Bruce Bowen, the man who opened The Wine Guy South in 2002, is retiring. In his honor, the south Asheville wine store is hosting a tasting and store-wide sale. The folks at the Wine Guy will have a wide variety of wines open for tasting, and savings up to 30 percent. Visitors will also get the chance to meet new partner-in-wine Steve Nelson, who will be taking over at the store. The celebration takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, from noon to 7 p.m. The Wine Guy South is located at 1200 Hendersonville Rd. For more information, call 277-1120.
Slow Food Asheville is holding a “Lips of the Snail” celebration and fund-raiser for WNC delegates to the Terra Madre conference. This celebration will feature locally grown foods, slow-grilled meats prepared onsite by “in-the-slow” chefs, artisanal breads, cheeses, regional beers and great wines, live music and much more. Terra Madre is an annual, international event held in Turin, Italy, that brings together representatives from more than 1,500 food communities around the world that produce good, clean and fair food in a responsible and sustainable way. The price of the event, which will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast in Barnardsville, is $30 per person. For more information or to reserve your space, visit www.slowfoodasheville.org
Asheville’s La Caterina will offer a “Last Days of Summer” Southern Italian Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, featuring the wines of Jim Stock, the Haw River Wine Man. The six-course menu will feature five wines from Calabria, Puglia and Sicily, and a Moscato from Piemonte. Price is $60, all inclusive. For menu and more details, visit www.lacaterina.com.
Both Asheville Earth Fare locations will be showcasing the best of their organic and natural offerings the weekend of September 16-17, featuring on-the-floor cooking demonstrations, cooking classes and samplings of organic produce, groceries and specialty items. Shoppers will have the opportunity to learn about what constitutes an “organic” label. Earth Fare is located at 66 Westgate Parkway and 1856 Hendersonville Road. For more information, visit www.earthfare.com.