by Brian Clarey

Nation’s Restaurant News released the results of its annual poll concerning fast-casual and limited-service chain restaurants this week. Bonefish Grill topped the list of fast-casual, followed by PF Chang’s. In the limited-service category, the only local chain was Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, which placed third.

But El Camino Bakery is full-on local. Incubated at Krankies and its farmers market, Camino has opened its first bakery, café and wine bar at 310-B W. 4th St.

Totally worth checking out.

The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is position itself to make something similar happen — they’re looking for local bakers to fill out the stands on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Applications can be downloaded at, and must be filed by Sept. 20.

Meanwhile, in its quest to eventually own everything, everywhere, Google bought Zagat’s restaurant guides and are in the process of crowdsourcing the company’s reviews.

Thursday sees an Undercurrent wine dinner featuring the wines of Truchard Vineyards and the man himself, Anthony Truchard II, who will lecture about the wines that complement the menu. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be doing the wine-tasting thing at all three Triad locations.

On Saturday, the Clemmons Food Pantry will host the Race to D’Feet Hunger 5K at 9 a.m. in Clemmons West. Register online at or call 336.331.3432.

Also on Saturday, the Taste Carolina Wine Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, featuring Carolina wines, food and live music. Find out more at

Tuesday sees a farmers market in Greensboro’s Warnersville neighborhood, at JC Price School from 3-6 p.m. And the Cobblestone Farmers Market rolls in Winston-Salem. Details TBA.

And don’t forget the wine dinner at Table 16 next Wednesday, Sept. 21 with Rhone varietals and remarks by Kerrie Thomas of the Country Vintner. Call 336.279.8525 for a reservation.