by Brian Clarey

As the summer wanes — not fast enough for some, too fast for others — we experience a lull in the Triad culinary scene, exacerbated this year by economic uncertainty brought on by shenanigans both fiscal and political.

But the tomatoes look just fine, the corn is coming in and so are the grapes, and there are a few gems in the week ahead, of which area foodies should take note.

Wednesday sees a wine dinner at Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro in Winston-Salem. The deal: five courses with paired wines for $60 a head, starting at 7 p.m. Call 336.703.5400 for a reservation.

Jump to Friday, where it’s Lobster Night at Undercurrent in Greensboro. Just two courses — an incredible salad and then a 1.5-pound lobster with drawn butter, rice and succotash. It’ll run you $45, and if you call 336.370.1266 the minute you read this sentence they may be able to get you in.

Also on Friday, the Grove Winery presents Wine & Song at the winery at 6 p.m. with Decatur Street Beat. As a former denizen of Lower Decatur Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, I expect darkness, despair and lots of tattoos, but more likely it will be some sort of jazz.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be handing out samples of Chilean wines, which are fabulous. The Fresh Market does its part for free inebriation with a Friday and Saturday wine tasting of its own.

Saturday sees the venerable Greensboro institution Men Can Cook, put on by the Women’s Resource Center from 6-9 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The event, a fundraiser for the center wherein more than 50 men offer their cooking skills for the community, is one of my favorite the city offers. But, alas, I will not be participating this year, not because people tire of my world-famous white chili — they do not — but because of golf: I will be covering the Wyndham Championship that day. Sorry to disappoint, ladies. But you can get tickets for $40 at; or by calling 336.275.6090.