by Brian Clarey

The good news is that Triad Restaurant Week, wherein all your favorite Triad restaurants offer three-course meals at reduced prices, is still going on. The bad news is that it ends on Sunday. Find out the score at

Cincy’s Downtown, the folks who introduced Cincinnati-style chili to Greensboro, was named a 2009 Best of Greensboro award winner by the US Commerce Association.

More on the local front: Undercurrent names some of its new lunch menu items in a recent newsletter. Make mine an oyster salad with chorizo-sherry vinaigrette.

San Luis Mexican restaurant in Greensboro is now open until 5 a.m. on weekends for late-night comidas.

Table 16 announces a new website designed by the folks at Elsewhere, a new wine list put together by Wine Specialist Ronin Morris and a new mural in the bar by artist Kathleen Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Ruby Tuesday upgrades the quality and value of its menu and Caribou Coffee launches a line of chocolate beverages perfect for winter sipping.

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving ideas, Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem holds its Whole Deal Thanksgiving Edition right up until the holiday. Greensboro’s EarthFare gets into the act on Friday with its Taste of Thanksgiving event beginning at noon.

If you’re looking to give something back to our area’s food kitchens, Both Harris Teeter and All the Triad’s shopping malls — Four Seasons, Hanes, Randolph and Oak Hollow — are collecting canned goods and pantry items to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

On Wednesday, Café Pasta in Greensboro holds a free tasting of Kluge Estate wines beginning at 6 p.m. Free food, free wine. See you there.

Also on Wednesday, Noble’s Grille holds a three-course New Belgium beer dinner. Call 336-777-8477 to make a reservation.

On Thursday authors from across the Triad will read for food at UNCG’s Will Read For Food benefit at 7 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum on campus.

And Friday sees the Carolina ’Shine Fest, a celebration of our bootlegging past, in downtown Madison at noon.