Amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

Here’s a late spring garden update: After what has seemed like weeks of clouds and rain, this current bout of humid sunshine has punched my plants into overdrive. The radishes are ravishing. The sunflowers are beaming. And it’s hard to tell the green onions from straight-up grass. No action from the peaches and apricots just yet. Meanwhile, Rosie’s rosebush has sprung its first bud. From around the scene: Undercurrent Restaurant unveils a new June tasting menu, three courses with several items each to choose from. A highlight: grilled wild boar sausage with sweet onion-plum puree and honey-Creole mustard. Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar opened on Bridford Parkway, in the figurative shadow of our Adams Farm offices, last week. Riva’s Trattoria in downtown Greensboro has opened its patio and “secret garden” for lunch and dinner al fresco. And the Texas Pete Twin City RibFest looms on the horizon, on June 11 at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Even vegans will want to come out just to see Vanilla Ice’s set. Culinary events in the Triad this week are a bit less retro. Wednesday sees an installment of 6th & Vine’s weekly Dinner & a Movie series, this time with Where the Boys Are, the 1960 coming-of-age flick about Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale in the days before wet T-shirts. See the website,, for more information. Also on Wednesday, Ganache begins its Chef Select Menu, consisting of small plates with wine pairings by Executive Chef Andy Furness and Executive Sous Chef Jeremy Joy. Check out the website at www., for details. Friday is opening day for the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Craft Fair, which runs through Sunday. Craftsmen and artisans from throughout the region will display their wares at locations throughout the market. Bring cash. Also on Friday, downtown Kernersville throws down with Arts D’Vine from 5 tp 8 p.m. The event features art and samples of the vintner’s art from several North Carolina Wineries. It’s also a freebie. Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of Wild Wing Café in Winston-Salem, and the party, like the wings, will be hot and spicy. From noon to 3 p.m., you can play Bouncehouse or Cornhole — which are in fact tavern games and not sexual positions. The live music begins after that and runs until last call. Next week, check out Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem, specifically on Tuesday. Every Tuesday the store offers a Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Tour at 6 p.m. The tours focuses on “healthy eating, meal planning and stretching your dollars,” according to the website, and they are free and open to the public. Space is limited, so call 336.722.9233 to reserve a spot. Or check out the store blog at