Local limelight with Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen
Award-winning Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen, owner of Beasley's Chicken + Honey; Death and Taxes; and Poole's, chatted with Axios for our recurring series "Local Limelight."
🦪 Favorite Triangle restaurant: St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar
📨First thing she reads in the morning: Email, then she pops on Instagram to see what people are cooking.
- Christensen tries to make a "soft entrance into the day" by not reading too much news, but she listens to NPR when she gets in her car.
📖 Currently reading: "Broken Horses: A Memoir," by Brandi Carlile
🚙Favorite long-weekend spot: Anywhere on the coast.
⛱Favorite beach: Wrightsville
🐶 Family pets: Pitbull lab mix named Billie, blue heeler mix named Riley. "They make life very joyous," she said.
🐺How she ended up in Raleigh: Moved here one day after her 18th birthday, with a full scholarship to N.C. State.
🎓 What she's looking forward to: Getting back into international travel.
🍳 How she unplugs: Surprise! It’s cooking, especially with in-season foods.
- "Just putting on music and cooking just to cook," Christensen said. "And then you know, happening upon combinations or recipes that end up being something that becomes sort of a staple, or become something that you look forward to making at home or in the restaurant."
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