by Brian Clarey

If I were to tell you that the Doritos Loco taco at Taco Bell is the most successful menu item in the 50-year history of that franchise, would you be surprised? I was — not by the Dorito taco thing, which was designed for the portly American palate, but by the fact that Taco Bell is 50 years old. Crazy!

In other fast-food news, we’re getting another Popeyes in Greensboro (sweet!) on High Point Road.

And Starbucks has introduced a new, limited run $400 gift card made of steel, that apparently is so fancy it cost $450. Get one through the luxury website

Here in the Triad, we’re getting a new pizza place in downtown Winston-Salem on Trade Street helmed by Peyton Smith of Forno moto. A new bar and small-plates café, Gia, is opening at the Brassfield Shopping Center in Greensboro. And Krankies has a new brew: Colombia las Brisas, available at the café or the online store at krankiescoffee. com.

On Wednesday, Green Drinks Greensbro meets at Natty Greene’s at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday is the Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips African American Moravian Church in Old Salem, beginning at noon. Find out more at

On Friday, the Fresh Market on Greensboro’s Lawndale Avenue holds a holiday cooking demo at 4 p.m. The demo moves to the Highwood Boulevard location on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Also on Saturday: a Winston-Salem Whole Foods Market wine and brie tasting that begins at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Winston-Salem Whole Foods holds a fabulous event for kids: Gingineering, a “quest to construct a gingerbread city,” according to the website. The event begins at 3 p.m., and the best pieces will be displayed in the bakery until Christmas.

All weekend long, Greensboro’s Whole Foods Market will be holding Taste of the Holidays, with party food, baked goods and seasonal treats. Sunday’s event features music by Matt Walsh and an adoption fair by the Pit Bull Rescue Project. The fun begins at noon.

And as always, Total Wine & more will be tasting holiday wines and beers all weekend long at all three Triad locations.