by Brian Clarey

The big news in the Triad restaurant scene this week comes from the fastfood and chain-restaurant sector. KFC has introduced a new type of chicken free of those pesky bones. Red Robin adds new appetizer and dessert menus — red velvet cake, anyone?

Meanwhile, the Red Mango at the Palladium in High Point has Go Red, an art installation to raise awareness of heart disease in women, through Tuesday, April 16.

And in Winston-Salem, a brandnew Arby’s prototype restaurant has sprung up at 101 Summit Square Blvd. New features include a communal table, redesigned sauce and beverage stations and a stainless-steel eating bar. It is the first if 16 new redesigns the company will roll out this year.

On Wednesday, Whole Foods in Greensboro has a sushi workshop at 5:45 p.m. Make a reservation at 336.398.2880, and make it snappy.

The rest of the action is on the weekend.

Undercurrent in Greensboro has a wine dinner featuring the wines of E. Guigal: four courses starting at 6:30 p.m. Make a reservation at 336.370.1266.

The Grove Winery holds its Wine & Song night on the patio featuring Doby. Call 336.584.4060 for details.

And Friday is the Greensboro Oyster Roast, a fundraiser for Family Service. See the website at for more.

On Saturday, the Cobblestone Farmers Market opens for the season at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in Winston-Salem. Also in the Camel City: the Fresh Market holds a cooking demo featuring curries from around the world at 3 p.m. And the Pule Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church holds its annual JR’s Famous Lexington-Style Barbecue from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the church.

In Greensboro, the Downtown Residents Association holds the first annual Sip –N-Stroll, which purports to “give participants the chance to sample select craft beers and wine from a number of downtown restaurants and venues including Mellow Mushroom, The Worx, Natty Greene’s, Grey’s Tavern, Crafted, Liberty Oak, Zeto Wines and many more.” Get your tickets at or

Then on Sunday the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds its first annual Earth Day plant sale and celebration beginning at 10 a.m.