Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep: Ensure a year’s worth of good luck by munching on Vasilopita, or sweet Basil’s Bread. The traditional Greek Orthodox bread (which is sometimes sweet enough to be called a cake) dates back to the fourth century, when Saint Basil the Great hit upon the idea of helping the poor by baking coins in pastry. The local chapter of The Ladies Philoptochos Society is now taking orders for the sesame seed and almond-topped treat: Orders must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 12, and will be ready for pick-up at Holy Trinity Church on Monday, Dec. 17. To place an order, call the church office at 253-3754 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
To mark the opening of Ingles’ newest location at 29 Tunnel Road, Biltmore Estate winemakers will be offering samplings of their holiday wines on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. The representatives will also be available to answer questions about Biltmore wines.
The Weinhaus is also gearing up for a complimentary holiday wine tasting. The Saturday, Dec. 15 tasting will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature celebratory wines for the season. The Weinhaus is located at 86 Patton Avenue.