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by Brian Clarey

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As far as food holidays go, the Fourth of July is a pretty good one: steaks, hot dogs and burgers on the grill; cold salads and coolers full of beer; ice cream sandwiches, lemonade and popsicles. As a boy growing up on Long Island, we would eat lobsters from Jordan’s Lobster Farm on Independence Day weekend — we still do, if we’re up there. But the national chain Bruegger’s Bagels hopes that you’ll be eating some of their product: red, white and blue bagels, available only on July 3-4. I doubt they’ll be eating them on Long Island, but for the NC Piedmont Triad they will do. In other food-related news with Long Island roots, according to a poster on Chowhound.com, Harris Teeter is in the process of switching out the Dietz & Watson meats and cheeses behind its deli counters for Boar’s Head products. The Chowhound poster was a bit put off by this, but I am pleased. Boar’s Head brand cold cuts were in the sandwiches of my youth — they’re very popular in the Northeast — and for me it’s like having one more Yankee move to town… in a good way. More news: Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro has unveiled a new summer lunch menu heavy on the three S’s of the midday meal: soups, salads and sandwiches. I have my eye on the organic greens salad with buttermilk bleu cheese, tossed with sunflower seeds and dried cherries. I wonder: Who is tossing everybody’s salads at Undercurrent these days, anyway? They’ve also added a slew of new desserts, one of which is a dark chocolate mousse over a cream cheese-chocolate torte. It’s a slow week for food events that don’t happen in people’s backyards. Wednesday sees the Wine Down Wednesday special at 6 CORRECTION: Last week’s story on Dan Thai Jazz Bistro inadvertently gave the wrong phonbe number. The correct phone number is 336.889.3896. th & Vine in Winston-Salem with tastings, specials and cheap appetizers that happens the first Wednesday of each month. Meanwhile, Greensboro’s Café Europa maintains its half-price wine special every Wednesday on the patio. On Thursday, Winston-Salem’s Downtown Farmers Market holds a watermelon-carving contest that begins at 10 a.m. Interested participants should call 336.724.2474 or cityofws.org to register. Registration closes on Wednesday, publication day of this newspaper, so get cracking if you want in. Also on Thursday, BounceU kicks off its Kids Feeding Kids Food Drive at its Greensboro and Winston-Salem locations beginning at 10 a.m. Here’s the deal: Donate two non-perishable food items at one of the BounceU stadiums, which will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, and you can bounce for an hour. Friday through Sunday, bounce sessions are discounted to $5 with food donations. Need a quote to drive the story home? I happen to have one right here, courtesy of a press release. “We’re delighted to have BounceU help us keep food on the table for area children and their families this summer”, said Clyde Fitzgerald, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank. Enjoy the holiday weekend, and don’t forget to let go of the firecrackers after you light them.

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