by Brian Clarey
The Fourth of July is the first big bang-up of the summer — which technically begins at the solstice on June 21. But the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, mucking up the plans for long-weekenders and holiday grillmasters. The good news for local eateries is that most working stiffs will be unable to take advantage of the holiday to leave town and send their dollars elsewhere. Still, the pickings are slim this week.
More good news: Zen Cat Bakery, purveyor of the best gluten-free chocolate truffles I have ever tasted, has moved into a new facility in Glenwood at 1313 Grove St., which should be good for the bakery’s street cred, among other things.
And Donut World, capitalizing on the sublime pleasures of its apple fritters, rise doughnuts and buttermilk loaves, will open two new locations in Greensboro and another in High Point. Memo to Krispy Kreme: They’re coming for you.
On Wednesday, Gayleane White and Nicole Clay, who co-own Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering Pot restaurant in Wilmington, serve as honored guests at the Clam Fest, held at King’s Crab Shack in Winston-Salem at 5 p.m. There will also be live music and, presumably, free clamshells.
All weekend long, Total Wine & More will be holding tastings of American wine and also tequila, because why the hell not?
Saturday is Blueberry Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, held in conjunction with a pancake breakfast at the Aycock Historical District neighborhood. Look for pancakes prepared by the Seersucker Chef Jodi Morphis of Fincastle’s fame at 8 a.m., live music from Rainee Purdue and Julien McCarthy at 9, and quite a lot of fresh, local blueberries.
Later, at all Triad locations of the Fresh Market, the Taste of Summer sampling event kicks off with some of the store’s favorite summer items.
On Sunday, EarthFare in Greensboro holds a cookout in the parking lot. Cops, firefighters, EMTs and veterans eat free.
And Whole Foods in Greensboro holds a jazz brunch at 11 a.m., as it does the first Sunday of every month.