Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

I was at Costco over the weekend, and though sales of rice were brisk there didn’t seem to be any hoarding or rationing. However, if you’re planning on making a rice pudding, pilaf or spring rice salad in the coming month you better get your big bag of grains now.

But here in this agricultural cradle we have plenty of food. And tobacco.

Coffee at the Summit, on Summit Avenue in Greensboro’s Aycock Historic District, has reopened, peddling bean juice and jazz anew in those classy digs.

EarthFare in Greensboro presents a lesson by the Cancer Project in healthy meal planning on Friday at noon. Citing a connection between the way we eat and how we feel, the free class stresses ingredients like whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds a craft fair this weekend, with handmade goods nestled among the early strawberries and spring greens.

And our friends at Slow Food Piedmont tip us off to an event at the Billet-Doux Farm a few miles east of Yadkinville. The grand opening of the Shacktown Farmers Market is part of the Spring Greens Festival. The market focuses on herbs, eggs and cheese, along with art and crafts. Checkout for more details.

On Saturday, as part of the Triad Highland Games at Bryan Park, there will be a traditional Scottish shortbread competition, with an entry deadline of 11 a.m. Readers of this page learned a couple weeks ago that shortcake is a cake made with shortening in the batter, kind of like a sweet biscuit. Shortbread is more like a cookie, hard and crumbly, and its main ingredients are sugar, butter and flour. Go ahead and take a crack at it, then see for more information.

And Tuesday is Tacos for Teachers Day at all area Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. May 6 is National Teacher Day, and to show their support, any teacher, administrator or school faculty member can hit their nearest Chipotle between 3 and 10 p.m., show an ID and chow down on free tacos, burritos and besalsa-ed chips.

Big news is coming next week, including a giant wine festival in Winston-Salem and a charity bike race on the Yadkin River Wine Trail.

Also, don’t forget to make Mother’s Day reservations, be they for dinner or, my personal preference, brunch. More on that, too, next week.

But until then, and because I’ve got some more space to fill, I’ll leave you with some good news: The pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy was recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the best in the country… a full month after their sandwich issue glaringly omitted the dish in their sandwich list. The World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich is a tenderloin, battered and fried, served on a bun with tomato, chopped onion, slaw, chili and mustard. You know you want one.