by Brian Clarey
So, have you been out to the Greensboro food truck pilot program, set up every weekday at Commerce Place, yet? Because it’s awesome, a big street party, with fantastic food. This week’s schedule is provided.
In other food news, Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar has opened in Friendly Center. It’s impossible to understate Puck’s importance in the American culinary scene, and the gourmet pizza menu he created at LA’s Spago sets the basis for this new joint, one of just two in the country — the other is in Charlotte, with two more planned for southern California.
In national news, Nation’s restaurant News reports that the most popular Mexican restaurant in the country is Chipotle.
Guess Villa del Mar is out of the running.
On Thursday, Old Salem presents Cooking With Herbs at noon — bring a lunch, the release advises. The free workshop is presented by Elizabeth Morgan, herbalist and owner of Dandelion Soap & Herb Shop in Walkertown.
This weekend, all Triad-area Fresh Markets have Pumpkin Fest, a three-day extravaganza featuring everyone’s favorite giant, orange gourd that begins at 1 p.m. There will be many, many pumpkin-flavored items for sample and sale including coffee, cake, nuts and fruit.
Also this weekend is the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Craft Fair. For info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday the Lawndale Drive Fresh Market in Greensboro holds a cooking demo featuring Malaysian chicken stir-fry at 3 p.m.
Zen Cat Bakery, featuring gluten-free goodies, holds a cooking demo at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market from 8 a.m. until noon.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers on Greensboro’s Highwoods Boulevard holds Tip A Cop to benefit Special Olympics.
And the Grove Winery Holds a World of Flavor Festival, featuring tastes from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and, uh, North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for this wine dinner are required. Visit grovewinery.com/wine_dinner_2.html to learn more.
Room for one more: Red Lobster unveils a new menu this week, featuring non-seafood items like pork chops, grilled chicken and bleu-cheese crusted sirloin as well as a few fish entrees. Don’t worry — they still have those biscuits.