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by Brian Clarey

James Beard died in 1985, but he is revered by chefs, culinary writers and foodies alike as the father of modern American cuisine. Originally from Oregon, his tastes were permeated with the indigenous foods of the Pacific Northwest, turn-of-the-century American dishes, classic French cuisine, 1040s cocktail culture and the foods cooked by his family’s Chinese servant. His legacy remains in the 30 or so books he authored, some with Julia Child, a handful of television appearances and his foundation. The James Beard Foundation, and the James Beard House, serve to recognize and foster the culinary arts in the US. And when it recognizes a local restaurant, it’s a big deal. Dennis and Nancy Quaintance, along with Mike Weaver, are the minds behind Quaintance- Weaver Restaurants, which encompasses Lucky 32, Print Works Bistro and the Green Valley Grill. And they are up for Outstanding Restaurateur in the James Beard Foundation’s 2009 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Congratulations and best of luck to all restaurants and their staffs. Beard would likely have approved of Trader Joe’s, the gourmet grocery known for organic produce and Two-Buck Chuck. Find out yourself when it opens in Winston-Salem… soon. Also in Winston-Salem, Whole Foods Market is raffling off free flowers for a year. See the website, or visit the store for details. Deadline is March 4. On Wednesday, check out the newest vegetarian cooking class series that begins at EarthFare at 6 p.m. Chef Purva Darling has 37 years of experience with vegetarian restaurants — remember Govinda’s? — and seating will be limited. Go to or call 336.369.0190 for more details. Also on Wednesday, Vintage 301 rolls out a new menu… more details on that as they emerge. Thursday sees a Slow Food Piedmont event, Gardening to Nourish Self and Neighbor, at UNCG’s Bryan Building. Registration is required, but the event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please contact John R. Sopper, Grogan College Program, UNCG 336.334.5898, or e-mail at On Saturday, a progressive food and wine pairing along the wineries of the Haw River Trail. Oddly enough, very little info on this one is out there, but food will include Giacomo’s salami. Calico Farmstead cheese and Bamboo Ladies pickled bamboo. Hit the Grove Winery in Gibsonville to kick things off. Also on this day, the first wine and beer specialty shop opens in Asheboro. Lumina Wine and Beer, owned by Jennifer Parrish, her brother Tim Moss and Emily Hieronymus at 152 Sunset Ave. in downtown Asheboro, will have a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m., followed by hours upon hours of total debauchery. Kidding! It should be a classy affair. “Tim and I visited Sonoma a couple of years ago and had kind of joked that if ever Asheboro legalized alcohol, we’d open a wine shop,” Parrish said in a press release. “This past summer, the three of us decided that we should if we ever wanted to… now was the time!”