by Brian Clarey

The James Beard Foundation Awards nominees have come in, and nary a Triad restaurant is mentioned. In fact, the only North Carolina eatery to get the nod was John Fleer, chef at the Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, who was nominated for Best Chef in the Southeast region. Good luck John!

Krankie’s Farmers Market, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday, April 19 under its new name, the Cobblestone Farmers Market, will be making other changes as well as part of its partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. The market will start accepting SNAP/EBT as payment this year, parking is expanded and weekly donations will go out to support local soup kitchens. Also, there will be live music every week.

Nico’s Italian restaurant has opened in the ground floor of CenterPoint in downtown Greensboro, in the location which once houses the Avenue.

Ham’s, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and was purchased by a group that includes nightclub owner Rocco Scarfone, will make a new push beginning with a re-opening of its high Point Road location this summer.

And scientists at NC A&T University have created a hypo-allergenic peanut. Yummers.

This weekend, Leadership Greensboro Seniors will hold its annual food drive for Urban Ministry, collecting non-perishable foodstuffs at Lowe’s Foods.

Total Wine & More will be tasting wines of Spain and Portugal at all three Triad locations.

And the Fresh Market in Greensboro pairs its wine and meat6 samplings with something a bit less adult: an ice cream and super fruit tasting at it store on Lawndale Avenue.

On Saturday, Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem holds a silent auction to benefit Whole Planet Foundation, featuring artwork, jewelry and more that begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Raffaldini Vineyards holds a springtime hike with Jay Raffaldini and Steve Nelson on the vineyard, followed by a hearty lunch and wine. For tickets call 336.835.9463 or e-mail

Then, on Monday, all Greensboro-area Jersey Mike’s sub shops will collect contributions for the Triad affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, supporting breast cancer research.