Small Bites

Fans of Season’s at Highland Lake Inn will have to go elsewhere for their trans fats, which were recently banished from the restaurant. Trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease, have become the nutritional cause du jour, with New York City last year becoming the first city to enact a near-total ban on their use. The kitchen at Season’s is now stocked with zero trans fat cooking oil and shortening, a switch spokeswoman Lisa Keeter says will allow the restaurant to “continue to create extrordinary menu selections.”

Mosaic Cafe and Coffeehouse at 1390 Sand Hill Road in Enka has a new owner and an expanded menu. Ellen Manin, who previously ran Food for Thought in Arden, has added an assortment of pastries, lunch specials and Ultimate Ice Cream to Mosaic’s line-up. For more infomation, visit or call 670-8833.

The local chapter of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs is sponsoring a celebration of WCR member Laurey Masterson’s new book, Elsie’s Biscuits: Stories of Me, My Mother, and Food. The Wednesday, July 18, event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a short talk by Masterson along with a sampling of recipes included in the book. The registration fee is $5 for students and WCR members; $10 for non-members. Visit to sign up.

Date night just got shorter and easier, as Cinebarre has squeezed dinner and a movie into a single entertainment experience. The new five-screen movie theater at Biltmore Square Mall, which opened last month, offers a full-service menu of burgers, wings and other pub grub. Wine and beer, including several microbrews on tap, are also available. Cinebarre, which plans to open similar theaters elsewhere, has kept the emphasis on adult moviegoers by banning all children under 6.


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