Cooks Calendar

March 19, 2013 

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EdVenture awakens Taste Buds, a new cooking and nutrition lab at the Children’s Museum

EdVenture Children’s Museum begins a new program to teach children and their parents (and parents-to-be) the importance of good nutrition. The museum will be scheduling hands-on classes and discussions targeting all age groups that will focus on every aspect of healthy eating. Visit to sign up, registration closes two days prior to class. Also ask about birthday parties for little chefs. Pancakes and Pajamas, Cupcake Surprise and Pizzacular Birthday Bash are now available add-ons to EdVenture birthday parties.

Upcoming classes include:

• March 22, 3:30-5 p.m., Rooting for Good Health, ages 6-12, focus on root vegetables by creating two dishes and a craft project. $15 members/$20 nonmembers

• April 5, 10-11 a.m., Food is Fun!, ages 3-5. This is the first in a series of Preschool classes that will meet on the first and third Friday of every month, focusing on new flavors, fun snacks and food-based sensory play. $7 members/$10 non-members

• April 5, 3:30-5 p.m., Eating the Rainbow, ages 6-12, incorporating a variety of colors in your everyday diet. Includes a snack. $15 members/$20 non-members

• April 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Eating for Two for Moms-To-Be explores the nutritional needs for mothers-to-be, fetal development and breastfeeding mother’s nutrition. Moms only. Class includes light meal. $20 members/$25 non-members

• April 25, 5:30-7 p.m., Breakfast Basics, class includes meal. $20 members/$25 non-members


BBQ Shop Talk will be holding a series of grilling classes at the SC State Farmers Market. Sunday classes, noon-5 p.m., $99 per class include samplings, recipes and take-home food. April 7, ribs; May 5, ladies grilling; June 9, guys grilling; July 14, start your own competition cook team. Call Mark Busbee, (803) 513-6087 or Tim Handy, (843) 214-3736

Cooking with Chef Marion at Ballentine Park 10 a.m. Saturday. Simply Italian meal, $20. For reservations, call (803) 781-2031

Columbia’s Cooking! Ask about cooking and nutrition classes for home schoolers. Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, or, /classes.

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, (day) lunch express, (night) pasta; Friday, couples Big Easy; Saturday, Easter brunch; March 26, Sustainable Seafood with Whole Foods; March 30, Spring menu; March 31, Easter brunch; April 2, fresh herbs. Register for classes online at

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Tuscan wines; March 26, 28, lamb chops; April 3, 5, halibut; April 9, 12, 13, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Tonight, Eye on Food; Friday, couples pad Thai; April 5, tapas; April 12, couples class; April 16, Wild Women; April 17, Food Wisdom. 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 http://webapps McCutchen.


There’s a new food truck in town! The Wurst Wagen specializes in all natural German sausages and sides. The menu includes combos (a pair of wurst, roll, one side and a drink for $7) and a la carte items featuring Wiener Wurst, Kaesenkrainer (cheese), curry wurst, Nurnberger Wurst and Bierwurst (beer brats). Follow them on Twitter @BestWurstWagen or online at

Who’s got the best ‘Q? Barbecue teams compete for glory at the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s Smokin’ at the Market Commissioners Cup BBQ Cook Off this weekend at the State Farmers Market. Come out and sample some of the best barbecue in the area Friday 5-9 p.m. (anything but pork contest) and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Boston butts and pork ribs). Live music both days. Tickets, $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, are available online at or at the State Farmers Market. Children under 12 admitted free with Harvest Hope donation of 3 cans of food. Sanctioned by Southern BBQ Network.

Food Network Casting Call for Food Court Wars, hosted by Tyler Florence. Winner gets rental space for a year in one of South Carolina’s malls. Teams must have pre-existing relationship (friends, family, co-workers) who believe they have the winning formula for running a restaurant (concept should be original and inspired by a specific local South Carolina region). Information at, deadline is today.

Food Safety Workshop for small- to mid-size growers highlighting best practices for safety, postharvest handling, packing and business management presented by Clemson Cooperative Extension Service and Carolina Farm Stewards Association, Thursday at Sandhill Research and Education Center. Details and registration, contact Blake Lanford, (843) 365-6715 or

Farm-to-Table Dinner at City Roots featuring Rosso Trattoria Italia, 7 p.m. March 25. Three courses, plus cocktails and dessert, $60 per person. Tickets available at

Baconalia at Denny’s! For the bacon lover, twelve bacon-centric menu items (including a Maple Bacon Sundae), register for free bacon, purchase a commemorative collector’s Baconalia 2013 plate, link to videos and more at Baconalia is for a limited time only.

Slow Food at Indie Grits. Get your tickets ($10, $15, $20) for the Slow Food tasting and potluck highlighting local and sustainable ingredients, 4-7 p.m. April 14 at 701 Whaley. Tickets on sale at

Buy now, shed a tear later. The Chapin Lions Club is selling 10-pound bags of Vidalia onions for $10 as their fundraising event. Reserve your bag(s) now for delivery in late April/early May. Call John Hossenlopp at (803) 917-5724 or contact any Chapin Lion Club member.

Take a walk on the wild side. Sustainable Carolina presents a Wild Edibles Walk with permaculturist Matt Kip 5:30p.m. March 25. Meet at the entrance of the Cayce Riverwalk, corner of Axtell Drive and Naples Ave and learn to identify and sample some of the overlooked and nutritious species growing along the Congaree River.

Best. Prom. EVER! Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving away the Ultimate After-Prom Party, a catered meal from Chipotle for up to 500 people, plus a photo booth at your high school’s after-prom event. Just text PROM to 888222 before March 31 for a chance to win one of six grand prizes or runner-up gift cards for dinner for 10. Information and rules at

First Ever Midlands Farm Tour sponsored by Carolina Farm Stewards and Whole Foods April 6 and 7. Tour 11 sustainable working farms throughout Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, you pick the route, meet the farmers and enjoy fresh farm products. Tickets, $25 per car or bicycling group in advance (tickets good for both days) or $30 day of event or $10 per farm, are on sale online. The Upstate Farm Tour is June 1 and 2 (24 farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Laurens, Newberry, Anderson, Abbeville and Greenwood counties) Details at www.carolinafarm

Place your orders now for the Big Nosh! Pre-order delicious Jewish delicacies such as whitefish salad, kugel, knish, brisket, corned beef, pastrami and chopped liver in advance of the festival at Tree of Life Congregation 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 21. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd.,

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party is April 20. Tickets are on sale now for the Champagne Tasting ($75 per person, 11 a.m. at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, 1829 Cleveland Ave) and Mowtown@Uptown ($125 and $7, 6:30-11 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon Street) events at


Let the first round of voting begin! You determine the winners of the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Vote for your favorite entry in the Amazing Doable Dinners category March 14-28. The next category to enter recipes is Simple Sweets and Starters beginning April 4. Grand prize winner receives $1 million and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Information and registration at

30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks healthy recipes from home cooks. Submit your best beef recipes online at for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. Deadline April 15

Market News

Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street.

701 Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 701 Whaley St.

Have an upcoming food event? Email details to Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

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