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FIG hosts wine dinner:

FIG bistro in the Biltmore Village will host a 5-course wine dinner on Tuesday, May 18 featuring the wines of Bethel Heights, a sub-appellation of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. From a press release from the restaurant:

“Under the direct care of Vineyard Manager Ted Casteel, [Bethel Heights] viticulture has been refined for over 20 years to maximize the specific potential of each section of the vineyard for wine quality. Casteel has been a leader in developing standards for sustainable viticulture in Oregon, and Bethel Heights’ estate-grown wines were among the first certified LIVE (low input viticulture and enology) … (and) also one of the first vineyards to be certified “Salmon Safe”, by the Pacific Rivers Council.”

Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. and costs $65 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 277-0889. FIG bistro is located at 18 Brook St. For more information, visit

Dinner and a show
The North Carolina Stage Company and Cucina 24 are pairing up to host the “Dinner and a Show” package, a food and theater-filled evening that begins with a two-course dinner at 5:30pm at Cucina 24 on Wall St. After dinner, patrons will take a leisurely three-block walk to the North Carolina Stage Company for dessert and coffee, before attending the performance of What the Butler Saw.

Partnering with a downtown restaurant is a natural fit for the theatre company, according to Development Director Reggie Ealy. “We’ve really embraced the “Buy Local” philosophy this year – the downtown businesses have all banded together to support each other. We try to send as many people to downtown businesses as possible, before and after our shows.”

The $85 “Dinner and a Show” package includes dinner at Cucina 24, a ticket to the show at NC Stage and a tax-deductible contribution. Seating is limited, reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit or call 239-0263.
More late night eats
After-hours dining options are scarce in Asheville, especially north of town. The Rise ‘n Shine Cafe has you covered, with hours Thursday through Saturday extended until 3 a.m.

Rise ‘n Shine is a locally owned small business utilizing local and organic products when possible, including free-range eggs and chicken and organic dairy products. Rise and Shine also serves Asheville Coffee Roasters coffee, a shade-raised and fair-trade organic product. Humanely harvested meats and local honey are also on the menu.

The Rise ‘n Shine Cafe is located at 640 Merrimon Avenue. For more information, visit or call 254-4122.


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