by Brian Clarey

First off, goodbye to my friend Trey May, formerly of Bin 33 in downtown Greensboro, who has been… uh… relieved of his duties in the restaurant and is moving to Jamaica to open a bar on the beach. Hope you got an extra hammock for me, buddy.

In other downtown Greensboro Bistro news, Vintage 301 has begun serving breakfast beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sunday mornings. And they’ve crafted a new ice cream called Peanut Better and Jelly Time that can be purchased at the restaurant or Bestway. Also, farewell to Vintage 301 artist Thompson Parker Barnwell, whose are will be featured posthumously at the First Friday iCandy Galleria.

UNCG has created a Food Policy Think Tank to begin in the fall. According to a press release, “Coursework will include collaboration with local food policy activists and other community partners. Students will serve at community events in addition to attending regular class meetings.”

On Wednesday, come join local writers Parke Puterbaugh, Stewart “Lenslinger” Pittman, Lorraine Ahearn, Quinn Dalton and others — including me! — at the first Bookup at Bin 33 at 6 p.m. held by Jo Maeder, author of When I Married My Mother. Based on the Silent Reading Party in Seattle, readers are encouraged to bring their books to the restaurant and read quietly while eating, drinking and passing notes.

Also on Wednesday, SECCA holds a dinner screening of The Greenhorns, a documentary about holistic farming, at 5 p.m. at SECCA. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for the general public, and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Friday is Greenhouse Veggie Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, and is also the say that the Fresh Market in Greensboro holds a cooking demo on Mediterranean meatballs and salad Nicoise at 4 p.m.

Saturday is the Old-Time Chili Cook Off in downtown Asheboro, a free one, with music, crafts, souvenirs and the main event: a big, ol’ chili cookoff right there in the street.

On Tuesday, the Cobblestone Farmers Market, formerly known as the Krankies Farmers Market, opens fort the season at 6 a.m.