amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

YES! Weekly Publisher Charles Womack treated himself to the tasting menu of Chef Andy Furness at Ganache Restaurant & Bakery last week and brought back a signed copy of the menu. Womack’s favorite course was the first: tenderloin ravioli in a mushroom-cognac sauce. I was intrigued by the Thai chili bearnaise atop filet medallions in the main course. In fast-food news, you can get peach shakes at Chik-fil-A. Also, Greensboro is a test market for Burger King’s new ribs — yes, ribs. Burger King now sells meat off the bone. II just put away an eight-piece box, and I can tell you that they are definitely ribs, certainly microwaved and probably destined for the crap heap — at least here in the Triad, where at least 10 good rib joints do their thing. Speaking of ribs, the Texas Pete Twin City RibFest goes down Thursday through Sunday at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Come for Vanilla Ice, stay for the pork. Burger King doesn’t stand a chance. On Wednesday, 6 th & Vine screens Beach Blanket Bingo as part of its ongoing Dinner and a Movie series. This is one of the best of the Beach Party series starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and it would go great with a mai tai. Also on Wednesday, Vintage 301 throws a Riesling tasting that begins at 7 p.m. On Thursday, if you’re not skipping work to go out to the RibFest, you can attend EarthFare’s Hawaiian grill out from 1 to 4 p.m. Five bucks gets you Hawaiian food, Hawaiian beer, Hawaiian music and Hawaiian ice cream. Twenty percent of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. On Saturday, Guilford County Department of Public Health holds a health screening from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., offering tetanus-diptherispertussis vaccinations and HIV and syphilis testing. Things are more festive in the Camel City, which sees the Jazz, Poetry & Wine event, promising to “celebrate wine and the coolness of beatnik culture through words, music, and wine samplings.” The event is at 7:30 p.m. in Old Salem’s James A. Gray Auditorium. For ticket information call 336.721.7350 or go to www. On Sunday, check out the 2009 Farm to Fork Picnic at the WC Breeze Family Farm in Hurdle Mills. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Visit www. for the local, sustainable skinny. Monday evening sees one of my favorite events: the Guilford County Hotel Motel Association’s Taste culinary sampling and silent auction, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Greensboro. The event features samples and demos from some of the area’s most exciting chefs and kitchens — it’s like hitting 20 restaurants in two hours, and if you get your tickets this week you still qualify for the early-bird price. The website,, has all gory details, or call 336.378.6465. On Tuesday, you can take part in a Kids in the Kitchen event at EarthFare at 4:30 p.m. Or you can visit the weekly Krankie’s Coffee Farmers Market, which is held every Tuesday at the coffee shop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.