by Brian Clarey

It’s important to remember that spring is not summer. Things grow in the spring.

In Winston-Salem, Rosie’s Coffee & Tea has opened in the 4th Street location than once housed Brew Nerds.

And Encore American Bistro down the street has stopped servicing lunch as of this week, though they will open the dining room for private luncheons and catered events.

In Greensboro, restaurateur Marty Kotis has announced plans to open a microbrewery, to be named Pig Pounder, on Grecade Street in the fall.

The Greensboro City Council officially congratulated Greensboro-born Fresh Market last week on its 30th anniversary, even as they whisper rumors about a Trader Joe’s.

Starbucks has promised to stop using bug extract as food dye.

And Wendy’s introduces new sides, including mac and cheese and baked sweet potatoes.

On Wednesday, UNCG hosts a Local Foods Forum at 6 p.m. at the Elliot University Center’s Cone Ballroom. “Hear from farmers who focus on sustainable agriculture practices, restaurateurs, and others involved in the local foods market,” sayeth the press release.

On Thursday, the United Arts Council holds a wine tasting benefoit at the Winston-Salem Fresh Market at 7:30 p.m. E-mail Altina Layman at for more information. And the Cobblestone Farmers Market hosts Chef Kevin Fisher of the Screaming Rooster for a spring produce-cooking demo at 6 p.m. Get a ticket by calling 336.782.1345.

All weekend long, Total Wine & More holds tastings and demos at all three Triad locations featuring beer, wine and sometimes booze.

On Friday, Undercurrent in Greensboro holds a four-course wine dinner featuring Girard Winery at 6:30 p.m. Maker a reservation at 336.370.1266.

Saturday is Earth Fare’s SPCA of the Triad benefit cookout in the parking lot at 12 p.m., featuring doggie spa treatments. It’s planting day at Greensboro’s Interactive Resource Center garden at 9 a.m. — volunteers wanted. The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market holds a yard sale. And the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market celebrates Herb Fest.

Then on Tuesday, Greensboro Urban Ministry celebrates 20 years of feeding the hungry with a restaurant fundraiser — participating area restaurants will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the food bank. Get the ;list at