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by Brian Clarey

Hungry yet? Good, because Winston-Salem has a new restaurant, the Millennium Artisan Restaurant, on West 4th Street where the Kernel Kustard used to be. Opened by Gregory Carlyle of the Millennium Center, the place looks to be upscale-casual in nature, Check out the website at artisanrestaurant.ws.

The staff at Undercurrent in Greensboro is looking to take a trip to Italy, and bring its best customers with them. Dates for the food and wine trip have not been finalized, but there are plenty of spaces available. Find out more at undercurrenttoitaly.blogspot. com.

On the low end, McDonald’s is adding a few items to its dollar menu: Fish McBites and the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger.

On Friday, the Big Sip begins at the Greensboro Coliseum, an exposition showcasing “local, regional and national beverages, including beer, wine spirits, coffee, soda and homebrews,” according to a presser. The big events start on Saturday. Tickets and more information can be had at bigsipcup. com.

All weekend long they’re sampling holiday wines at all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More.

Saturday is huge. Deck the Stalls Holiday Bonfire and Chili Cookoff starts at 5 p.m. at Safe Haven Equine Rescue. Find out more at sherrnc.com. The Grove Winery releases its tempranillo at the Thomasville winery. The Fresh Market on Greensboro[‘s Lawndale Drive holds a holiday décor demo at 3 p.m. Whole Foods Market in Winston- Salem holds a wine tasting with brie cheese at 3 p.m. And the Greensboro Whole Foods holds Cooking Together, a family cooking class, at the Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum at 2 p.m. Call the museum at 336.574.2898 for more information.

On Sunday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds its annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at 11 a.m.

And in case you hadn’t heard, Yelp sucks for food reviews — at least, according to Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Cannel’s “Bizarre Foods.” According to the notable foodie, “Yelp essentially gives a tremendous forum for a bunch of uninformed morons to take down restaurants.”

Sounds about right to me.

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