Amuse Bouché

by Brian Clarey

Can you believe it? Anheuser-Bush, the pride of St. Louis, has been acquired in a takeover by Belgian company InBev.

This is peculiar because when they make fun of Americans in Belgium, one of the things they target is our affinity for Budweiser, which most Europeans regard as kind of a flimsy beer.

They also like bicycle racing in Europe, which is a clumsy segue to my next item, a seasonal menu item at area Chipotle restaurants. It’s called Le Burrito, in honor of the Tour de France and the team they sponsor, Team Slipstream-Chipotle. The burrito holds chicken, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, tomato salsa and guacamole, and is said to contain a healthy ratio of 65 percent carbs, 25 percent fat and 15 percent protein. Cheese, apparently, screws the whole thing up. They will be available until the end of the month.

Harris Teeter takes a bow with the release of its Together in Education numbers. The program rewards schools with cash based on a system that gives points to parents when they shop at the store. Big winners in the Triad this year include Greensboro’s Page High School and Morehead Elementary School, and Winston-Salem’s Shepherd’s Center, RJ Reynolds High School and Mount Tabor High School. But the biggest winner by far was Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, which earned more than $13,000.

There’s a new frozen custard joint in downtown Winston-Salem. Wolfie’s is at 420 W. 4th St. Free wireless, too.

And Greensboro’s EarthFare throws down on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a cookout for charity. The Burger for a Buck event is pretty self-explanatory, though it’s important to note that the beef is all natural and the proceeds go to Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose mission is to “protect natural and scenic lands, farms and open space.”

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Thank god for Mississippi.

CalorieLab’s annual list of the fattest states in the US came out, and the Magnolia State once again took national honors as the nation’s champion of girth.

Quantified on a scale that ran from thinnest (Colorado, 18.4) to fattest (Mississippi, 31.6), North Carolina scored 27.1, putting it as the 16th fattest, behind Texas (27.2) and Ohio (26.9). It is worth noting that North Carolina advanced from 17th place last year, that it is the leanest state in the South (unless you count Maryland and Delaware, which for these purposes I don’t) and that, according to the study, those tubbies down in South Carolina are the fifth fattest in the nation.