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by Brian Clarey

Big doings in the Triad as we finally — finally — get some overbearing heat up in here. Seriously: I like it when it’s like 95 degrees out, and the inside of my car feels like an oven. Moving on…. On the national front, Pamela’s Products has announced the fourth annual Gluten-Free Recipe Contest, with a deadline of June 1. Check the website,, for more information.

Noble’s Grill in Winston-Salem has released a spring menu that features “more composed big plates,” kind of a fancy version of the skillet meals at Denny’s. Check it out: wood-grilled bone-in pork chop with sweet-potato fingerlings, mustard greens and Dijon jus; pan-roasted Carolina striper with eggplant caponata, seasoned with fennel pollen and basil oil. You get the picture. Noble’s also leaks word of Triad Restaurant Week, which will begin next month. More to come on that front…. Wednesday is Earth Day. Celebrate at Greensboro’s Center City Park with a daylong festival hosted by Green Drinks Greensboro, Action Greensboro and the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. Beer, food and a shredding tent. Follow it up with the Victory Beer Dinner at B: five courses paired with Victory beers. I like the fourth course, fried brioche with chicken livers and apricots paired with Victory’s Golden Monkey brew. Call 336.333.3190 to see if they can fit you in. Or try the wine dinner at Undercurrent, four courses paired with selections from the Torii Mor Winery. The money here is the second course, seared duck breast with raspberry-dried cherry tart, burnt honey duck glace, watercress and asparagus. Friday is Arbor Day. Plant a tree, or tend to the ones that you have. Saturday begins with Herb Fest at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, with exhibits from the Herbal Thyme Herb Guild. Then you can divide your time between the Deep Roots Market Taste Fair in Greensboro, a free event featuring food, farmers, music and a free dog wash that runs from noon until 4 p.m.; and EarthFare’s Blues Que & BBQ Cookout, which benefits the United Arts Council and promises music by local band Certified Organic and vegan barbecue alongside the genuine article. Wrap things up with our friends at Vintage 301, which cleaned up this week in our readers’ choice awards. They’re celebrating by throwing a cocktail party beginning at 10 p.m. which could last until last call at 2 a.m. And remember that Winston-Salem’s Big Eat has been extended throughout the month of April. This means that on Tuesday nights, participating restaurants — more than 20 of them — will offer signature items at discounted rates. To see who is participating and what they’ll be serving hit the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership website at This week we reccommend trying the shepherd’s pie at Finnigan’s Wake or the VV Mama’s Meatloaf at Sweet Potatoes.

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