Bring it! The 26th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points is Saturday. Think you’ve got what it takes to win? Prizes will be awarded for best vegetarian, best exotic, best bar/restaurant, best edible hot chili, overall best set-up and best American Hero’s Chili (fire stations, police, Armed Forces). Set-up begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 3, live music begins at 2 p.m., judging begins at 4:30 p.m., winners announced at 6:45 p.m. Sign up/more information at fivepointscolumbia.com
Spooky good! Chipotle’s $2 Boorito Fundraiser... today only. Chipotle customers dressed in a Halloween costume can choose between a burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos for only $2 between the hours of 4 p.m. to closing at participating Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Customers are invited to enter the Chipotle Costume contest for a chance to win $2,500 and other prizes. Information and contest rules at chipotle.com/boorito. Proceeds to benefit Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, committed to creating a more sustainable future by supporting organizations and individuals who support family farms and their communities, educators and programs that teach younger generations about food matters and ranchers and farmers working to develop more sustainable practices.
Gourmet Shop Wine Tasting 6 p.m. Thursday with JP Chambas and featuring the wines of Jean-Michel Cazes from Bordeaux. $35 per person, advance reservations only, (803) 799-9463 or thegourmetshop.net. The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Ave.
Dianne’s on Devine hosts Ronald McDonald House Charities’ A Toast to the Future 5-8 p.m. Thursday to raise funds for the RMHC Scholars Program in Memory of Sally B. Hardy. A tasting of new-to-the-market South American wines, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a silent auction will create an evening of fun and philanthropy. Tickets $35 per person, $55 per couple, available at (803) 254-0118 or jennifer@ rmhcofcolumbia.org. Dianne’s is located at 2400 Devine Street.
Gervais & Vine French 101 seminar with Debra Lewis from Vintage 59 Imports, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Learn about and sample wines from the Loire, Burgundy, Languedic, Minervoise and Sancerre regions of France paired with light appetizers. $15 per person. 620-A Gervine St., call (803) 799-8463
Fresh Market’s Taste of the Holidays annual holiday sampling event is Friday and Saturday. At three stations, sample desserts such as cheesecake and pie, meats such as salmon, bacon, shrimp, spiral ham, fully cooked turkey and standing rib roast. You can sample lots at the deli station, including the Fresh Market’s signature cranberry relish and dilly green bean salad. Order forms for holiday meals will be available. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Fresh Market, Trenholm Plaza, corner of Forest Dr. and Trenholm Rd., (803) 782-9100
Celebrate: Tapp’s Arts Center’s First Anniversary Wine Festival, hosted by Friends of Tapp’s Art Center, 6-10 pm. Friday. Marking a first anniversary and a full year of arts on Main Street, this festival will feature wines from around the world, food from Main Street restaurants (including The Oak Table, Hampton Street Vineyards, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, Villa Tronco, Wine Down on Main, The Sheraton and Paradise Ice), live jazz, open studios and a silent auction of artwork and other items. Tickets $35 per person or $60 per couple in advance ($45 per person/$80 per couple at the door) and available at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main Street, or brownpapertickets .com/event/285281
Giant Wine Tasting and Sale at Rosso noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Sample more than 75 Italian wines as well as food from Rosso’s kitchen. It’s a great chance to learn about the wines and stock your cellar with great deals and holiday finds while enjoying an amazing lunch. Bring a donation of pet food (for dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.) to be given to local shelters and you get a free bottle of wine. Tickets $20, available at http://events.r20. constantcontact.com/ register/event?oeidk= a07e6hdts5c7c97c4cd&ll r=ogjtf5iab or call Rosso Trattoria Italia, 4840 Forest Drive (in Trenholm Plaza), (803) 787-3949
Speaking of wine, Sip and Stroll returns to Sumter 6-9 p.m. Friday. More than a dozen downtown businesses will be open for patrons to enjoy domestic and imported wines paired with a variety of food. Live music and other entertainment continues through the evening. Tickets $25 in advance, $35 at door, $20 for military (if purchased on Shaw Air Force Base with valid military I.D.) Proceeds to benefit Sumter County senior citizens. Information and tickets at Sumter Senior Services, (803) 773-5508, sumterseniorservices.org
Four more beers! or Start a new tab? You decide with Obama and Romney presidential glasses from Flying Saucer. As in previous election years, special beer glasses are available with caricatures of your favorite candidate and patrons are encouraged to vote early (and often). Glasses available through Nov. 6 at Flying Saucer, 931 Senate St. (803) 933-9997
Gamecock Nation: Have lunch with the coaches! Help support Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Cancer Center at Coaches Curing Kids Cancer luncheon with USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner, women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley, baseball coach Chad Holbrook and All-American Michael Roth 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at 701 Whaley. Meet and greet the Gamecocks, enjoy food prepared by Chef Todd Adams and bid on autographed items and silent auction. Tickets $60 per person, sponsorship tables available at different levels. Information: Gina Janvrin, gina@curingkidscancer .org; buy tickets online at curingkidscancer.org
Get a head start on the holidays at Sandhills Farmers Holiday Market 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Locally handmade gifts, decorations, arts and crafts will be included as well as locally grown vegetables, meat, baked goods and more. Master Gardeners will answer questions and Keith Tracy performs. 900 Clemson Road (across from Village at Sandhill), (803) 699-3190 or (803) 788-5700, clemson.edu/sandhill
There’s an ‘r’ in October...17th Annual South Carolina Oyster Festival is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion in downtown Columbia. Over 10,000 pounds of fresh oysters will be sold steamed in buckets or fried in baskets. Guests are encouraged to bring camp chairs and blankets in order to enjoy this all-day event. There will be a variety of food and beverages available, two stages for live music, arts and crafts, a children’s area and a Celebrity Oyster Shucking Contest. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own gloves and knives to shuck oysters (tools can be purchased at festival). Pre-sale tickets $5 for sale through Nov. 16 at Robert Mills House Gift Shop, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Hampton Hill Athletic Club and etix.com. Tickets after Nov. 16 are $10; children 12 and under free. No coolers, no pets. More information at scoyster.com
Bubbie’s 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
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’ Cole’s 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 (with this calendar), complete and mail to Mark Busbee, dba Q Fore U, 180 Berry Hill Lane, Gaston, SC 29053
Soda City All-Local Market, 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. Dozens of vendors will have local food, crafts and other treasures.
Vista Guild Farmers Market 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Lincoln Street in front of Blue Marlin Restaurant
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive (803) 256-6410
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina is open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center.
Cooking with Chef Marion, Holiday Appetizers and Hors d’oeuvres, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Ballentine Park. Learn tips, ideas and recipes to use again and again. Ages 18 and over, $20 per person, all supplies included. Call for reservations: Ballentine Park, 1009 Bickley Rd., (803) 781-2031
Clemson Extension Service is hosting “Basics of Pressure and Water Bath Canning for the Holidays” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Phillips Market Center at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia. 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.
Columbia’s Cooking! 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 Monday, fillet of pork; Nov. 9 & 12, tournedos Rossini flambé; Nov. 14, mussels; Nov. 20 & 21, onion soup and lobster bisque; Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Beaujolais Nouveau. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday,tapas; Nov. 8, Italian supper; Nov. 9, couples; Nov 13 & 14, Food Wisdom Rx; Nov. 15 sushi; Nov. 16, couples pasta; Nov. 19, Eye on Food.; Nov. 20, holiday pies; Nov. 23, gingerbread house; Nov. 27, Wild Women; Nov. 30, couples. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. 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 http://webapps.csg.sc .edu/McCutchen.
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