Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Morning show host Skip Sher of 98.7 FM and his wife, Melissa, reportedly opened a franchise of Hungry Howie’s Pizza earlier this month at 1609 Friendly Ave. in Greensboro. They’ll open a second location in Adams Farm Shopping Center in July, according to Lindsey Burke, a publicist with Sanderson & Associates of Chicago.

Looking forward to the weekend, Triad residents can conserve gas and indulge their foodie habits close to home in Greensboro or hit Interstate 40 for some diversion in Durham.

First, the local option. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earth Fare on Battleground Avenue in the Gate City opens its patio for a cookout with hotdogs, all-natural burgers and veggie burgers, in addition to apple pie. All for a price, of course.

Looking to make a break from the Triad? The Taste of Durham Festival takes place Saturday at the Imperial Center in the City of Medicine. They call it “a welcome mat for anyone seeking a quality place that transports you to a good place [points off for repetition in this press release], great food, live music and a slice of the good life infused with an international twist.” Music provided by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca andSeth Walker, the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, among others.

They also promise restaurant food sampling, international dance demonstrations, international wine and beer tasting, chef demonstrations. Festival organizer the Community Chest appears to have hit on a notion that is a shared revelation among all kinds of cities looking for viability in the 21st century: “Just hanging around together in pleasant surroundings can do wonders for human relations.” Visit for more information.

June, rapidly approaching, is dairy month. Or at least so says the Atlanta-based Southeast Dairy Association.

I’m sorry to report that North Carolina ranks on 31st in dairy production, which I suppose makes sense considering our moderate urban-to-rural balance and our new status as the nation’s 10th largest state. Nonetheless, the Southeast Dairy Association does offer some interesting stats on production inputs, and what better occasion to publish them?

To wit: “In 2007, North Carolina dairy cows produced an average of 6.26 gallons of milk per day, or enough to make 5.31 pounds of cheese or 2.50 pounds of butter. To produce this much milk, a cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and feed concentrates, and 55 pounds of corn silage.”

Additionally, readers may take interest in the fact that milk production in North Carolina is weighted towards the central Piedmont and western mountain regions, with Iredell County leading with 262 million pounds, followed by Randolph County, with 75 million pounds; Yadkin County, with 55 million pounds, Allegheny County, with 42 million pounds; and Guilford, with 40 million pounds.