by Brian Clarey

Things in the Triad culinary scene are cooling off this week, with just a couple of days loaded with events and a few old reliables holding out in these last few weeks of summer.

But first, know that Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro had such success with its soft-shell lobster dinner event that the staff is busy planning another, though no date has been set yet. If you’re a fan of shellfish and have never tried this version of lobster, make yourself heard at or call 336.370.1266.

On Thursday, Noble’s Grill holds a Natty Greene’s beer dinner. Five courses come for $49, each one paired with a microbrewed local draft. Call 336.777.8477 for a reservation.

Also on Thursday, Winston-Salem Girls on Grapes meets at Chelsee’s Coffee at its customary time of 7 p.m. for tastings from Allison Oaks Vineyards and a few giggles. And DJ’s Restaurant in High Point will donate 10 percent of the day’s take to big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.

All weekend long, at all three Triad Locations, Total Wine & More will be tasting American wines including Alterra Cabernet Napa, B Lovely Late Harvest Riesling, Oak Ridge Zinfandel Lodi Ancient Vine and Running with Scissors Chardonnay in preparation for Labor Day.

Also running all weekend is the Fresh Market’s Last Taste of Summer event, replete with sampling, deals and giveaways.

On Saturday, EarthFare holds a health fair from 9 a.m. to noon. Slow Foods Piedmont points us to Fall Gardening for Families at the Kathleen Clay Family Branch Library in Greensboro beginning at 9:30 a.m. Register with Pam Marshall at 336.375.5876 or pamela_marshall@ncsu. edu.

The Grove Winery holds a singles tasting at the winery, also on Saturday, and the Greater Greensboro CROP Hunger Walk holds its kickoff rally and concert at 1 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, featuring an unveiling of the new mascot, Skippy.

Look for me on Saturday at the Great NC Beer Festival out in Clemmons, where I’ll be doing my abject best to sample wares from all of the hundred or so breweries represented before catching Kansas on the main stage. Wayward son, indeed.