Eliada Home Trout Rodeo: As if eating locally grown food wasn’t already virtuous enough, Eliada Homes is adding a charitable twist: The venerable Western North Carolina nonprofit, which serves high-risk children, is hosting its third annual trout rodeo. On Sunday, June 21, children from Eliada Homes will gather at Sunburst Trout Farm in Canton to capture as many trout as they can. The catch will then be divvied up among participating Asheville restaurants, which will feature the fish in special dishes and donate half of the proceeds from their sale to Eliada Homes. To eat trout in support of Eliada, visit The Lobster Trap, Ed Boudreaux’s, Bouchon, Tupelo Honey Café, Corner Kitchen, Curras Dom or Frankie Bones between June 22 and June 25. For more information, call 254-5356.
Family Farm Tour: Folks willing to staff registration tables and monitor improvised parking lots—among other support duties—are eligible to attend Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s upcoming Family Farm Tour for free. One full day of volunteering earns free admission for the volunteer and a carload of guests (on the day the volunteer isn’t committed to work, of course). The self-guided tour, scheduled for June 27-28, features 38 farms in six Western North Carolina counties.
Volunteers must attend an evening training session at Greenlife Community Center on June 16 or June 25. To sign up, e-mail Libby Hinson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 236-1282.
Victory Tailgate Market: This week marks the debut of a new tailgate market in east Asheville. Starting June 10, local farmers will sell their fresh produce at ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarter, 1329 Tunnel Road, every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Market organizer Buzz Durham is still seeking vendors. To reserve a spot, or to learn more about the weekly event, call 775-5593.
Williams-Sonoma: Carefree summer cooking seems somehow incompatible with formal training—until you burn the steaks on the grill, over-sweeten the margaritas and melt the ice cream. That’s why mega kitchen retailer Williams-Sonoma rolls out its backyard cooking classes in June: Sunday workshops covering grilling tools, ice-cream making and barbecue are on the calendar. The month culminates with a specialty food tasting on June 27. To register for classes, call 277-3707.
Fisherman’s Quarters II: Fisherman’s Quarters II, a popular family-style seafood restaurant in West Asheville, is presumably upping its baby shrimp order. The restaurant, which already serves more than 100 pounds of fried shrimp every day, recently added lunch service to its schedule. “We decided to open for lunch in response to requests from our local clientele,” owner George Baxevanis is quoted as saying in a release. “And keeping the locals happy is the key to our success.”
In 1996, Baxenavis spun off Fisherman’s Quarters II, 1445 Patton Ave., from his original Fisherman’s Quarters in Hendersonville. According to the release, the restaurant now serves 1000 customers on weekend days.
Fisherman’s Quarters II is now open Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., reopening for dinner at 4 p.m.; Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 285-0940.