by Brian Clarey

I didn’t realize that the new eatery inside the GrandeLuxe theater in Greensboro was a New Orleans production, from the mind of Adolfo Garcia, whose restaurant concerns in the Crescent City include a Mano, la Boca, the High Hate Café and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria. Garcia’s Gusto, inside the New Orleans Canal Place movie theater, is set to double its seating capacity next month.

This bears further investigation. Meanwhile, it’s Halloween, which generally means candy for the young kids and booze for the older ones. Natty Greene’s obliges with Crow, a double-cascadian dark ale.

This weekend, Total Wine & More will be pouring rioja at all three Triad locations. On Thursday, the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction happens in downtown Greensboro’s Empire Room at 6 p.m. — a slate of chefs from area restaurants offering their talents and signature dishes to benefit the March of Dimes. For more information call Katie Garrett, at 336.723.4386 or e-mail

On Friday, the Fresh Market begins its Taste of the Holidays sampling event at all three Triad locations from noon-6 p.m. featuring a slew of Thanksgiving goodies. The event continues through Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds an antique truck show beginning at 9 a.m., and the Grove Winery holds the Groovin’ at the Grove Oyster Roast at 6 p.m., featuring music by Jack Carter & the Armory, Julian Sizemore and the Leeves, as well as lots of succulent bivalves. Call the winery at 336.584.4060 for more information.

On Sunday, Whole Foods Market in Greensboro holds its monthly jazz brunch at 11 a.m. Room for one more? If you’re looking for accountability from banksters after they facilitated the housing crisis that took down our economy, consider the case of Paul Boudwin. The former investment banker with Bank of America, told the Houston Chronicle that he was fired after a company criminal-background check — made mandatory after the collapse — uncovered a 14-year-old dine-and-dash episode. Boudwin and a friend had ran out on a $20 breakfast tab at a Scottsdale, Ariz. Denny’s in 1998, though he claims they made restitution that day and paid an additional $50 fine.

Boudwin is suing BofA for his back pay, bonuses and severance.