Small Bites

This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to treat mama right. Earth Fare in Asheville is holding a benefit brunch for all the civic-minded moms out there. Ten percent of the proceeds from the meal, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Sunday, May 14, will go the Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, call 253-7656.

The Lobster Trap in downtown Asheville has a new spring menu featuring items such as lobster tail stuffed with crab and topped with dill sauce or grilled salmon topped with mango salsa and avocado relish. For more information, call 350-0505 or visit

Bistro 1896 in Pack Square has also introduced a season-appropriate menu, featuring new appetizers including a duck salad with avocados and mango and a lime sorbet with avocado and tequila. Call 251-1300 for more information.

Mela, the Indian restaurant located on Lexington Avenue in Asheville, now offers dosas and idilis for lunch. The dishes are naturally low-fat, wheat-free and vegan, and are prepared on a newly installed grill dedicated solely to vegans. For more information, call 225-8880.

The Marketplace Restaurant on Wall Street in downtown Asheville has introduced “A Little Bit Later” — a chance for a special outing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. The event offers diners the opportunity to “graze” lighter fare, try new appetizer and dessert options and drink from half-price bottles of wine. For more information, call 252-4162, or visit


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