Small Bites

Attention foodies and serious wine lovers! Asheville’s La Caterina Trattoria will offer a seven-course dinner featuring distinctive Burgundy wines selected by local importer and sommelier Steve Pignatiello. The dinner will feature six wines, including two premier crus, one of which has never been presented. The evening will commence with a toast of Joillot Cremant, to be followed by such dishes by chef Paul Branley as wild fennel flower-crusted seared scallops with yellow-tomato sabayon, sweetbreads vol-au-vent and pistachio-star anise seared monkfish with sweet-pea jus and truffled pommes frites, to name a few. The price for the dinner, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, is $75 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 254-1148, or visit for more details.

Anntony’s Carribean Cafe in the Grove Arcade was sold last week to the group responsible for Carmel’s restaurant in Vero Beach, Fla. Bryon Greiner, co-owner of Anntony’s with Doug Gall, explained that, though the restaurant was doing quite well financially, they had decided that they’d “worked hard enough.” The restaurant that will replace Anntony’s — also to be called Carmel’s — will offer contemporary American cuisine in what one of the new owners calls a “casual upscale” atmosphere. Anntony’s is now closed, and Carmel’s is expected to open in two to three months.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., join the Weinhaus at the Southside Cafe with owner Lance Carter and chef John Redden for a five-course wine dinner. The cost for this meal is $65. Call the Weinhaus at 254-6453 for reservations or more information.

The Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts at Warren Wilson College will host an edible demonstration on the patio of the South Asheville Earth Fare on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees will get the chance to watch SSCA chefs prepare dishes such as grilled pork tenderloin with fresh herb paste and gratin Dauphinois. The meals will cost $10, with all proceeds going to benefit the SSCA. For more information, visit

The Immaculate Baking Company, current holder of Guinness’ record for World’s Biggest Cookie, will partner with the South Asheville Earth Fare and Child Abuse Prevention Services of WNC to bake a 10-foot-wide, 500-pound cookie. The bake will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug., 19 in the parking lot of Earth Fare’s Hendersonville Road location, and the monster cookie will be unveiled at 3 p.m. One-pound slices of the cookie will be sold for a suggested donation of $10, with all proceeds benefiting Child Abuse Prevention Services. For more information, visit


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