Fair-weather fiends will appreciate the slew of culinary events this week, many of which take advantage of the great outdoors.
Like the open house at the Goat Lady Dairy in Climax on Sunday at 1 p.m.. I've long been a fan of the Goat Lady (AKA Ginny Tate) and her brother Steve - the farm, the ethic, but mostly their cheeses. The Gray's Chapel is just incredible. The event - free and open to the public, but no pets please - includes a tour of the grounds, some demos and surely some samples of their fine goat-milk products.
Over at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, the annual Taste Carolina Wine Festival brings growers, vintners and people who drink wine at 11 a.m. together on Saturday until 6 p.m. There will also be arts and crafts, food and live music to celebrate the diversity in the North Carolina winemaking community.
The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market celebrates Herb Day, also on Saturday, brought to you by the Herbal Thyme herb guild. Free herb, I guess - the announcement is pretty vague.
EarthFare in Greensboro opens its parking lot early this week for Earth Day, with samples and giveaways on Tuesday. The following Monday, the organic grocer hosts a discussion on the connection between attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder and nutrition, free at 6:30 p.m.
Springtime is marked by Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar with a new prixe fixe, three-course menu that includes entrees like spicy tempura shrimp with chili aioli and pineapple-mango salsa. Call the restaurant in Greensboro at 336.294.7790 to get in on it.
If you're one of those who just doesn't like sunshine and fresh air, get out to the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem this weekend and hole yourself up in an air-conditioned theater to watch All In This Tea, a documentary feature about "the hidden world of tea" sourced and shot in remote regions of China. It screens Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Sawtooth Building, Friday at 1 p.m. in the Main Theater and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Reynolda House.
Also: Congratulations are in order for Tammy Hawk and Karla Causey.
Hawk, of Greensboro, has completed manager certification from the Ben & Jerry's ice cream concern. She works at the Greensboro and High Point locations. To celebrate, Ben & Jerry's presents Free Ice Cream Cone day on Tuesday. Or maybe it's just a concidence. Either way, proceeds go to local charities.
Causey of Statesville penned a winning entry in Harris Teeter's jingle contest. Causey, known in her hometown as the "Iredell Idol," won $10,000 and will appear in a Harris Teeter commercial. Apparently she's an actual musician, with a MySpace page and everything. Check out her dusky, rich vocals on her cover of "Gimme One Reason" on her profile page.