by Charles Womack

The Bistro; 5704 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.294.4610

The Bistro, conveniently located less than a mile from the YES! Weekly offices in Adams Farm, launched a new menu last Tuesday and my wife Gracie and I had to give it a try.

I was encouraged to give the duck and collard green spring rolls ($12) a taste by my wife, who had enjoyed them just the other day for lunch. They were delivered to the table by Chef Kristina Fuller, who opened the place with her mother Rhonda in October 2008. The chef explained to me that the new item was inspired by a recent visit to Charleston, where she had tried a pork and collard green spring roll.

“I knew how popular any item we served with collard greens were in our restaurant and I kept thinking, ‘What would be good with collard greens?’ and duck came to me,” she says.

Well the combo is a success, a cranberry-leek marmalade balancing out the dish perfectly.

But I can’t stop there… because as the spring rolls proceeded to “hit the spot”, Chef Fuller brought out a few more new appetizer items for us to try each one offering knock out blow after blow.

My favorite: a sweet potato ravioli tossed in a maple cream sauce topped with pulled pork and sweet peas, devoured in seconds and the plate licked clean. Maple cream sauce… need I say more.

If you are encouraged to give the Bistro a try, the perfect night could be Sat., Jan 23 as they are hosting a Chef’s Tasting. This event allows customers to sample nearly every item on the menu for just $40. The event starts seating at 6:45 p.m. and reservations are required. Call 336.294.4610 for more information.

Charles Womack