Poppies Gourmet Farmers Market recently opened on Market Street at Straus Park in Brevard. The huge store offers a full-service meat and seafood case, a deli, prepared foods to eat on-site or carry away, a bakery, an espresso bar and a garden department. A full line of groceries is also available, as well as a wide selection of beer and wine, bulk foods and natural beauty-care products. Poppies is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 885-5494 or visit www.poppiesmarket.com.
On Wednesday, Aug. 9, Asheville restaurant the Left Bank will prepare a French-inspired five-course meal paired with wines provided by the Weinhaus. Owners Joe and Kathy Lamarca make their own chevre, and were recently featured in Southern Living magazine for their fresh take on French cuisine. This event begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $55. Call the Weinhaus at 254-6453 for reservations or more information.
Earth Fare in South Asheville is now offering hot, all-natural breakfasts in the store’s self-serve cafe. The meal is available from 7 to 11 a.m. every day. Paul Cassara, Earth Fare’s food service manager explains what’s cookin': “Each day, our breakfast selections include cage-free eggs, hormone-free bacon, organic French toast, organic roasted potatoes, all-natural sausage and a variety of organic, fresh-cut fruit.” The store also serves coffee from Larry’s Beans, a local company from Raleigh that offers fair trade, shade grown, certified organic beans. Smoothies and fresh juices are also available. For more information, call 210-0100 or visit www.earthfare.com.
Burgermeister’s Kitchen and Tap in West Asheville is celebrating its third anniversary with the introduction of Daily Dinners, which will debut Thursday, July 27. Many of these entrees were previously available only as periodic specials, but since they were repeatedly requested by customers, Chef Tom Gaddy decided to offer them on a regular schedule. “I like to give our customers more food choices,” he says. “Now they’ll know when to come.” Fridays, for example, will feature tilapia tacos with a roasted-tomatillo salsa and jicama slaw. Saturdays, there’s a rich lamb or eggplant ragout over potato gnocchi served with a green salad. The entrees are priced between $9 and $15 and are available after 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday. For more information, call 225-2920 or visit www.burgermeisters.com.