by Brian Clarey

It’s not just me: The heavier heat has descended and things in the Triad food scene have slowed down to a crawl.

Noble’s Grille is still serving up the dishes that won Chef John Bobby the Fire in the Triad mantle. Make a reservation at 336.777.8477.

High Point gets a new one in Maize Cantina & Bar, in the old Bimini’s location on North Main Street.

And Winston-Salem gets a another pizza joint, this one springing off the Forno Moto food truck. Owner Peyton Smith plans to open on Trade Street in the fall.

My pal Jeff Smith of Smitty’s Notes has come out with his annual Best of Winston-Salem guide. Congrats to Tim Grandinetti of Spring House Grill, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, Burke Street Pizza, King’s Crab Shack, Cobblestone Farmers Market and all the other winners. See the whole list at

And out west, French Broad Vignerons holds an amateur winemaking contest, with an online application at

On Thursday, Table 16 in Greensboro holds a four-course tasting menu. Make a reservation at 336.279.8525.

It’s Undercurent’s turn on Friday, with the first Lobster Night of the season. Reserve at table at 336.370.1266.

Saturday is Blueberry Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, with a pancake picnic at 8 a.m. provided by Cheesecakes by Alex, poetry with Clement Mallory, live music with Out of the Garden and, natch, lots of blueberries.

There’s also a cooking demo at Greensboro’s Fresh Market on Lawndale featuring pan-seared shrimp with avocado salad and hibiscus Greek yogurt.

On Sunday, Mt. Nebo Outreach Church in Winston-Salem has Friends & Family Day beginning at 11 a.m., a morning service followed by a free fellowship dinner open to anyone in the community, particularly the hungry. The fellowship dinner happens eve3r third Sunday. But every single Sunday, the church holds a free bishop’s breakfast.

Room for one more? Diners in Hops restaurant near Charlotte were told to leave their tables in the middle of dinner service over the weekend, because the restaurant was closing for good that night. According to a NBC Charlotte report, customers were given their checks and to-go trays because owners couldn’t secure a lease on the space.