by Brian Clarey

The big story in the Triad culinary scene this week is news of an imminent farm-to-table restaurant in downtown High Point. The Cast Iron Kitchen, which will open on Main Street just in time for Furniture Market, will be owned and operated by my old friends Tony and Ronnie Stevens. Love those guys.

I met Tony a decade ago, when his Grappa Grille was still in High Point. And I have a great story about a night at Pomodoro with Ronnie that is probably unprintable. I can’t wait to check this place out.

In Greensboro. Deep Roots Market has an art installation coming just in time for First Friday. The “Co-op Living Tree”… well it’s just totally cool. Go see it for yourself.

Also in Greensboro, tickets are now available for synerG’s Pop-Up Dinner to be held on Sunday Oct. 13: four courses by Crafted Chef Kristina Fuller, one drink and a cash bar. Check it out for yourself at the Action Greensboro website,

More: Table 16 in Greensboro has installed new floors. IHOP has put the Scary Face Pancake back on the menu. And area Harris Teeters will be collecting food for Greensboro Urban Ministry through Saturday. Please help out.

Just a few of events this week, most of them having to do with the 17 Days festival’s the Art of Chocolate weekender. Thursday sees a free wine and chocolate tasting at 5 p.m. at Loco for Coco. The Proximity Hotel has a Chocolate Lover’s Weekend package with a wine dinner and a cooking class. And Saturday, the Grove Winery holds a Truffles, Wine & Music event at 7 p.m. It’s all part of 17 Days, running through this weekend in Greensboro for more information, tickets or concerns go to

Then, on Sunday, another Spring Garden Food Truck Festival takes to the corner of Chapman Street at 4 p.m. We’re looking at about 15 trucks, live music, face painting, shopping, wine tasting and a general, all-around good time. Proceeds go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of KeeCee Frazier-Devenny, a 17-yearold Winston- Salem resident who underwent a stem-cell transplant in mid-August.