by Brian Clarey

Ya heard? Taco Bell’s newest menu item is a taco with a shell like a giant, orange Dorito. Hope it comes with a Wet-Nap.

Meanwhile Jake’s Diner has expanded into Kernersville and Rocco Scarfone has re-opened the High Point Road Ham’s just in tome for football season.

Also, my favorite restaurant that I’ve never been to — the revitalized Anton’s — releases a list of $8 weekday lunch specials that include pot roast (Mondays), roast turkey (Tuesdays), fried flounder (Wednesdays), chicken Parm (Thursdays) and lasagna (Fridays). One of these days….

On Thursday, Loco for Coco in Greensboro celebrates its fourth anniversary with wine, candy and, possibly, song from 5-7 p.m.

On Friday it’s the High Point Rotary Barbecue at Emerywood Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. For more info call 336.885.7240 or e-mail Or you can hit the Undercurrent in Greensboro, where they’ll be serving five courses paired with Treana wines. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 for a reservation.

It’s a big weekend for the autumn bounty, but they’ll be drinking wines of the Rhone Valley at all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More.

Witness: It’s Pigs & Pippins! Harvest Day at Old Salem, featuring pork and apples, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Word is there will be apple fritters and apple butter. And Greensboro’s Natural Science Center hosts Pumpkin Palooza, with pumpkin games, pumpkin treats and, presumably, actual pumpkins. And Winston- Salem’s Whole Foods Market hosts a Gluten-Free Fair, which actually has nothing to do with pumpkins, but you might want to think about shaking up your diet after all that pie. Special guests include Lee Tobin, of the WFM Gluten-Free Bakehouse, and digestive health specialist Dr. William C. Bray.

Then on Sunday, the Winston-Salem Fresh Market holds a cooking demo featuring garlic sage pork with butternut squash sauce with fall fennel salad with blood orange vinaigrette and pure dark hot drinking chocolate beginning at 2 p.m.

Don’t forget the Cobblestone Farmers Market on Tuesday, with live music, a featured food item and a cooking demo. Wish I knew what they were.