Small Bites: Over Easy Café, Herbiary to host book signing events

EATS AND TEA: Author and herbalist Robin Rose Bennett will have tea and dine with fans during events hosted by the Herbiary and Over Easy Café on Thursday, Oct. 9. Photo courtesy of Robin Rose Bennett

Herbiary, Over Easy Café to host book signing events

The Herbiary, Red Moon Herbs and Over Easy Café are partnering to offer tea and dinner events on Thursday, Oct. 9, celebrating the release of a new book, The Gift of Healing Herbs, by New Jersey-based herbalist and teacher Robin Rose Bennett.

The evening kicks off with tea, a book signing and a chat with the author at the Herbiary, an herbal products store that recently opened on Market Street. From there the party will move around the corner where Over Easy Café is hosting a multicourse North Carolina Favorites Dinner with the author featuring Sunburst trout, Red Moon Herbs vinegar, Hickory Nut Gap Farms sausage and wild-crafted mushrooms and herbs.

The tea and book signing event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, and reservations are required for the dinner component. Tickets are $55. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available and should be specified when reserving tickets.

Bennett is also scheduled as a presenter at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference Oct. 10-12 in Black Mountain.”The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference brings a lot of great women to our community,” says Over Easy owner Carson Lucci. “I am honored that Over Easy can be a part of something which brings such a positive energy to the area.”

Book signing and tea: 5:30-7:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, The Herbiary, 29 Market St. Free

North Carolina Favorites Dinner: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, Over Easy Café, 32 Broadway. $55. Tickets and details:

Tabletop grills at Korean House

After nearly a year of waiting, Korean House reports that its tabletop barbecue plans are about to become a reality. Management at the College Street restaurant, which opened last January after months of delays, says the grills are finally past the permitting phase, and the owners are now working with electricians to ready plans for installation. The electric grills will allow diners to cook traditional Korean meat and vegetable dishes at their tables. General manager Jayson Im says Korean House will be the first restaurant in the area to offer Korean tabletop-grilled barbecue. The restaurant originally expected the grills to be approved for installation last spring. Im says they should be in full operation by Nov. 1.

Changes at The Lot

Some local food trucks are planning to leave The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave. in response to disagreements with the property’s owners. According to a press release from the Asheville Street Food Coalition, management at The Lot, a popular downtown venue for food trucks, will change on Oct. 1, prompting many vendors to look elsewhere for a place to set up shop. A Facebook post by the coalition says potential new locations have already been identified — one in West Asheville across from Carrier Park and one downtown on North French Broad Avenue.

To read a letter from the coalition about the changes and to keep up with an ongoing community conversation about the issue, visit

The Science of Cooking

Chef and local food luminary Mark Rosenstein will do a demonstration on the science of heat transfer and how it affects food on Thursday, Oct. 9, as a fundraiser for the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Rosenstein’s presentation will involve cooking a fresh salmon encased in salt on an infiernillo wood-fired grill. Samples of the grilled fish, appetizers, wine and Pisgah Brewing Co. beer are all included in the ticket price of $20. During the event, the museum’s leadership will announce plans for the organization once it leaves its current home at Pack Place.

Science of Cooking, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, Boathouse Riverside Pavilion, 318 Riverside Drive. Tickets: Colburn Earth Science Museum, 2 S. Pack Square, Pack Place, 254-7162 or at the event.

Dinner with Patrick O’Cain

Those who can’t wait for the arrival of Gàn Shan Station, the Asian-inspired eatery scheduled to open late this year on Charlotte Street, can grab a sneak taste of chef Patrick O’Cain’s handiwork on Friday, Oct. 17, at Metro Wines. O’Cain will prepare a four-course meal — menu yet to be decided — to be paired with wines selected by the experts at Metro. Tickets are $45, not including gratuity.

6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St. Seating is limited. Tickets are available in advance at Metro Wines.

No Middle Ground

Counter Culture Coffee will host a free tasting event on Thursday, Oct. 2, featuring No Middle Ground, a limited-edition IPA created with Counter Culture’s single-origin, cold-brewed Ethiopian Haru coffee. The brew celebrate’s All About Beer magazine’s 35th anniversary and is the result of a collaboration between Counter Culture and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The beer will only be available in Asheville during the tasting event. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Counter Culture Training Center, 77 Broadway St. Reservations:


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