by Brian Clarey

A press release from the Fresh Market says that May is National Salad Month, while another from the same company says its National Barbecue Month. I’m confused.

Either way, Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery in High Point gets kudos for winning 10 medals at the Carolina Championship of Beer, with gold medals for Miss Liberty Lager and its India pale ale. They also took three silvers and five bronzes.

The Mellow Mushroom is running a contest for a free trip to Mexico. To win, show up and take a photo of yourself with the cardboard cutout of the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man Alive and upload to

Chik-fil-A has new salads on the menu, while TGI Fridays has new small plates. Table 16 in downtown Greensboro has a new menu for the month of May — no details as of yet, but check their website at And Gnam Gnam Bistro will be opening in that district later this month at the Renaissance Plaza Building.

On Wednesday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market begins its weekday hours starting at 6 a.m.

On Thursday, Whole Foods Market in Greensboro holds a Southern Food Fest beginning at 4 p.m., featuring pulled pork, slaw, mac & cheese, collards and ’nanner puddin’, with Natty Greene’s to wash it all down with.

On Friday the Jelly Belly jellybean bus comes to Greensboro with a 2 p.m. stop at the Sugar Shack at Friendly Center.

Saturday is Fire Safety Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. It’s also Italian Fest at the Grove Winery, with a pasta buffet and opera by soprano Chelsea Bonagura beginning at 6:30 p.m. Make a reservation at

Also on Saturday, the new brewery in downtown Winston- Salem, Small Batch Beer Co. — opening in the old Kopper Kitchen space — holds a beer tasting from noon to 4 p.m.

On Sunday evening there’s a Greensboro Food Truck Rodeo at the Blind Tiger. And in the morning there’s a crafts show at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, beginning at 11 a.m. with fresh coffee from Cafégency and the Great Escape food truck.