by Brian Clarey

It’s Thanksgiving week, and the Beaujolais is out!

The Palmetto has opened in downtown Greensboro at 223 S. Elm St. featuring Low Country cuisine. And Lindy’s Goodies bakery has opened on Spring Garden Street. Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem has completed its dining room expansion. Dewey’s Bakery has opened its holiday stores Triad wide. And Krispy Kreme is experimenting with delivery service in the Battleground Avenue area of Greensboro.

Taste Yogurt Bar in Greensboro celebrates Mochi Madness until Sunday, with free mochi with purchase. Mochi is a Japanese rice confection that is one of the most popular yogurt toppings on the West Coast.

On Wednesday, 6 th & Vine in downtown Winston-Salem holds its annual pre-Thanksgiving Ultimate Dance Party, beginning at 9 p.m..

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. Most of us will have turkey, but this year trim that bird with a few new options. Oyster dressing is fabulous when done right. My wife sometimes makes an oyster pie that is one of the best things I have ever eaten. My own family makes a type of Italian stuffed mushroom so prized as a delicacy we used to ration them. Lamb is a popular alternative to turkey this year, and I’ve even seen on some websites plans to braise ribs for the meal.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the late-night sandwiches.

On Friday, the Fresh Market in Greensboro offers a Shoppers’ Retreat, a relaxed environment with hot cider and roasted chestnuts.

Over the weekend, Grove Winery holds its Release Weekend event, featuring the 2009 chardonnay. Total Wine & More tastes holiday party wines. And the Fresh Market holds wine and meat tastings during store hours.

On Tuesday, Krankies Farmers Market holds Closing Day, the last day of market for the season. Patrons are encouraged to bring gifts for the farmers who have sustained the market all year long.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Celebrate (and avoid more cooking) by going to a locally-owned restaurant this weekend.