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by Brian Clarey

Here’s something that should make the nation’s largest pork-producing state sweat even more than usual: Dutch scientists have actually grown pork in a laboratory test tube. No word yet on the taste, but how bad could it possible be?

In other, less scary food news, Riva’s Trattoria in Greensboro has added Monday dinners and Sunday brunches to its expanding culinary repertoire. And over in Winston-Salem, Mary’s of Course is planning a second location on the 700 block of Trade Street, to be called Breakfast of Course. I will see you there.

Five Guys, the venerable hamburger chain. Has opened its first two California locations to compete with In-N-Out Burger. McDonald’s president Ralph Alvarez has retired. And Applebee’s is looking to make serious upgrades in its staff, menu and décor — which are the three things I dislike the most about Applebee’s.

And there is beer at Tate Street Coffee!

Again, I will see you there.

Greensboro’s Undercurrent Restaurant has unveiled its December tasting menu. My picks? The shiitake-portobello soup with warmed brie and the roasted garlic parmesan fondue.

Meanwhile, Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem holds its December Whole Deal with enormous showcases of holiday foods, recipes and samples all month long.

On Wednesday, catch the season finale of “Top Chef” at Noble’s Grille at 9 p.m. featuring $15 tasting plates and, possibly, a little gambling on the side. Or you can catch a meeting of Green Drinks Greensboro at the Green Bean at 5:30 p.m. Or, you know, you could do both.

On Saturday, experience a traditional parmesan cheese cracking at 2 p.m. in the specialty department at EarthFare, where an 80-pound wheel of the good stuff will be broken down in an authentic manner.

Then on Sunday, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market holds the final installment of its Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, perfect for Christmas shopping.

Also on Sunday the O Henry Hotel holds a holiday tea at 2 p.m. featuring tea, cider and hot chocolate for the palate, music for the ears and crafts for the kids. The event will close with a reading of “The Nutrcracker.”

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