by Brian Clarey

Like a Coke machine easing to and fro on its way to being knocked over, spring has come to the Triad in fits and spurts, and with it a slate of culinary events that should continue until the first frost.

But first some housekeeping.

Shane’s Rib Shack and Buffalo’s Bar & Grill in Greensboro have closed. Likewise with Caf’ Roche in Winston Salem. But Los Cabos Mexican Grill has opened on Greensboro’s Tate Street and D’Lishi Frozen Yogurt will open on Battleground Avenue this weekend.

Deep Roots Market in downtown Greensboro opens tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.

And Baskin-Robbins has a new icecream flavor in honor of March Madness: Buzzer Beater — peanut butter and chocolate ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups mixed in.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Temple Emanuel holds a LGBT interfaith seder at 6:30 p.m., featuring the traditional Passover meal. Call 336.292.7899 for more information.

On Friday, Greensboro’s Undercurrent Restaurant holds a wine dinner featuring bottles from Franciscan Winery and Brandon Lewis at 6 p.m. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation.

On Saturday, Kernersville’s Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden holds a spring gardening event at noon. Call 336.996.7888 or visit for details. Old Salem has an Easter-egg dyeing party for the kids using “historic dyes” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Vierling Barn. Call 336.721.7300 to make a reservation. And Whole Foods in Greensboro has the Women’s Adventure Boot Camp and Store Tour at 11:30 a.m.

On Sunday, the Grove Winery throws its annual Holi Indian Festival at noon.

And then on Tuesday, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has a Januik wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. To register for the five-course meal, call 336.294.7790.

Room for one more? In the spirit of March Madness, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council — yes, there is such a thing — launched a bracketstyle competition to “pick the ultimate hot dog & sausage champion.”

Check the NHDSC Facebook page — yes, that also exists — to play.