Savoy: More and more local restaurants are trying to plump their sagging profits by appealing to similarly strapped customers with deals and special pricing programs, making even high-end dining more affordable. From the fine end of the dining spectrum comes a set of enticing offers from Savoy Restaurant and Martini Bar, the popular white-table-clothed restaurant in north Asheville. Savoy has already axed its lunch service and introduced a menu of value-priced small plates, citing economic considerations. As owner Eric Scheffer explains in a recent release: “You’re probably like me: You feel like you’re just getting pummeled by bad economic news. … But lean times don’t have to be mean times. In fact, the harsher it gets, the more we need a place to shut out the world and renew our spirits.” Savoy’s newest programs—both slated to run through May 1—include a three-course meal for $30, available Sunday through Thursday, and unlimited refills on house wine every Monday. The never-ending glass costs $10. For more information on either promotion, call 253-1077.
Italian Cooking Classes: Local Italian-cooking instructor Wally Wyatt has released her schedule of classes for the spring season. Classes are offered on the third Saturday of each month (except in May, when students meet on May 9 to prepare a Mother’s Day menu featuring Wyatt’s mother’s recipe for spinach-filled pasta; students who bring their mothers to class receive a $5 discount). Other dishes on the syllabus include osso bucco, tortellini, risotto and almond cake. Each class costs $50, and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 658-8928 to register.
Southside Café: Southside Café is partnering with the Weinhaus to produce a five-course wine dinner on Sunday, Jan. 25. The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $55. To make a reservation, call 254-6453.