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by Brian Clarey

Editors at Restaurant magazine, along with a cast of other industry insiders, get together each year and name the 50 best restaurants in the world. This year the honors went once again to Noma — no, not Noma Urban Grill in downtown Winston-Salem, but Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, where Chef Rene Redzepi forages the nearby coastline and countryside for menu ingredients.

But Winston-Salem does get recognized this week as the first city in the Southeast to serve Coors Original draft beer when Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub tapped its first keg of the stuff last week.

More troubling menu considerations are being considered in India, where US fast-food companies are rapidly expanding their deep-fried reach. The big question: Should they serve beef hamburgers in a country where the cow is considered to be a sacred animal by much of the populace. Nation’s Restaurant News reports that of the big chains looking to expand into the subcontinent, Wendy’s says it will not serve beef in its restuarants there. A spokesman for Carl’s Jr. says he will not only consider serving beef, but bacon as well, which offends a whole different swath of people, citing McDonald’s disastrous decision to turn the Big Mac into the Maharajah Mac, based on chicken, as the cause.

Anyhoo…. Wednesday sees a Health Starts Here store tour at Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market at 6 p.m. with Karen, the healthy eating liaison. Call 336. 722.9233 to reserve a spot.

On Thursday, Noble’s Grill hosts a JaM Cellars wine dinner at 6 p.m. Three courses with paired wines comes for $30. Call the restaurant at 336.777.8477 for a reservation. Weekend All weekend long Total Wine & More will hold Earth Day wine tastings at all three Triad locations.

On Saturday, Whole Foods holds a fair to celebrate Earth Month with demos and lectures.

Sunday is Easter, and Undercurrent in Greensboro will be serving lunch. Call 336.370.1266 for reservations.

And Tuesday sees the Cobblestone Farmers Market at Krankie’s and Green Drinks Winston-Salem at 5:30 p.m. at Hutch & Harris.

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