Cooking with love: To eat at the renowned Blanchard’s Restaurant, you’ll need to travel to the Caribbean island of Anguilla. But to soak up some of the spirit that guides the restaurant’s creations, all you have to do is pick up the new book by owners Bob and Melinda Blanchard, Cook What You Love (Clarkson Potter, 2005). In it, they offer up recipes for 100 dishes that stress “simplicity and flavor,” interspersed with anecdotes about how their love for food “seeps into every part of life.” The Blanchards will bring their stories — and their cooking tips — to a presentation about the book at Malaprop’s Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Call the store at 254-6734.
Big beer bash: With the recent lifting of the 6 percent alcohol-by-volume limit on beer in North Carolina, many local businesses are exploring the wide world of beer in ways they never have before. On Thursday, Nov. 3, the Greenery Restaurant (148 Tunnel Road) is getting into the spirit with its first-ever high-test beer dinner and sampling event. The event will feature an assortment of masterful brews, including those of the Denver-based Flying Dog brewery, the company responsible for the deceptively debilitating Horn Dog Barley Wine. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., costs $35 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 253-2809.
The Sauce Boss cometh: Bill Wharton, better known as the Sauce Boss, has cooked gumbo for more than 100,000 people. What really makes his work newsworthy is that he cooks right on stage while he sings the blues — and serves the goods to the audience at the end of the show. Wharton is coming to Asheville to cook up a great big pot of soul at the Wild Wing Cafe on Biltmore Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 3, so, like the title of the Boss’ new album says, “Come and Get It!” To find out more about the man, visit www.sauceboss.com. For more about the show, call the Wild Wing at 253-3306 or visit www.wildwingcafe.com/asheville.html.