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by Brian Clarey

This is it, folks, the week for which we’ve been waiting all winter long. After a couple false starts, spring is underway and with its bounty come the stirrings of the long-dormant culinary scene. Sweet Temptations Bakery in Greensboro knows the holidays are coming around and is offering seasonal Passover and Easter items available for mail order at 336.254.7219 or order directly from the website at A new company, Vintage Treks, is organizing tours of the Triad’s award-winning vineyards and winemakers. Jim and Carol Lavis, along with their son, Josh, will run tours on weekends with tastings and vineyard walks. Check out their site at www. The Grove Winery, meanwhile, celebrates Spring Into Grove with discounts in the tasting room through April 16. Greensboro’s Undercurrent releases its new spring menu. I like the looks of the beef and spinach roulade, the shrimp fritters and the cornmealdusted rainbow trout. Check it out for yourself at, or strop by their downtown locale and taste it for yourself. Undercurrent also holds a wine dinner Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. with Ignacio Edwards of the Luis Felipe Edwards Winery in California’s Colchagua Valley. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation. Fast forward to a busy weekend, where everybody not tending their lawns and gardens will be watching college basketball. Harper’s Restaurant in Greensboro is counting on the hoops junkies during the weekend’s NCAA games with a big-game burger deal: an Angus burger and a draft for $5. On Saturday the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market opens its season with an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m., rain or shine, for kids ages 2-9. Bring a basket. In anticipation of the 2009 season of the Winston- Salem Dash, the Triad’s favorite homeless baseball team, Christopher’s of Winston-Salem has opened a beer garden in the shadow of the unfinished arena. Grand opening is Saturday, 4 p.m. just off Business 40. The place will feature a full menu, indoor and outdoor seating and a piano bar, and it’s likely the place I will be watching the World Series if the freakin’ Mets can get it together. Sunday is a big day. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds its annual spring pottery sale: “More than 80 local craft artisans exhibit and sell handmade crafts, including pottery, home decor, hand-crafted pottery, jewelry, florals, fiber arts and wearables, soaps, sculpture, wood, folk art, and more,” sayeth the press release. Also, Slow Food Piedmont brings news of an organic vegetable gardening class at 2 p.m. at Winston-Salem’s Knollwood Baptist Church. The event, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, brings instructor Tony Kleese, who “will be energizing you with info about soil building, growing from transplants, natural ways to deal with pests and disease, and lots more about organic growing. Bring your vegetable garden questions and issues. You will also get an opportunity to network with fellow organic growers and make new, enthusiastic gardening friends! Check www. for registration info. Also: Next Tuesday is Dime Cookie Day at the Winston-Salem Whole Foods Market. Chocolate chip. All day. For a dime.