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by Brian Clarey

It’s a busy week for the Triad culinary scene, even as radioactive tuna make their way to the West Coast and New York City considers a ban on giant sodas.

Tavo has finally opened in the Kress Building in downtown Greensboro, featuring a menu rich with “American southern cuisine and select seafood, chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian entrees,” according to a press release. Five Guys is adding a franchise in Burlington, at 105 Huffman Mill Road. And PorterHouse Bar & Grill has opened on Greensboro’s West Market Street, in the location that once housed Bert’s Seafood Grille.

Fatz Café has added new menu items on the theme “land, sea and air,” including Aloha chicken, Cod Father sandwich and St. Louis-style ribs. And High Point’s Sammy Gianapolous and Johnny Pappas are reinventing themselves again, recasting the O’So Tavern into Sammy G’s Tavern, though the press release is quick to add that, “The two partners wish to strongly express that the popular restaurant is staying the same except for the name.”

Thursday sees the Guilford Community Garden Tour from 5-8 p.m.

featuring 10 gardens, with experts on hand to answer questions. Call 336.375.5876 to find out more. Also on Thursday, Whole Foods Market in Greensboro offers a free Whole Deal Value Tour at 10 a.m.

Friday is the Summer Supper in Greensboro’s Center City Park — hope you made your reservations. It’s Fire Safety Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. The Cobblestone Farmers Market runs in Old Salem. The Fresh Market in Winston-Salem holds a cooking demo at 1 p.m. featuring encrusted steak with merlot butter glaze and strawberry arugula salad with cocoa balsamic dressing. And the Dixie Classic Farmers Market opens for the season with a blueberry baking contest at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, Greensboro’s Table 16 hosts “What’s My Wine?” beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Kerrie Thomas from the Country Vintner. Make a reservation at 336.279.8525.

And it turns out the big winner in the John Edwards Trial, besides the disgraced former presidential hopeful, is Greensboro Urban Ministry. West Market United Methodist Church rented out its parking lot to NBC News and the “Today” show, turning over the proceeds, almost $7,000, to the food bank.

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