Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Change is good. At least that’s what everybody will tell you when you get fired or divorced or your otherwise best-laid plans turn to smoke.

And we feel that way, too, particularly when the seasons turn. We’re already sick of the hopeless optimism and new greenery of spring and are looking forward to the heavy, oppressive dog days with anticipation.

Summer means the peaches are ripe, and we are suckers for a good peach. Everybody should go to the farmers market and pick up a bucket of them, if only to send them to us as a love offering (our address is on page 3).

Peaches make great ice cream, cobbler and pie, but for a change of pace you can also make a cold peach soup when the weather gets hot. Use sugar, green tea, finely diced fresh peaches and good vanilla ice cream. And call us if you make it. We can be there in 10 minutes.

The winds of change are also blowing downtown, where everyone’s favorite unofficial mayor of Greensboro Joey Medaloni has sold his remaining business interests to an investment group headed by Greg Harrison and Rocco Scarfone. Scarfone bought the N Club and the Red Room from Medaloni last summer.

The buy includes Much Restaurant & Bar, which Scarfone says will begin serving Italian food soon. According to sources, the new place is called Carmine’s and a grand opening is planned for early June. Dinner will be served from 5-11 p.m. in the second-floor dining room and a late-night menu will be available in the sofa bar. As long as he doesn’t put a bunch of sugar in the marinara, we’re looking forward to it.

It should go well with the new downtown Mexican restaurant, Margarita’s Grill, which opened in May in a building that previously housed Medaloni’s first nightclub, SkyBar. Also there are rumors that there will soon be another multicultural eatery to grace the downtown thoroughfares. I’m keeping mum on this one for now, but I will say that I’ve been promised sushi will be on the menu.

No rumor here, Sushi Republic (née Sushi 101) has moved down the block on Tate Street to the locale which has been swallowing restaurants whole since I moved to this town, 329 Tate St., which most recently was the site for Filet of Soul but which has been kind of a dead space on the street since it was Gators back in the day.

Speaking of back in the day… CBS Entertainment has a division called CBS Consumer Products wherein the wonks and flacks try to “synergize” existing products with the names and faces from the CBS catalog that people love so dearly. The latest offering is a line of “Mayberry’s Finest” foods, including biscuits, canned stew and beans, shelf-stable processed meats and, of course, pickles. This is offensive for many reasons, not the least of which is that “Mayberry’s Finest” comes out of Nashville, Tenn. – another missed marketing opportunity for the Old North State.

Got room for one more? The Grove Winery will release its 2006 Estate Tempranillo on Saturday. Go out and get you some. The change will do you good.