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by Brian Clarey

amuse bouche

As I have noted elsewhere in this issue, the pickings from my garden are looking pretty slim these days — not to say that all is lost. I’m expecting a huge bounty, or at least a good basket of tomatoes, in a matter of weeks. Likewise, the culinary offerings in the Triad are sparse this week, though the events that are going down are as sweet and succulent as… well, as July tomatoes, of course. But first you need to know that Greensboro’s Vintage 301 has updated its kitchen and changed its menu, and beginning this weekend will be offering brunch starting at 11 a.m. The place has great food and a great location (not to mention great beers, wines and cocktails), so it stands to reason that the brunch will be fabulous. Also of note: Undercurrent Restaurant will hold a wine dinner next week, on Wednesday July 15, to benefit Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer. The meal features wines from Oregon’s Arbor Brook Vineyards and will be hosted by the vintner, Mary Hansen. Menu highlights include a honeydew-scallop ceviche roll with fig relish and a crazy-ass rubbed pork belly. For more information call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 or go to the website, www.undercurrentrestaurant.com. Moving on…. On Friday, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market celebrates Peach Day beginning at 10 a.m. Come out to sample several local varieties and pick up a bushel or two. On Saturday, Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market is Livin’ la Vida Local from 1 until 4 p.m. The free event features local farmers and producers, samples, demonstrations and veggie painting for the kids. All locavores are welcome. Also on Saturday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market celebrates Berry Day from 6 a.m. until noon. As always, Alex Amoroso from Cheesecakes by Alex will be making specialty pancakes, this time in blueberry. On Sunday it’s worth a trip to EarthFare for Chef Ricardo’s Authentic Appalachian Tomato Sauce Tasting, which begins at noon. The awardwinning sauce comes in three flavors — tomato and basil, Mediterranean and Mucho Macho with fire-roasted peppers — and is made with Haywood Country tomatoes. Also on Sunday, the High Point Museum hosts an ice cream social fundraiser from 2 until 5 p.m. The ice cream will be that new soft-serve from Krispy Kreme. On Tuesday, July 14, EarthFare holds Organics 101, a lesson and store tour in organic, healthy eating complete with handouts and samples. And, as it goes in every Tuesday, Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem holds its own hipster farmers market, which is just like a regular farmers market but much more cool and clever, from 11 am. until 1 p.m.

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