Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

I’m still reeling from my little French adventure, not the least because of the food… the bread, the meet, the cocktails, the sandwiches, the pizzas, the salads, the coffee… oh, god, the coffee… and even the little roadside stands sold high-quality wares made from fresh ingredients. No street meat there.

Maybe we do things a little differently here, but the culinary scene in the Triad is not exactly a vast wasteland.

The biggest news probably comes from the Guilford County Hotel/Motel Association, which is gearing up for its largest annual event. TASTE, a Culinary Sampling & Silent Auction will take place June 9 at the downtown Greensboro Marriott, and here you can get an eyeful of everything that’s great about local cuisine in a single snapshot. Twenty-five area restaurants will do their thing, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sweet Basil’s, Lucky 32 and Natty Greene’s. And I’m telling you early because if you get your tickets now you’ll save five bucks off the door price of $40. Hit for more info.

Another biggie goes down this weekend. The North Carolina Wine Festival takes over Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday beginning at noon. There will be food. There will be music. And there will be wine – a lot of wine – from North Carolina vineyards and wineries. More information is available at

If you prefer your wine in a moving vehicle, the Carolina Wine Train pulls out of Dillsboro, NC on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The ride runs through the western countryside tracks of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and passengers will enjoy a four-course meal accented by local wines from Rag Apple Lassie vineyards. Seems pretty cool. Go to for more info, and let me know how it works out.

Earth Fare bring speaker Kevin Taylor on Wednesday night at 6:30 who will illuminate the world of tasty vegan cooking – trust me, it’s out there.

And Giacomo’s Italian Market, the only place in the Triad I can think of that makes its own supresatta, salami and pepperoni, has closed down its High Point Road location, which is a shame because it’s only about $5-worth of gasoline from our Adams Farm offices. Don’t fret, though, my fellow Italian Americans. The location on New Garden Road is still up and running. And if you happen to stop by, try the house bologna. I’ve never had anything like it.

Two more bites: Hospice of the Piedmont needs local restaurants and other food industry companies to contribute to its annual Taste of the Town, which will run Aug. 19 at Showplace in High Point. Go to for more.

Also: Grey’s Tavern is building a deck and patio out back. No details on its unveiling as of yet.