Small Bites

Pick up a picnic: Looking for a delicious and convenient treat for yourself, your office or your family? Want to support your community in the process? Meals on Wheels will provide the chance to do just that — without lifting a finger — with the organization’s Third Annual Picnic Pickup on Thursday, July 21. Anyone can reserve gourmet lunches for that day, the proceeds of which will help local homebound seniors receive the care they deserve. The lunches will include white meat chicken salad, freshly baked croissants, summer fruit salad and more; vegetarian options are also available. The deadline for reserving the meals, which cost $12 each, is July 14. For more information, or to place an order, call 253-5286 or e-mail

Tomato bueno: In a recent makeover, Tomato Cocina Latina, formerly Tomato Italian, has returned to its roots. The restaurant, at 1455 Patton Ave., is owned by a Salvadoran family that brings their Latin American flavor to the table. The bilingual staff now serves traditional Salvadoran cuisine made fresh to order — even down to the tortillas. A fine selection of Spanish and Chilean wines graces the menu, as well as an assortment of domestic and imported beers, perfect for sipping on Tomato’s patio. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and at 4 for dinner on Sunday. For more information, call 254-5046.

Through the grapevine: Decanter magazine recently called the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia “two promising regions starting to realize their potential” in the world of wine. Explore these regions in an exotic night of wine and food as the Asheville Wine Market and Rezaz Enoteca present a multicourse culinary tour paired with varietals such as Nero d’Avola, Grillo and Marsala. The wine dinner will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and the cost is $75 per person. For reservations and more information, call 277-1510.


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