by Brian Clarey

Buckle up, eaters, there’s lots to cover this week in food news.

Fire in the Triad began this week in Greensboro, pitting Undercurrent against Southern Roots. As I’m writing this, I’m preparing to judge the first round Tuesday night. Jordan Green will be there Thiusday. Read all about it next week and find out more at competitiondining. com/events/fire-in-the-triad.

My old boss Drew Lacklen, formerly of Bert’s Seafood Grill, will be opening his new place Reel Seafood Grill on New Garden Road soon. Hopefully some of my old Bert’s buddies will come help me write about it.

The Ham’s in downtown Greensboro has opened. Word is they have a raw bar.

Bloody Mary’s in downtown Greensboro is under new management. Look for more information in this space soon.

It’s Craft Beer Week in the US. Celebrate by donating to Winston-Salem’s Small Batch Beer Co.’s Kickstarter campaign at

In fast-food news, McDonald’s has given up on its line of angus burgers, but is adding three new variations on the Quarter Pounder: Deluxe, habaneroranch and one with bacon and cheese.

And Taco Bell is considering making a taco on a waffle.

On Thursday I’ll be judging Grandma’s Cookie Contest at Independence Village in Winston-Salem at 2:30 p.m.

Friday in Winston-Salem, Whole Foods Market holds a free Summer Seasonal Beer Tasting at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the market holds a Local Food Fair at noon.

Also on Saturday, it’s Missing Kids Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market — which means that you can register your child with representatives of the FBI, not that your kid will go missing as soon as you get there. The Fresh Market on Greensboro’s Lawndale Avenue holds Cupcakes for a Cause at 10 a.m., the cause being Share Our Strength, a hunger non-profit. And the Cobblestone Farmers Market begins it Saturday service at Old Salem.

On Sunday, Design Archives in downtown Greensboro holds a bloody mary tasting with the Seersucker Chef beginning at 12:30 p.m. I’ll be at this one, too reading from my book and critiquing the sauce.

Room for one more? Dairy Fresh is recalling its IGA brand chocolate and vanilla ice cream manufactured in Winston-Salem because it’s possible there might be some nuts in it. There’s a great tranny joke here, but I’m not gonna be the one to make it.