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by Brian Clarey

Say it ain’t so! The Grateful Bread in High Point, the old-school, whole-grain, locally sourced and personal, perennial favorite, has closed its doors after 11 years due to tax issues. The whole thing is very sad.

In other news, Caribou Coffee is riding high on a series of gradual improvements to its menu, its service and its stores. Look for a new line of grilled cheese sandwiches soon. And Waffle House has been lauded by FEMA — yep, the “heckuva job Brownie” people — for disaster preparedness, which means you can get ’em scattered, smothered and covered within days of a national disaster.

Wednesday is Free Queso Day at all Moe’s Southwest Grills. No purchase necessary. It’s also the date of a wine dinner at Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro in Winston-Salem: 7 p.m., four courses, reservations at 336.703.5400.

On Thursday, the patio at Undercurrent in Greensboro debuts with a Champagne tasting complete with menu and dessert table. Stop by around 7:30 p.m. And down the street, Riva’s Trattoria serves a special Lebanese- Italian dinner hosted by Jammin’ George from the Downtown Farmer Market. Call 336.334.9989 for a reservation.

On Friday, Noble’s Grille holds a Harmony Ridge Farms Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call 336.777.8477 for reservations.

All weekend long taste free wine at Greensboro’s Fresh Market and all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More.

Saturday sees a tomato tasting and cookoff at the NC A&T University Farm off McConnell Road at 10 a.m. It’s Tomato Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market beginning at 6 a.m. and featuring recipes, samples, tastings and a chef showcase. And Whole Foods Market in Winston-Salem holds a Bison Burger Fest, featuring 95 percent lean meat from Colorado bison prepared seven different ways, including tropical salsa, fontina and basil, pimiento cheese from My Three Sons and a vegan version that’s actually as portabella mushroom. Also: ice cream, pickles, cake, wine and beer.

Room for more? As a result of the government shutdown in Minnesota, more than 300 bars across the state are unable to order more liquor or cigarettes because their licenses have expired. Shortages are scheduled to begin in September.

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