by Brian Clarey

The big news this week is, as always during the first few months of the year, the Big Eat, downtown Winston- Salem’s restaurant initiative wherein all you favorite places offer all your favorite dishes at half off every Tuesday night through February. Our production schedule really screws with timely menu information, but we can tell you that this week Bernardin’s offered fettuccini gorgonzola with grilled chicken breast, sun-dried tomato and gorgonzola cream sauce for just $9.

In other news, Greensboro’s Whole Foods Market is donating a piece of this week’s sales to Church World Services.

And Fincastle’s in downtown Greensboro begins its Throw Me Somethin’ Mister Mardi Gras Menu, featuring this year new items like duck tamales, crawfish Rangoon and house-made boudin. They’ve got some serious gumbo and po-boy action going on, as well. The menu runs through Feb. 12.

On Wednesday, Whole Foods and the Kathleen Clay Library host a screening of Forks Over Knives, a documentary about the relationship between diet and overall health. The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the library.,1420 Price Park Road in Greensboro, and is free and open to the public.

On Friday Greensboro’s Fresh Market on Lawndale Avenue holds a cooking demo featuring Indian-spice lentil soup at 1 p.m.

And all weekend long, Fresh Market opens all its area stores for the Big Game Taste Fest, a sampling event, cooking demo and sale pegged to the Super Bowl, also beginning at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Total Wine & More holds a Drink Something Different tasting event at all three Triad locations all weekend long.

On Saturday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds its Chili Challenge, pitting area chefs’ recipes against one another, beginning at 9 a.m. Featured events include a performance by the lovely and talented Molly McGinn and the unveiling of the market’s new logo.

Also on Saturday, Old Salem Museum & Gardens holds a seed swap and potluck beginning at 9 a.m. Bring seeds, a covered dish and stories to tell.

And the Winston-Salem Whole Foods holds a nondairy milk tasting at 3 p.m.

On Monday, the Greensboro Human Relations Commission holds its 26th annual Martin Luther Kind Memorial Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Sheraton Hotel. Find out more info at