(Last Updated On: December 22, 2010)

by Brian Clarey

There’s going to be plenty of eating going on over the Christmas holiday, but most of it is happening at Grandma’s house, so culinary events are fair thin this week — though it’s a great time to get out to a restaurant and have a meal.

But there is some fast-food news as the year comes to a close.

Burger King will no longer require its franchisees to stay open until 2 a.m., so look for some possible obstacles in your quest for a late-night Whopper.

And in Detroit, the Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is petitioning a moratorium on fast-food restaurants in the city, which currently has 73 of them.

Oddly enough, Japan can’t get enough of KFC, particularly at Christmastime, where the Colonel’s seven herbs and spices have become a national yuletide tradition.

In fine-dining trends, Hong Kong Chef Greg Malouf is banning tongs from his kitchen at Olive, saying that they foster lazy habits and can bruise or tear food.

And set for induction to the Fine Dining Hall of Fame this year ate Stella! in New Orleans, Chicago’s Alinea, Melisse in LA and New York’s Per Se. Here in the Triad we are snubbed once again.

But Krankie’s in Winston-Salem is merging their farmers market project with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to form Cultivate Piedmont, which, according to a press release, will “enhance the market and broaden its outreach programs.”

On Wednesday the Triad Interfaith Council Christmas Pork Shoulder Sale goes down at Total Wine & More on Greensboro’s Battlegound Avenue between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Order early to guarantee availability.

On Friday, all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More will be tasting champagne and sparkling wine.

Saturday is Christmas, and Bender’s Tavern carries on a tradition begun by Ham’s in 1981 with a free, hot Christmas dinner for the needy at their location on West Market Street in Greensboro.

And on Tuesday, Table 16 holds a Krupp wine dinner. Call the restaurant at 336.279.8525 for details.