Published 12:00 am Monday, March 10, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday, and with the holiday often come recipes for over-boiled cabbage, oversalted corned beef and potatoes everywhere.
According to Forbes, there is exceptional food in Ireland these days and some of the best is served at Dunbrody House, the quintessential country house hotel in County Wexford. It was opened by Kevin and Catherine Dundon 17 years ago.
In recent years, Kevin’s fame as a chef has skyrocketed to cookbooks and TV cooking shows in Ireland.
One of those shows, a nine-episode series “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food,” began its run March 6 in the U.S. on PBS’ Create TV (Channel 176 on Time Warner Salisbury, Channel 35 on Fibrant).
In the spirit of ”House of Cards”-style binge watching, viewers can take in a marathon of all nine shows airing this weekend, right before St. Patrick’s Day.
— Forbes magazine
The bitter winter weather has caused a big chill within the restaurant industry. After registering record highs in November, restaurant sales fell for the second consecutive month in January, reports National Restaurant Association’s chief economist Bruce Grindy, and the weather is being blamed for a big part of the decline.
The preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau found that sales for eating and drinking spots totaled $46.7 billion in January, down 0.6 percent from December’s sales volume of $46.9 billion.
Grocery stores were the beneficiaries of the downtick in restaurant traffic, with sales rising 1.7 percent and 0.4 percent in December and January, respectively.
“America has fallen out of love with orange juice,” said Roberto A. Ferdman in According to data from Nielsen, orange juice sales have dropped almost every year for the last decade. Once a fixture at the breakfast table — “at its height, almost three-quarters of American households bought and kept orange juice” in the fridge — the drink is facing a precipitous decline in popularity. One reason: high prices. Others: people have less time for breakfast and more awareness of sugar, of which O.J. has a great deal.
— This Week
• Kiwanis Pancake Supper, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday and 7-10:30 a.m. Saturday, J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. $5. Proceeds to Kiwanis charities.
• Meals on Wheels of Rowan barbecue fundraiser, today from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St. $8.
• Gluten-free cocktail buffet, March 29, to benefit the Salisbury Symphony Guild. For information or reservations call Angie Smith of the Salisbury Symphony Guild at 704-431-4447.