Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s best-seller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Poppies Market in Brevard will host a “Locavore Dinner” to celebrate products from local farmers, bakers and cheese-makers on Friday, Sept. 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. The book is an account of Kingsolver’s family’s decision to eat locally for one year, and how they came to learn about the importance of sustainable agriculture. The all-Brevard menu will include goat cheese from Pyrwood Dairy, breads from Bracken Bakery, beef from BusyBee Farm, and fruit and vegetables from Queen’s Farm and Holly Hill Farm. Dessert will be made by Leslie Cady, the “Cake Lady.” “In a day of rapidly decreasing farm acres and rising energy costs, Poppies feels strongly about supporting these local producers,” says a press release. “This summer, approximately 30 percent of the produce purchased for the store was from local WNC sources.” Reservations are required. For more information, call the store, which is located at 1 Market Street, at 885-5494.
Fans of Pomodoros will soon have two locations at which to feast on calamari and pesto primavera: The 4-year-old east Asheville restaurant is preparing to open a south Asheville outpost at the new Overlook at Lake Julian development on Long Shoals Road. According to owner Tommy Tsiros, the new Pomodoros will emulate the Greek and Italian fare of the old one: “We will offer the same impeccable service and innovative dishes,” Tsiros said in a release. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visit www.pomodoroscafe.com to learn more.
Stifle your inner snob and find a North Carolina wine you love at the Weinhaus’ upcoming North Carolina wine showcase. The downtown Asheville shop, at 86 Patton Ave., will be offering a free tasting of the owners’ favorite pours from in-state vinters on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 254-6453 for more information.
The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association has announced the schedule for this year’s Taste of Asheville, a series of programs designed to spotlight locally owned restaurants. Events include an oyster tasting at the Lobster Trap, a fall harvest meal at Frankie Bones and a dinner at Fig featuring Biltmore wine, beef and produce. The centerpiece of the Sept. 26 to 29 festival is the Thursday night Chefs’ Showcase at the Haywood Park Hotel, featuring offerings from 30 AIR restaurants. Tickets and updated schedules are available at www.airasheville.org