amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

Is anybody else out there really thirsty? lord knows I am, and while a glass of water might be just the thing in these dog days, lately I’ve felt more and more grateful for that most wonderful of nature’s gifts: beer. It’s made from water, grains and a little yeast — like liquid bread. But if you want to learn more about how to make beer, you might want to reserve a spot at Foothills Brewing Company’s Beer School, which begins on saturday at 2:30 p.m. e-mail to reserve a space. In other beer news, hype is mounting for the annual Summertime Brews Fest, brought to you by Rock 92 and YES! Weekly. The event, which is on Aug. 15, can be explored in more detail at the website, In other drinking news, Green Drinks Greensboro is looking for photography and video footage of their events. Got some? shoot it out to More news: Winners of the Biscuitville 2009 Bake- Off included Chuck Alston, operator of the Greensboro store on West Wendover Avenue, and crew member Marcela Merlin from the Reynolda Road store in Winston-salem. Also, Tonic, a taps bar, has opened on 4th street in downtown Winston-salem by our old friends Terry and Freddy Lee, who own Bernardin’s and Bleu. Can’t wait to try that one out. Here’s how the rest of the week shakes out. Wednesday sees a vegetarian cooking class at EarthFare in Greensboro. Class begins promptly at 6 p.m. with Meggan Reagan and Mackenzie Logan. Reserve a spot at 336.369.0190. Also on Wednesday, 6th & Vine screens Private Benjamin at 9 p.m. as part of its Dinner and a Movie series. On Thursday, Carrabbas Italian Grill holds its Mix It Up for MDA event at 5 p.m. at both of its Greensboro locations. A ticket gets you food samples and a signature cocktail; proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. And Noble’s Grill in Winston-salem introduces Noble’s Hour every Thursday with food and drink specials from 5:30-7:30 p.m. On Friday the Grove Winery releases its 2008 Eno River White at the winery and the Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough. On saturday, BestHealth holds a lesson in how to pack a school lunch box from 1:30-2:30 p.m. with Chef Nikki Miller-Ka at the Hanes Mall. Or feel free to head out to the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, where the General Green Auto Show will be rolling all morning. Then, on Aug. 4, head out to NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro for the NewBridge Bank Invitational Football and Cheerleading Jamboree Kick-Off Luncheon, which begins at noon and features remarks by Honorary Chairman Ricky Proehl. For more information, call Jillian Gibson 336-369-0916; or visit And, as always, Krankie’s holds its excellent farmers market on Tuesday morning from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.