Avant-Garde Tapas in the Smoky Mountains

Food & Wine: Crackersnacks
Crackersnacks Photo © Chris Chen
By Kate Krader Posted July 28, 2014

Katie Button's story would 
make an excellent movie. Once 
a promising neuroscience 
PhD candidate, she parlayed a 
waitressing job at José Andrés’s Café Atlántico in Washington, DC, 
into a pastry internship at the famed 
El Bulli in Spain—then transformed that into a budding restaurant empire in Asheville, North Carolina. Her tapas bar Cúrate brilliantly tweaks classic dishes (a ribbon of the airiest mayonnaise accompanies white asparagus). Her new place 
is Nightbell, a dressed-up bar with terrific desserts and snacks. There, she channels her El Bulli mentor, Albert Adrià, creating snacks like spiced caramel corn and drinks like 
a root beer float with a snowball of shaved ice, house-made root beer syrup and vanilla-infused bourbon. It’s Barcelona meets the South. Nightbell, 32 S. Lexington Ave.; thenightbell.com.


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