by Brian Clarey

by Brian Clarey

Fire in the Triad, the chef competition that spans this month and the next, very quickly became big news around these parts. It began this week, with Chef Timothy Bocholis of Kernersville’s Bistro B & Wine Bar beating out Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32. Competitions run Monday- Wednesday nights at the Painted Plate in Greensboro and are open to the public. Make a reservation at

Five Points restaurant is now open in Winston-Salem at 109 Stratford Road. It sounds awesome and I will be by there soon. Find out more about it at or on Facebook.

Speaking of Winston-Salem, on Wednesday Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro holds its monthly wine dinner, five courses strong, beginning at 7 p.m. and featuring French wines. Make a reservation at 336.703.5400.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Warnersville Farmers Market holds a backto-school event beginning at 3 p.m., focusing on healthy lunches. Free school supplies are in the offering.

All weekend long, Total Wine & More serves up wines from the Pacific Northwest at all three Triad locations.

Saturday is jam-packed with culinary goodness.

First, Fatz Café in Greensboro holds a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. to benefit Cheer Elite.

The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds a vegetarian and vegan cooking demo by Sadaajit Ananda at 10 a.m.

The Dixie Classic Farmers Market will also have a cooking demo, with details TBA.

The Greensboro Whole Foods Market holds a back-to-school event beginning at 2 p.m. for parents and children, starting with the Lunchbox Challenge and featuring story time, recipes, demos and tips.

The Greensboro Fresh Market on Highwoods Boulevard holds a cooking demo at 3 p.m. featuring pan-seared chicken with mole sauce.

And Undercurrent in Greensboro holds a farmers dinner featuring dishes made from local ingredients with matching wines. Check out the menu — it looks insane — at, then make a reservation at 336.370.1266.

Room for one more? The FDA has stepped up and told the Hershey’s company that it ca no longer claim that its chocolate syrup is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Turns out chocolate syrup is not health food! Who knew?