by Jordan Green

Discounted wine and dinner reservations are the name of the game for the New Year’s holiday, depending on your level of seriousness and how much money you want to spend.

Leading up to the festivities, the Fresh Market (3712 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro) hosts free wine tastings Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. A purchase of 12 or more bottles yields a 10 percent discount.

Total Wine (Battleground Square in Greensboro, Oakwood Square in High Point and Stratford Galleria in Winston-Salem) hosts free wine tastings at all locations on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Whole Foods (41 Miller St., Winston-Salem) is selling case wine at 20 percent off.

New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday, in case you haven’t given it much thought. I’m apprised of two special meals at fine-dining establishments, although doubtless there are more.

Table 16 (600 S. Elm St., Greensboro) is taking reservations at 336.279.8525.

December entrees include cod fish and yogurt couscous, plethora of sea creatures, jerk pork loin and tostones, and quail breast and maitake mushroom.

Mozelle’s (878 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem) is seating New Year’s Eve diners at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Reservations advised and can be had by calling 336.703.5400.

The four-course meal, which includes lobster risotto and a choice of halibut of poblano pepper, along with bubbly and dessert, runs you $60. 6th and Vine in Winston-Salem throws a dance party with a champagne toast on New Year’s Eve. As of press time the establishment’s special menu for the night had not been released. Check back at for details.

Christopher’s 1776 is the latest casualty in the ongoing economic plague punishing restaurant-land. New Year’s Eve will be the upscale tavern’s last day.

On the other hand, you may just want to forego the glut of humanity and heightened risk of encountering drunk driving, and instead procure a Moravian sugar cake to stock the kitchen. The go-to source would be Dewey’s Bakery at Thruway Shopping Center on South Stratford Road in Winston- Salem. WS Prime is selling them out of its cafe at 425 N. Cherry St.