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by Brian Clarey

 A lot of news this week, kids, so let’s get right to it. In area openings: Winston-Salem now has a Ben & Jerry’s at Harper Hill Commons, just in time for Ben & Jerry’s Day, which is Wednesday. It is billed as a Summer Scoop Shop, though the company has said it may become a permanent store. Also, High Point now has Dan Thai, a high-end mix of Thai food, elegant cocktails and jazz music. Look for more in this space soon. In menu news, Undercurrent unveils a new May tasting menu. I have room for just one highlight, a second course dish: rare seared tuna with a curried carrot and mango summer roll, soy reduction and rice wine-pea puree. Also, the tasting menu is now available for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. More: Table 16 says it’s open season for gazpacho (because of the fresh veggies) and softshell crab (because it’s spring). The two go great together, by the way. And Bistro Sofia has a new prix fixe deal: $25 gets you three courses. Things to remember here: vol au vent is light pastry, and haricot verts are grean beans. Natty Greene’s has released its Summerfest brew; Churchill’s has begun serving appetizers from Rim Tapas Restaurant; and of you ever get a chance to try Laura’s Brownies — tiny brownies stuffed with chocolate chips and caramel — you should. Check it out at www.laurasbrownies.com. Whew. On Wednesday, BestHealth in Winston- Salem presents Salt Talk at 1 p.m. with registered dietitian Amy Fanjoy. Bring your own pretzels. Friday sees Strawberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market beginning at 10 a.m., and according to the website a state strawberry specialist will be on hand to answer all your strawberry-related questions. Also on Friday: Undercurrent holds a wine dinner featuring bottles from Chile’s Casa Lapostolle winery in the private dining room. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 for reservations. On Saturday, Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market hosts saxophonist Jerry D at 3 p.m. What this has to do with whole food, I don’t know, but you can buy copies of his newest CD Deseo, which, I believe, is Spanish for “I desire.” But the hot ticket on Saturday is the Wiener Roast at Castle McCulloch, which begins at 10 a.m. There will be weenies, yes, but the event is a dachshund rescue party that centers on wiener dogs. From the press release: “This event will include dachshund gift related booths, nail clipping booth, dachshund medical expert booth, food vendors, a silent auction and raffle to benefit the rescue organizations, and games including wiener races and the popular wiener costume contest.” Then on Tuesday, May 19, head to EarthFare for a Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class at 4:30 p.m. Register at 336.369.0190. Do I have enough room left to talk about Oprah, Greensboro, downloadable coupons and KFC grilled chicken? No? Let’s just say it didn’t work out the way it was supposed to….

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