by Brian Clarey

Sad news from Greensboro’s restaurant front. Zaytoon’s owner Masoud Awartani passed after a battle with illness. Awartani, originally from Palestine, loved peace and all-natural, delicious food. He will be missed and remembered.

More cheerful news concerns the groundbreaking for a new Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits on Pisgah Church Road in Greensboro. Owner of the franchise is Ted Washington, who was known as Mt. Washington when he played for the New England Patriots. Love that chicken!

Also, Washington Perk & Provisions has opened in Winston-Salem’s Washington Park neighborhood. Part coffee shop, part deli and part grocery, the store is currently stocking shelves so stop by and let them know what you want.

And it’s Sandwich and Panini Month at Bravo in Greensboro, with tasty pressed sandwiches, summer wines and cocktails and fresh gazpacho.

On Wednesday, Undercurrent in Greensboro presents a Bouchaine wine dinner: three courses with wines from Bouchaine for $55, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Courses include duck, pork and fig ice cream. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 for a reservation.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will have samples of Australian and New Zealand wines at all three Triad locations.

Also running all weekend is Greensboro EarthFare’s summer dessert sampling. That’s a freebie as well.

On Saturday, wet your whistle at the Carolina Shine Fest in Madison beginning at 3 p.m. There will be food, including barbecue and such, music from seven bands and an appearance by Junior Johnson, which should curt the burn a little. This one’s a freebie as well. See the website, www., for more info.

Then jump ahead to Tuesday, which is Pepper Day at Krankie’s Farmers Market. And if you order a burrito at any Triad-area Chipotle and save the receipt, you can turn it in for a free burrito on Tax Free Weekend, which takes place Aug. 6-8.

Tuesday is also the big salsa contest at the Downtown Winston-Salem Farmers Market. It’s not too late to enter your salsa recipe — do so at ‘ and tell Nicole Ducouer, one of this year’s judges, we said hello.