amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

Something, or someone, has been eating my tomatoes — but I’m pretty sure it’s a critter because only the choicest bits of the tomatoes are getting sucked out, like a vegetarian vampire has been prowling my backyard. Anyway, there’s big news in the all-you-caneat restaurant world. An operator of more than 50 Golden Corral restaurants with offices in Durham, CG Management LLC, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — so take an extra lap the next time you’re in there. A Charlotte chef, Jean-Pierre Marecha of the Savannah Red Restaurant at Charlotte Marriott City Center, has been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City this month. Perhaps he’ll make his famous brandy-scented lobster cobbler, based on a classic peach cobbler, except with lobster. More from the Queen City: Noble’s Restaurant in Charlotte has added a new bar menu, which includes a house steak burger and crabcake sliders. How about some love here in the Triad, Jim Noble? Locally, Total Wine is showcasing Italian wines this week with select bottles. On Wednesday, Greensboro’s EarthFare hosts a Kids Healthy Lunchbox Tour at 4:30 p.m. with information, demos and samples. On Thursday over at the Hanes Malll, BestHealth instructs in Fighting Cancer With Your Fork with distitian Julie Lanford at 11 a.m. On Friday, BestHealth delivers Scrumptious After-School Snacks at 11 a.m. with Chef Thomas Lantz, who will provide samples and recipes so that little Tyler and Taylor can fit into their school uniforms this year. Also on Friday, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds its annual Watermelon Day and the Grove Winery releases its Jug-House Blush, described on the website as “a blend of estate-grown white wine with strawberry and raspberry overtones. Perfect for the front porch or day at the lake.” And the label was designed by my friend Pam Lynch. On Saturday you can attend the Grove Winery’s Haw River Paddle Dinner. Put in at the Grove, paddle a few miles and then take a ride back to the winery where a multi-course wine dinner will follow. Make a reservation at the website, or call 336.260.6465 to sign up with the Haw River Canoe Company. On Sunday, check out Vintage 301’s new jazz brunch, which Rowe Piper promises runs just between $3 and $7 and is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, BestHealth gives some practical knowledge with Soccer Parent Meals at 2 p.m., designed to teach busy parents and kids to practice nutrition as much as they practice corner kicks. Chef Betty Morton presides.