by Brian Clarey

Okay, things are kicking into overdrive in the Triad culinary scene, so let’s get started.

Chipotle has introduced a kids menu in its Greensboro restaurants featuring smaller portions of house favorites and a build-your-own-taco item. To promote it, kids will eat free every Sunday until Oct. 17.

Fatz Café celebrates its 22 nd anniversary by bringing back old menu favorites and adding new ones, like the Calabash pizza and Hot & Blue Kettle Chips.

Greensboro is getting a Red Mango, the national smoothie and yogurt chain, at Friendly Center opening on Saturday.

Wednesday sees Whole Foods Market Second Harvest Food Bank food drive, where 5 percent of all proceeds will go to fight hunger in North Carolina.

Thursday is the Biltmore wine dinner at Noble’s Grill at 7 p.m. — five courses with wines for $65. Ca;; 336.777.8477 for a reservation.

All weekend long Total Wine & More tastes its Top 20 wines from the past year at all three Triad locations.

On Saturday, Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale celebrates the 2010 Harvest Festival, featuring picnic areas, a grape stomping contest and live music from Tom Troyer, Back Porch Orchestra and Martha Bassett Band. Also look for new label releases. EarthFare holds a wine tasting all day long, while in Trinity a vegan harvest dinner tales place at the Blue Moon Farm. E-mail TheLu’­ for more information.

Also on Saturday, the Grove Winery has its anniversary party, while out in Cherokee, TV Chef Paula Deen works a “demo and dish” followed by a Q&A at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in advance of her new restaurant there, which is scheduled to open in December.

And GoExpo, a sustainability festival, takes over the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem with tons of displays, demos and samples.

Tuesday sees a gluten-free store tour at Whole Foods Market, Kitchen Herbs Day at Krankies Farmers Market with a demo by Trevor Dye of Meridian Restaurant and a wine dinner at Undercurrent featuring Rhone wines with the Country Vintner at 6:30 p.m. — call 336.370.1266 for a reservation.