Roman’s Take Out: There’s a new lunch spot in Fairview: This summer, Roman Braverman opened Roman’s Takeout at 913 Charlotte Highway. The menu features salads, sandwiches and Hickory Nut Gap Farm burgers, including one dressed with a house-made avocado-dill ranch. Roman’s (pictured above) is open weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 338-0283 for more information.
The Flying Frog: Asheville’s Flying Frog Cafe has launched a wine-tasting series to benefit the Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. The occasional series, which began this summer, convenes next on Thursday, Sept. 11. The $50 price tag (with discounts for service-industry staff, notes chef Vijah Shastri) covers unique fine-wine pairings and the cafe’s signature hors d’oeuvres. Later dates include Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. For more details, or to RSVP, call Shastri at 254-9411.
Slow Food Asheville: Members of Slow Food’s Asheville convivium probably won’t be able to promenade all the way to Turin, where the third edition of Terra Madre is being held, but a square dance scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, may help them get there. Proceeds from the evening event at Sherill’s Inn will be used to underwrite local delegates’ travel to the international congress of food producers and workers. In addition to the dance, participants will be treated to a picnic featuring foods from Hickory Nut Gap, Flying Cloud Farm and West End Bakery. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 255-0296.
Bruisin’ Ales: Stone Brewing Company is set to become the latest addition to the state’s craft-beer line-up, and Bruisin’ Ales is handling introductions. The downtown-Asheville suds shop is hosting a Thursday, Sept. 25, tasting highlighting six beers from the California brewery, recognized by Beer Advocate as one of the world’s most highly rated producers. Tryon Distributing will begin pouring samples of Stone’s celebrated IPAs and Arrogant Bastard ale at 5 p.m. Stone beers are slated to show up on North Carolina taps starting Sept. 17. For more information, call 252-8999.
Sing A Meatball Song:Fans of folkie Christine Lavin’s edible melodies—her recent album One Meat Ball, packaged in a 119-page cook booklet, includes songs such as “Bacon,” “Baked Sea Bass” and “Tomato Puddin’”—will be treated to one more helping at her Saturday, Sept. 13, show at the Diana Wortham Theater. Lavin plans to premiere her song-recipe “Barackolate Chip Cookies” in tribute to the Democratic presidential candidate. According to a press release, Lavin will synchronize some of her songs with onstage baking. General admission tickets are $28; call 257-4380 or visit www.dwtheatre.com for more.
Pie Town: Peter Reinhart, a baking-world darling whose presentations on pizza preparation have captivated audiences at the annual Asheville Artisan Bread Festival, this month debuted Pie Town in uptown Charlotte. The opening has provoked enormous excitement among pizza devotees, who have whispered the output may rival the famed Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix for the nation’s top pie honors. The restaurant, at 710 W. Trade St., is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner every day starting at 5 p.m. Call (704) 379-7555 to learn more.