Small Bites

It’s time to fill your belly for a good cause. The Buncombe County Schools Foundation will hold its annual Eat Out for Education celebration on Thursday, Nov. 9. Dozens of local restaurants are pitching in to make it happen. Here’s how it works: Take yourself, your friends and your family out for a meal at any of the participating eateries, and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the foundation’s work on behalf of Buncombe’s 26,000 public-school students and 4,000 school-system employees. Visit and click on the “participating restaurants” link.

If you’ve ever wondered what partaking in the decidedly civilized-sounding practice of High Tea would be like, your chance has arrived. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, the new owners of the Richmond Hill Inn are hosting just such an event at their award-winning establishment — and for a good cause. This particular High Tea will be accompanied by a silent auction to benefit RiverLink, the nonprofit dedicated to the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its watershed. The auction will showcase locally crafted holiday centerpieces, mantle arrangements and a host of other donated items. Reservations for this event are necessary, and can be made by calling 252-7313. Cost is only $9.95 per person.

The Inn at Biltmore has removed foie gras from their menu, reportedly in response to a planned demonstration against the fattened liver, which is considered a delicacy in some circles. Carolina Animal Action was set to demonstrate at the main entrance to the Biltmore Estate because — according to the press release from the animal-rights group — “foie gras production defies human decency.” The group has been working to remove the item from all menus in Asheville. Foie gras is believed to have been consumed as early as 2500 BC by the ancient Egyptians, who fattened geese by overfeeding them, a practice that remains in use today. Many animal-rights activists protest the practice as cruel, and steps have been taken in some cities to ban the delicacy altogether. To contact Carolina Animal Action, call 298-4647. To learn more about foie gras, visit


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