Jacqui Castle

Freelance Journalist, Writer, Editor

Jacqui is a full service freelance journalist based out of Asheville, NC, who brings over nine years of experience producing high-quality copy to the table. She has been published in a variety of publications, both regional and national, and is a regular contributor to the Mountain Xpress. Jacqui offers a wide range of services at competitive rates. Journalistic inclinations include food, social justice, gardening, environmentalism, and human interest stories. Other interests abound and clients are invited to ask away!

For project inquiries, contact [email protected]

Portfolio

Keeping it real: Asheville restaurants commit to food transparency
"It's fairly easy to make food taste good with white flour, white sugar and cheap oil, and that's a lot of what's going on in the world - and actually our town. So, we put the...
Nurses in Mission's NICU go above and beyond
In Mission's NICU, the youngest patients in the hospital system and their parents receive extraordinary levels of care and support that help these babies through their roughest...
The Walls are Closing In
Decades after The Seclusion, during which America constructed massive border walls and sealed itself off from the outside world, thirty-one year old Patricia Evans lives within...

Food & Drink

Ashevilleans jump off the sugar train
Laura Marion, an Asheville resident and local acupuncturist, recently embarked on a sugar-free diet. She reports experiencing such benefits as a boost to mood and energy levels,...
Cultivating a subculture: Asheville's bubbling craft ferments industry
Creating a subculture around symbiotic cultures? That's precisely what is happening in Western North Carolina's fast-growing fermented food and beverage industries. Cultivating...
Asheville restaurants support Planned Parenthood with Chow for Choice
Seven area restaurants will support women's health organization Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, May 16, through the third annual Chow for Choice initiative. That day, each...
Asheville Food Truck Showdown throws down at WNC Ag Center
"I'm a big fan of food and what food trucks can do in such a confined space and area. The fact that they can put out this high-level, quality food really impresses me," says...
Farm & Fork Dinner supports sustainable agriculture in downtown Black Mountain
Local farmers and chefs will gather on the streets of downtown Black Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 17, to serve 100 ticket holders a six-course, open-air dinner right on Sutton...
Asheville food and farm tours can brighten fall and winter days
As the sunny days of early autumn transition to a crisp November chill, many local tour companies, farms and restaurateurs have wrapped up their outdoor offerings, shifting...

Travel & Tourism

Winding Trails, Wildlife and Waterfalls | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site
Family-Friendly Fun at Chimney Rock State Park The scenery at Chimney Rock State Park possesses a
Eyes to the Sky: A Fall Experience to Remember | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site
Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves...
Dancing the Night Away | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site
You can dance if you want to, and finding a location for releasing your inner performer will be a breeze when visiting the vibrant and eclectic city of Asheville.

Wellness

Asheville dietitians see pros and cons to the ketogenic diet
The high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet has been steadily gaining in popularity both locally and nationally as a weight-loss strategy as well as a way to...
Oasis: Mobile ceremonies bring tea to the people
"A lot of tourism and a lot of community around Asheville is based around drinking beer. How do we build a community around another beverage that has innate healing qualities?"...
Spa Experiences with an Asheville Twist | Asheville, NC's Official Travel Site
When on vacation many of us crave experiencing something out of the ordinary - an activity that stands apart from the monotony of everyday life. Well, prepare to be beguiled -...

Book Reviews

Troy & Sons owner releases memoir, Pure Heart
"Traditional Scotch-Irish Appalachian moonshine had a history that dated back long before Prohibition, and it was one of the best hard liquors the world had ever known. And...
The Apocalypse Book Club: May Selection - 'The Sirens of Titan'
The Apocalypse Blog Book Club picks a different dystopian-themed novel to read each month and has an online discussion, as well as an in-person meeting in Milwaukee. Different...
Local author releases how-to book on adopting a vegan lifestyle
Western North Carolina blogger and author Aisha Adams has penned a new resource for the vegan and health arenas. Vegan Curious: Answers, Recipes, and Activities to Help You...

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