by Brian Clarey

The Gate City Chop House closing?

Sad but true, the institution in the corner of Market and Holden is no more, though Chop Houses still exist in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington and High Point.

Also, Harrah’s Cherokee way out in the mountains now has a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a great way to spend your blackjack winnings.

The culinary week here in the Triad is less of a gamble, however.

Things get rolling quick on Wednesday, with Wine Down Wednesday at Greensboro‘s Hilton Garden Inn, with free appetizers, half-price wine and live music. Also on Wednesday, Vintage 301 holds a Duck Rabbit beer dinner at 7 p.m. Forty bucks gets you four courses,,, with beer! Call the restaurant at 336.333.3190 for a reservation.

On Thursday, Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem hosts Women’s Health with Michelle at 6:30 p.m., part of the iWonder series, which is free and open to the public. Also Thursday is Family Dinner Night at Greensboro’s EarthFare, wherein kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Entertainment is promised.

A couple of weekend-long events to look forward to. Winston-Salem’s Greek Festival, Opa!, is at the Greek Orthodox Church at 435 Keating Drive — come hungry. Also, Total Wine & More will be tasting Bordeaux at all three Triad locations. And EarthFare holds its Bison Burger Blowout, touting the superiority of bison meat, with samples!

On Friday, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar holds a fourcourse Napa Carolina wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 336-294-7790 for more information.

It’s also Strawberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market.

On Saturday, the Fresh Market in Greensboro holds a cooking demo featuring red wine marinated Argentine chimichurri steak and a side of crispy mashed potato cakes between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. It’s a freebie, and no reservations are necessary.

And then on Tuesday, the farmers market at Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem will hold its own Strawberry Day. Those things are everywhere these days. But remember: In North Carolina the season ends in June.