by Brian Clarey

The biggest news in the Triad restaurant scene is that Chris Lester and Kayne Fisher are taking their company, Natty Greene’s, public. The initial IPO should be worth about $3 million, of which the guys have ponied up about half. Nice work, fellas.

Also deserving of kudos is Greensboro’s Tommy Tillman, who is one of six finalists in the Bob Evans Super Spud Sing Along Video Contest. Check out his video, “Animated Super Spud Sings,” at where you can also vote on the competition. Winner receives a trip to Disney World..

More good news: Lowe’s Foods has begun its annual food drive. Stop by one of the stores for details.

Greensboro’s Sushi Republic has opened a new location at the FantaCity Shopping Center on West Market Street.

And as things slow down for the holiday season, events are few and far between.

All weekend long, the Fresh Market has samples and deals on meat and wine. Similarly, Total Wine & More will be tasting highly rated wines at all three Triad locations.

On Saturday, Noble’s Grill in Winston- Salem will have a sale on all its wine in stock. The press release uses the word “wholesale.” So drink up, people.

Monday, Whole Foods begins its Local Holiday Music Series with an in-store performance by Brian Gray at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Rob Murdoch follows suit. The series runs through Dec. 23.

And Nation’s Restaurant News has released the top dessert trends of 2011. They are: 5) savory desserts; 4) deconstructed classic desserts; 3) dessert flights or combos; 2) bite-sized or mini desserts; and 1) artisan or house-made ice cream.

Got room for one more? We got an e-mail recently about a local woman who runs a dessert business out of her home kitchen. Deb Fisher, of Fisher Sweets, crafts fudge, brittle, brownies, cookies and more. Look her up at her website,