Bring the heat! The Batesburg-Leesville Chili Cook-Off is seeking contestants for the Oct. 13 competition. Hosted by the Womens Society of Batesburg-Leesville, all proceeds will be donated to community improvement projects. Chili sampling $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under. Registration for chefs begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 13, public gates open 9 a.m., professional judging is at noon, peoples choice sampling and voting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. to include most original chef costume and best booth display. For applications, information and tickets, call Lois Black, (803) 413-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Carolina Community Foundation announces the first event in the 19th annual Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival. The Makers Mark Cocktail Party, 6:30 to 8:30 this evening at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough on the 17th Floor of the Meridian Building at 1320 Main St., will feature a special bourbon tasting of Makers Mark and the new Makers 46. Tickets $100 per person includes tasting and reception featuring Makers Mark cocktails and hors doeuvres. All proceeds assist the foundation in awarding grants to nonprofits in the Midlands. More information, tickets at yourfoundation.org
Gourmet Shop wine tasting event 6 p.m. Thursday featuring six of the best of Castello Banfi vineyards. Avert Harris presents these fine Italian wines from the Montalcino region, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Ave. For reservations, (803) 799-9463 or thegourmetshop.net/tastings
Hoppin Johns 20th Anniversary Tour. John Martin Taylor celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Hoppin Johns Lowcountry Recipes and Ruminations from Charleston & the Carolina Coastal Plain with a book tour with stops around the state. Catch him and an updated version of the book at The Preservation Society of Charleston Book & Gift Shop 2-4 p.m. Friday; The Oaks in Orangeburg, 3 p.m. Oct. 12, talk and book-signing (contact email@example.com); or 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Lucy Hampton Bostick Auditorium at the Main Branch of Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. More information at hoppinjohns.net
Tailgate 2.0: Reboot your Pregame is a tasting of Certified S.C. Specialty Foods that will add distinctive flavor to your tailgating, picnic and holiday menus, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13, at 301 Artisans at Senates End.
Fall Heritage Festival at the State Museum 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13 will feature an old-fashioned pig-pickin prepared by Jim Hayes of West Columbia, Buddy Rogers of Marion and David Elliott or Hemingway; live bluegrass and local crafts. Admission is free; barbecue plates (chicken or three-sauce pork) with fixings, $10; one-style pork plate, $7; sandwiches, $5. Then, when the sun goes down, adults can enjoy Moonshine & Muscadines, a sampling of South Carolina wines and legal moonshine, 6-9 p.m., tickets $25 ($20 State Museum members). 301 Gervais St. More information, (803) 898-4952 or southcarolinastatemuseum.org.
Women Build Kitchen Tour of Aiken will feature the kitchens of eight homes in Aikens Historic South Boundary area with local chefs offering cooking tips, demonstrations and samplings of food. The tour, 1-5 p.m. Oct 14, is presented by Atlantic Broadband and proceeds will support Habitat for Humanitys Women Build program of Aiken. Tickets $18 in advance, $20 day of tour. Information, (803) 641-6777
Harvest Week at Motor Supply is Oct. 16-21, featuring a week of dueling dishes from the best sustainable farms in the Midlands created by Executive Chef Tim Peters, artisanal cocktails and Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 16. Motor Supply Co. Bistro is at 920 Gervais St., (803) 256-6684 or motorsupplycobistro.com
German at Gervais & Vine Reserve your space now for the Oct. 23 German beer and wine dinner. Danielle Robertson of AdVintage will present the beverages while Chef Jason Holowacz prepares a fitting Oktoberfest meal. 620-A Gervais Street, (803) 799-8463, gervine.com
Bubbies Brisket and Bakery is accepting pre-orders! While the big extravaganza is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, at Beth Shalom Synagogue, you can pre-order some of the mouthwatering treats such as kugel, corned beef sandwiches, tzimmes, brisket, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage and more. Call the synagogue to pre-order, (803) 782-2500, or plan to attend the event and enjoy some wonderful homemade kosher Jewish foods. Beth Shalom Synagogue is at 5827 N. Trenholm Road; BethShalomColumbia.org
Travel to Wine Country in North Carolina. The first ever Sip Trip chartered tour through North Carolina wine country is scheduled for Oct. 13-14. Starting in Clemmons, N.C., the trip includes an overnight stay at a hotel and tour of five local vineyards, barbecue lunch, Italian dinner and continental breakfast, commemorative T-shirt, tote and a N.C. Vine Card Wine Country Pass that can be used at more than 40 wineries and wine-related businesses in North Carolina. Packages start at $165 per guest. More information or reserve your space at visitncwinecountry.com/sip-trip-2012
Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival is set for Oct. 13. Enjoy the areas best cuisine and wine samplings with proceeds from ticket sales and donations to benefit Childrens Charities of the Midlands. More information at http://www.lakecarolina.com
Learn about farming at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference on Oct. 26-28 in Greenville. A weekend packed with workshops, farm tours and hands-on classes focusing on sustainable farming methods, community gardening, food policy activism, a whole track for beginning farmers and specialty classes on topics such as permaculture, farm marketing, organic beekeeping, livestock, aquaponics and more. For more information, schedule at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events
Girls with Grills! Ladies mark your calendars for the ladies-only BBQ and grilling class hosted by Master Barbecue Champion JT Handy and award-winning pit master Mark Busbee of Smokin Coles Sauces and Rubs. This all-day class at the S.C. Farmers Market Demo Kitchen will give you grilling tips and techniques guaranteed to impress with a combination of lecture, demo and hands-on instruction. Learn the proper methods of grilling over charcoal and the safe and proper use of gas grills and low and slow techniques. You will prepare baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, grilled sides and dessert. Class is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 10, $125 per person includes lunch and a take-home half rack of ribs. Contact Tim Handy (843) 214-3736 or Mark Busbee (803) 513-6087. Download the Girls with Grills form from thestate.com, complete and mail to Mark Busbee, dba Q Fore U, 180 Berry Hill Lane, Gaston, SC 29053
Want to know if your freshly caught fish is safe to eat? DHECs Fish Smart, Eat Smart campaign provides you with a statewide map with the latest advisories, information and other materials to help anglers determine whether to keep or release the fish that they catch in South Carolina waters. www.scdhec.gov/fish
Sandhills Farmers Market along Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, is open 2-7 p.m. every Tuesday through November. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Information at http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill or (803) 699-3719, (803) 788-5700
Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greene Street in front of the Russell House at USC Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
Vista Guild Farmers Market 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Lincoln Street in front of Blue Marlin Restaurant
Farmers in the Forest, the Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall, is open 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through October.
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays (next one is Oct. 11), 2803 Rosewood Drive (803) 256-6410
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina is open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center.
First Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 2351 Gervais St.
Town of Lexington Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at 206 N. Church St.
Clemson Extension Service is hosting Basics of Pressure and Water Bath Canning for the Holidays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Lexington Extension Office, 605 West Main St., Suite 109. Nancy Harrison, a Clemson Extension Agent, will host. Class covers an introduction to principles of safely preserving fruits and vegetables by pressure or boiling water bath canning and participation in a canning demonstration. $30 per person, call (803) 874-2354, ext. 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own lunch.
Columbias Cooking! classes: Oct. 12, 5:30-7 p.m., Halloween Freaky Friday class for kids ages 9 and up, $25 per child; Tuesdays beginning Oct. 30, 5:30-7 p.m., 6 Weeks to Good Health focuses on behavioral, nutritional and culinary strategies to help improve your health, $50 per class or $240 for series. Ask about cooking and nutrition classes for home schoolers, email@example.com. Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, firstname.lastname@example.org, cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking/classes.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Oct. 9, lobster bouillabaisse; Oct. 12 & 15; steak Dianne; Oct. 19, rose wines; Oct. 30, seafood shepherd pie. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Lets Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Anniversary class; Friday, tapas; Oct. 10, homemade pasta; Oct. 11, Good Food made Simple; Oct. 16, Wild Women; Oct. 19, couples class; Oct. 20, couples class; Oct. 22, Eye on Food; Oct. 26, couples class. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Lets Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps.csg.sc .edu/McCutchen.
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to email@example.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.