by Brian Clarey

by Brian Clarey

Let’s kick off this week with a big congrats to Chef George Neal of 1618 Seafood Grille in Greensboro, the winner of the 2012 Fire in the Triad cooking competition, who took out Chef Michael Harkenreader of Undercurrent Restaurant. This was truly an incredible event, and I eagerly anticipate next year’s competition.

Food trucks have invaded downtown Greensboro for the city’s pilot program, lined up on Commerce Place for lunch every weekday and dinner on Friday. For the complete schedule see the Dirt section, page 13.

Two Whole Foods employees have become certified cheesemongers: Katie Turner from the Winston-Salem store and Zac Shell in Greensboro, who both passed their American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional exam.

A dine-in movie theater is opening in Greensboro this month at the Grand Four Seasons, to be called Grand DeLuxe. There will likely be booze.

Greensboro College students Albert Hovhannisyan and Davit Avagyan won the Greensboro Collegiate Brand Your Biscuit competition with a creation called the Buffalo Bleu — a Buffalo-style chicken breast with bleu cheese dressing, available now in Greensboro Biscuitville restaurants.

And the Dixie Classic Fair is underway in Winston-Salem, featuring ridiculous items such as fried candy bars and fried Kool-Aid among the 100 or so items available. The Dixie Classic Fair runs through Sunday.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Lawndale Fresh Market holds a wine gala at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Guild of Family Service of Greensboro. For tickets and more call 336.404.4645.

Friday sees the Rotary of High Point barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church on 918 N. Main St., running until 8 p.m. For more info call 336.889.1130.

And the Green Hill Center for NC Art holds a home-brew and casserole contest as part of its House Warming on First Friday. For more information call Michelle Lanteri at 336.333.7460 x105, and please tell her I said hello.

On Saturday, celebrate the chestnut at Old Salem Gardens at 10 a.m. Then hit the Foothills beer dinner at Noble’s Grille in Winston-Salem — make a reservation at 336.777.8477.