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by Brian Clarey

BRIAN CLAREY Good news people: The radishes are rising from our little patch of earth. Surely the squash, beans and sunflowers can’t be far behind. Things are beginning to sprout all over the Triad, in fact… particularly in the culinary scene. This week is Triad Restaurant Week, in which 20 area restaurants offer three-course meals for $30 a head. Not enough room to list all the details, but participating restaurants include 223 South Elm, Bernadin’s, Bistro Sofia, Bleu, Camel City Café, Chop House (Greensboro and Winston), the Green Valley Grill, Hutch and Harris, Liberty Oak, Meridian, Milner’s, Town Bistro, Noble’s Grille, Print Works Bistro, River Birch Lodge, Sweet Basil’s and Undercurrent Restaurant. Check out the website,, for details. Saturday sees the Salut! wine celebration on 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem, with food, music, tastings and partying in the street. Also on Saturday: BestHealth presents a healthy snack picnic at 11 a.m. at the Hanes Mall for children 5 to 7 years old with registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy. EarthFare presents the Women’s Health Fair, also at 11 a.m., featuring free tai chi and instruction in how to make your own spa products. And Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem presents a Mother’s Day celebration a day early at noon with ZUZU makeup, complimentary sparkling wine and strawberries, gift bags and music by the Fables. Space is limited; call 336.722.9233 for a reservation. More Saturday happenings: The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds the Triad Chili Cook Off, in cahoots with the NC Chili Appreciation Society. Call 800.642.0500 for more info. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds its annual Strawberry Day beginning at 6 a.m. eith strawberry pancakes by Alex Amoroso of Cheesecakes by Alex. And the Grove Winery kicks off its weekend Mother’s Day wine and chocolate sampling. Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here are some suggestions: Liberty Oak has started serving brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. I’m told the menu will include chicken and waffles, and also a fried green tomato salad with buttermilk-lime dressing, but the rest is pretty hush-hush. The Melting Pot will feature a special Mother’s Day dinner menu on Sunday. Call 336.545.6233 for reservations. Spring Garden Bakery & Coffeehouse presents a Mother’s Day cookie decorating workshop on Sunday, encouraging moms and their kids to decorate springthemed sugar cookies beginning at 10 a.m. The Fresh Market holds specials on ready-to-eat foods so mom won’t have to cook — I like the looks of the bleu cheese potato salad. Undercurrent Restaurant holds a special Mother’s Day lunch with the first seating at 11:30 a.m. Details are scarce. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation. Here’s a couple more tidbits for your amusement: Brixx Pizza opens in Winston-Salem this week at the Shoppes on Little Creek. And the Mayflower seafood restaurant, also in the Camel City, has been rebuilt and reopened on Peters Creek Parkway. Happy Mother’s Day!