Small Bites

Singing for supper: When it comes to eating Italian food, there’s no better audio accompaniment than a little opera. During dinner hours this Saturday, Nov. 12, Amici Trattoria will present live performances by “dueling divas.” Two teams of three singers each will try to woo diners with their vocal stylings, and whichever team the crowd likes best will eat for free. “They’re basically singing for their supper,” notes chef and owner Heath Miles, who says the evening is modeled after a longstanding tradition practiced at Italian eateries. No matter who wins, diners get to enjoy a little free opera. For more information, call the restaurant, which is located at 900 Hendersonville Road, at 277-1010.

The new taste of Savoy: Savoy has some new tastes for the fall. The popular Merrimon Avenue restaurant is showing a revived interest in classics and upscale comfort food, while still offering innovative daily specials and fresh ingredients. The new fall menu will feature such dishes as Classic Penne Alla Vodka, Osso Bucco and Lobster Pot Pie — the last which is especially created “with comfort in mind,” according to a Savoy press release. The restaurant also has your wallet’s comfort in mind: price points have been broadened so that dinner entrees are more affordable — between $19 and $25. For more information, call 253-1077, or visit

Twin Cousins’ classes: The Twin Cousins, who run the house restaurant at the Grey Eagle Tavern, are bringing Big Easy culture to Asheville in a big way. This month, the Cousins will present a cooking class focusing on seasonal dishes done New Orleans style — including a great big deep-fried gobbler. The class will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m., and costs $60 (includes meal and materials). If you miss this class, there will be another in December. The boys are also presenting a bicycle class to teach others how to be “more self sufficient, independent and safe on a bike.” Activities will include flat-fixing, basic repair and maintenance, and other bike skills and techniques. The classes begin on Nov. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for three classes (other dates to be announced). Sign up at the Grey Eagle, or call 232-2872 after 5 p.m.


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