Cooks Calendar

September 4, 2013 


Enter the Martha White Muffin Mix Challenge recipe contest for the best crowd pleasing desserts and Simply 6 (recipes using only six ingredients) holiday treats. Enter your original recipe today, using at least one pouch of Martha White Muffin Mix. Deadline is Sept. 12. Two category winners will receive $1,000, one grand prize winner will receive $5,000 plus $1,000 for winning a category, and four runners up will win Martha White Muffin Mix baskets. More information at


Bourbon & Bowties celebrates the final days of the Between the Springmaid Sheets exhibit at the S.C. State Museum. Join in the fun and specialty cocktails and cuisine from Bourbon Columbia 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the museum. Tickets $40 per person, $30 per person for State Museum members; available online at or at the State Museum.

Also at the State Museum, Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party featuring live music, family fun and great barbecue, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21

Whole Foods Five Percent Day Sept. 10 will support Historic Columbia Foundation’s rehabilitation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Stop by and check out local vendors and samples of local products and Whole Foods will donate five percent of its net profits for the day to Historic Columbia. Whole Foods is located at Cross Hill Market.

Wine tasting at Gourmet Shop Sept. 12, Bordeaux 2010 with Jean Pierre Chambas, $35. Call (803) 799-9463 or sign up online at thegourmet

The 52nd Annual S.C. Apple Festival is this weekend in Westminster. Enjoy lots of activities from whitewater rafting, golf, arts and crafts and, of course, the opening of apple season. Information and schedule at

Viva la Vista! A celebration of good food and beverages from Vista-area restaurants returns Saturday. The Wine Garden is back by popular demand and craft beer from Columbia’s Conquest Brewery will be available. VIP tickets to the Vista Room at the Blue Marlin are available: $65 per person includes cocktails and food by the Blue Marlin, a meet-and-greet with reggae group The Wailers and the day’s football games on the big screen. General admission tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, do not include cost of food or beverages.

The State Fair is now accepting entries in the Home & Craft category (includes baked goods, canning and special baking contests). Late registration now through Sept. 13 with $25 late fee.

Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition at Senate’s End, a South Carolina Barbeque Association event, will be held 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20. Admission is free. Fifteen teams will compete in chili and ribs cook-offs: chili judging begins at 11:30 a.m., rib judging begins at 5 p.m. Barbeque sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, salads and more as well as beer and wine will be available for purchase (also chili and ribs while supplies last). Bring a lawn chair, blankets and four-legged friends (on a leash) and enjoy an afternoon of bluegrass music. Proceeds to benefit The Foundation for the S.C. Commission for the Blind. Senate’s End is located at 316 Senate St.

Spaghetti Dinner to Go, sponsored by First Baptist Church of Columbia to benefit Senior Resources, will be Sept. 26. Drive-through lines will be open 5-7 p.m. in the church’s Washington Street parking lot. Plates, $7.50, include spaghetti (prepared by First Baptist Chef Richard Rouse), salad, bread and dessert.

A Fine Affair: Colored with Care, part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia’s annual fundraising event, will be held 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26 at the DoubleTree Columbia, 2100 Bush River Road. This event will feature live music, silent auction and samplings from the area’s finest chefs. Participating restaurants include The Oak Table, Travinia, Magnolias, Columbo’s, Taziki’s, Basil, The Melting Pot, MoMo’s Bistro, The Happy Cookers, Aberdeen Catery, Joi’s World and Pearlz. Tickets, $75 per person, $125 per couple at afineaffair.event; more at

Columbia’s First Dinner in White Pop-Up Picnic with food prepared by 116 Espresso and Wine Bar is scheduled for Sept. 29. Here’s the deal: buy the ticket ($100 per person, $40 of which will be donated to a local arts group) and choose an all-white wardrobe to wear and pack up your own plates, glasses and silverware. On the day of the event you will receive an email as to the dinner’s secret location. Show up and feast, family style. Wine will be provided. Tickets available at

Swampfest: Part I: An Evening of BBQ, Blues & Jazz begins 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the historic Harriet Barber House, 160 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Enjoy the Friday evening kick-off to the Saturday, Oct. 5, celebration of the rich heritage of Lower Richland County with pork barbecue and -influenced dishes of chicken, shrimp and beef while debating whether or not the music is overshadowed by the food. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of event, available through

Did someone say whiskey? The Great American Whiskey Fair, a giant tasting dedicated to bourbon and American whiskies, is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at 701 Whaley. Meet the whiskey makers, see master mixologists face off in a cocktail challenge and sample some of the finest American spirits. Tickets $75 and $125 (VIP), available at Sponsored by Bourbon Columbia (Kristian Niemi), Hampton Jaguar and Heritage Farms. All proceeds go to Columbia Museum of Art’s ongoing educational programs.

The Southern Living Taste of Charleston is Sept. 27-29. Events include Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek Sept. 27; Iron Chef Competition Sept. 28; and the main event at Boone Hall Plantation Sept. 29 featuring local cuisine from more than 50 of Charleston’s finest restaurants, live music, children’s area, beer garden and Southern Living magazine’s exhibition area. Tickets available at or follow the link on Facebook at Charleston Food Festivals and Events.

Speaking of Charleston, the first Cook It Raw event in the United States will be at Bowens Island in Charleston October 26. More than 40 local and internationally acclaimed chefs will come together and prepare their interpretation of Lowcountry barbecue, focusing on using local regional ingredients native to the Charleston area. Called “BBQ Perspectives,” some of the local chefs include Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s), Michelle Walker (Charleston Grill), Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary), Craig Deihl (Cypress), Jeremiah Bacon (The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse) and Frank Lee (S.N.O.B.). Rodney Scott (Scott’s Barbecue) will act as Pitmaster. International chefs include Albert Adria (Tickets, Barcelona), April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, NYC), Andre Chiang (Restaurant Andre, Singapore), Alejandro Ruiz (Casa Oaxaca, Iazaca) and Matthew Duffy (Cafe Boulud). Tickets and more information at

Again with the pork ... Make Your Own Bacon workshop at Motor Supply Co. Bistro is Nov. 11. Plan now, ticket sales will be online via Eventbrite in late September/early October. Get on a wait list by calling (803) 256-6687

Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, wine strolls and more throughout the week. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California. A Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and featuring chefs Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings and Steven Satterfield, will be Nov. 13 at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. See for information, tickets on sale now.

Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets are available now at

Cooking classes

Cooking with Chef Marion at Ballentine Park. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., indoor grilling. Class limited to 10 people, $25, includes all supplies. Register by Sept. 9 at the park, 1009 Bickley Road, or call (803) 781-2031 or (803) 741-7272, ext. 113

Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+ begin Sept. 13, learn how to make healthy lunches; Oct. 11, Halloween treats (costumes encouraged); Nov. 8, reading food labels and healthy choices; Dec. 13, holiday treats; classes 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25 per child. Home scholars healthy cooking classes: for home school students between ages 9-14, classes 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, $130 for six-week series, $60 for three weeks, $25 per class; Sept. 17, nutrition basics; Sept. 24, food safety and knife skills; Oct. 1, reading food labels; Oct. 8, kitchen science; Oct. 15. vitamins and minerals; Oct. 22, baking and cooking swaps for healthier eating. Hands on preparing breakfast with your child, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 28, $40 parent and child, $50 parent and 2 children. An evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides, recipes from her new book, 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 24 and Oct. 15, $35 per person. Adult date night 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, $50 per couple. See for upcoming classes and information. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email 915 Greene Street Suite 101

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, Italian; Friday, Fall recipes; Saturday, tailgating recipes; Sept. 9, 7-ingredient dinners; Sept. 10, stir-fry and curry; Sept. 11, sweet & savory. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Tonight and Thursday, beef tongue; Sept. 10, 12 and 13, sea bass with champagne sauce; Sept. 17, 18, saddle of lamb; Sept. 20, sweet wines with cheese; Sept. 23, 24, calamari; Oct. 1 and 4, French cooking goes to the dogs. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, tapas. Detailed listings at Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. Chef du Jour classes: Saturday, Easy Fall Menus; Sept. 28, Pickling 101; Oct. 26, holiday cookies; Nov. 9, tapas; Dec. 7, make your own gingerbread house. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps McCutchen

Market News

Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard forestacresfarmersmarket

Seeds of Hope at Lourie Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, 1650 Park Circle Drive, (803) 779-1971

Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com

Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 7.

North Columbia Community Farmers Market, opens 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27, then every Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets

Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vista

Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley

Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday (changing to 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in September) at the 1500 block of Main Street

Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues) www.irmofarmersmarket .com

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. carolina/farmersmarket

Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26. /rec/sandhill/programs /market.

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

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