by Brian Clarey

This week’s Served begins with congrats to our girl Nikki Miller-Ka, who in between her Twitter, blogging and cooking duties fouind the time to win the Dixie Crystals Brownie Dessert Contest with a “Strawberry Red Wine Brownie” recipe. Find it at her blog,

Greensboro scion Joey Cheek has been named honorary event chair for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction which takes place in Greensboro on Sept. 26. Find out more about the event at northcarolina.

The Cherry Pit Café & Pie Shop has opened at the Shops at North Elm in Greensboro. I’ll be checking it out when I next get a hankering for pie. Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem has roasted up a batch of Costa Rica Pura Vida, calling it on its website “sweet and balanced with notes of cherry and roasted hazelnut.” And on a sad note, Elizabeth Conrad, the original Libby Hill, namesake of the fried-seafood chain and wife of founder Lucas Conrad, passed this weekend at the age of 93. Our condolences go out to the family.

Meanwhile Taco Bell is pulling its kids meals. Hooter’s wing concern is redesigning the owl on its logo to make it more modern. And Hot Pockets is rolling out a line of “premium” goo-filled pastries. Saddle up, stoners!

There’s more. On Wednesday, a healthy cooking demo at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market goes down at 9:30 a.m. featuring basil and balsamic summer vegetable pasta. A $3 charge will get you a sample.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Whole Foods Market has food trucks in the parking lot beginning at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the Grove Winery hosts a Haw River Patio & Paddle Party beginning at the winery at 3:30 p.m. Call 336.260.6465 or go to for more details. Spoiler: Dinner is pizza.

Also on Saturday, the Dixie Classic Farmers Market in Winston-Salem holds a cornshucking contest at 9 a.m. with categories for adults and children 12 and under. Seriously. All corn shucked will be donated to hungry families.