Small Bites

Artisan Catering And Deli: The deli end of the Artisan operation has expanded its menu, hours and seating capacity with a recent move across Merrimon Avenue.

Photo by Jonathan Welch

According to a press release, the relocation to The Shoppes at Beaver Lake will allow the four-year old north Asheville deli to "provide customers more of what they've come to expect."

"I take great pride in our ability to provide our customers with the best service possible," the release quotes owner Mauricio Villa as saying.

In addition to its deli lunches, Artisan now offers Saturday breakfast, fair-trade coffee, beer and wine.

Artisan is open Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, call 225-2777.

The Blackbird: Early blackbirds get the free food at Black Mountain's newest high-style eatery, which is rolling out a pair of early winter specials. From 2:30-5:30 p.m., the restaurant is now serving a selection of complimentary bar snacks, including shoestring fries and chicken wings. And before the happy hour ends, the blue-plate special begins: From 4:30-6 p.m., $8 buys a protein, starch and vegetable. Two protein options are offered each day.

The Blackbird is located at 10 E. Market St. in Cheshire Village. To learn more, call 669-5556.

Iannucci's Pizzeria &Amp; Italian Restaurant: A south Asheville Italian restaurant is opening a second location in Hendersonville, a decision the owner attributed to having "more mouths to feed."

"My wife and I have been living in Hendersonville for the last three years," John Iannucci told the Hendersonville Times-News last month. "We just liked the community and we said we wanted to be here."

Iannucci's father opened the first incarnation of the family restaurant at Innsbruck Mall in 1978; the restaurant's been on Hendersonville Road since 1988. According to the Times-News report, the new restaurant, at 1508 Asheville Highway, will have the same menu and décor as the Asheville location.

The Hendersonville Iannucci's is scheduled to open later this month. To learn more, call 684-5050.

Marco's Trattoria: The Italian-leaning Marco's Trattoria in Brevard, which plans to celebrate its first anniversary next month, is hosting a Mediterranean wine dinner on Sunday, Jan. 18, in collaboration with Asheville's Weinhaus. According to a press release, the five-course meal will feature chef/owner Mark Dambax's "delicious and innovative cuisine," which, on a typical night, includes wood-fired pizzas, venison osso bucco and roasted duck confit risotto. Tickets to the dinner are $60; for reservations, call 254-6453.

Terra Summer Cooking Class: Young gourmands who'd presumably snub any items identified as "kids' food" are apparently more accepting of ooey-gooey dishes labeled "comfort food," the theme for Terra Summer's second parent-child cooking class. The environmentalist summer camp has tapped Mark Rosenstein and Barbara Swell to lead the Friday, Jan. 16, class, which runs from 2-5 p.m. The fee is $35 for each parent-child pair. Children must be aged 10-14, and the class is limited to 20 children. To register, call 782-7842.

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