by Brian Clarey

Early on Tuesday I got the word that the beleaguered McPherson’s Tavern here in Adams Farm is shutting its doors. This is a neighborhood in need of a bar, so look for something to come there soon.

Conversely, a Red Mango is opening at the Palladium in High Point — I guess I’ll have to stop by and see what the fuss is all about, the Camino Bakery has expanded its operation from the Wherehouse to a storefront in the Nissen Building in downtown Winston-Salem and the Big Shotz Tavern is being converted into the Buena Vista Grill. More to come….

Bojangles has renovated its Greensboro restaurant on East Cone Boulevard with more than $1.7 million in improvements.

Bin 33 in Greensboro has added new lunch items, though I‘m sorry to say the PDF attachment they sent me is unreadable. And the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville is sharing its harvest with local non-profit groups.

Thursday is the Winston-Salem Farmers Market Salsa Contest, beginning at 11 a.m., with winners announced by noon. Also on Thursday, Chef Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes signs copies of her new cookbook, Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m.

All weekend long the Fresh Market will be holding a wine tasting. So will Total Wine & More, which will feature wines from Italy’s Piedmont region at all three Triad locations.

Saturday is the Twin City Taps Beer Festival at BB&T Park downtown, featuring dozens of brewers and a hundred or so labels of beer. For tickets and more go to

It is also Peach Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. And, in Winston- Salem, the 4th annual Meridian Seafood Festival happens at Meridian restaurant, 411 S. Marshall St. beginning at noon, with great local seafood, beer and wine. Call 336.722.8889 for ticket info.

Got room for one more? The Washington Times newspaper is compiling a Best Eats of the ACC guide at its Discourse blog, with a section for Greensboro as the acknowledged home of the basketball tournament. Send suggestions to