The Seasons of Grace garden at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women produced a bumper crop of squash and other fruits and vegetables in its first season. Photo courtesy of the Seasons of Grace garden project

Inmates grow through gardening program

Sally Reeske has been teaching horticulture at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women, a minimum-custody prison, for the past two years. While the vocational course through A-B Tech offers inmates hands-on learning and training opportunities via an instructional plot, Reeske wondered if she could do even more for the incarcerated women and the community at […]

PLANTING TIME: Fall is the best time to plant garlic, and there will be plenty of seed garlic available at Sow True Seed's third annual WNC Garlic Fest on Oct. 1 on Asheville's South Slope. Photo by Chris Smith, Sow True Seed

Garlic Fest returns to South Slope on Oct. 1

Now in its third year, Garlic Fest will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 on Asheville’s South Slope. The event will offer opportunities to sample garlic delicacies, learn about growing and cooking with garlic, purchase seed garlic to plant at home and more. The event area will be centered around the intersection of Church Street and Banks Avenue.

WINE AND DINE: After a health scare shifted their priorities in life, Katrina and Daniel O'Donell completely revamped their just-opened fast-casual restaurant, Arancini, into a wine bar with Italian-inspired small plates. The warm, low-lit ambiance complements the couple's new mission to host stress-less bonding opportunities among friends, they say.

Small bites: Arancini transforms into a wine bar

Shortly after opening, West Asheville newcomer Arancini morphed from a fast-casual Italian eatery to a wine bar; Fifth Season Gardening Co.’s event schedule now includes Friday evening beer samplings plus monthly fundraisers for local nonprofits; Living Web Farms’ Patryk Battle teaches gardeners to increase tomato yields through grafting; and Isa’s Bistro offers a beer dinner and weekly discounted wines.