Through the grapevine: The Lobster Trap is full of surprises this month. The restaurant has unveiled a brand new menu for the fall season, as well as plans for a wine dinner with burgundy-wine importer Steve Pignatiello titled “An Evening in Bourgogne.” The cost of $65 per person or $120 per couple includes a five-course meal and accompanying wines from the Bourgogne region of France. This event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Space is limited; call 350-0505 to make a reservation. The Lobster Trap is located at 35 Patton Ave. in downtown Asheville.
Grapevine 2: Eric Scheffer, proprietor of Savoy, is celebrating a pilgrimage to Italy, where he visited various old-country wineries, with a five-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 featuring his hand-picked selection of Italian wines. As a complement to the meal, Scheffer will offer “stories behind the label,” including anecdotes about the vintners and their historical background. Price for the evening is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are a must, as seating is limited. Call 253-1077 to reserve your seat. Savoy is located at 641 Merrimon Ave.
Grapevine 3: “Slow food” is a concept that has been generating some buzz lately. The idea is simple: We, as a society need to slow down — and a good way to start is with food. Savoring protracted, community meals around the table, learning how to make bread from scratch — you get the idea. According to the Slow Food USA Web site, throughout the month of October, “Slow-spirited restaurants, wineries and wine shops across the country will donate a portion of their wine sales … toward ongoing Slow Food USA programs as well as to a special fund initiated for the small farmers, fishers and food producers affected by Hurricane Katrina.” Here in Asheville, the Laughing Seed will participate. To view an entire list of participants, visit www.slowfoodusa.org.