Get your shake on: Burgermeister’s just brought in their anniversary with a bang. Well, more like a shake. To celebrate two years of successful business in West Asheville, Burgermeister’s Kitchen and Tap has introduced hand-dipped milkshakes of the regular variety, as well as some more grown-up shakes, like Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps and Grand Marnier. Move over, Baskin Robbins. For more information, call 225-2920.
More chilly summer treats: Venture just a little way past Burgermeister’s and you’ll find one of West Asheville’s latest additions, Lucia’s Italian Gelato, which is run by Matt and Elizabeth Mullen and their daughter, who’s the official lemon/lime squeezer. Currently a small stand, Lucia’s plans to expand to include a family-friendly patio. The gelato, which is made from local, organic and all-natural ingredients whenever possible, can be ordered in sizes ranging from a child’s cup to several gallons for your special event. And yes, they do flavor requests. For more information, call “gelato master” Matt Mullen at 712-6373.
Through the grapevine: Summer white-wine pick of the week (as suggested by Greenlife’s wine expert, Martin Pusser, to accompany a dinner of wild salmon with bok choy and tangerine buerre blanc): 2003 La Craie Vouvray. From France’s Loire Valley, the wine is made entirely from the Chenin Blanc grape. La Craie — “chalk” in French, for the abundance of soft white rock found where the grapes grow — is lively, with “summer fruit aromas, but with an underlying mineral backbone and a finish that’s full and crisp,” according to the importer. La Craie Vouvray is a good match with spicy foods and lightly prepared fish or chicken, especially with fruity sauces.