by Brian Clarey

Heads up, people: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and if you haven’t already scored a reservation at your favorite restaurant, I’m here to say that you may be out of luck. But I happen to know that 6th & Vine in downtown Winston- Salem will keep about two-thirds of the dining room open for walk-ins, so if you don’t mind waiting you could give it a shot. Tell them I sent you.

In other big news, Bin 33 in downtown Greensboro has finally closed amid a swirl of rumors. In its place will be a Ham’s, which is expected to open before the ACC Basketball Tournament in March.

My friend Eric Robert said it best in a Facebook thread: “It’s taken us 20 years to get to Ham’s?” Further down the road, Table 16 has issued a new menu featuring crazy-good seasonal ingredients. I’m looking at the veal marrow salad and the sea scallops with guava butter and making Homer Simpson noises right now.

Meanwhile in downtown Winston-Salem, the Big Eat continues through the end of the month, offering half-price signature items at all your favorite restaurants every Tuesday night. Last week, Jeffrey Adams plated up a NY strip with two sides for $11. Makes me sad to have missed it.

And the Olive Garden — a big-time local favorite — is upgrading their server uniforms. The long and short of it: No more neckties.

On Wednesday, Greensboro’s Whole Foods Market holds Cooking with Cupid at 6 p.m. Make a reservation at 336.398.2880.

Thursday is Valentine’s Day. If you can’t get to a restaurant, Papa Murphy’s is selling heart-shaped take-and-bake pizzas — they call it the HeartBreaker — at its Greensboro store. The Grove Winery has you covered with a wine and chocolate tasting that runs through the weekend. Make a reservation at

On Saturday, Greensboro’s Whole Foods has the Women’s Adventure Boot Camp, which begins in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m. Later at 2 p.m., they’ll be sponsoring the Cooking Together: Valentine’s Sweets class at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Make a reservation by calling the museum at 336.574.2898.