As the landscape sprouts, it makes seasonal sense to eat green, leafy things. That’s why the Earth Fare in West Asheville is celebrating spring with an all-vegan beer dinner next Thursday, April 24. The menu, prepared by vegan chef Gail Doherty, will feature Asian-esque dishes made with local, organic foodstuffs. A portion of the $25 ticket price will be directed to NC GreenPower, a statewide renewable-energy initiative. Tickets are available at the market in the Westgate Shopping Center.
How long does it take to make 100 jars of jam? According to John Rushing, who’s leading a class for Blue Ridge Food Ventures on the art of large-scale preserve-making, two hours should do the trick. To learn his methods—and find out how to upsize your recipes, use pectin for low-sugar preserves and check the pH of your mixture—join his daylong workshop on Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m. Registration is $10. To sign up for the workshop, send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although their press release suggests that “every day is Earth Day” at Green Sage Coffeehouse and Café, the new eco-friendly eatery couldn’t let the holiday pass without special attention. On Tuesday, April 22, customers toting their own mugs will qualify for a free fill of Fair Trade coffee or tea. And if you inadvertently leave your mug at home, Green Sage will sell you one of their signature cups for just $6—with the first beverage on the house. Green Sage is located at 5 Broadway in downtown Asheville; call 252-4450 for more information.