Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Morning show hostSkip Sher of 98.7 FM and his wife, Melissa, reportedly opened afranchise of Hungry Howie’s Pizza earlier this month at 1609 FriendlyAve. in Greensboro. They’ll open a second location in Adams FarmShopping Center in July, according to Lindsey Burke, a publicist withSanderson & Associates of Chicago. Looking forward to theweekend, Triad residents can conserve gas and indulge their foodiehabits close to home in Greensboro or hit Interstate 40 for somediversion in Durham. First, the local option. From 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Earth Fare on Battleground Avenue in the Gate City opens its patiofor a cookout with hotdogs, all-natural burgers and veggie burgers, inaddition to apple pie. All for a price, of course. Looking tomake a break from the Triad? The Taste of Durham Festival takes placeSaturday at the Imperial Center in the City of Medicine. They call it”a welcome mat for anyone seeking a quality place that transports youto a good place [points off for repetition in this press release],great food, live music and a slice of the good life infused with aninternational twist.” Music provided by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca andSethWalker, the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, among others. They alsopromise restaurant food sampling, international dance demonstrations,international wine and beer tasting, chef demonstrations. Festivalorganizer the Community Chest appears to have hit on a notion that is ashared revelation among all kinds of cities looking for viability inthe 21st century: “Just hanging around together in pleasantsurroundings can do wonders for human relations.” for more information. June, rapidly approaching, is dairy month. Or at least so says the Atlanta-based Southeast Dairy Association. I’msorry to report that North Carolina ranks on 31st in dairy production,which I suppose makes sense considering our moderate urban-to-ruralbalance and our new status as the nation’s 10th largest state.Nonetheless, the Southeast Dairy Association does offer someinteresting stats on production inputs, and what better occasion topublish them? To wit: “In 2007, North Carolina dairy cowsproduced an average of 6.26 gallons of milk per day, or enough to make5.31 pounds of cheese or 2.50 pounds of butter. To produce this muchmilk, a cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and feedconcentrates, and 55 pounds of corn silage.” Additionally,readers may take interest in the fact that milk production in NorthCarolina is weighted towards the central Piedmont and western mountainregions, with Iredell County leading with 262 million pounds, followedby Randolph County, with 75 million pounds; Yadkin County, with 55million pounds, Allegheny County, with 42 million pounds; and Guilford,with 40 million pounds.