Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

I could probably hack out a lede here about the changing of the seasons and then work in something about fall’s bounty and how it is allegorical to the plethora of culinary offerings this week, but I won’t. I’ve already declared the autumnal lede taboo around here, right up there with “best-kept secret” and “where everybody knows your name.” Plus, I need the space: There really is a lot going on this week. Things get to burning right on Wednesday, our publication date, which sees two events in two cities. Greensboro’s Press Wine Café hosts a Charles Krug wine dinner at 7:30 p.m. Five courses and five wines from the distinguished Mondavi-owned winery will be expounded upon by wine expert Mark McClure. Call the restaurant at 336.333.3190 or hit the website at for the skinny. And over in Winston-Salem, UNC School of the Arts holds its annual Chocolate Festival beginning at 10 a.m. at Eisenberg Social Hall. Candy, cookies, ice cream, cakes… all tinged with the bitter leaf… will be available and all proceeds go to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thursday would be a good time to try Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Winston-Salem’s newest joint, located on 4th Street and Brookstown Avenue and owned by a couple of locals, Patrick and Jennifer Manner. Make lunch or dinner reservations by calling 336.703.5400 or visiting the website, Friday also sees some action from the Camel City, notably the Winston-Salem Jaycees annual Outback on the Farm. It takes place at the farm of the Children’s Home of Winston-Salem. The hay rides and music begin at 6:30 p.m., and the steak dinner provided by Outback will benefit the home. Visit for more information. Friday is also the first day of the weekend-long craft fair at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Saturday is loaded with action. The Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion kicks things off early — 7 a.m. — for Fall Harvest & Farmers Appreciation Day, a restaging of the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market with natural foods, crafts, demonstrations and a big free breakfast prepared by Chef Alex Amoroso of Cheesecakes by Alex. Also on Saturday, Greensboro’s Double C Farm, at 2111 Pleasant Ridge Road, holds a fall open house of its own. Free and open to the public, the event features games, pony rides and a bake sale, the proceeds of which will go to the Double C Farm lesson program. Then, Saturday night, Greensboro’s Natty Greene’s hosts Dining to Make a Difference, Ten percent of the day’s take will go to the MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research, and beginning at 8 p.m. the Walrus joins with Patrick Rock to sweeten the deal. Then on Monday and Tuesday, UNCG welcomes Chef Eduardo Miranda from Santiago, Chile for the International Guest Chef Exchange. UNCG students will be treated to Miranda’s cuisine in a special meal Monday in the cafeteria, and a lunch on Tuesday at Spencer’s, after which he will be available for a Q&A session with students and faculty. And just as the leaves turn from vibrant green to fiery red — whoops. Almost broke my own rule.