by Brian Clarey

One of the consequences of US farm policy is that we have all this corn on our hands — serious tonnage — and because we can eat only so many Fritos, something needs to be done with the rest of it. That’s why high-fructose corn syrup has slowly pervaded nearly every product on the grocery-store shelves (take a look at the labels — you’ll be surprised). The ingredient has gained some stigma in recent years because of a reported link to obesity, a rise in triglycerides and certain types of cancer. So now the Corn Refiners Association wants to rename it “corn sugar.” Because that will help.

Five Guys has been named by Consumer Reports as the chain with the best burger on the East Coast. No big surprises there. And the fries are good too.

And in North Carolina, Orange County may soon require culinary schools to pass foodservice health inspections.

Here in the Triad, things move apace. Green Drinks Greensboro meets on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Green Bean.

Also on Wednesday, Noble’s Grill holds a “Top Chef” finale party with food and wine surprises and both parts of the Season 7 final installment. The fun begins at 9 p.m.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be tasting affordable Argentinian wines at all three Triad locations.

Saturday the Winston-Salem Whole Foods Market celebrates the 30 th birthday of its parent company with a celebration of local food. There will be birthday cake, giveaways, drawings, facepainting and body art and — get this — a performance by Abe Reid, from whom we haven’t heard in years.

Also on Saturday, EarthFare in Greensboro holds LocalFest, featuring local farmers, artists and musicians. Word is ther will be a wine tasting as well.

Tuesday is Eggplant Day at Krankie’s Farmers Market, with tons of the weird zukes on display and in a cooking demo by Chef Nadine David of Mooney’s Mediterranean Café.

One more: Claim Jumpers, the condom-in-the-French-onion-soup joint, has filed for bankruptcy.