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Bringing pies to the people: Picnics, an Asheville icon among restaurants, closed not long after Minnie Smith, mother of Ron Smith and co-owner of the restaurant, passed away last fall. The owners of Mother and Son Bistro in North Asheville believe that the fantastic pies that Smith used to turn out — once featured on Rachel Ray — deserve a new venue.

According to a press release from the restaurant, the owners of the bistro want to “keep the recipes alive and circulating in our community,” They have decided that, starting the first week of May, they will be reproducing the pies that helped make Picnics famous.

Owner Dawn Izon, and the “Mother” of the duo, says, “these are the original recipes, made by loving hands in the family tradition and we are proud to be part of a new team to bring them back to our community.” Everything, crust and all, is made from scratch with natural ingredients and fresh, seasonal fruits, says Izon. “I challenge anyone to put us to the taste test.”

Mother and Son Bistro is located on Merrimon Ave in the Stone Ridge Business Park. For more information, call 505-3510.

In arguably the most humorous approach to fundraising we’ve ever heard, Mayfel’s is hosting the 2nd annual “Spay-ghetti & No Balls Dinner” to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s spay/neuter program. Check the flier:

The event, a three-course spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle, will be held Monday, May 3 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Live music and a full cash bar will round out the evening. Patrons are invited to bring their dogs, as long as they stay on the front patio or the back courtyard.

The benefit kick-starts Mayfel’s Dog Days of Summer events. Each Thursday, throughout the remainder of the spring and summer, Mayfel’s will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to a different local animal welfare organization.

Cost for the spaghetti dinner is $15, with children 6 and under $5. Mayfel’s is located at 22 College St. in downtown Asheville. Call 252-8840 for more information.



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