Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Is everybody elsenoticing that there’s a huge glut of events this time of year? Must bethe weather; makes us want to get out and do something. Fair-weather fiends will appreciate the slew of culinary events this week, many of which take advantage of the great outdoors. Likethe open house at the Goat Lady Dairy in Climax on Sunday at 1 p.m..I’ve long been a fan of the Goat Lady (AKA Ginny Tate) and her brotherSteve – the farm, the ethic, but mostly their cheeses. The Gray’sChapel is just incredible. The event – free and open to the public, butno pets please – includes a tour of the grounds, some demos and surelysome samples of their fine goat-milk products. Over at thePiedmont Triad Farmers Market, the annual Taste Carolina Wine Festivalbrings growers, vintners and people who drink wine at 11 a.m. togetheron Saturday until 6 p.m. There will also be arts and crafts, food andlive music to celebrate the diversity in the North Carolina winemakingcommunity. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market celebrates HerbDay, also on Saturday, brought to you by the Herbal Thyme herb guild.Free herb, I guess – the announcement is pretty vague. EarthFarein Greensboro opens its parking lot early this week for Earth Day, withsamples and giveaways on Tuesday. The following Monday, the organicgrocer hosts a discussion on the connection between attention-deficitand hyperactivity disorder and nutrition, free at 6:30 p.m. Springtimeis marked by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar with a new prixefixe, three-course menu that includes entrees like spicy tempura shrimpwith chili aioli and pineapple-mango salsa. Call the restaurant inGreensboro at 336.294.7790 to get in on it. If you’re one ofthose who just doesn’t like sunshine and fresh air, get out to theRiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem this weekend andhole yourself up in an air-conditioned theater to watch All In ThisTea, a documentary feature about “the hidden world of tea” sourced andshot in remote regions of China. It screens Thursday at 8 p.m. in theSawtooth Building, Friday at 1 p.m. in the Main Theater and Saturday at2:30 p.m. at Reynolda House. Also: Congratulations are in order for Tammy Hawk and Karla Causey. Hawk,of Greensboro, has completed manager certification from the Ben &Jerry’s ice cream concern. She works at the Greensboro and High Pointlocations. To celebrate, Ben & Jerry’s presents Free Ice Cream Coneday on Tuesday. Or maybe it’s just a concidence. Either way, proceedsgo to local charities. Causey of Statesville penned a winningentry in Harris Teeter’s jingle contest. Causey, known in her hometownas the “Iredell Idol,” won $10,000 and will appear in a Harris Teetercommercial. Apparently she’s an actual musician, with a MySpace pageand everything. Check out her dusky, rich vocals on her cover of “GimmeOne Reason” on her profile page.