Small Bites: The Onyx Orchard Cheese Company

Sign of the times: Curras Nuevo in Woodfin has closed.

• My fingers smell like Tilsit. Why? Because the stinky German cheese is available by the pound over at The Onyx Orchard Cheese Company at 89 Patton Ave. Tim Pierce, the owner, was kind enough to let me sample that cheese, as well as some Red Dragon cheddar, a manchego purple from the addition of merlot in the cheese-making process and a Mediterranean Gouda, flavored with olives and herbs. The cheese shop also sells crackers, jellies and jams (including wine jellies and spicy pepper jams) and ice cream. The shop will begin selling sandwiches with cured meats and artisan cheeses in a few months. For more information, call 254-0340.
• Get a Taste of Local at Ingles in Waynesville on Barber Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunburst Trout Farms will provide samples of their trout dips and Annie's Bakery of Asheville will offer tastes of their baked goods. At 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. chef Charles Hudson of Sunburst Trout Farms will demonstrate how to prepare lime-basil grilled trout and a marinated tomato salad with Kalamata olives and cheese using tomatoes from local farmer Skipper Russell of Canton. Samples of Duplin (wine from a North Carolina Winery) will also be available. Ingles Dietitian Leah McGrath and representatives from Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will be on hand during the event.
Curras Nuevo in Woodfin has closed. The Latin-American restaurant held its last night of business on Saturday, July 23 after three and a half years of business.

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