by Brian Clarey

Here’s your weekly food news, served up fresh and hot. First off, let’s take a look at Winston- Salem’s Big Eat, wherein area restaurants offer signature dishes for half price every Tuesday through March. This week we’ll focus on two of my favorites, Foothill’s Brewing, which offers one of the better versions of fish & chips in the city, and Finnigan’s Wake, which is putting out its fabulous Guinness stew.

Also of note, the Pour House in Greensboro will be serving hot lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. And Mary’s of Course, which is a breakfast and lunch joint in Winston- Salem that is just fabulous, has been recognized by Southern Living magazine as serving one of the best breakfasts in North Carolina in the March 2010 issue. I couldn’t agree more.

In franchise news, Burger King is starting a new line of gourmet burgers, even as it pulls the controversial double off the dollar menu, and non-fat frozen yogurt chain Red Mango will be coming to town within the next six months.

If you’re hungry, this is a good week for you.

On Wednesday in Winston-Salem, Krankie’s holds its Young Farmer Roundup at 5:30 p.m. with Diane Flynt from Foggy Ridge Cider and a seep swap sponsored by Slow Food Piedmont.

On Thursday, Greensboro’s Lucky 32 holds a dinner using recipes from the Lee brothers, authors of the smash cookbook Simple Fresh Southern. Call the restaurant at 336.3370.0707 to save a seat.

On Friday all Triad locations of Total Wine & More begin a weekend-long wine tasting featuring five great French wines.

Saturday at 3 p.m. sees the annual Parm Cracking at Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market. You haven’t lived until you’ve seem a giant wheel of Parmesan cheese get broken down. Also on Saturday, the Brewer’s Kettle in High Point holds a free beer tasting at 2 and 5 p.m. Questions? Call the store at 336.885.0099. And the Applebee’s on Wendover Avenue will be the site of the National Society of Black Engineers’ Flapjack Fundraiser at 7:30 a.m. to help send members to a national conference in Canada.