Through the grapevine: At one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, more than a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau will be made available to an excited public all around the world. This year, the Asheville Downtown Association’s annual fundraiser, Nouveau Night, will be held on this day of global celebration — Thursday, Nov. 17 — instead of the usual weekend evening. The elegant cocktail event and social gathering, featuring wines and foods from downtown restaurants, will be held at the Haywood Park Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Asheville Wine Market, the Orange Peel, the Weinhaus and both locations of the Wine Guy. Call 251-9973 for more information.
Kraut fetish: Self-proclaimed fermentation fetishist Sandor Ellix Katz, aka Sandorkraut, is on a mission to “propel more live-culture foods out into our culture.” According to Katz, “your body is an ecosystem that can function most effectively when populated by diverse species of microorganisms.” Katz, author of the book Wild Fermentation (Chelsea Green, 2003), will offer an introduction to the making, culture and politics of fermented foods, at the Asheville Community Resource Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. (the ACRC’s new location is 135 Hilliard Ave.). The event is presented by Food Not Bombs of Asheville, and a donation from $5-15 is suggested, though no one will be turned away. For more information about fermentation, visit www.wildfermentation.com.
Windows on wine: Windows on the Park, the new event venue located in the former Grape Escape site, and Jubilee! Community are hosting a wine-tasting fundraiser for various charitable causes on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m. In collaboration with the Wine Guy and Tryon Wine Distributors, Jubilee! will present wines from around the world with informative commentary from some of Asheville’s wine experts. Proceeds will be go to organizations such as MANNA FoodBank, the American Red Cross and Habitat For Humanity, as well as to a fund for renovating the Jubilee! building on Wall Street. Tickets are $60 per person, or $100 per couple, and can be purchased in advance at The Wine Guy on 555 Merrimon Ave., or at the door the day of the event. Call 254-6500 for more information.