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by Brian Clarey

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Summer begins with a full buffet of event in the Triad culinary scene, but first a few notes. Mixed news for fat people this summer as Krispy Kreme debuts its line of Kool Kreme soft-serve ice cream treats, which can be enjoyed in a cone or a shake, or piled right on top of a doughnut. And Pizza Hut has debuted its new value menu that includes pizza rolls, personal pizzas and P’zones. But Toll House cookie dough is still under recall due to salmonella fears. Meanwhile, downtown Greensboro sees a new specialty wine store and café, Passion Fruit, on Elm Street in what used to be Barack Obama’s Greensboro election headquarters. And downtown Winston-Salem celebrates the acquisition by Sands Coffee Bar of a beer and wine license, so drink up, people. Wednesday sees EarthFare’s vegetarian cooking class at its Greensboro location beginning at 6 p.m. Meggan Reagan and Mackenzie Logan will be whipping up tasty nutritious and low-fat recipes, register by calling 336.369.0190. Also, Green Drinks Winston-Salem meets at Krankie’s Coffee at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by One Hero Creative. On Thursday, EarthFare fires up the grill at 4 p.m. for its Rock Out Hunger benefit for Mobile Meals of Greensboro. Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem gets into the act of Friday with a Peach Party that runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and purports to celebrate all things peachy. Earlier in the day, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market will celebrate Blueberry Day with plenty of fresh, local product. Saturday is a great day for the folks who favor free food. Mr Dunderbak’s Old World Market is giving away free reuben sandwiches to all dine-in customers from noon until 7 p.m. Cellar 4201 in East Bend will hold a concert featuring Big Ron Hunter to celebrate the release of its Stainless Chardonnay. On the menu will be Beer Can Chicken and other dishes by Chef Jeff Hammonds. For more: 336.699.6030, cellar4201@ triad.rr.com, www.cellar4201.com. Not to be outdone, the Grove Winery releases its 2007 Symphony. Symphony is a sweet wine made with grapes from Lenox Castle Vineyard that have just a touch of the noble rot. On Monday, Spring Garden Bakery in Greensboro holds Cookie Camp for kids 12 and up. This is the first day of a four-day camp that includes the baking, decorating and consuming of three types of cookies — “classic thumbprints, cut out shortbread decorated with vibrant royal icing, and finally a design your own flavor cookie,” according to a press release. For more information or to make a reservation call 336.272.8199. Then, on Tuesday, the hipsters at Krankie’s roll out the weekly farmers market. The sign promises “produce, baked goods, local cheese and more.” Also, you should try the coffee. It’s excellent.

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