by Brian Clarey

The big news in Triad culinary circles this week is the closing of Anton’s, the decades-old Tudor on Battleground Avenue known for its lasagna, its oldschool clientele and, in later years, an infusion of French cuisine.

But when one door closes, another opens, this one in the form of Gatlyn’s Gourmet Popcorn, which just opened in Friendly Center.

In Winston-Salem, the Salem Baking Co.’s Delightfully Thin & Crispy Cookies line has been named as an Editor’s Pick from Progressive Grocer magazine. Find them online at

Nationally, McDonald’s has been testing chicken and waffles, Chipotle is tinkering with coffee menu and Burger King has unveiled its new crinkle-cut fries: “Satisfries” have 20 percent fewer calories than their uncrinkly counterpart, and word on the street it took 10 years to develop the recipe.

Also, it’s fine if you want to bring your gun into bars or parks in North Carolina, but don’t even think about bringing one into Starbucks. Company CEO Howard Schultz announced last week that store policy will favor the unarmed.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar holds a Cooked, Corked and Poured dinner with a reception at 7 p.m. followed by a 7:30 dinner featuring four courses of pizza, pasta and more paired with Natty Greene’s beers. Call 336.854.0301 for a reservation, or go to

Also on Thursday, and right around the corner: Food Trucks on Friendly at the Greensboro Whole Foods Market beginning at 6 p.m., and the Winston- Salem Whole Foods holds a 6 p.m. Twitter chat about Octoberfest under the hashtag #WFMdish.

On Friday, Greensboro’s Undercurrent holds its last Lobster Nigfht of the year. Make a reservation at 336.370.1266.

On Saturday, the Grove Winery releases its Jug House Blush in Gibsonville at noon.

Fast-forward to Tuesday, when Old Salem holds a gardening workshop titled Bonkers for Bulbs at noon — it’s a freebie, but pack a lunch. And Dewey’s Bakery will be giving out free pumpkin-spice cake squares and lattes all day long.

Room for one more? New York state is cracking down on fake online reviews. Operation Clean Turf netted $350,000 in fines from 19 companies who were posting fake online reviews for a charge. One company, eBoxed, was fined almost $100,000.