National taste-master Sara Moulton will visit the WNC Farmer’s Market this Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. Moulton is the host of the Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets, executive chef at Gourmet magazine, food editor for ABC’s Good Morning America and the author of several popular cookbooks. At the market, she’ll discuss “the beauty of fall produce” and offer seasonal cooking tips.
Step in from the cold to another era: Barbara Swell’s Log Cabin Cooking Classes are back for the fall season. Her feel-good, highly informative, hands-on cooking lessons utilize vintage kitchen gadgets and cookware, as well as a wood cook stove from the roaring ’20s. All recipes are heirloom, and the ingredients used are seasonal, local and organic when possible. All levels of culinary capability are welcome to join in the fun. Classes include “Cinderella’s Revenge” (learning to cook with various types of pumpkins), holiday jams and jellies, festive breads, and cooking with local wild foods. For a complete list of classes, which are held in a log cabin in east Asheville, visit www.nativegroundmusic.com. Call 298-2270 to reserve a space.
Is your Jewish-food knowledge limited to latkes? Expand your horizons at Hardlox: Asheville’s Jewish Food Festival, which will be held outside Asheville’s Grove Arcade on Sunday, Oct. 22. Beth HaTephila’s fourth annual food-and-culture festival will feature crafts, traditional Jewish cuisine, Israeli music, dance and more. The Asheville Jewish Community Center will host a “Taste of the Holidays” booth to highlight the role of food in Jewish holiday celebrations. The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., so get there early.