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by Brian Clarey

I know in last week’s column I implored all of you to stop salivating over the prospect of McDonald’s new Mighty Wing chicken wings, but a report by Bloomberg Businessweek last week shed new light on the situation, It seems that Mickey D’s has been stockpiling chicken wings for the last 18 months or so, slowly increasing demand on the finite supply and driving prices of the wholesale commodity from 90 cents a pound to upwards of $2. Bloomberg reports, “[I] it will be hard for McDonald’s to make wings a permanent menu item, as the company may have underestimated its own impact on the wing market.”

In other fast-fowl news, Wendy’s has brought back the grilled-chicken flatbread.

In Winston-Salem the Blue Note closes in the federal building and, nearby, the Twin City Chop House shuts its doors. But in Greensboro, Urban Ministry’s Lee Street location has reopened with full service. A press release said that demand for assistance from needy families was about double what it was from last summer.

Also in Greensboro, Keurig coffeemaker company is giving out free samples and trading out new coffee machines for old ones on Friday and Saturday at the East West BBQ Festival and Sunday at Jaycee Park an 10 a.m.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Table 16 has a special four-course tasting menu. And the Winston-Salem Whole Foods Market holds a Twitter chat, Cooking from the Garden, at 6 p.m. under the hashtag #WFMdish.

Friday sees downtown food trucks in Greensboro for First Friday at the Carolina Theatre, the Fresh Market’s kickoff for its Sidewalk Sale, which runs through the weekend, and a free wine tasting at the Greensboro Whole Foods at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds an event dubbed “Preserving the Harvest” with Geissler Baker and the NC Cooperative Extension. And the Dixie Classic Farmers Market has Great Gourds — the Art of Cooking and Creating Decorative Gourds.

On Sunday, head over to the Grove Winery in Gibsonville for its NC Food Rodeo, where the best food trucks in the state meet every other Sunday at noon. It’s a freebie, but you can reserve a table at the website, grovewinery.com.

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