by Brian Clarey

It’s Guilford College Homecoming this weekend, and true to the school’s politically active spirit, along with the big game, a reunion and a concert, students will be holding a food drive for schools and orphanages in developing countries. Stop by the Founders Hall Commons before the weekend is through with packaged, dehydrated, high-protein meals.

Similarly, Crisis Control Ministries honors the Clemmons K&W Cafeteria, Winston- Salem’s Village Tavern and Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro and an unidentified Mellow Mushroom for their support in the ministry’s Hope du Jour program.

There’s a new grocery store coming to my neighborhood in Greensboro — that’s the Bellemeade Shopping Center — though details will be scarce until the Thursday press conference. Domino’s Pizza introduced its new artisan pizzas this week. Friendly’s restaurants have declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And they’re serving oysters and leg of lamb at Anton’s until they run out.

On Friday, Noble’s Grille in Winston-Salem holds a tailgate-style barbecue with pork, steakburgers and brisket with $1 PBRs. Call 336.777.8477 to make a reservation.

Table 16 in Greensboro celebrates First Friday with a bevy of specials including peach BBQ ribs, shrimp with yellow currysake butter, pork-belly rilletes and oysters on the half shell. Dang.

And Sunday is the Festival Italiano in downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park. There will be plenty of Italian delicacies there, but the biggest food story of the event is the spaghetti-eating contest, which I could probably win hands down but will not enter due to journalistic integrity. For more information see www.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds a weekend-long craft fair in Colfax. And Saturday, Krankies Coffee holds an SPCA of the Triad adoption fair.

Room for one more? I have always loved the taste of roasted or fried chicken skin, and I know for a fact that I’m not alone in my shameful vice. But the New York Times, in its Dining & Wine section, has legitimized the delicacy with a story of restaurants — most of them in the South — that serve them in dishes or a la carte. Next time I’m in Richmnod, Va., I’m gonna look for Nate’s Taco Truck and try the chicken-skin taco.