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Merlej58 Apr 7, 2011 02:13 PM

We will be having a graduation party for 5 families and are looking for a great cake - we found the "Emerald Event Center" and their "Create a Cake" caterers but I would love to know what experience others have had with them? I'm curious about Ganache, and what people think of their cakes as well. Any different suggestions?
Also learned that Bistro Sofia closed, so wondering what your favorite non-chain restaurants in the area are these days - Is Table 16 still terrific? How is Undercurrent vs. Lucky 32? Is 223 South Elm still in existence? Lunch, dinner or brunch recs would be greatly appreciated.

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Table 16
600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

Lucky 32 Restaurant
109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

223 South Elm
223 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Bistro Sofia
616 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

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    burgeoningfoodie RE: Merlej58 Apr 8, 2011 09:18 AM

    223 South Elm closed last year, but I think the others are still around and going strong. I'll post links to the recs I've got... The only time I've been in the area for lunch I did take away from Giacomo's and ate in a park. I have heard good things about Vietnamese food in the area and so that may be worth checking out as a lunch option.

    http://biancasrestaurant.com/
    http://1618concepts.com/wordpress
    http://www.printworksbistro.com/index...
    http://www.greenvalleygrill.com/index...
    http://www.undercurrentrestaurant.com/
    http://www.sweetbasilsrestaurant.com/
    http://www.libertyoakrestaurant.com/i...
    http://www.table16restaurant.com/
    http://bertsseafoodgrille.com/

    Sweet Treats
    http://www.cheesecakesbyalex.com/
    http://locoforcocochocolate.com/

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    223 South Elm
    223 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

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      brentk RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 8, 2011 10:34 AM

      I'm not a big cake eater, but my wife seems to like Delicious and Maxie B's.

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        Merlej58 RE: brentk Apr 8, 2011 12:53 PM

        Wow, the Delicious website looks fantastic if not a little overwhelming. Is there any cake flavor in particular they are known for in the area? Does your wife have any favorites? Thank you, this is a fantastic lead!

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          brentk RE: Merlej58 Apr 8, 2011 03:47 PM

          My wife is an event planner and says that she has never had a bad cake from Delicious. She has used them for a variety of occasions, includingnweddings, birthday parties, catered dinners, etc. (She suggests that you should ask for Ben to help you. You can use her name and company name as she has worked with him a lot - perhaps that will help. Her name is Lex and her company is An Extraordinary Event. www.anextraordinaryevent.com)

          She is a big fan of the Margaritaville Cake but suggest that you don't get the fondant icing. It is very pretty but not as tasty as the other icings. If you want something that looks spectacular, you can get him to make fondant decorations on top of the other icings.

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            Merlej58 RE: brentk Apr 8, 2011 06:35 PM

            This is why I love Chowhound! Thank you to Lex and I definitely will order from them - this seals the deal!

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          burgeoningfoodie RE: brentk Apr 8, 2011 01:23 PM

          http://www.ganachebakery.com/ maybe?

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            Merlej58 RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 8, 2011 02:07 PM

            Looks okay, but I am also very impressed with the Delicious site and flavors - anyone a cake lover who has compared the two? Hard to get a sense of all of the options on the Ganache site...

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          Merlej58 RE: burgeoningfoodie Apr 8, 2011 12:49 PM

          Made a reservation at Table 16 and also at Lucky 32 for the two dinners, and now wondering about Sweet Basil's for brunch on Sunday - looks great. We're staying at the Proximity so the Printworks bistro would be easiest, but I'm feeling lured...
          I have to admit, while I love Vietnamese and Italian (and other ethnic cuisine) living in Boston, I can get my share of seafood and good ethnic food. What I can't get a lot of is innovative Southern cooking, so that is what I'm mostly interested in.
          In terms of cakes, I'm really needing a really good sheet cake. I like Costco's so it should be better than that, if it comes from a bakery. Any other ideas? Thanks!

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          Table 16
          600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

          Lucky 32 Restaurant
          109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

          Sweet Basils (Closed)
          620 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

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            brentk RE: Merlej58 Apr 8, 2011 03:53 PM

            Unfortunately, Sweet Basil's has closed. The same owners have another restaurant, Basil's & Co. which remains open.

            If you are looking for the best of innovative Southern cooking, I would recommend a trip to Durham, if you have time. It is about an hour's drive but there are several top notch places there.

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              Merlej58 RE: brentk Apr 8, 2011 06:35 PM

              I might be able to make the time! Maybe even for lunch, as we'll be landing in Raleigh. What would your recommendation be for a weekday lunch?
              Thank you!

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                brentk RE: Merlej58 Apr 9, 2011 09:03 AM

                Magnolia Grill would be my top recommendation for innovative Southern cuisine, but it is only open for dinner,

                If you would be interested in more traditional southern food in a casual, rural setting, I would recommend the buffet at Ye Old Country Kitchen in Snow Camp. t is off the beaten path but definitely between the airport and Greensboro (you would just take back roads to get there). They serve superb fried chicken and southern vegetables.

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                Ye Old Country Kitchen
                327 Drama Rd, Snow Camp, NC

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                  Merlej58 RE: brentk Apr 10, 2011 08:35 AM

                  Thanks for all of your very helpful recs - will write after and let you know how it turned out...

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                    fredb2548 RE: Merlej58 Apr 10, 2011 10:59 AM

                    Sweet Basil and Bert's Seafood are closed.

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                    Sweet Basils (Closed)
                    620 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

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                      Merlej58 RE: fredb2548 Apr 10, 2011 12:22 PM

                      lots of changes in the area. Thanks for the heads up...

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