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by Brian Clarey

Now that I’ve shaken out the cobwebs of another holiday season, let’s start off with a correction. In the Dec. 19 Amuse Bouche column I said that the Fleming’s prime rib special would be available all week long. In actuality, the a la carte prime rib will be available Monday through Saturday, while the prixe fixe prime rib dinner, with salad and dessert, is still only available on Sundays.

I feel much better now.

Almost as good, I suppose, as the dude in Florida who found a rare purple pearl in a $10 order of steamed clams. The precious stone is worth, according to NPR, thousands of dollars.

Speaking of big numbers, the caloric information is out on Pizza Hut’s new Double Deep Meat Lover’s pizza, the pie that as so many ingredients, the chain pizzeria needed to invent a new type of fold-over crust to accommodate them all. An entire eight-slice pie runs more than 4,600 calories, and each slice contains 36 grams of fat.

Yum!

Locally, the restaurant news is laden with richness as well.

Ganache Bakery & Café in downtown Greensboro will hold a Chilean wine dinner on Monday night featuring Terra Mater wines paired with a five-course light meal. More information is available at ganachebakery.com.

On the other side of the district, the Press Wine Café will be open seven days a week in 2008.

In organic green grocer news, EarthFare in Greensboro will have a lesson in vegetarian red bean and pasta stew on Wednesday at noon. Friday night at 7 p.m. house Chef Mike Swanson will instruct any and all in the proper way to wield a chopping knife.

Over in Winston-Salem, the Whole Foods Market hosts the ReFresh Your Health fair on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a personal trainer, a Pilates instructor, a holistic health counselor, an acupuncturist and other experts on hand to answer questions and give tips.

Moose Café, at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, will host a “Today’s Singles” dinner for the unattached between the ages of 40 and 65. Dinner will be on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Call 336.574.9078 for more information.

And the area just got a new Starbuck’s coffee joint, this one inside the Furnitureland South showroom in High Point. Should make shopping for a couch that much more pleasant.

And because I have some space here at the end, I will tell you what kind of wild game you may presently hunt in North Carolina: wild turkey (until Jan. 19), gray and red squirrel (until Jan. 31, unless you hunt with a falcon, in which case you can bag them until Feb. 29), raccoon and possum (until Feb. 29), fox (until Jan. 26), rabbit, quail, grouse and bobcat (all until the last day in February), pheasant (until Feb. 1) and beaver (which, in North Carolina believe it or not, is in open season).

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