Summer starter: Earth Fare at the Westgate Shopping Center will dish out the dogs in a pre-summertime grilling celebration. The health-food market will offer free samples of Wellshire Farms beef and Applegate Farms chicken hot dogs. Wash down your dogs with some cold organic lemonade, enjoy homemade desserts, and kick off your Memorial Day weekend right by listening to the bluegrass sounds of Sherri Lynn and Mountain Friends. The three-hour event starts at 5 p.m., Friday, May 27. For more info, call (828) 253-7656 or visit www.earthfare.com.
Mayfel’s late-night: If you find your stomach growling in the wee hours of the weekend, don’t despair: Mayfel’s, the downtown eatery at 22 College St., is branching into the nightlife. Last week, the restaurant launched “Mayfel’s After Hours,” with new hours and a new space. On Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., they’re serving food and a full bar, both in the indoor dining room and a cozy patio out back. Soon, Mayfel’s plans to add live music as well, according to night manager Ed Cawley. For more information, call (828) 252-8840.
Fig fare: Looking for a fresh alternative for spring/summer dining? If so, you might want to visit Fig, a new-ish restaurant at 18 Brook St. in Biltmore Village that is rolling out new menu items on a weekly basis. “We take what is in season and feature it at the height of the season,” says chef Bill Klein. Asparagus is on its way out the next couple weeks, he says, but he’s “anxiously awaiting tomatoes and beets.” Wild salmon and lamb leg dishes are in the offing, too. And for Sunday brunchers, Fig recently added a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar — just the right libation for sunning in the restaurant’s outdoor area. For more information, call Fig at (828) 277-0889.