by Brian Clarey

First off, all you hungry, hungry hippos, comes news of new food in the Triad. The Carnival Menu at Fincastle’s, brought to you by the Burger Brothers, Emmett and Jody Morphis, includes traditional New Orleans favorites like crawfish tails; oysters en brochette; shrimp, oyster and debris poboys; three kinds of gumbo; red beans and rice; jambalaya and bananas Foster bread pudding. I will see you there with beads on.

And the next seven days have much in store for the gastronomically inclined.

Wednesday sees the Grove Wine Dinner at Avenue in downtown Greensboro, featuring six wines and a homemade chocolate truffle. Call the restaurant at 336.617.5321 for a reservation.

On Thursday, Noble’s in Winston-Salem gets in to the act with an Efeste wine dinner featuring five courses, six wines and crazy awesome molten chocolate cake for dessert. Make a reservation at 336.777.8477.

Also on Thursday in the Camel City, Girls on Grapes meets at Chelsee’s Coffee at 6 p.m. to discuss dessert wines.

And in Greensboro, Zeto Wine Shop holds a tasting featuring 24 wines, cheese and snacks at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday sees the Winston-Salem Dining With Friends kickoff party at 6 p.m. at Wine Merchants Gourmet. Dining With Friends benefits AIDS care service, and the hosts of the dinner parties will be entered in a competition to be judged by “Project Runway”’s Jack Mackenroth.

Also on Friday and Saturday, all Triad locations of Total Wine & More will be serving tastes of Conde de Caralt Brut, Kemblefield Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, Angeline Pinot Noir and Phebus Malbec.

On Saturday, Noble’s debuts its dinner and dancing nights featuring Tuffin with Touch of Class until midnight.

And Whole Foods Market in Winston- Salem holds its annual Big Game Chili Cookoff. Customers can begin casting their votes at noon.

And on Sunday, Winston-Salem holds Slow Fooding in 2010 at Beta Verde, 3733 Milhaven Road featuring discussion, lectures, networking and a seed swap from 3 to 6 p.m. RSVP at

Also, we’d like to wish Christopher’s in Winston-Salem a happy 5th anniversary. Keep it up, guys.