Amusé Bouche

by Brian Clarey

The Easter holiday, whether or not one believes in transubstantiation and resurrection, is rife with eating opportunities, and there’s a lot more going on than chocolate bunnies.

Chocolate bunnies are good, though… especially the solid ones – the hollow ones feel like a rip-off – and for some reason the ears taste better than the rest of it.

Getting on board with the season, Dewey’s Bakery out of Winston-Salem unleashes its line of specialty cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries and holiday baskets for Easter. Hit the nearest Dewey’s retailer or order online at

As far as the main Easter meal goes, some cook ham, turkey or lamb for a midday feast. A more modern approach is to prepare a huge brunch for the entire family. An even more modern approach is to just take everybody out for Easter brunch and let someone else do the dishes. Here are the venues that have sent me press releases regarding their Easter brunches:

The Empire Room in downtown Greensboro holds a brunch prepared by the Painted Plate. Bert’s Seafood Grille will serve one of their rare daytime meals on Easter Sunday. Bravo! Cucina Italiana holds an Italian-themed brunch starting at 11 a.m. Revival Grill whips up lobster Benedict, among other dishes. And Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar holds its first brunch ever. Expect lots of red meat. All of these restaurants are in Greensboro – alas, not a single Camel City establishment sent a press release for inclusion in this column.

However, I happen to know Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market has been hosting Sunday brunch for a couple months now. And on Saturday at 11 a.m. it hosts a free cookie decorating party for the kids.

Greensboro’s Earth Fare holds two installments of its culinary series: a lesson in fruit-filled French toast on Wednesday at noon and an introduction to Peruvian quinoa stew on Friday at 7 p.m.

Also in Greensboro, the new Fresh Market on Lawndale Avenue reopens after a long hiatus on Tuesday.

Again on Tuesday, the Lunch & Learn Series at the Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem convenes at noon to discuss the sculpture of artist Elizabeth Catlett. Call 336.722.2625 for more information.

And finally, for those in the throes of spring cleaning, Sur la Table in Greensboro introduces a line of “cleaning and green products just in time for spring.” By “green,” of course, they mean “environmentally responsible” and not, say, a line of emerald-colored dish soap.

Got room for one more? Men’s Health magazine put out a list of thhe “20 Worst Foods in America” this month. Coming in at No. 1 is the Aussie cheese fries with ranch dressing at Outback Steakhouse, weighing in with 2,900 calories, 240 grams of carbs and 182 grams of fat. Knock yourself out, tiny.