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by Brian Clarey

A mid-spring chill belies all the good things heating up in the Triad culinary scene this week. And remember that April showers are a contributory factor to the North Carolina agricultural bounty. I know my peaches are astonishing this year.

First, understand that Burger King is market testing a new brunch menu that includes a ciabatta breakfast sandwich with tomato sauce and a non-alcoholic mimosa made with orange juice and Sprite.

Locally, Summit Station puts up new menu items: roasted red pepper hummus, a few grouper items, fried jalapeno ravioli, summit dogs and the Station Philly.

On Thursday, Giovanni’s on the Greensboro-Jamestown border celebrates its 10th anniversary with a taste of Italy. Also, the Winston-Salem Girls on Grapes meets at Chelsee’s Coffee at 7 p.m. with wines from Divine Llama in East Bend and a presentation by La Vida Massage.

On Friday, Total Wine & More begins a weekend-long tasting at all its Triad stores featuring summer wines. And Greensboro’s Fresh Market holds a cooking demo featuring tilapia Parmesan at 2 p.m.

Saturday sees Family Services Taste of the Town in Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center with live music, games, food from all your favorite local restaurants and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. Ticjkets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information call 336.722.8173.

Also on Derby Day, Greensboro’s Flat Iron holds a Dining for Friends Party with aps, booze and music by Rodie Ray.

On Sunday, both the Rising Meadow Farm and the Goat Lady Dairy celebrate Open Farm Day with tours, lecture and tastings between 1 and 5 p.m. For more information go to the events page at www. slowfoodpiedmont.org.

And, oddly enough, Tuesday is the big one this week.

Krankie’s Farmers Market begins the day with a coffee tasting out in Winston- Salem. Tuesday is also Dining Out for Hunger Day in the Triad, where participating restaurants will donate a piece of the take to help those among us who don’t have enough to eat.

Donations go to Greensboro Urban Ministry, Open Door Ministry and West End Ministries in Guilford County, Crisis Control Ministry in Forsyth County and Alamance Community Services in Alamance County. For a list of participating restaurants go to www.diningoutforhunger.org.

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