Everything but the turkey: The Boathouse on Lake Julian wants to do some of your holiday food-prep for you. Through Dec. 31, the chefs there are offering “an array of sumptuous side selections and decadent desserts” to go. Side dishes are available by the pint (starting at $3.95) and by the quart (starting at $6.95). The items include such traditional favorites as mashed potatoes, collard greens and grits, as well as contemporary twists on country classics, like smoked-Gouda mac-and-cheese and blue-cheese coleslaw. Desserts (serving 8-12 and starting at $25) include chocolate-bourbon pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and more. For more information, call 687-4141 or visit www.boathouserestaurants.com.
Supping for scholarships: In collaboration with the Mountain Area Child and Family Center, the town of Black Mountain is gearing up for the second annual Shop and Dine for Scholarships. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Black Mountain restaurants and shops will donate a portion of their proceeds to a scholarship fund to benefit low-income families. Participating eateries include the Green Light Cafe, Perry’s Bar-B-Que, Monte Vista Hotel and Restaurant, and others. For a complete list of participants, visit www.macfc.org and click on the green “holiday happenings” link in the middle of the home page, or call 298-0808.
Jammin’ in Doctor’s Park: There’s a relative newcomer in Asheville. Tomato Jam Cafe is now open for breakfast and lunch at 379 Biltmore Ave., behind the Gateway Florist. The cafe is a family-owned and -operated business serving “wholesome, heart-healthy American food using the highest quality natural and locally grown organic ingredients available.” Breakfast (8-11 a.m., Mon-Fri) includes items such as made-from-scratch biscuits with fresh jams, oven-roasted cinnamon apples and farm-fresh eggs. For lunch (Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.), there’s griddled gourmet cheese with homemade soup, seared pork loin, tuna salad and more. For more information, call 253-0570, or visit tomatojamcafe.com.