Happy Birthday Kismet Cafe! The Biltmore Village coffeehouse is celebrating its fifth in an exceptionally mature way: “We’re staying open longer,” says Jen Rhea, who owns the cafe with her husband, Bob. Kismet will now open at 8:30 a.m. seven days a week, closing at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Kismet has had a fairly rough childhood: It was hit by the devastating floods of 2004, and closed for nine months of cleanup. “It was pretty hideous,” says Rhea. “We debated and debated if we wanted to move.” Much to the delight of java hounds in Asheville, they decided against it. For more, call 277-0098.
The Food Network has visited the Grove Park Inn four times to talk about gingerbread. But last year, the network finally changed the subject, filming its first non-gingerbread one-hour special on resort grounds. The Food Network Challenge episode “Edible Ornaments”, filmed Dec. 6, 2006, will debut Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. Look for it to stay in heavy rotation throughout the holiday season.
The pasta bar, a staple of college cafeterias, has become a Friday night favorite at Earth Fare’s South Asheville location, where chefs prepare made-to-order pasta bowls from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Befitting Earth Fare’s reputation, all the ingredients are natural and organic. “We wanted to add an affordable and fun ‘Friday Night Out’ option for families that featured Italian cuisine,” explains Chef Greuvin Gustavino. Call 210-0100 to learn more.