Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, which means that at the very least you should give your dad a call. But if you want to go the extra mile, a box of cigars, a bottle of scotch or a couple hours over a nice, hot meal (your treat) would definitely be appropriate.

Father’s Day generally gets short shrift against Mother’s Day – which is fair, I guess. After all, it’s the mothers who take on all the heavy labor (pun intended) when it comes to childbirth. And even in these modern times, when many if not most mothers hold jobs outside the home, they still take on the lion’s share of household duties.

So while I got a decent slew of Mother’s Day press releases from area restaurants and food stores, the impending holiday only produced two in my inbox.

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar – no slouch when it comes to promotion – alerted me to Dinners With Dads, held this Thursday and Friday evening at their Greensboro location. Five courses for $100 a head, which includes tax and gratuity, will benefit Murphy’s Kids, a charity begun by 107.5 WKZL morning DJ Jack Murphy which benefits children with life-threatening illnesses. Courses include prosciutto-wrapped melon and asparagus, pan-seared diver scallops with a blood orange buerre blanc and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler.

Also, the Grove Winery will hold a Father’s Day wine and cheese tasting all weekend.

The Grove also celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day on Friday with free tastings, cheap wines and deep discounts for all public school teachers and employees in Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, Caswell, Orange, Pittsylvania and Forsyth counties from noon to 5 p.m.

My friends over at Coffee at the Summit in Greensboro announce a new lunch menu with sandwiches, wraps, salads and hot dogs. And on Fridays there will be fish – I’ll have to go check that one out for myself one of these days.

Earth Fare holds an installment of the Cancer Project titled “Favoring Fiber” on Friday at noon. Fiber helps rid the body of toxins and excess fats and hormones, and is an important component of a proper diet.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market is the locale for the Triad’s Largest Yard Sale on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. And while I can’t verify if it is indeed the Triad’s largest, the yard sale will surely be better if everybody brings some old crap to sell.

And dig this: The energy drink phenomenon has come full circle with the introduction of Drank, based on the purple drank that hip-hoppers make with promethazine-codeine cough syrup (at least according to Wikipedia and This canned beverage is made with melatonin, valerian root and rose hips – all perfectly legal, but they should slow you down some. According to a press release, “[E]very aspect of this calming drink was inspired by today’s popular hip-hop artists who embrace the much sought-after hip-hop lifestyle that encourages people to capture a stress-free state of mind.” Cool. And we love the slogan: “Slow your roll.”