by Brian Clarey

Big doings in the days leading up to Thanksgiving with things you can put in your mouth. It’s beaujolais nouveau time, for all you wussified wine lovers out there, and on soft-drink news, Papa John’s mediocre pizzeria chain has switched from Coke to Pepsi.

In other fast-food news, Dunkin’ Donuts has added the Smokehouse Sausage Breakfast Sandwich, Sonic has created two Toaster Melt sandwiches — one with bacon and one with mushrooms, and Red Robin unveils its Jim Beam Swiss Burger. Also, Starbucks will be opening juice bars next year.

Locally, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro, as part of Winston-Salem’s 6 Days in November arts event, presents an evening with Elizabeth Weigand, author of The Outer Banks Cookbook and The New Blue Ridge Cookbook, and a four-course prix fixe menu on Wednesday. Make a reservation at 336.831.1905.

Also on Wednesday, TV chef and author Nathalie Dupree will be making biscuits at Breakfast of Course at 10 a.m.

Thursday is Taste of the South, a compendium of Southern eating, wine and music at the Milton Rhodes Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. To find out more, or buy tickets, call 336.749.1317.

Also on Thursday, Greensboro Urban Ministry holds its 20th annual Feast of Caring, kicking off their fundraising campaign. The free event begins at 5 p.m. at the downtown facility and features a simple meal of soup and bread.

On Friday, Undercurrent in Greensboro holds its last wine diner of the year, Chile vs.

Argentina, at 6:30 p.m. Call 336.370.1266 for a reservation. And Noble’s Grille holds a five-course JaM Cellars wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. with guest speaker Andre Crisp. Call 336.777.8477 to reserve a seat.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be tasting Thanksgiving wines at all three Triad locations.

And on Sunday, Second Harvest Food Bank hosts Ham it Up for the Hungry at the Old Winston Social Club, with hot food, live music and cold drinks starting at 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the food bank. Get tickets at the OWSC or call 336.655.8604.