On Monday, Aug. 29, Sunny Point in West Asheville will host a dinner to benefit one of their employees, Jesse Barr. Barr and his girlfriend were tenants of the home on Cumberland Avenue in Montford that burned to the ground July 23. Though the couple escaped the fire essentially unharmed, all of their possessions were destroyed — and they did not have renter's insurance. The Sunny Point staff will donate labor and all tips that evening. Sunny Point is providing all of the food and beer
is donated by Foothills Brewing. Beer will be sold for $3 a pint. The benefit dinner will include a simple salad course, baked macaroni and cheese with heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs with a mixed berry cobbler dessert. Cost of the meal is $14.99 per person with tax, gratuity not included. Dinner seating begins at 6 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. For more information, visit sunnypointcafe.com.
Crêperie Bouchon now has beer on tap to supplement the eatery's wine offerings. The restaurant pours local beer from Highland and Asheville Brewing Comapny and bears the distinction of the only restaurant outside of the Lobster Trap to offer Oysterhouse beers. "And since crêpes and cider go so well together," says managing partner Craig Peters in an email to Xpress, "I also have the Dry Hard Cider from McRitchie Ciderworks in Thurmond, N.C, on tap." Crêperie Bouchon is located at 68 1/8 Lexington Ave. (in the Lexington Avenue Courtyard). For more information, visit creperiebouchon.com.
Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant features lobster fra diavolo on weekends, at least while lobster is in season. The dish includes a 1 1/4-pound lobster over a bed of linguine. Fra diavolo (literally, "the devil's brother") is a classic, spicy tomato-based sauce. The dish costs $32, and a server at Vinnie's reports that it's large enough that some customers have been sharing. Vinie's is located at 641 Merrimon Ave. For more information, visit vinniesitalian.com.
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