by Brian Clarey

Here’s an item from the Unintended Consequences Dapartment: According to the New York Times, the recession is not only halving the value of your investment portfolio and reducing our workforce, it is also producing a glut of milk in the dairy industry. It seems easy credit enabled dairy farmers to buy or breed more cows, which fed into increased worldwide demand for milk, a demand which has now waned. As a result, milk prices, which had been climbing for the last two years, have now dropped nearly two-thirds. According to the article, the US government has agreed to buy $91 million worth of surplus milk powder, which it is storing in a warehouse in Fowler, Calif. But hey, when life gives you too much milk, you make cheese. Am I right, people? Anyhoo… things are still pretty slow, culinarily speaking, in the Triad. Zen Sushi has opened its doors in downtown Greensboro. The brainchild of downtown impresario Rocco Scarfone, it is an Asian bistro with hibachi and sushi, and rumor is the patio opens in spring. The Forsyth Mental Health Association has begun a support group for adults with eating disorders which begins Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the association’s offices at 1509 S. Hawthorne Road. Call 336.768.3880 for more information. On Friday, EarthFare doubles down with a Red Cross blood drive beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the first installment of the four-part Cancer Project cooking class at noon. Call 336.369.0190 to get the lowdown. On Saturday, the Grove Winery releases its reserve cabernet sauvignon, about which more can be learned at On Sunday, Slow Food Piedmont presents a pot-luck dinner and seed exchange at the Handance Farm in Reidsville at 5 p.m., following its board meeting. Subjects to be discussed include the Slow Food Ark of Taste and Renewing America’s Food Traditions. Visit for the big picture. Also on Sunday, Lindley Park Filling Station in Greensboro features half-price appetizers and drink specials after 7 p.m. And on the horizon, the Melting Pot in Greensboro will hold an ’80s night on Jan. 14. “Enjoy four courses of Rad Fondue for only $25 a person,” promises a press release, “and all the Mai Thais, Sex on the Beach, Tequila Sunrises, Fuzzy Navels and Miami Vices you want for $5 each.” Here’s one more for ya: A recent posting on Chowhound asked for the best place in Winston-Salem for a hand-pulled espresso. And, almost as an afterthought, wanted to know the best places for soul food, barbecue and Vietnamese or Thai. The crowdsourced answers go as follows: Krankie’s, Ollie’s, Morning Dew or Chelsea’s; Murphy’s, Meta’s and Sweet Potatoes; Little Richard’s and Mr. BBQ; and as for Asian cuisine, “only in GSO.”