Amuse Bouché

by Brian Clarey

It’s entirely possible that this week all of my readers have turkey on the brain. I know I have been stressing over my annual bird. But whether you’re roasting, frying or turning the whole thing into tettrazini, remember to plan ahead and you won’t have a bunch of hungry people with napkins tucked into their shirts waiting for the thing to finish off. I generally preheat my oven by 9 a.m., and sometimes by the hour the bird makes it to the table I’ve already eaten all the skin. At any rate… Thanksgiving is the big food story of the week. You can cook at home. You can go to a restaurant. Or, if you’re down on your luck, you can take advantage of one of the many free meals being handed out that day. We recommend the Hive, at 1214 Grove St. in Greensboro, where Food Not Bombs promotes peace and justice by feeding the hungry. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Call Tim at 336.274.1102 if you want to volunteer or just donate your leftovers. If you like a nip of wine over the holiday, here’s my short (local) list: The Grove Winery is touting its halbtocken Traminette, an award-winning dry white that pairs well with roasted fowl, or their 2006 merlot if you like the reds. Speaking of wine, the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau has come out on its annual release date: the third Thursday of November. Fresh and fruit after just a few weeks fermentation, the Beaujolais Nouveau is way more popular in the US than it is in its country of origin (France, duh) and even our oenophiles affect a bit of snobbery when it comes to this vintage. But screw them and take a tip from me: Buy a case and save at least half of it for spring, when it goes great chilled. Spring Garden Bakery in Greensboro has just announced its annual sale of holiday pies and fruitcake. See the website, www., for more details. And Greensboro confectioner Maxie B’s will hold an open house this coming Tuesday at 6 p.m. with demonstrations, samples and sales. See their sire,, to find out more. Last week I reported that Hormel, the company that produces Spam, is experiencing unusually high demand for its signature product. Similarly, Bloomberg reports that Campbell’s Soup Co. has led the Standard & Poor’s packaged foods index in earnings for the last three months, outperforming the S&P 500 by 44 percent. One analyst has already dubbed 2009 as “the year of condensed soup.” Also: News out of Fuquay-Varina is that a carjacking was thwarted in a Harris Teeter parking lot by striking the assailant on the head with a frozen turkey. And that is as apt a metaphor for this year’s Thanksgiving celebration as any.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at YES!