Hector Diaz strikes again! The unstoppable force that is Diaz is planning to open yet another restaurant — this one in the Grove Arcade. Yes, we’ve already heard of Modesto, another Diaz establishment slated to open in the Arcade in September. But now he’s also planning a Mexican restaurant/tequila bar in the space formerly occupied by Oliver and Annabelle’s. O & A’s owner, Heather Smith, decided to sell the business in order to spend more time at the Common Housefly, a Black Mountain kitchen-supply store she runs with Kerryn Davis.
The City Bakery Cafe on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville has added individual made-to-order gourmet pizzas to the menu. Eight pizzas are available, including a classic pizza Margherita; a gorgonzola roasted red-potato pie; a white pie with mozzarella, asiago, ricotta and fontina cheeses with roasted garlic; and a baby spinach with kalamata olive pizza. The pizzas are made with 100 percent organic flours and, when available, fresh local produce. They’re available between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 252-4426.
The Asheville Art Museum is gearing up for the 4th Annual A Taste of Art and Wine — a wine tasting and silent auction to benefit the museum. The evening will feature tastings of more than 100 wines and beers from such company’s as Empire Distributors of NC, French Broad Brewing Co., and more. Food will be provided by a selection of our local independent restaurants, including Bouchon, Cafe on the Square, City Bakery, the Corner Kitchen, ED Boudreaux’s Bayou Bar-B-Que, La Caterina Trattoria and Savoy. The fund-raiser takes place on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Pack Place. Advance tickets can be purchased at the museum for $35 per person/$65 per couple, with discounted rates for museum members. Tickets will cost $40 per person at the door. Call 253-3227 for more information.