Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

I’m still reelingfrom my little French adventure, not the least because of the food…the bread, the meet, the cocktails, the sandwiches, the pizzas, thesalads, the coffee… oh, god, the coffee… and even the littleroadside stands sold high-quality wares made from fresh ingredients. Nostreet meat there. Maybe we do things a little differently here, but the culinary scene in the Triad is not exactly a vast wasteland. Thebiggest news probably comes from the Guilford County Hotel/MotelAssociation, which is gearing up for its largest annual event. TASTE, aCulinary Sampling & Silent Auction will take place June 9 at thedowntown Greensboro Marriott, and here you can get an eyeful ofeverything that’s great about local cuisine in a single snapshot.Twenty-five area restaurants will do their thing, including Ruth’sChris Steak House, Sweet Basil’s, Lucky 32 and Natty Greene’s. And I’mtelling you early because if you get your tickets now you’ll save fivebucks off the door price of $40. Hit for more info. Anotherbiggie goes down this weekend. The North Carolina Wine Festival takesover Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday beginning at noon. Therewill be food. There will be music. And there will be wine – a lot ofwine – from North Carolina vineyards and wineries. More information isavailable at If you prefer your wine in amoving vehicle, the Carolina Wine Train pulls out of Dillsboro, NC onSaturday at 7:30 p.m. The ride runs through the western countrysidetracks of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and passengers will enjoya four-course meal accented by local wines from Rag Apple Lassievineyards. Seems pretty cool. Go to for more info, and let meknow how it works out. Earth Fare bring speaker Kevin Taylor onWednesday night at 6:30 who will illuminate the world of tasty vegancooking – trust me, it’s out there. And Giacomo’s ItalianMarket, the only place in the Triad I can think of that makes its ownsupresatta, salami and pepperoni, has closed down its High Point Roadlocation, which is a shame because it’s only about $5-worth of gasolinefrom our Adams Farm offices. Don’t fret, though, my fellow ItalianAmericans. The location on New Garden Road is still up and running. Andif you happen to stop by, try the house bologna. I’ve never hadanything like it. Two more bites: Hospice of the Piedmont needslocal restaurants and other food industry companies to contribute toits annual Taste of the Town, which will run Aug. 19 at Showplace inHigh Point. Go to for more. Also: Grey’s Tavern is building a deck and patio out back. No details on its unveiling as of yet.