Sample the best that Columbia's restaurants have to offer during Restaurant Week Columbia Jan. 11-17. Local restaurants will create special menus to showcase their cuisine. A partial list of participating restaurants includes: Ristorante Divino, Blue Marlin, Lexington Arms, Solstice, Terra and MoMo's Bistro. Make reservations or check out the list of restaurants and menus at http://restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com.
While other farmers markets have come to a close, the All-Local Farmers Market on Whaley Street is still going strong. Check out the selection of fresh produce, meats and other items from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. For a list of participating vendors, see http://stateplate.org.
Tickets for the 2010 World Beer Festival in Columbia are on sale now. There will be two four-hour sessions on Jan. 16, noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Standard admission to a single session is $40, which includes beer samples, live music, educational sessions by industry experts and a festival tasting glass. VIP tickets, which cost $75, add admission to a VIP suite with complimentary food, more select beers, a commemorative glass and separate entertainment. Tickets are available at http://allaboutbeer.com/wbfcolumbia or at Green's Discount Beverage locations, Morganelli's Party Store, Village Idiot Pizza on Devine, Gervais & Vine and Rosso Trattoria Italia. A portion of the proceeds go to Columbia Opportunity Resource and the River Alliance.
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The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston is now accepting applications for the Best Teen Chef Competition 2010. The top prize winner will earn a full-tuition scholarship toward a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree, certificate or diploma program to study culinary arts at any one of the 30 participating Art Institutes. To be eligible, high school seniors must submit a completed entry form by Feb. 5. More information at http://artinstitutes.edu/pr.aspx?ID=ai1006 or e-mail Brittanie McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Mike Davis, owner and chef at Terra, will cook dinner at the James Beard House in New York on Feb. 9. Davis' dinner will highlight South Carolina cuisine and include Port Remoulade shrimp, Caw Caw Creek suckling pig and local squab. James Beard was an influencial writer and cookbook author, and the James Beard Foundation continues the goal of celebrating and nurturing the best of American cuisine. Check out the link to Chef Davis' New York dinner at http://jamesbeard.org/?q=node/1778.
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe has posted its spring schedule online. Register for classes by calling (803) 777-8225 or go online to http://hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house/news-events.html.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute, 3001 Millwood Ave. Upcoming classes: Tuesday and Jan. 6, Carolina trout with morel cream sauce; Jan. 8, 9, Vermont rack of lamb; Jan. 12, 14, 15, 16, beef Wellington with foie gras, truffle and Perigord sauce. All classes cost $39; wine is available for an additional cost. (803) 765-9999 or http://fleur-de-lys.us
Upcoming classes at Let's Cook Culinary Studio: Start the new year off right with a 10-week series of classes focused on Healthy Living Choices. Hosted by Chef Militello and weekly guest speakers, the interactive classes will focus on cooking, fitness and spiritual choices. $250 per person; limited enrollment. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Let's Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 250-2569; http://letscookculinary.com