by Brian Clarey

Big doings in Triad cuisine this week, with brevity as my only hope of cramming it all in. Ready?

Wine Down Wednesday goes down, as always, at the Greensboro Hilton Garden Inn with free food and music and half-price wine beginning at 5:30 p.m. Also on Wednesday, Vintage 301 throws a Flying Dog beer dinner at 7 p.m. See for details or to make a reservation.

On Thursday the Texas Pete Twin City Rib Fest kicks off for a weekend of good times, great music and meat off the bone at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. Also, Whole Foods Market holds a cooking class beginning at 6 p.m. with Chef Kevin focusing on foods from the garden. Cost is $10 and reservations can be had by calling 336.722.9233. And Whole Foods will hold wine tastings all weekend long beginning at 6 p.m.

Also rolling all weekend long is the Total Wine & More Spanish wine tasting at all three Triad locations. And EarthFare in Greensboro will be dishing out samples of chicken grillers.

On Friday hit the Center City Park Summer Supper at 6:30 p.m., a family affair held by Friends of Center City Park. Price is $35 for adults, $10 for kids and tickets can be reserved by visiting or calling 336.379.0821.

Saturday sees the Grove Winery Haw River Paddle Dinner, with the kayaks heading out from the winery at 3:30 p.m. Register at 336.260.6465.

Also, Noble’s Grill in Winston-Salem has rolled out a dinner and a movie special on Friday nights. This week’s selection is No Reservations. The movie starts at 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Lindley Park Filling Station holds an Endless Cup special wherein $15 gets you an endless cup pf draft beer during the World Cup games. And EarthFare holds a raw food potluck dinner at 7 p.m. with a discussion of fermented foods in the offing.

Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Embassy Suites in Greensboro is Taste Guilford, a great event with food from just about every restaurant in town. Hit their site,, to find out more.

Tuesday is Raw Food Day at Krankie’s Farmers Market, and Whole Foods iWonder series focuses on vegan cheese at 6:30 p.m.