Celebrity waiters: CarePartners Mountain Area Hospice is holding its annual fundraising gala this Thursday, April 21, at Crest Pavilion. It’s a most special occasion — the organization’s silver anniversary — and to celebrate, the organizers are pulling out all the stops. For $100, guests will be feted with an evening of fine food and dancing, and enjoy the priceless pleasure of being served by a host of local celebrities — sports stars, politicians, media personalities and other notables — who have agreed to serve as waiters. For more information or to make reservations, contact the CarePartners Foundation at (828) 277-4815.
Through the grapevine: The Left Bank, located at 90 Patton Ave. in downtown Asheville, will host a wine-tasting dinner on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Chef Jesse Kishbech and chef/owner Joseph LaMarca will prepare a five-course menu featuring such items as diver scallops, duck confit with wild mushroom tartlet, and braised rabbit fricassee. Each course will be paired with an exclusive Burgundy wine selected by Steve Pignatiello of P. Comms International wine distributor. For more information or to make reservations, call the restaurant at (828) 251-5552.
“Wining” for charity: The Haywood Park Hotel will host a “Wine 101″ seminar with Chef Vijay Shastri (of Flying Frog fame) on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The event, which will showcase wines from around the world and provide instruction on the finer points of tasting and describing wine, is the kick-off event for Haywood Park Marketing Director Lauri Nichols’ campaign to become the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2005 Woman of the Year. The title is granted to the woman who raises the most money for the cancer research group. Attendees of the wine event will be asked for a $40 charitable donation, all of which will go to the Society. For more information, call Nichols at (828) 776-2697.