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by Brian Clarey

First, a somber note for Bert’s Seafood Grille, the Greensboro institution helmed by Mary Lacklen where I had the pleasure of working for three years, which is closing its doors March 12. A reunion for all former employees will be held that night in the restaurant at 9 p.m., and I will see you there.

And fresh back from my own bayou adventure, I’d like to plug here in the pages of Served the Throw Me Somethin’ Mister Mardi Gras Menu put together by my friends at Fincastle’s, featuring real gumbo, etouffee, oysters, crawfish, bread pudding, all manner of Abita beer and plenty of other New Orleans-style goodies, running through March 8, AKA Fat Tuesday.

The Sweet Shop has opened in the Downtown Greensboro Historical District, relying on homemade pound cakes for muscle and falling back on cookies, glazed nuts, coffee and other cakes. Check out the site at sweetshopnow.com.

Also in downtown Greensboro M’Coul’s will not hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day street party this year due, a spokesperson said, to an inability to gain a one-time exemption from the city noise ordinance. The Pour House outdoor St. Pat’s bash is still on, but it will end by 11 p.m.

On Thursday, Noble’s Grill in Winston- Salem holds a dinner benefiting the King’s Kitchen and Samaritan Ministries — reservations are closed, just letting you know.

And I will be reading at Fincxastle’s from my new book, The Anxious Hipster and Other Barflies I’ve Known with guest Sam Fribush, with time TBD but definitely some time after 6 p.m.

All weekend long the Fresh Market samples wine, meat and seafood, free for shoppers. And the Grove Winery releases its Jug House Blush, which is delicious.

And on Sunday in the fabulous Empire Room in downtown Greensboro, the Family Life Council holds Lunch by the Ladle, a soupfest featuring tureens by the area’s greatest chefs and bread to sop it up with from our most cherished bakers. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for kids, can be bought by calling 336.333.6890 x221 or visiting www.flcgso.com, or just by getting them at the door. Slurping begins at 11:30 a.m.

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