Corner News: All kinds of newsworthy things are occurring at the Grove Corner Market. The Grove Arcade specialty grocery store now offers catering, as well as lunch delivery for you office-bound types. The market also carries a selection of hard-to-find American microbrews that even avid beer connoisseurs might not be familiar with, like King Mocha Java Stout, Tommy Knocker Imperial Nut Brown and Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale. A representative for the store says that they will continue to stock these goodies, so long as people are buying — so get out there, people! There’s even an comfy on-site spot dubbed “the perch” where you can enjoy your purchases. The Grove Corner Market is located at the corner of Battery Park and O’Henry in the Grove Arcade. For more information, call 225-4949.
No fruitcake jokes here: This year, Earth Fare is offering all-natural fruitcake for the holidays — and for a good cause. Women Helping Other Women has cooked up a plan to provide aid to women in need. The group has developed a holiday cake that Earth Fare Grocery Category Manager Randy Talley says is different from the usual butt of holiday jokes. “The first ingredient in these cakes is fruit, and there’s a lot of it packed in there. The cakes are also all-natural, fresh, homemade and truly delicious.” Proceeds from the fruitcake sales will be donated to local women’s shelters. For more information, call 281-4800 or visit www.earthfare.com.
New Year’s happenings: Lexington Avenue newcomer Mela is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash. The Indian restaurant will offer a five-course dinner as well as champagne and live entertainment. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 225-8880.
* Zambra tapas restaurant is also having a New Year’s Eve bash, going so far as to call it “the best party in Asheville.” Zambra is located at 85 Walnut St. Call 232-1060 for more details.
— Mackensy Lunsford