According to the company’s Food Philosophy, the folks at Earth Fare believe food tastes best in its natural state—but even they aren’t so curmudgeonly as to disdain the grill. In celebration of summer, the grocery’s South Asheville location at 1856 Hendersonville Road is hosting an all-natural grilling contest on Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the amateur competition, the festivities will feature grilling demos and music by the Firecracker Jazz Band. To learn more, visit www.earthfare.com or call 210-0100.
Squash has been a favorite crop of North Carolinians for centuries, meaning folks have had plenty of time to develop tasty recipes featuring the vitamin-rich gourd. Slow Food’s Asheville chapter is inviting squash fans to bring their favorite squash preparation—be it fried, pickled, stuffed or baked—to its Squash Fest ‘07 at the Hawk and Ivy B&B in Barnardsville. Prizes will be awarded to the largest squash, most unusual recipe and best dish. The June 30 event will also feature squash art, squash games and discussion of squash pests. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. To RSVP, call 626-3486.
Merrimon Avenue’s sweets are marching north, with two popular dessert spots announcing their moves further down the road. The Hop, currently located in a converted service station at 507 Merrimon Ave., is headed next month to Merrimon Square, the two-floor development that’s home to Circle in the Square Pizza and Zen Sushi. Paris Bakery also opted to stay on the sugar strip, recently taking its pastries to 1020 Merrimon Ave., a few miles northward.