Small Bites

Spring is (supposedly) in the air, and that means a fresh start for many area eateries with menus that capture the spirit of the season:

Cafe on the Square in downtown Asheville has new hours and menus. The new lunch menu features light bites and small plates, as well as full-sized entrees. Prices are kept low, with no one option surpassing $11. Dinner includes new appetizers, such as a summer vegetable bruschetta, and entrees such as the orange- and herb-seared lamb chops with ginger and cherry demi-glace. The new hours are: Lunch, Mon-Thu, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; brunch, Sun, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; and dinner, Sun-Thu, 5-9 p.m. and Fri-Sat, 5-10 p.m. Call 251-5565.

The Grovewood Cafe at the Grove Park Inn has new brunch, lunch and dinner menus for the spring. Dinner items include Italian bread salad with goat cheese and hearts of palm, local trout with snap peas and tomato relish, and a fresh vegetable plate featuring the bounty of the season. Outdoor seating is also available. Call 258-8956.

Chocoholics will be pleased to note that they can soon put their addiction to good use — on Saturday, June 3, the Grove Arcade in Asheville will host the 2nd Annual Chocolate Festival. The event will feature chocolate in myriad forms — truffles, martinis, you name it — and will benefit the Buncombe County Medical Society Foundation’s Project Access. Total pleasure, zero guilt! The festival takes place from 1 to 7 p.m., and will highlight regional vendors. For more information, or to apply for a vendor spot, call the BCMSF at 274-2267.

— Mackensy Lunsford


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