The second annual Chocolate Festival at the Grove Arcade, held on June 3, was a delicious success. The Chocolate Fetish netted two awards at the event: Best Chocolate Offering and Best Booth Category. True Confections followed closely behind, garnering second place for Best Chocolate Offering; Mountain Brew Cafe was the third place winner in the same category. The festival raised $3,000 for Project Access, a nationally recognized health-care program in which physicians, hospitals and clinics donate care to low-income and uninsured people in Buncombe County. Next year’s Chocolate Festival will take place at the Grove Arcade once again, on Saturday, June 2. Call 252-7799 for more information.
Asheville’s Weinhaus, in collaboration with chef Allen Reis of the Sinbad Restaurant in Hendersonville, will present a five-course wine dinner at the restaurant on Monday, July 10. Reis, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, specializes in the flavors of the Mediterranean. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $55. Call the Weinhaus at 254-6453 to make a reservation. View Sinbad’s menu and directions to the restaurant at www.sinbadrestaurant.com.
Are you interested in veganism and animal rights? If so, this Saturday, July 1, tune into 880 AM from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and listen to members of Carolina Animal Action speak on Virato Live! about animal rights and the way our dietary habits affect them.
Head’s up, vegetarians. Veg-In-Out, a relatively new Asheville vegetarian bulk meal and catering service, is at your service. For $60 a week, gourmet natural chef William Najger will prepare a week’s worth of lunch and dinner dishes and have them delivered to your door (sometimes an extra delivery charge is required). The company mostly uses organic vegetables in the food, depending on availability. To view a menu, visit www.veginout.net, or call 254-3138 for more information.