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by Brian Clarey

Around here, bad weather is bad news for full-service restaurants and the people who work in them, and it’s a pretty good bet that a few kitchen hands and servers will get sent home early, forsaking a night’s wages or tips.

It’s great for pizza delivery guys, though.

Anyway, Nations Restaurant News, recognizing the rise of fast-food breakfast service in 2010, names the Top 10 breakfast items ranked by mentions on menus. The most-mentioned dish on the list was breakfast pizza, with appearances by oatmeal (No. 6), “specialty breakfast starch” (No. 4) and bagels (No. 3).

If fast food is not your thing — or maybe if it is — head to Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for Wellness Wednesdays. It’s a weekly meeting for those adhering to the Engine 2 Diet. Benefits include weight loss, increased energy and something called “PlantStrong,” which is surely trademarked.

On Thursday, O’So Tavern in High Point will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.

Over the weekend, Total Wine & More will be pouring tastes of French wines, including Bougrier ‘V’ Vouvray, Chateau Coucheroy Blanc Pessac, Domaine St-Antoine Syrah and Vallon des Sources Vacqueyras. Take that, spellchecker.

Also over the weekend, Greensboro’s Fresh Market holds a wine tasting and a meat-and-seafood event.

Saturday at Whole Foods, a Health Starts Here tasting event begins at 11 a.m. featuring recipes, techniques and products highlighting healthy fats, whole foods and “PlantStrong.”

On Sunday, Slow Food Piedmont holds its annual Seed Swap Potluck at Sanders Ridge beginning at 4 p.m. See the website at www.slowfoodpiedmont. org for more info.

On Tuesday, Greensboro’s Table 16 holds a wine dinner with selections TBA. Call the restaurant at 336.279.8525 for details.

Also on Tuesday: Winston-Salem’s Big Eat. Why not try the Twin City Chop House for pork tenderloin with goat cheese in a peppercorn demi-glace for half price?

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