by Brian Clarey

A neighborhood in northeast Greensboro — mine, incidentally — becomes one step closer to becoming a food desert after Sav- A-Lot declines to open a grocery store in the Bessemer Center. And caffeine fiends will have one less Starbucks to logjam when the Golden Gate Shopping Center outpost closes late next month. After Harris Teeter left last year, it’s starting to look like we’ve got another dead strip mall brewing in Old Irving Park.

My Three Sons pimiento cheese company, which has been incubating in the Nussbaum Center, will place its product in 207 Harris Teeter stores over the next six weeks.

On Wednesday, Green Drinks Greensboro comes back after a short hiatus, meeting at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on High Point Road at 5:30 p.m. for an open house, with food and bevies provided by Natty Greene’s. Also on Wednesday, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Cuisine holds a five-course Malibu Family Wines dinner at 7 p.m. Call 33.703.5400 for a reservation. And Food Lion is holding a job fair at Goodwill on University Parkway in Winston-Salem at 9 a.m. Be prompt.

On Thursday, the Guilford Beekeepers hold a beginning beekeeping course at the Guilford County Agricultural Center. The course is six weeks, culminating with the Certified Beekeeper written exam. Register by contacting Robert Jacobs at 336.740.1703 or For more information see

All weekend long Total Wine & More gives out samples of wines under the theme Drink Different.

Saturday Fatz Café in Greensboro holds a pancake breakfast to benefit Ordained Praise School of Dance at 7:30 a.m. And Winston-Salem’s Fresh Market holds a cooking demo from 1-4 p.m. featuring Thai curry three ways.

On Tuesday evening, downtown Winston-Salem’s Big Eat continues, featuring half-price specialty menu items from all of your favorite local, independently owned restaurants. This week check out Bib’s Downtown on 5th Street, where five jumbo smoked chicken wings come for $5, or Dioli’s Trattoria in 4th Street, where the special is spaghetti and meatballs. Meatballs are the new bacon, don’t you know.