by Brian Clarey

Is it big news that Sonic is adding a few chicken dishes to its menu? Sort of. The asiago Caesar is certainly interesting as far as fast-food items go. But the classic chicken sandwich — available ether grilled or fried — seems like a shot across the now of Chik-fil-A, which offended gay chicken lovers everywhere a couple months ago when it surfaced that the company spent lots of money to defeat gay marriage laws.

Yes, this time of year even a chicken sandwich has ominous political undertones. But whether your candidate won or lost this week, you still gotta eat. To that end, the Triad culinary scene has you covered.

On Thursday, See’s Candies opens a temporary holiday shop in Friendly Center, featuring fudge, lollipops, nuts, chews, truffles and lots of other assorted goodies.

On Friday, Greensboro’s Highwoods Boulevard Fresh Market holds a cooking demo featuring turkey and bacon quesadillas and turkey-corn chowder at 4p.m The lesson in Thanksgiving leftovers moves to the Lawndale Drive market the next day at 3 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Old Salem begins its Holiday Open House at 10 a.m. with gifts, treats, wares, games and a book signing. Call 336.499.7968 for more information.

The Hoof & Paw Therapeutic Riding Center in Lexington holds a chicken stew fundraiser at 4 p.m. Call 336.986.7162 for more information.

Whole Foods Market in Greensboro begins its taste of Thanksgiving event, with samples, demos, giveaways and whatnot, at 1 p.m.

And Undercurrent restaurant in downtown Greensboro holds an event dubbed as Dueling Sommeliers. Wine fiends Mel Creighton and Julia Hunt do battle as they pair against a menu by Chef Micheal. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and you can make a reservation by calling 336.370.1266.

More? Greensboro is getting a Texas Roadhouse on Battleground Avenue; it should open in the spring.

And the Mellow Mushroom has added a creeper feature to its social-media presence. Go to and register to follow or like the pizza chain and win free stuff, and maybe the pizza chain will start following you — literally. Seriously: They say they’ll show up with a camera and follow you around if they draw your name.