REWARDS OF MOTHERHOOD: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate is one of several Asheville restaurants offering special meals for Mother's Day. Deerpark will offer a Mother's Day brunch buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day.

Small Bites: What to do for Mother’s Day

Asheville moms are a diverse bunch, but it’s likely most would agree that a whole day dedicated to honoring and pampering them is an OK thing. For many, that might mean being treated to brunch, lunch or dinner at a local eatery. But Asheville is the current holder of the Travel + Leisure magazine title of America’s No. 1 Quirkiest Town, so for others it could translate to something completely different.

READY FOR BUSINESS: Asheville's first Publix supermarket opens Wednesday, April 29, on Hendersonville Road.

In photos: A sneak peek at the new Publix supermarke­t

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, Florida-based supermarket chain Publix will open its 1,101st store — and first Asheville location — at 1830 Hendersonville Road. During a media preview of the 50,000-square-foot store on Tuesday, some of the store’s approximately 150 employees offered guided tours of the facility’s departments and samples of its products.

Photo from Chai Pani Facebook page

Chai Pani to donate percentage of sales to Nepal earthquake relief, April 28

In response to the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, downtown restaurant Chai Pani will donate 10 percent of lunch and dinner sales on Tuesday, April 28, to benefit ongoing rescue and aid operations in the affected area. The restaurant invites other service-industry businesses to join the effort. Following is a press release from Chai Pain: TUESDAY, […]

CONTROVERSIAL CONTENTS: Because the sale of unpasteurized milk is illegal in North Carolina, Marshall farmers Kate and Kevin Lane sell raw milk from their Jersey cows under a state-approved label that marks it as pet food. The farm expects to be distributing about 100 gallons of their milk per week to customers in the Asheville area this summer.

Raw deal? Asheville’s taste for unpasteuri­zed milk

Raw milk comes straight from the cow — it hasn’t been pasteurized (heated to high temperatures for specific lengths of time to kill potentially harmful pathogens). Though both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn against unpasteurized dairy products in no uncertain terms, the product remains in high demand.

The Market Place to host ramps dinner benefiting Appalachian Food Summit

William Dissen, chef and owner of The Market Place restaurant on Wall Street, will collaborate with Travis Milton, chef of the Richmond, Va., Southern eatery Comfort to present a dinner benefiting the Appalachian Food Summit on Wednesday, April 15. The five-course, Appalachian-themed dinner will feature a menu highlighting both fermented and preserved foods as well […]

Plant to offer vegan cooking classes

Asheville vegan restaurant Plant recently made The Culture Trip’s list of the 10 Best Vegan Restaurants in the USA, joining famed meat-free eateries such as New York City’s Candle 79 and San Francisco’s legendary Millennium. “Far from the big cities of its trendy cousins, Plant in Asheville, NC is rewriting all of the rules. From this small town, big ideas […]