Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

While the rest of the country is gearing up after a slow news week (unless you count the commutation of Scooter Libby’s 30-month sentence), things are already hopping here on the food page with events, trends and products that conspire to make your pants fit a little tighter. It’s National Ice Cream Month, for starters (see Ten Best, p. 4), and the belly benders over at Krispy Kreme, not content to see you stuffing your face with fluffy yeast doughnuts, has unleashed a line of ice cream and sundaes that are available in all Triad locations. See if you can get them to suck the jelly out of a jelly doughnut for you and fill it with chocolate swirl. I don’t see why they wouldn’t – it’s a perfectly reasonable request. If you’re into more salubrious foodstuffs, hit up Earth Fare this week for their culinary series. At noon on Wednesday they’ll be making grilled fruit compote. And on Tuesday of next week there will be a free Body Ecology raw food pizza class, which is a good counterpoint to that ice-cream doughnut we were talking about earlier. Not to be outdone, Deep Roots Market will hold a reflexology session in the parking lot every Saturday in July from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with 20-minute sessions that run $20. Reflexology is the practice of foot massage that has therapeutic benefits for the entire body, which means that, at Deep Roots anyway, July is also foot month. Peach Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with bushels of the succulent fruit available for purchase and free samples of peach ice cream. Peaches are great in pies and cobblers, but the best way to enjoy North Carolina peaches is to take a big bite and let the juice run down your chin. And the Press Wine Caf, in the tony Southside neighborhood of downtown Greensboro, will hold a tasting of the entire Charles Krug portfolio on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Krug Winery was the first ever in California’s Napa Valley, opened in 1861 by the Mondavi family, and if you can get your hands on a bottle of their 2004 Carneros Chardonnay, I suggest you do so and pair it with a hearty, spicy paella or, if you prefer, a bucket of chocolate ice cream. Finally, according to a poll by the Triad Business Journal, Greensboro has the best collection of restaurants in the Triad, garnering 61 percent of the vote.