Small Bites

Earth Fare is opening a new South Asheville location at 1856 Hendersonville Road. To celebrate, the store will host a benefit party for local nonprofit Quality Forward on Tuesday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Troy Degroff, the store’s director of sales and marketing, thinks that Earth Fare and Quality Forward are “perfect partners,” as both have been committed to improving the quality of life in Asheville for decades. “We hope to raise over $10,000 for [Quality Forward] that evening to help them continue their commitment to keep Asheville clean and green,” Degroff says. The party will be held at the new store, and will feature a variety of decadent dishes, selections of local beer and wine, and entertainment by the Firecracker Jazz Band. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit

After being closed for a month, The Greenery — one of the better independent restaurants to be found on Asheville’s Tunnel Road — flung open its doors for dinner service two weeks ago with a new co-owner, Edward Young. The Greenery is open again for dinner from Monday to Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call 253-2809.

It’s almost time for another uniquely Asheville African event. La Cuisiine de L’Afrique returns to Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe in the Grove Arcade this Sunday, June 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Traditional West African drumming and dance will be generated by Tonali Percussion, and a host of African dishes will be served.

A new Mexican restaurant, Mayan Palace, has opened at 24 Wall Street in Asheville. The restaurant is run by the folks who operate Los Volcanes, and it features a sprawling menu of good but not too pricey fare. For more information, call 350-9233.


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