Small Bites

Chef Michael’s Bistro: Chef Michael’s Catering, a popular local food and beverage provider, has new digs. The company, formerly based at the High Vista Country Club, recently set up shop at the Holiday Inn Biltmore East at 1450 Tunnel Road. And not only will they continue their catering operation, they’re taking on a new role as proprietors of Chef Michael’s Bistro, a restaurant at the hotel. Michael McKnight, the company’s founder and chef, serves his “classically eclectic” dinner menu Monday through Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information about the restaurant or the company’s catering services, contact Judy McKnight at 654-0669.

Through the grapevine: The Wine Guy, an independently owned Asheville wine shop with locations on both Merrimon Avenue and Hendersonville Road, stocks wines from around the world, often focusing on smaller producers and lesser-known varietals. The shop offers several tastings a month, generally at the 555 Merrimon Ave. location. The tastings include hors d’oeuvres, which are sometimes prepared in collaboration with local restaurants. April’s tastings, the first of which is on Thursday, April 7, will feature Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, “Other Whites” and “New Arrivals.” Reservations are required for most events. Visit for more information, or call 254-6500.

Bowl-ing for art: The UNCA Art Department is gearing up for its annual, innovative fundraiser, the “Soup and Salad Bowl Sale.” At the event, the public is invited to purchase handmade ceramic bowls and mugs — and then fill them up with soup and salad prepared by students and faculty members. Proceeds will go toward sending art students to the National Conference for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. The fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in UNCA’s Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall. For more information, contact the Art Department at 251-6559.


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