by Brian Clarey

First course of the Served column this week is news from my old friends at Bert’s Seafood Grille in Greensboro, where I was once a humble server and bartender. Chef Mary Lacklen celebrates the month of December with a Few of Our Favorite Things, a holiday menu featuring all of the restaurant’s greatest hits since it opened in 1988. My personal recommendations: the tuna spring roll, mustard catfish and the white chocolate banana bread pudding, with perhaps a nice bottle or Ferrari Carano Chardonnay.

Also of note, Riva’s Trattoria in downtown Greensboro is limiting lunches to Thursdays and Fridays. And 6 th & Vine in downtown Winston-Salem boasts a new menu and wine list.

On Wednesday, Whole Foods Market begins the 12 Tastes of Christmas, a sampling and shopping event that runs through Dec. 13.

On Thursday, James Beard Awardwinning chef and author Deborah Krassner signs copies of her book, GOOD MEAT: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat at Beta Verde in Winston-Salem at 6 p.m. She’ll be doing the same thing on Sunday at Whole Foods Market in conjunction with a meat tasting.

On Friday, Greensboro’s Fresh Market holds a cooking demo featuring fennel and blood-orange holiday salsa, with tastings and samples all weekend long.

The Grove Winery holds its Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday. The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market hosts a holiday craft market. Total Wine & More tastes gift wines. And the Sustainable Agriculture Conference hits downtown Winston-Salem.

Saturday is Deck the Halls Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. Krankies will be serving up wood-fired pizza from Forno Moto. And the Deck the Stalls holiday bonfire and chili dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at Anderson Farms in Thomasville with music by Slow and Lowdown. Find out more at

On Tuesday. Table 16 holds a four-course wine dinner in conjunction with Elsewhere Artists Collaborative with proceeds going to support the nonprofit.. RSVP at 336.279.8525.