by Brian Clarey

This week in the food world, Taco Bell introduces a “new” — if somewhat lazy — breakfast beverage. Dubbed “Mountain Dew AM,” the drink is made with NASCAR’s favorite soft drink mixed in equal parts with orange juice, and is only available at some locations until 11 a.m. The Bell is also introducing its “Cantina Bell” menu, featuring higher-end products and ingredients like burrito bowls, whole black beans and corn-and-pepper salsa, nationwide by the end of the year and a new Doritos taco, this time with Cool Ranch.

Get your tickets for Greensboro’s Summer Supper at Center City Park by Friday at the Iron Hewn or Action Greensboro or by calling 336.379.0821. The supper is on Friday, June 8. $35 for adults, $10 for kids.

On Thursday, a Food for Thought forum goes down in Greensboro at 7 p.m. at the Interactive Resource Center, discussing issues surrounding hunger, nutrition ands poverty. The meeting is free and open to the public. And in Winston-Salem, Mozelle’s holds a Salute! Wine dinner with RayLen Vineyards at 7 p.m. Call 336.703.5400 for a reservation.

On Friday, the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market begins a threeday craft fair. Whole Foods in Greensboro, which seems to be leaching all the love away from the Winston-Salem location, holds a free, in-store cooking class at 4 p.m. And on the eve of the wine festival, Salute! presents An Evening with Southern Food &Chef John Currence. The James Beard Award-winning chef will be at Mary’s of Course in Winston-Salem at 5 p.m. Tickets, limited to the first 300 buyers, are available at

On Saturday the Grove Winery releases its nebbiolo at 6:30 p.m. with an Italian Festival on its patio. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market hosts Chef Michael Harkenreader from Undercurrent Restaurant.

And, of course Salute, the NC Wine Festival, goes down all day on 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem, featuring food, music, art and an awful lot of NC wine between noon and 6 p.m. Purchase tickets at the gate or the website.

Then, on Tuesday, check out the Taste of Tuscany at Greensboro’s Green Hill Center at 3 p.m., featuring the wines and foods of this Italian region.