by Brian Clarey

Ever wonder why I include so much fast-food news here in the Served column? It’s because we love it: Greensboro was named by a survey in the Daily Beast as the No. 14 city in the US for fast-food consumption, with 68.2 fast-fooderies per 100,000 citizens and Subway at the top of the fast-food chain.

So people should be excited that Chipotle has just registered a trademark for a new concept called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. I’m betting we’ll be seeing one here soon.

Asheboro’s Old Time Chili Cook Off is still seeking chili chefs willing to make 10 — and not 120, as previously reported — gallons of the stuff. Check the site at www. for details.

And Fincastle’s in downtown Greensboro has unleashed its Throw Me Something Mister Menu just in time for Mardi Gras. The list includes New Orleans faves like gumbo and etouffee, oysters en brochette, debris po-boys, Creole egg rolls, fried crawfish tails and Abita beers, and will be served through March 8, AKA Fat Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Undercurrent continues its Master Chef Series with a dinner inspired by French great Escoffier. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 or visit the website, www.undercurrentrestaurant. com, for details.

Friday sees dueling pancake breakfasts, one at Fatz Café in Winston-Salem at 8 a.m. to benefit people with disabilities. And the other at Winston-Salem’s Benton Convention Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. and brought to you by the Kiwanis.

Also on Friday, the Fresh Market in Greensboro demos beef tenderloin with bleu cheese bruschetta, sun dried tomato rice pilaf and a dark chocolate almond parfait from 4-7 p.m.

All weekend long the Fresh Market will be handing out samples of meat and wine. Total Wine & More will be tasting California wines, and the Grove Winery releases its reserve chardonnay.

Tuesday is the Big Eat in downtown Winston-Salem — why not go for the fish and chips at the Hawthorne Inn’s Bayberry Bistro for half price? Or you can sit in on Green Drinks Winston’s monthly meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Yadkin Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks.