ALL GROWN UP: The Hop’s house-made ice pops — or Hopsicles — which debuted last winter, now offer an iteration that caters to grown-ups with the addition of Urban Orchard Cider Co.’s hard-cider products.

Small bites: Hard-cider ice pops from Urban Orchard and The Hop

Urban Orchard’s specialty ciders are used by The Hop to make several frozen treats; Foothills Meats has added another business partner and announced a CSA with meat and house-made deli products in addition to expanding into Charlotee; MG Road will host a wintery dining experience with the help of guest chef James Grogan; and MetroWines donates a portion of select sales to combat muscular dystrophy.

IN THE INN: Executive Chef Casey Maness, right, landed in Western North Carolina in 2010 with experience from numerous restaurant positions and four years cooking in the Coast Guard. Her forthcoming eatery, The Lantern — located inside Hendersonville's The Charleston Inn — is “meant to take you on a journey through Old Charleston, with Creole, Cajun and low country flavors.”  Maness is pictured with Charleston Inn Manager Tim Ross.

Small bites: The Lantern brings coastal flavors to Hendersonv­ille

A new restaurant is set to open at Hendersonville’s historic Charleston Inn; Metro Wines hosts a high-flying fundraiser for A-B Tech aviation scholarships; Buxton Hall Barbecue plans a late-night holiday dance party; Burial Beer works on a kitchen build-out for Salt & Smoke; and the Italian Cookie Lady hosts holiday truffle cake-pop parties.

CAN DO: Oskar Blues Brewery’s CAN’d Aid Foundation has offered $1.2 million in grants to quirky organizations since its inception two years ago. The underlying mission is to promote towns, active lifestyles, arts and the environment.

Small bites: Oskar Blues Big Money Chili-onaire cook-off promotes ‘do-goodery’

Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation is seeking competitive talents for its chili cook-off in Brevard. Meanwhile, FEAST and Asheville Middle School team up for a pie fundraiser; MetroWines’ Anita Riley invites two women behind Hi-Wire Brewing’s branding to the shop; Smiling Hara Tempeh’s Hempeh makes its way to grocery shelves; and Lex 18 hosts an Appalachian-themed evening.

SAY CHEESE: Katie Moore of the Cheese Store of Asheville is one of the organizers of the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest. Xpress file photo

A cheesy affair: Movie and tasting event raises funds for Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

With nearly a dozen local creameries in the area, quality, craft-made cheeses are in abundance in Asheville — something both the Cheese Store of Asheville and the WNC Cheese Trail are hoping to educate eaters about through the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on April 26. As a fundraiser for the festival, the Cheese Store of Asheville will host a cheese tasting and movie night this week at Metro Wines.