by Brian Clarey

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the closing of Solaris Tapas Restaurant in downtown Greensboro, owned by friends of mine Christian and Courtney Reynolds and Christian’s father Jack.

It’s been six and a half years since they took over the spot vacated by Macadoo’s at the juncture of Davie and Summit, bringing tapas to the downtown restaurant scene. The restaurant’s last night will be on Friday. And Reynolds says everything behind the bar will go for three bucks a glass.

Thursday sees Greensboro’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Cookoff, featuring chefs from Avenue, Ganache, B.

Christopher’s, Painted Plate, Table 16 and other local restaurants in the Empire Room. Call Katie Garrett at 336.723.4386 for tickets.

Also on Thursday, Greensboro’s EarthFare continues its Kids in the Kitchen series with a snack-making class at 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, Greensboro’s Fresh Market holds a Taste of the Holidays event beginning at noon featuring great holiday dishes like turkey, yams and such.

On Saturday Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem gets into the act with its Taste of Thanksgiving event, also featuring turkey and all its accoutrements, and also running all weekend long.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds its antique truck show on Saturday; enthusiasts are asked to bring canned goods to go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

And Total Wine & More will be pouring tastes of Bordeaux at all its Greensboro and Winston Salem locations on Saturday and Sunday during the time period which used to be known as “happy hour” but which is now just known as “afternoon.”

On Sunday, Greensboro’s first Festival Italiano takes place on the 300 block of South Elm Street. Anchoring the event will be a “big ride” featuring feature 62 mile, 30 mile and 15 mile bike routes through town and food from Cheesecakes by Alex and Riva’s Trattoria. It lasts from noon until 6 p.m.

And on Monday, Burlington’s very first Mellow Mushroom holds its grand opening at 767 Huffman Mill Road. Raleigh business owner Joey Cathey conferred with Casey Fox, who owns three Mellow Mushroom pizza joints in the Triangle, and decided Burlington would be an “ideal” location for a franchise.