Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Time was when a person’s weight was a not-so-subtle indicator of her relative wealth. In the days before grocery stores and pizza delivery, getting fat was something attainable only by people of means. But according to a study by the University of Washington, the tables have turned.

According to researchers, based on a 2,000-calorie per day diet costs, a day’s worth of junk food costs about $3.52, while a healthier diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and such goes for $36.32 a day.

These days anyone can afford to have the gift of girth.

Somewhat related: A foot-long turkey sandwich with chips and a drink from Subway on the island of Manhattan costs $11.03.

Moving on…

When the weather gets cold, it’s a good time to switch from white liquors to brown – single-malt Scotch, anyone? – and also from cool, summery white wines to big, hearty reds. So says me.

And if you like to pair your cabernet with an appropriate meal, December is a good time to indulge.

The Press Wine Caf in downtown Greensboro holds a Charles Krug wine tasting and dinner at 7 p.m.: four courses and four wines. Want to know more? Call 336.333.3190

On Friday 223 South Elm, also in downtown Greensboro, gets into the act with a four-course wine dinner of their own. Call 336.402.4626 to book a seat.

Also of note, the O Henry Hotel in Greensboro will be serving holiday tea on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. This one is popular with more than just old ladies and the British, so call 336-854-2015 to reserve a table.

And the Triad’s two biggest cities both have new culinary experiences in their downtown districts. Kingz Downtown Market opens on Friday in Winston-Salem with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a,m, Look for more about this joint on this page after I go check it out. The Gate City has a new bar and grill in the location that once housed Davis Design. While generations of art students mourn the passing of this great store, Davis family scions Grey and Charlie have opened Grey’s Tavern. And yeah, I’ll be chowing down in there sometime in the next few weeks.

Two more: Earth Fare in Greensboro holds a lesson in warm French lentil salad on Wednesday at noon; the kids’ club at Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem will be making gingerbread men on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to anyone who likes lentils and gingerbread.