Classics and chocolate: The Haywood County Arts Council and accomplished pianist Frank Iogha will present a feast for the senses with their Classics and Chocolate concert event at Waynesville’s Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be followed by a reception featuring chocolate desserts made by both professional and amateur chefs. Tickets are $12 in advance, $10 for seniors, and $15 at the door. Full-time students may attend for free. For more information, call 452-0593.
Mangia! Pining for chicken piccata? Does smoked salmon, mascarpone, lemon-caper aioli and artichoke panini for lunch sound good? If so, you’re in luck. Amici Trattoria, an authentic Italian fine dining restaurant, recently opened at 900 Hendersonville Road, Suite 201. The chef and owner, Heath Miles, is the former executive chef of the Boathouse Restaurant on Lake Julian. All of the menu dinner entrees are under $20, except for a filet mignon with truffled mashed potatoes and rapini, which creeps toward the $23 mark. Amici Trattoria is open for lunch Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and for dinner Mon-Sat, 5 p.m.-close. For more information, call 277-1010.
Log cabin cooking: Step into a culinary time machine: Barbara Swell, author of several books on the art old-timey cooking, is launching a series of retro cooking classes in a 1940s-era cabin in East Asheville. “Recipes are heirloom, and ingredients are seasonal, local and organic when possible,” a summary of the classes notes, and students use “only retro kitchen gadgets, mixers and bowls.” The first class, on Oct. 10, will cover “homemade s’mores”; on Oct. 24, fondue will be featured; on Oct. 22, “festive yeast breads and spreads” are the focus. Classes continue into the winter and differ in cost; class size is limited to 8 persons, so sign up early by calling 298-2270, or visit www.nativegroundmusic.com for more information.