Amuse Bouche

by Brian Clarey

Got way too much to wrote about this week and not much space in which to do it, so here’s a barrage of short-burst tidbits designed to get your intellectual salivary glands flowing.

Brew Nerds, the Winston-Salem coffee house which manages to boost the status of both jittery caffeine junkies and pocket protectors, has opened its second outpost in downtown Winston-Salem on West 4th Street, in the location that was once SIN Coffee Bar.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has released its annual Fleming’s 100 list of great wines by the glass, focusing this year on green wineries. Check out to view their choices.

Undercurrent restaurant in Greensboro has announced its pairing menu for June, and because of the warm weather I’m leaning towards the white menu, which features as its second course a salmon and crab mousse cake with chive sour cream and crisp shallots, paired with a 2005 Patient Cotat Sancerre. The website, undercurrent, will of course have more details.

The Forsyth Medical Center will be staging farmers markets at five of its Winston-Salem locations during the month of June, open to employees and the general public, in an effort to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Call Freda Springs at 336.277.8601 for dates and locations – sorry Freda, can’t fit it all here this week.

Speaking of… the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds Wingfest on Saturday, where area wingmongers will compete for best in the Triad. If meat’s not your thing, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market stages Veggiefest on the same day. I suggest hitting both.

Earth Fare in Greensboro celebrates Dog Days of Summer Cookout and Adoption Fair, also on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. There will be live music, all-natural hot dogs for a buck and many, many cute little puppies up for adoption.

On Sunday at the Greensboro Arboretum, Joie de Vivre and Resources for Artful Living bring out the faeries for the Summer Solstice and Goddess Market. Check out for more info on that one.

Bonefish Grill will be serving Icelandic Arctic charr – that’s a rich, flaky, cold-water fish that’s quite high on Omega-3s – through June 30, and also a chance to win a trip to Iceland at

The Grove Winery is marketing a frozen drink made from – oh yeah – wine, and they are trying to come up with an appropriate name for the concoction, which will be vended from margarita machines. Go to to take a look at the current nominees, or try to some up with one on your own. Or just go down to the winery and get yourself one.

Whew… I think I got everythiong in. If you feel left out, e-mail your press releases and info on the Triad culinary scene to me at And drink more frozen wine.