WINE AND DINE: After a health scare shifted their priorities in life, Katrina and Daniel O'Donell completely revamped their just-opened fast-casual restaurant, Arancini, into a wine bar with Italian-inspired small plates. The warm, low-lit ambiance complements the couple's new mission to host stress-less bonding opportunities among friends, they say.

Small bites: Arancini transforms into a wine bar

Shortly after opening, West Asheville newcomer Arancini morphed from a fast-casual Italian eatery to a wine bar; Fifth Season Gardening Co.’s event schedule now includes Friday evening beer samplings plus monthly fundraisers for local nonprofits; Living Web Farms’ Patryk Battle teaches gardeners to increase tomato yields through grafting; and Isa’s Bistro offers a beer dinner and weekly discounted wines.

FOOD CHAIN: When writing a memoir, “You can’t see the connections [between events in your life] until you’re reflecting on them retrospectively,” says musician and author Freda Love Smith. “The lines in my book are drawn by food and recipes. That’s the thing that connects the dots.”

Rock drummer Freda Love Smith pens a memoir with recipes

When Smith’s eldest son, Jonah, was in his last year of high school, she decided to give him a series of cooking lessons so he’d be self-sufficient when he left home. Those tutorials sparked the idea for a memoir that deftly stitches together family life, stories from her stints as the drummer in The Blake Babies, Antenna and The Mysteries of Life, and personal food-related memories.