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by Brian Clarey

How to explain the dearth of food-related events and news in the Triad? For one, we’ve reached a lull in our agricultural cycle, the overlap between the end of tomato season and the beginning of pumpkin season. Plus, we’re all suffering from a late-summer indulgence in our area’s natural bounty. The restaurants have yet to announce their fall menus and seasonal specials. And it’s still too early in tailgating season to start talking about meat on the bone.

But there’s news from Greensboro College, where the 14th annual Soup Bowl raised more than 7,000 cans of food for Greensboro Urban ministry and Second Harvest Food Bank. It’s a fine reminder to remember those who don’t have enough to eat as the summer winds down.

And in Greensboro, the Little Brown Bag has opened for lunchtime deliveries in the downtown area, complete with a phone number, 336.833.0304; a gmail account, littlebrownbagit@gmail.com; and a blog, littlebrownbagit.wordpress.com. Dishes use fresh, locally grown ingredients and everything, including the condiments, are made from scratch.

Friday night (finally) sees the latest soft-shell lobster night at Undercurrent Restaurant. They are likely sold out ,but give a call to 336.370.126 just to be sure. Also on Friday, Barnhills in Winston-Salem hosts a Grove Winery tasting while the merlot ferments at the winery itself.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will offer tastes of Spanish and Portuguese wines — Iber-riffic — at all three Triad Locations.

And the Fresh Market in Greensboro holds a Hope Floats fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation featuring icecream sundaes, hot dogs, cookies and, yep, root-beer floats.

Saturday is Farmers Appreciation Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. They’re tasting wine at EarthFare. And the Fresh Market will hold a cooking demonstration with Mediterranean chicken with olives and artichokes.

And Tuesday is Raspberry Day at Krankies Farmers Market, featuring fruit grown without the benefit or detriment of pesticides from Plum Granny Farm in Stokes County.

Also, look out for seasonal items at Cracker Barrel featuring apples; the special kicks in some time over the next seven days. I am personally looking forward to the apple-streusel French toast.

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