Bayou boil: The Twin Cousins Kitchen, the infant child of two native New Orleans chefs, recently opened in the Grey Eagle Tavern at 185 Clingman Ave. in Asheville. The menu includes bayou specialties like Crawfish Etoufee, Alligator with Sauce Piquant, File Gumbo, Corn Macque Choux and a variety of side dishes and desserts. The restaurant offers Early Bird Daily Specials, from 5 to 7 p.m, every afternoon except for Tuesday — “for all the struggling artists and working stiffs,” explains one of the proprietors. This week (May 4-7), early birds can catch the sunset South Louisiana Crawfish Boil on the patio, where customers are invited to “suck da heads and pinch da tails, ai eee!” And don’t forget the yellow beer. For more information, call (828) 232-5800.
Through the grapevine: The Asheville Art Museum invites all comers to celebrate and indulge at the Fifth Asheville Wine Auction and Gala Dinner. Tickets for the event cost $125, and all proceeds will benefit the museum’s educational programs. Participants are encouraged to get fancy (black tie is suggested), and will have the chance to bid in a live auction of fine wines, exclusive vacation packages, exotic rugs and original works by local artists. Dinner will be provided by local fine-dining restaurant Savoy. Togar Rugs has donated space for the event, which will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the museum at (828) 253-3227.
In the market: The Market Place Restaurant in Asheville has released its new spring/early summer menu, celebrating the abundance of spring gardens and area farms with such items as Salad of Spring Lettuces with ceviche-style seafood, spring lamb with minted bordelaise and an Italian-style risotto showcasing tender early vegetables. For more information, visit www.marketplace-restaurant.com or call (828) 252-4162.