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by Brian Clarey

Most of the restaurant news this week concerns the business of food, as opposed to its preparation and dissemination.

For example, it was announced last week that Greensboro will soon get a Whole Foods Market, to open at Friendly Center in spring 2012.

Meanwhile, Greensboro-based Fresh Market opened at $22 a share at its initial public offering last week, and since then the share price has risen to $33.73 as of press time.

Chipotle and McDonalds have added the new location-based Facebook Deals application, which gives subscribers discounts when they are near stores.

Also of note: McDonalds has brought back the McRib sandwich (huzzah!) and Wendy’s is testing a new line of burgers called Dave’s Hot N Juicy. No lie.

Meanwhile, all weekend long the Fresh Market holds a wine sampling and a meat and food sampling. And Total Wine & More will taste California wines at all three Triad locations.

Friday sees the High Point Expo Vino at 7 p.m. at the High Point Country Club with wines from around the world to raise funds for the High Point Area Arts Council. Call 336.889.2787 x24 for a reservation, tickets are $40.

In High Point on Saturday, the Elks hold their annual Chili Cook-Off and Kids Carnival. The action, at $5 a ticket, starts at 11 a.m. and the chili cook-off, again $5 starts at 1 p.m. at the lodge at 700 Old Mill Road. For questions call 336.869.7313 or www.hpelks.com.

Also on Saturday, Whole Foods in Winston-Salem holds its Taste of Thanksgiving festival, with samples, gifts and recipe ideas. Total Wine & More holds a Total Tasting Extravaganza at all three locations. And in Winston-Salem, Frogurt, a combination frozen yogurt/ exercise palace holds its grand opening a 1 p.m. at the Shoppes on Little Creek, 1263 Creekshire Way. Yogurt is free, as is workout instruction and interaction with the mascots. Call 336.331.3939 for more info.

And Tuesday at Krankies Farmers Market, the wine flows for a tasting with Sanders Ridge Vineyards and Winery.

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