Amuse Bouché

by Brian Clarey

Let’s start off this week with a shout-out to regular reader Susannah Dickey of High Point, who tipped me off to the fact that there is a Five Guys hamburger restaurant coming to Winston-Salem (see letters, page 21). I was introduced to Five Guys last summer by a childhood friend who had moved to Charlotte when we were stealing across the border to buy fireworks [“Five Guys: Coming to a strip mall near you”; July 4, 2007; by Brian Clarey]. They sell burgers, fries and hot dogs, all artfully, if expediently prepared. I will keep everyone abreast of their opening date, and I will be there when it happens.

The Camel City also wins accolades for Joyce Foods, which recently was recognized by a Gallo Family Vineyards gold medal that honors artisanal food producers across the country. Joyce won for meat. According to the website, the company makes all-natural poultry and game products that include chicken sausage, Carolina rabbit and pekin duckling. This news comes just in time for the Forsyth Fowl Fanciers Poultry Show on Saturday at the poultry building at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, beginning at 6 a.m. Early bird and all that.

Over in Greensboro things go apace. Earth Fare puts out a busy week of events, with seminar Easy Vegan Recipes for a Busy Lifestyle on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and an event titled Woop Woop Wine Sampling on Thursday at 5 p.m. In case you’re wondering, “woop woop” is Australian slang for “the sticks,” and the tasting focuses on wines from the Penny’s Hill catalog, way down under. Greensboro’s organic grocery also offers a couple installments of its culinary series: black bean and rice salad on Wednesday at noon and fresh veggie spring rolls on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Press Wine Café offers its Belgian beer tasting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Call for details at 336.333.3190.

And Muse Restaurant has partnered with the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina by donating 5 percent of every Thursday night’s take to the society’s goal of finding homes for needy children. So come out and eat for a good cause.

Got room for one more? Java giant Starbucks was forced to fork over $106 million – $87 million plus interest – after a losing a class-action lawsuit in California. As many as 100,000 current and former baristas accused the ‘Buck of allowing shift supervisors a share in the tip pool, breaking California law. Now, $106 million is a lot of beans, and Starbucks says it will appeal the judgment, naturally. But the lesson here is: Don’t mess with people’s tips.

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