Fork and cork: Small bites, half portions and tapas seem to be gaining in popularity, and Black Mountain’s newest fine dining restaurant, the Cellar Door, has taken note. The restaurant has introduced a new bar menu, “Fork and Cork,” to satisfy the desire of diners looking for a light meal or those who prefer the more casual, informal atmosphere of the bar area. The menu includes such fare as white wine-steamed PEI mussels, clams casino, house-made ravioli and tempura shrimp — and the prices are generally under $10. For more information or reservations, call 669-9090.
Tasteful art: Have you been meaning to spend more time sampling what Asheville’s vibrant art scene has to offer? The Asheville Art Museum has teamed up with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association to give you the perfect occasion to do just that. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, the museum will host “A Taste of Art and Wine,” an event featuring samples of more than 100 wines and beers, as well as food from local restaurants such as Savoy, La Caterina and the Grape Escape. A silent auction will be held for items donated by local businesses and individuals. All proceeds will support the museum’s public-arts programs. Advance tickets are $30 per person, $55 per couple for museum members, and $35/$65 for nonmembers (or $40 per person at the door). For more information or for tickets, call 253-3227.
Stickin’ to it: Two local entrepreneurs are poised to capitalize on a growing trend in dining called “fast casual.” Eric Scheffer (owner of Savoy) and local businesswoman Geri Wolfe have opened a new restaurant called the StickHouse Grille. The restaurant, located at 645 Biltmore Ave., focuses on the joys of food served — you guessed it — on a stick. The new eatery will turn out tons of internationally flavored grilled goodies, kabob style, with bread, sauce and condiments. They’ve even got dessert on a stick. Wolfe and Scheffer plan to use the Biltmore location as a prototype that will spawn three new locations yearly. For more information, visit www.stickhousegrille.com or call 255-0105.