• The Pros and Cons of Blog Book Tours

    June 6, 2012

    (article linked on P.M.Terrell and Book ‘Em NC websites) Our guest today is David Pereda, the award-winning author of six novels, dozens of articles and poems. His latest romantic suspense novel, However Long the Night, published by Eternal Press in February 2012, continues to receive rave reviews. Visit for additional information on this up-and-coming author! With the proliferation of ... Continue Reading
  • Are Minor Literary Awards Worth It?

    June 2, 2012

    Published June 2012 in Author’s Voice A publication of the South Florida Writers’ Association With the advent of digital technologies like the Kindle and the Nook, which have fueled an exponential growth in electronic publishing, there has also been a mushrooming in organizations handing out literary awards. We all know the impact a major award like the ... Continue Reading
  • Urban Garden — Pride and Possibility

    June 1, 2009

    Laurel of Asheville — Jun 1, 2009 Bob White extended a hand the size of a baseball glove toward me, fingers cupped around a leafy vegetable he had just snatched from the ground. “What do you think this is, man?” he said. I inspected the green leaves and took my best shot. “Collard greens?” “Wrong, man.” Bob’s lips stretched ... Continue Reading
  • Are You in AWE Yet?

    May 1, 2008

    Laurel magazine — May 1, 2008 — After its successful inaugural meeting in April, the Asheville Writing Enthusiasts (AWE) will resume monthly meetings on Saturday May 3, 2008, in the Board Room at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker this time will be David Pereda, director of AWE, ... Continue Reading
  • Exceptional Pairings with Premium Beer

    December 1, 2007

    It is hardly surprising that beer is the drink of choice in many countries around the world. The question we asked ourselves is: Can beer, like wine, be paired successfully with dinner dishes and desserts? To help us answer that question, we invited Chris Russell, a third generation brewer and district sales manager of Yuengling Brewery ... Continue Reading
  • A Tuscan Afternoon

    September 1, 2007

    This month we invited Chef Anthony Cerrato, owner of the popular Fiore’s Restarant in Asheville, N.C. and Jayson Landers, his wine steward, to be our guests for this column. Chef Cerrato is a grduate of the Asheville-Buncombe County Culinary School. Mr. Landers developed his outstanding wine skills during more than a decade of first-hand experience. Chef ... Continue Reading
  • Country Bistro

    August 1, 2007

    Photos by Mariate Echeverry This month we invited Chef Ferris Camp to be our guest for this column. Chef Camp studied at the New England Culinary Institute and honed his remarkable sommelier skills as apprentice to two well-known wine masters, Mark David and Roland Zachalius. Until recently, he was owner of the popular Gazelle Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. Chef ... Continue Reading
  • Wine Musings from Margarita

    May 1, 2007

    I have selected four outstanding red wines for you, sure to please the most discriminating wine taste buds. Three of the wines come from the increasingly popular region of Ribera del Duero in Spain, which for years now has been producing some of the world’s finest wines with 100 percent Tempianillo grapes. The fourth wine ... Continue Reading
  • Bogota, Falling for Wine

    April 1, 2007

    In tune with our current Pasajero issue highlighting Columbia, we decided to explore what wines Columbians like to drink. In order to do that, we invited Dario Parra, owner of the well-known establishment in Bogota, La Casa del Vino, to be our guest for this column. Is Colombia a strong wine market? Columbia has been a rapidly growing wine market during the ... Continue Reading
  • The Laurel of Asheville – An Artistic Rebirth

    November 1, 2006

    It’s no wonder that the River Arts District follows the meanderings of the French Broad River. One of the few rivers in the world that runs north instead of south, it provides a natural testament to the visionaries who decades earlier went against the established flow and became legends through Black Mountain College. And though ... Continue Reading