Cooks Calendar

March 28, 2012 


The Healthy Carolina Farmers Market has returned 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of the Russell House University Union. April 17 will be the Strawberry Festival featuring berries from Cottle Farm and a strawberry-themed cooking demonstration. More information at

It’s Food Justice Week. Sustainable Carolina will be hosting a series of events on the USC campus designed to focus on issues related to local food production, distribution and consumption. Events include an Edible Plant Walk with Matt Kip today, “Harvest of Dignity” screening Thursday and a symposium Friday on the topic of Healthy Eating in Context: Local Solutions, Global Challenges. Detailed information at or

Sandhill Plant and Flower Market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plants, flowers, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, gardening supplies, art and more will be available, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions. Free admission. Sandhills Farmers Market is at 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill.

Greek Easter Bake Sale is 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter Street. The women of St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Society will be baking traditional Greek pastries and Easter bread, there will be custom gift baskets and crafts available and tours of the church with an explanation of the church’s iconography.

The Central Carolina Community Foundation’s 18th Annual Food and Wine Festival’s Gala Event will be 7 p.m. April 17, at The Medallion Center. All proceeds assist the Central Carolina Community Foundation in awarding grants to nonprofit organizations in the Midlands. More information, updates and tickets at

Chefs on the Shoe, an event to remember Chef Jules Pernell and to raise funds for a future scholarship endowment for USC hospitality students, will be 5:30-10 p.m. April 16 at McCutchen House on the Horseshoe. Area chefs will showcase signature dishes; there will be a slient auction and live music by Fat Hat Band. Tickets $25 for adults; $15 for students, military and senior citizens; free for children 10 and under. More information, Facebook event “Chefs on the Shoe 2012,” Twitter @ChefsontheShoe2012 or email

Support Habitat for Humanity, enjoy an evening of wine and cheese and fellowship for a good cause, 6:30 p.m. April 20 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road in Lexington. Tickets $20, call church office for advance tickets Tuesday through Thursday. (803) 359-2444.

Burrito Dash 5k. What? Moe’s Southwest Grill is sponsoring the inaugural Burrito Dash to benefit the Epworth Children’s Home. Beginning at 9 a.m. April 21. Runners will start at Moe’s downtown/USC location on Main Street and run a course that winds through downtown and the university. Top three finishers in the male and female categories will share cash prizes totaling $7,000. Epworth Children’s Home will get a $3,000 donation from Moe’s, which will offer a $500 donation in the name of each of the six winners. Online registration is open until 2 p.m. April 20 or runners can register in person on race day. $30 entry fee covers free Burrito Dash T-shirt along with race packet. Information at and

The Big Nosh returns! Tree of Life Temple’s one day extravaganza is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22. Delight in such traditional Jewish fare as bagels, chicken soup, brisket, stuffed cabbage and more while enjoying the work of local artisans, educational tours and fun and games for the kids (the camel is back). Parking available at Comedy House on Decker, behind Longhorn’s, with shuttles to and from the event. Pre-orders are now being taken for food items, see the downloadable form below.

Slow Food at Indie Grits! Join the Sustainable Chefs Showcase and Potluck event 4-7 p.m. April 22 at 711 Whaley Street. Chefs from farm-to-table restaurants such as Mr. Friendly’s, Motor Supply, Terra, Rosso Trattoria, Baan Sawan, Rosewood Market, Bone-In Artisan BBQ, Spotted Salamander and more will prepare food that must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient. Cash bar provided by The Whig, wines by AdVintage. Get in on the fun by bringing a potluck dish that can serve roughly twenty 2- to 3-ounce tasting portions and uses one sustainable local ingredient. Tickets ($20/$25 Super Early Discount; $20 potluck host; $30 Slow Food or Nickelodeon member; $35 general admission; $300 All-Festival Pass) available at or call or email Tracie Broom, (415) 235-5718 or More information at


Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter is taking applications for the May 10 Sweet & Savory Competition at Embassy Suites. The public is invited to sample creations of hors d’oeurves and decadent desserts created by local chefs for top honors. Proceeds from this event benefit Palmetto Place to provide a safe and nurturing shelter and a broad range of services for children who are the victims of abuse and neglect. More information and tickets ($35 per person or $60 per couple)


Brew beer! The Spartanburg Science Center and USC-Upstate present a two-week course, April 9-21, on home brewing beer. Taught by North Carolina Brewer of the Year Jay Adams III, classes are 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday with two Saturday labs (April 14 and 21). Students will have brewed two batches of beer by the end of the course: one simple extract and one all-grain method. Register at, call (864) 583-2777 or email

Healthy Hands Cooking begins a Kids 4-Week Program 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays in May and August at the Ballentine Community Center. Children ages 9-13 learn the basics of nutrition and healthy cooking over the course of a month. $120 for all 4 weeks includes all food, instruction, kitchen tool set, activities and workbook. Check out the Summer Camp sessions the week of June 25 and July 23. Details at or call Jan Walker Pinnington, (803) 960-4572

Learn the art of cake decorating at Michaels. Day, evening and weekend classes available. Tuition is $22, plus student kit ($34.99 before coupon). Daytime classes are 1 p.m. Thursdays, evening classes start 7:30 p.m. Sign up at Michaels on Harbison, 244 Harbison Blvd., (803) 407-7813, or call Tara Robinson (803) 319-7217 for daytime classes or Kim Andrysczyk (803) 781-3510 for evening classes.

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Saturday, fillet of beef with foie gras and black truffle sauce; April 3, 6, cod; April 10, 13, rack of lamb; April 17, 20, monkfish escabeche; April 24, 27, 28, lobster flambe. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: April 13, tapas, April 16, Food Made Simple with Gary Uwanawich; April 19, Italian supper; April 20, Lowcountry cooking with couples; April 23, One Pot Cooking with Larry Platt; April 21, shop & cook with Chef Bertrand Gilli; April 24, Wild Women; April 26, hands-on pasta; April 27, couples jambalaya. Detailed listings at Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at

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