amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

September is national Food Safety Month… so, you know, give that leftover chicken salad a good sniff before you eat it. But bigger and more immediate: Labor Day Weekend, which commences on Friday (or Wednesday night if you really want to push it), commands most of the attention from the culinary folk, leaving a dearth of food-related events this week. Rest assured, there will be barbecues. But also the weekend marks an effort by Slow Food USA called the Eat-In Challenge, a grassroots protest against the nation’s school lunches — which are right up there with prison food in terms of nutritional content and deliciosity. The protest takes the form of a petition (available at www. and a network of potluck suppers across the nation. Point person for the Piedmont Triad event is Margaret Neff of Winston- Salem. E-mail her at mnneff@gmail. com or call 336.240.8374. Taste of the Triad, the Guilford County Hotel/Motel Association’s big to-do, donated more than $12,000 to Greensboro Urban Ministry and the GTCC culinary program after the June 15 event.The $5,582 share taken home by the GTCC culinary program came at the “right time,” according to Department Chair Joyce Hill. Madison Park Caf’ in Greensboro has just stocked up on veal skirt steak (served noisette, with mushroom, fig and pear demi-glace) and swordfish (glazed with mustard and served oevr heirloom tomatoes). Also, they may have your umbrella. The Noble’s family of restaurants has established a Twitter feed and a Facebook presence. Welcome to the new media landscape, guys. And if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, hit up the Grove Winery, where all weekend long they will be stomping grapes (literally) during Crafts in the Grove, capped off by’s Swirlfest, a celebration of the grape featuring journeyman folkster Bruce Piephoff.