Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Register for classes online at charlestoncooks.com. 6:30 p.m. tonight, White Christmas recipes; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feast of the 7 Fishes; 10 a.m. Saturday, Southern Christmas; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Japanese grill; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Taste of the Caribbean; 10 a.m. Dec. 29, New Year’s traditions; 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.(this second class ends at midnight and includes a champagne toast to ring in the New Year) Dec. 31, Black and White Ball; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Taste of Rome; 10 a.m. Jan. 5, warm winter recipes; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Kitchen Fundamentals: Stocks, Soups, Stews; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Fish and shellfish workshop; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, couples French bistro; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15, Kitchen Fundamentals: classic sauces; noon-1 p.m. Jan. 16, Lunch express: Asian noodles; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, root vegetables; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Food and Wine 101; 10 a.m. Jan. 19, pasta workshop; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Kitchen fundamentals: everyday sauces; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, $10 dinners; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, couples French bistro; 10 a.m. Jan. 26, knife skills; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Kitchen fundamentals: meat and poultry; noon-1 p.m. Jan. 30, Lunch express: Asian noodles; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, winter citrus.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Tonight, pumpkin bisque; Dec. 27 and 28, sparkling wines; Jan. 2 and 4, pork; Jan 8 and 9, crab cakes; Jan. 15 and 18, filet of beef; Jan. 21, Austrian shepherd’s pie; Jan. 25, wines of South Africa; Jan. 29 and Feb. 1, osso bucco; Feb. 5, French cooking goes to the dogs. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Jan. 4, tapas; Jan. 9, Eye on Food with Chef Platt; Jan. 10, gluten-free Italian; Jan. 11, couples cook; Jan. 15, Wild Women; Jan. 17, gluten-free Italian; Jan. 18, couples cook; Jan. 24, gluten-free Italian; Jan. 25, couples cook. 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.
Columbia resident Heidi Hoerman awarded blue ribbon by Just A Pinch Recipes. “Combining the convenience of microwave cooking and quick stove top prep, her tasty Parsleyed Potato recipe can be prepared within 15 minutes,” says Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. Just A Pinch is a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks at justapinch.com.
Tickets are available for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival Feb. 28-March 3. Experience some of the best food in the nation during this long weekend of events and meet some of today’s hottest chefs, including Hugh Acheson, Frank Stitt, Michelle Bernstein and Takashi Yagihasi. Check out the calendar, more information and buy tickets at charlestonwineandfood.com
2013 Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival , March 4-9, is seeking entries for the International Wine Judging and Competition. Nearly 1,000 wines competed in the 2012 competition. Also, tickets are available for the Great Chefs of the South series of wine dinners at various restaurants and locations on Hilton Head Island and pre-festival events such as Uncork the Festival (Jan 26) and the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction (Dec. 31). Wine entry information and festival details can be found online at www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com. Discounts for entries/purchases made before Dec. 31.
Thanks and Giving for St. Jude at The Melting Pot now through Dec. 31. This charity campaign asks patrons to “give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not” by raising funds for cancer research. Donate $10 or more to St. Jude at The Melting Pot and receive a Fondue for the Kids card that offers $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more. The Melting Pot, 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., (803) 731-8500, melting pot.com/fondueforthe kids
Want to know if your freshly caught fish is safe to eat? DHEC’s “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
Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street
701 Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 701 Whaley Street
Vista Guild Farmers Market 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Lincoln Street in front of Blue Marlin Restaurant
Farmers in the Forest,
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.