by Jordan Green

by Eric Ginsburg

Ever tried Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers? What about pear pop tarts and vegan Braeburn apple pop tarts? Maybe you’re craving muscadine grape jam or curious about Italian purple flat beans — they’ve got it all and more at the Old Salem Cobblestone Farmers Market, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

A few new restaurants opened, or at least announced intentions. Mizumi Hibachi and Sushi opened on State Street in Greensboro. Chipotle said it plans to add a third store on Tate Street in the Gate City in the spring. And Penn Station East Coast Subs intends to open a Wendover Avenue location on a former Wells Fargo site.

The Triad has more to celebrate than just new businesses and interesting food options — cheese mongers Katie Turner and Zac Shell who work at Whole Foods in Winston-Salem and Greensboro respectively passed the first-ever American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional exam, two of only 121 who passed. Plus, there are several upcoming food and wine events this week.

Don’t miss Krispy Kreme’s free promotion Wednesday in honor of the ever-important “National Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Come in and say something in pirate lingo — ahoy matey, heave ho, sea dog, landlubber, blow me down, thar she blows or yo ho ho — to receive a free doughnut.

If you’re particularly hungry or feel like sharing, come decked out in pirate regalia (minus any weapons) and claim your treasure of a dozen doughnuts. The High Point, Winston-Salem and Greensboro chain locations are participating.

Moe’s Southwest Grille will have giveaways on Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., giving customers a free six-ounce cup of queso for Moe’s Free Queso Day at all eight Triad locations.

The founders of RagApple Lassie Vineyards, based in the Yadkin Valley, will be speaking at 5 p.m. Wednesday at a free public event at UNCG, but attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg. edu. Appropriate timing for our green issue, as the vineyard claims to recycle everything it possibly can and to be “green on all fronts,” according to an event press release.

Speaking of wine, the Radials and Lauren Rice will be performing at the Grove Winery in Gibsonville Friday. It’s part of the vineyard and winery’s “Wine and Song” programming. Tickets are only $3.50 in advance and $5 day of, and there will also be beer from Natty Greene’s.