by Brian Clarey

Things are quiet in the Triad restaurant scene — so quiet you can hear the vegetables withering under this searing midsummer heat. So quiet there are just a handful of events this week, most of which fall on Thursday.

Might as well rattle them off. Lucky 32 in Greensboro holds Beer School at 7 p.m. Chef Jay Pierce introduces six beers from New Belgium Brewing, a unique beermaker out of Colorado, along with an hors d’ouevres menu and a talk about the brewing process and practices. Did you know they give employees at New Belgium new fat tire bikes after a year of employment? Call 336.370.0707 to make a reservation.

Out at the Grove Winery, a wine class will be underway. Father Gerry’s Bastille Day French Wine Class also begins at 7 p.m. Father Gerry is a winemaker from Elon, and the wines, in honor of Bastille Day, will be French.

And it’s Lobster Night at Undercurrent in Greensboro, though reservations have closed off by press time, you might be able to wrangle a seat by calling 336.370.1266.

Everything else is all fast food and chains.

Wendy’s has separated from Arby’s, selling off majority interest in the restaurant chain to Roark Capital Group.

Arby’s is offering new menu items based on Angus beef — the Angus Cool Deli Sandwich being the first. Applebee’s is stuffing and topping steaks. Olive Garden has announced a major change to its kids menu to, which upon inspection seems to be that they have replaced milkshakes with fruit smoothies and added grapes as a side. Cold Stone Creamery has added a new line of frozen yogurt, which means you can now order a Co-Sto fro-yo. Sonic has inreoduced a Baja Dog — a hot dog with jalapeños and pepper jack. And Chuck E. Cheese — who I prefer to call “Charles” — is revamping its pizza recipe by improving the crust and using fresh cheese, which is nothing at all like what Domino’s just did.

Room for more? The Fresh Market and Total Wine & More will be holding free wine tastings all weekend. Dive right in.