Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

I was at Costco overthe weekend, and though sales of rice were brisk there didn’t seem tobe any hoarding or rationing. However, if you’re planning on making arice pudding, pilaf or spring rice salad in the coming month you betterget your big bag of grains now. But here in this agricultural cradle we have plenty of food. And tobacco. Coffeeat the Summit, on Summit Avenue in Greensboro’s Aycock HistoricDistrict, has reopened, peddling bean juice and jazz anew in thoseclassy digs. EarthFare in Greensboro presents a lesson by theCancer Project in healthy meal planning on Friday at noon. Citing aconnection between the way we eat and how we feel, the free classstresses ingredients like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit. ThePiedmont Triad Farmers Market holds a craft fair this weekend, withhandmade goods nestled among the early strawberries and spring greens. Andour friends at Slow Food Piedmont tip us off to an event at theBillet-Doux Farm a few miles east of Yadkinville. The grand opening ofthe Shacktown Farmers Market is part of the Spring Greens Festival. Themarket focuses on herbs, eggs and cheese, along with art and crafts.Checkout for more details. On Saturday, as partof the Triad Highland Games at Bryan Park, there will be a traditionalScottish shortbread competition, with an entry deadline of 11 a.m.Readers of this page learned a couple weeks ago that shortcake is acake made with shortening in the batter, kind of like a sweet biscuit.Shortbread is more like a cookie, hard and crumbly, and its mainingredients are sugar, butter and flour. Go ahead and take a crack atit, then see for more information. AndTuesday is Tacos for Teachers Day at all area Chipotle Mexican Grillrestaurants. May 6 is National Teacher Day, and to show their support,any teacher, administrator or school faculty member can hit theirnearest Chipotle between 3 and 10 p.m., show an ID and chow down onfree tacos, burritos and besalsa-ed chips. Big news is comingnext week, including a giant wine festival in Winston-Salem and acharity bike race on the Yadkin River Wine Trail. Also, don’tforget to make Mother’s Day reservations, be they for dinner or, mypersonal preference, brunch. More on that, too, next week. Butuntil then, and because I’ve got some more space to fill, I’ll leaveyou with some good news: The pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch in Mt.Airy was recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the best in thecountry… a full month after their sandwich issue glaringly omittedthe dish in their sandwich list. The World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich isa tenderloin, battered and fried, served on a bun with tomato, choppedonion, slaw, chili and mustard. You know you want one.