfectly as a grill-safe pizza stone blasted on the surface of your grill. → Read More

An iconic Nashville flavor: Look inside Goo Goo Chocolate Co.'s immersive new $2M facility

The gleaming but nostalgic facility of the century-old brand now boasts a milkshake bar, a custom candy line and chocolate making classes. → Read More

Asheville 'best destination in the world for beer-lovers to visit,' says online service

A strong concentration of pubs, breweries and bars helped Asheville push past destinations like Dublin and Berlin → Read More

Smoky Park Supper Club becomes member-based, allowing only locals and their guests to dine

Starting July 8, you'll need to be a local, or know someone who is, to dine at Smoky Park Supper Club → Read More

Don't forget to tune in to watch Gordon Ramsay's Western North Carolina romp this weekend

In the episode, Ramsay visits Hickory Nut Gap and enters into a cookoff with The Market Place chef William Dissen → Read More

5 over-the-top ice cream treats you can enjoy in Asheville this weekend

The unofficial start to summer is here and, for many, that means ice cream. Fortunately, Asheville has plenty of options beyond the plain vanilla. → Read More

Memorial Day weekend weather: What's in store for your cookouts and pool celebrations

After a period of warmer-than-usual weather comes some good news: the Western North Carolina mountains are looking at an approaching cooldown. → Read More

Asheville food news: Updates on Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse; Baby Bull opens

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse is getting ready to open in summer, and is hiring for most positions. Meanwhile, a new burger restaurant is open in the RAD → Read More

Colonial Pipeline: As experts tell consumers not to panic, overbuying spurs gas shortages

After the operator of one of the nation's largest fuel pipelines endured a ransomware attack May 7, people are stocking up, causing supply issues → Read More

Brew news: New Belgium makes intentionally bad beer, Archetype Broadway turns 2, more

Plus, a local cidery hosts cheese-making classes in the open air as part of its mission to support local cheese makers. → Read More

Can't find fresh blueberries in the grocery store? You're not alone, and here's why

The pandemic has created a number of blips in the food chain. Meat plant bottlenecks have spurred sporadic beef shortages and pricey chicken wings. → Read More

Dining Out For Life returns this week, goes inside. Here's how to participate.

Make your plans to eat out or dine in for a good cause. Dining Out For Life returns April 29, reimagined for the second year as Dine IN For Life. → Read More

Asheville Spring Herb Festival returns for the first time since COVID-19 cancellation

The Asheville Spring Herb Festival, held the first weekend in May since 1990, returns for its 31st year after going dark for 2020. → Read More

Thirsty Monk's Holy Water Hard Seltzer Brewpub & Sushi brings low-carb sushi to Asheville

The new concept from Thirsty Monk's Barry Bialik will highlight low-carb sushi made with cauliflower rice, plus house-brewed hard seltzer → Read More

South Slope's Burial Beer plans expansion with wine bar, rooftop deck, and more

Burial Beer Co. continues to invest in its South Slope home. Expansion plans will showcase the brewery's wine label, add a rooftop bar and more → Read More

Severe weather ahead for areas south of Asheville; Asheville to see mainly thunderstorms

Western North Carolina will see less instability than the rest of the state, though the risk for a tornado in the westernmost region is 'not zero. → Read More

AIR and Mission vaccinate 300 workers from 39 restaurants, speeding reopening for one

Mission Hospital vaccinated 300 local restaurant workers with the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine → Read More

Asheville beer news: What's a crowler, why do I want one, where can I get it?

A portmanteau of can and growler, a crowler is a 32-ounce aluminum vessel that can be filled and sealed with a single compact machine behind the bar. → Read More