Why settle for the usual run-of-the-mill turkey? Today’s typical “Large White” variety, commonly found on the Thanksgiving table, is a far cry from the bird that gave the eagle a run for its money as our national emblem in the 1700s. The traditional noble turkey, with its gorgeous display of plumage, is becoming increasingly difficult to locate. Some of the old breeds have been preserved over the years, prized like heirloom seeds. This year, Greenlife Grocery in Asheville is your source for Bourbon Red or American Bronze birds, which connoisseurs claim contain flavor that our ancestors would have tasted in their Thanksgiving turkeys — reportedly a far cry from the tame, breast-heavy birds of today. Reserve your turkey as soon as possible by calling 254-5440.
Earth Fare in South Asheville will present a Five Course Beer Dinner in collaboration with SweetWater Brewing Company on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Earth Fare’s culinary specialist, Christopher Aquilino, will present five courses to accompany five of SweetWater’s award-winning regionally brewed beers. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance at Earth Fare’s South Asheville location, or by calling 210-0100. These events have become quite popular, so they tend to sell out quickly. Vegetarian options are also available with advance notice. This dinner is part of a monthly event series focusing on the pairing of natural and organic cuisine with popular local and regionally brewed beers.
Sante Wine Bar in Asheville’s Grove Arcade is presenting an afternoon of “Four Tastes, Four Bites and Forward Fashions.” This holiday event will feature the renowned and award-winning Duval-Leroy Champagnes. Representative Brian Keenan will introduce and discuss four varieties of bubbly, paired with four rounds of hors d’oeuvres. Jazzy Giraffe of the Grove Arcade will provide the haute couture to match the haute cuisine. This event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, and seating is limited. Sante is located at the northeast corner of the Grove Arcade. For more information, call 254-8188.