amuse bouche

by Brian Clarey

amuse bouche

No time for jokes people. Big things a-brewin’. Madison Park Café in Greensboro touts new shipments of tuna, veal skirt steaks, oysters and frog legs available while supplies last.

Vintage 301 boasts a new fall menu featuring, among other items, fried apple ravioli, steak chilaquiles and Dan-be mushrooms, rubbed with Dijon mustard and wrapped in bacon. The Avenue, on the first floor of Greensboro’s CenterPointe, has begun its lunch buffet with items like horseradish-crusted tilapia and haricot verts, which are fancy green beans. Also, there will be cookies. Undercurrent in Greensboro debuts a new tasting menu. The dish they’re pumping is sesame-nishiki rice cakes with summer kimchee, avocado and Thai chile-miso sauce. I, for one, am in. And Harper’s Restaurant in Greensboro (not the place with the naked car wash) begins its three-course dinner for two for less than $30 that will run all month. Here is the day-to-day breakdown.

On Wednesday, Green Drinks Greensboro meets at the Green Bean at 5:30 p.m. Also, Vintage 301 stages a Thomas Creek beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. Six courses, six beers. Call the restaurant at 336.333.3190 for a reservation or you may get left out. On Friday, Greensboro’s EarthFare participates in a food drive for Urban Ministry. The larder is low, so please give if you can. Whole Foods in Winston-Salem hosts a book signing with Dr. Ski Chilton, author of The Gene Smart Diet, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. If you’re in downtown Greensboro, you might want to check out Table 16’s champagne flight and tartare bar, a pairing of the bubbly with selected raw items only available on Fridays in September. Saturday sees the March of Dimes Chili Cook- Off and Rubber Duck Regatta in Clemmons’ Tanglewood Park. Chili, music and, yeah, rubber ducks. Also on Saturday out in Snow Camp, the final Slow Food banquet of the summer happens. Billed as the Arabian Nights, it takes place at the Cane Creek and Braeburn farms at 5:30 p.m. with storytelling, dancing, camaraderie and food from Lucky 32’s Chef Jay Pierce.

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And if you’re out and about in Greensboro on Tuesday night, try the new family-style tasting menu at Table 16, available only on Tuesdays in September. Oh, and Hardee’s, a NC-born company, signed a deal with the UNC basketball program to celebrate the Tarheels’ 100th anniversary. Look for the special Carolina blue Hardee’s logo soon.