by Brian Clarey

byBrian Clarey

It wasn’t last week’s blast-furnace heat that brought things in the Triad culinary scene to a slow crawl, more a case of the summer doldrums, which is why national chains are trotting out seasonal promos like mad to get things going.

IHOP has a new pancake menu with three new items:

sweet strawberry, whole wheat with banana and, pure awesomeness, red velvet with cream-cheese icing. Red Robin has a new burger called the Fiery Ghost, with ghost peppers, the spiciest known to man as 1 million Scoville units. And Dairy Queen has a Sweet Apple BBQ Grillburger that seems fairly self-explanatory.

Locally, the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market, which goes down on Saturdays in Old Salem, has been ranked as one of the best farmers markets in the nation by US News & World Report. They’ll have potatoes, onions, honey, blueberries, corn, tomatoes and eggplant this week.

On Thursday, the New Keeley Park Community Garden and Greenhouse at 410 Keeley Road holds a fall vegetable seed starting workshop with enough space for 25. Call 336.375.5876 to register.

On Friday, Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro holds a three-course Flora Springs wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 336.370.1266 for a seat.

The Krispy Kreme 75th anniversary celebration begins on Friday with a street party on Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem beginning at 7 p.m. with food, music, games and that thing where they make hot doughnuts in a van.

The Krispy Kreme fun continues on Saturday with a Family FanFest at Old Salem beginning at 10 a.m., after which the doughnut trucks roll out on a Glaze the Nation tour.

Also on Saturday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds a gumbo demonstration with cook Louis Allen at 9 a.m. The Grove Winery releases its viognier at the winery in Gibsonville. And Fresh Market groceries in Winston-Salem and Greensboro’s Lawndale Drive hold cooking demos at 3 p.m. featuring steak with carmelized ale onions and barbecuebacon glaze, and herbed orzo salad.

On Tuesday, Whole Foods Market in Greensboro holds Kids Club” Eating the rainbow. More information is available at the grocery’s customer service desk.