Ducasse Dines at Brasserie Cognac; Don’t Eat Too Many Soft-shell Crabs

• Alain Ducasse and Eric Ripert dined together at Brasserie Cognac the other night, in spite of the fact that it was the night Ducasse’s Benoit opened. [NYP]

• Stephen Aspirino, the well-attired former Top Chef contestant, may open a second restaurant in Miami. [NYP]

• There’s more to Cinco de Mayo than just drinking margaritas. [Feed/TONY]

• Soft-shell crab season is on, but you shouldn’t be eating too many of them, due to mercury concerns. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

• “Big Lou” Elrose of Wildwood Barbeque thinks bone-in loin of pork is the best cut of meat, while Southern Hospitality’s “Dr. BBQ” Lampe prefers beef ribs. [NYDN]

Chinatown Brasserie has some new lunch specials designed to lure dumpling fanatics. [Insatiable Critic]

• Miller is irritating its rivals at Anheuser-Busch by running a blog that tracks every move the Budweiser manufacturer makes. [WSJ]

• Pecorino is taking over the city this weekend, as 23 restaurants have free tastings of the sharp sheep cheese. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]