Amuse Bouche’

by Brian Clarey

Man, I don’t think I could possibly eat another bite after last week’s kickoff to the annual eating binge known, in these politically correct times, as holiday season. But I’ll try to overcome my gluttony and sloth to bring a few dispatches from the Triad culinary scene in this slow food week.

The burrito chain called Moe’s Southwest Grill has opened a new location in the Four Seasons Towne Center food court, because you can only eat so much Sbarro. Incidentally, when was the last time you saw a Sbarro that wasn’t in a food court?

Greensboro-based Source Beverages – makers of Burn energy drink, which is the only version of speed officially endorsed by this magazine – have begun a campaign to rehabilitate beleaguered home-run slugger Barry Bonds. In an open letter to the large-headed baseballer, Source President Tyler Benedict offers a year’s supply of Burn “to get you through the brouhaha.”

Benedict also offers to send extra for his legal team.

In more mundane food news, Earth Fare in Greensboro offers a couple of installments of its culinary series. Learn to make Italian sausage and peppers at noon on Wednesday. On Friday evening at 7 p.m. there will be a lesson in rigatoni with portabella mushrooms and cream sauce.

Not to be outdone, Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem will hold an event called “Indulge!,” a holiday party crash course that lasts Friday through Sunday. Among the topics covered will be wines, chocolates, appetizers, gifts and cheese. On Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. the store will hold a holiday brunch replete with waffles made to order, a carving station and free mimosas.

The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds Deck the Halls Day on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. with decorations, gifts, plants and baked goods. Also: free hot cider. Why are we not drinking more of this?

And the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market will hold a craft fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Also of note: Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem received two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last month. The award-winning beers were the Baltic Porter and the Gruffmeister 8 Maibock; either one is great to make these chilly months a bit warmer.

One more: On Tuesday the NAAAP – which is not a typo but stands for the National Association of Asian American Professionals – will hold a networking dinner at Saigon in Greensboro. The time is unposted, but for more information, e-mail Jeff Hwang at

Have I forgotten anything? Oh yeah, a new study says that 73 percent of shoppers hate their grocery stores. If you listen closely, you can actually hear the executives of Big Supermarket shrugging their shoulders.