Nutritionist Trish Mandes offers these classes: Oct. 21-23 (register at www.thtmeals.com/hhl-ww-1 by Sept. 26), Happy, Healthy & Lean Weekend Workshop at Upstream Mindfulness Center, 2123 College St. A weekend of plant-based nutritional information, yoga and cooking demonstrations with a grocery store tour on Sunday. $259.99/person (SALE: $179.99/person through Sept. 20). Beginning Nov. 7 (register at www.THTmeals.com/hhl-14-w by Sept. 26), Healthy, Happy and Lean 14-week Culinary Nutrition Course features 6 weeks of nutrition education at Upstream Mindfulness Center, a 2-week holiday break, and 6 weeks of hands-on cooking classes at Columbia’ Cooking kitchen at USC. $999.99/person (SALE: $749.99/person through Sept. 20). Classes 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 6; Oct. 28-30 (register at www.thtmeals.com/get-it-back-ww by Sept. 26), Get It Back Weekend Workshop for Heart Disease & Diabetes at Upstream Mindfulness Center. A weekend of plant-based nutritional information, and cooking demonstrations with a grocery store tour on Sunday. $259.99/person (SALE: $179.99/person through Sept. 20). Beginning Nov. 8 (register at www.THTmeals.com/get-it-back-14-w by Sept. 26), Get It Back 14-week Culinary Nutrition Course for Heart Disease & Diabetes features 6 weeks of nutrition education at Upstream Mindfulness Center, a 2-week holiday break, and 6 weeks of hands-on cooking classes at Columbia’ Cooking kitchen at USC. $999.99/person (SALE: $749.99/person through Sept. 20). Classes 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 7. Information at www.TrishaMandes.com
Columbia’s Cooking: classes held at USC’s Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Discovery 1 Building, Suite 200, 915 Greene St. Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Asian fusion plant based cuisine including Thai lettuce wraps with jackfruit, Asian noodle salad, vegetable curry, coconut lime rice and watermelon sashimi. $35/person; Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Mediterranean evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides, menu includes roasted red pepper and feta dip, black-eyed peas and Swiss chard, zucchini-topped roasted beets cherry tomato and garlic bread bake, butter beans with fresh mint, braised cauliflower and sauteed onion, green beans with tomato, spankorizo, spinach and brown rice, and baklava. $40/person. Register online at columbiascooking.org/classes/ or ColaCook@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 576-5636
Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute: Chef Francois Fisera leads classes, $39/person, wine extra. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, crackling salmon with black truffles; Sept 27, mussels, spanish-style with Capt. Morgan rum; Sept. 30, German white wine tasting with Manchester Farm quail in Reisling cream sauce, Grey Goose citron vodka. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Thursday, Sept. 22, French country ($40, 6:30); Sept. 23, couples Italian pasta ($80, 6:30); Sept. 30, small plate Italian ($40, 6:30). Detailed listings at lets-cook.wixsite.com/letscookculinary. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St., (803) 348-5874.
McCutchen House at USC: Upcoming Chef du Jour classes: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays: Sept. 24, Lowcountry Cooking ($60); Oct. 1, Pie making 101 ($50); Oct. 22, pasta and sauces ($50); Oct. 29, Bread 101 (extended 6-hour class, $90); Nov. 12, Chicken 101 ($50). Wine classes: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Oct. 25, Wines from Germany ($50); Nov. 15, Napa Valley wines ($50); Nov. 29, Bordeaux wines ($50); Dec. 6, rare and boutique wines ($99). Registration for classes through McCutchen House or call Becky Moran (803) 777-8225, email@example.com.
Kids eat FREE at IHOP: 4-10 p.m. daily through Sunday, Sept. 25. Ease the stress of going back to school. Adults order from the regular menu while kids 12 and under can enjoynew favorites like the Cheesy Cheese Pizza or classics such as the Create Your Own Rooty Tooty Jr from the “Just for Kids” menu (one free kid meal with purchase of one adult meal). www.ihop.com.
DNR needs crabbers! SC Department of Natural Resources is looking for recreational crabbers and commercial crabbers to help test bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) that reduce the number of turtles caught in crab traps. Beginning with the 2016 fall season, DNR needs 50 recreational and 10 commercial crabbers in each of these three regions: (a) Jasper, Colleton and Beaufort counties; (b) Charleston County; and (c) Georgetown and Horry counties. Interested crabbers should visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/CrabTrapExcluder or call (843) 953-9097. More information at www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/diamondbackterrapin/research/fisheries.html.
Curing Kids Cancer fundraiser at Crescent Olive: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at 2901-C Devine St. Sample premium extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars, a portion of sales going to benefit Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. www.curingkidscancer.org
A Fine Affair fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Rd. Enjoy food from some of the best local restaurants and caterers, sip cocktails, dance the night away and bid on silent auction items. All proceeds to benefit RMH’s mission of keeping families with critically ill or injured children together when they need it most. Tickets $75/person or $125/couple at www.rmhofcolumbia.org.
Cookbook author Cynthia Graubart signs copies of her latest book, Chicken: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Barnes & Noble at Richland Mall. The James Beard Award winner’s book includes recipes for Country Captain, Carolina Chicken Bog, Chicken and Parsleyed Dumplings and more as well as tips on cutting, frying, braising, roasting and more.
Irmo Okra Strut: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 23-24, Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Dr. Celebrate the green pods of goodness and chill out to the sounds of The Blue Pickups, Atlanta Rhythm Section and the Terence Young Experience. Info at theokrastrut.com
Euphoria 2016: Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 22-25, in various locations around Greenville. Guest chefs include Vivian Howard (Chef & Farmer, Kinston, N.C.), Rodney Scott (Scott’s BBQ, Hemingway), Mike Davis (Terra, Columbia), Myron Mixon (Jack’s Old South Bar-B-Que, Braselton, Ga.), Kenny Gilbert (Top Chef, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fenandina Beach, Fla.), Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, Ala.) and Craig Rogers (Border Springs Farm, Va.). Tickets on sale now at www.euphoriagreenville.com.
Palmetto Peanut Boil: noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 24, 2900 block of Devine St. Great food, live music, all proceeds benefit The Animal Mission and The Ronald McDonald House Columbia. Information at palmettopeanutboil.com
Oktoberfest at Hamptons in Sumter, 5-10 p..m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 30 N Main St., Sumter. Enjoy German food, beer and wine and music from the Happy Musicians German Band. $10/person, available at eventbrite.com. More information www.facebook.com/events/222577254804712/.
Aiken Oktoberfest: 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Pendleton St. & Hayne Ave., Aiken. German-inspired food and beers, authentic oompah band and college football on the big screens. Free admission. www.visitaikensc.com, (803) 649-2221.
Charity Week at Mr Friendly’s: beginning Monday, Sept. 26, through Oct. 1. 20% of all dine-in wine sales will be donated to the Louisiana Caputal Area chapter of the American Red Cross to help fund flood relief efforts in Louisiana. www.mrfriendlys.com
Rosso’s Antinori Wine Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. A five-course dinner featuring the Antinori wine portfolio with Erik Saccomani of Marchesi Antinori. $58/person. Menu: (reception) trio of bruschetta: honey whipped ricotta/walnuts, tomato/basil/garlic, and fig/prosciutto/gorgonzola, Villa Antinori Bianco 2015; (primo) Freshly Grown Farms arugula and brilled melon buratta, polenta croutons, smoked paprika vinaigrette, Antinori Bramito del Cervo 2015; (secundo) wood grilled salmon, Congaree Milling Co. polenta, puttanesca, fried white anchovies, Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana IGT 2013; (terzo) pan seared duck breast, Carolina Gold rice sweet potato risotto, Brussel leaves, reaspberry vincotto, Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2013; (dolce) red wine poached pear, vanilla gelato, marcona almonds, candied basil, Villa Antinori Vinsanto. Call for reservations, (803) 787-3949, rossocolumbia.com
2016 Great American Whiskey Fair: Sept. 29 at 701 Whaley, is the largest whiskey tasting in the United States. Early-bird admission is $50/person and $100/person VIP, tickets available at eventbrite.com. More information at ExperienceWhiskey.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congaree Swampfest: Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Enjoy BBQ, Blues & Jazz concert featuring Deniece Williams 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Historic Harriet Barber House and Grounds, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Tickets, $25/advance, $30/gate, at eventbrite.com or Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, 2014 Greene St, (803) 256-0095. Outdoor festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Old Mt. Moriah Site & Grounds and Congaree National Park, Hopkins, free admission. www.congareeswampfest.com
Shellfish season opens Oct. 1. Recreational and commercial harvesting of clams, oysters, mussels and other bivalves opens one half-hour before official sunrise on Saturday, Oct. 1 and — unless conditions warrant extending or shortening — the season will remain open until May 15. Recreational harvesters should obtain an up-to-date saltwater recreational fishing license and Public or State Shellfish Ground maps. More information at www.dnr.sc.gov or call (843) 953-9854
Newberry Oktoberfest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1, Main St., Newberry. Enjoy authentic German cuisine, Biergarten, music, arts and crafts. Join in the Best German Costume contest. Free kids activities in Kindertown. www.cityofnewberry.com, (803) 321-1015
Craft & Draft and Music Farm Productions Oktoberfest: 1:30-6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Music Farm, 1022 Sentate St. Tickets $50/advance, $60/at door and includes live music, 16 taps from regional breweries and a special Oktoberfest menu from Tin Roof. www.musicfarm.com.
5 Year Anniversary Celebration Harvest Dinner: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. A collection of past guest chefs create a five course meal on the farm including appetizers and wine pairings. Dinner + cocktails, $100/person, gratuity not included; cocktail reception only (6:30-7:30 p.m.), $35/person. www.farmtotableeventco.com.
Arrrrgh, Tybee Island Pirate Fest: Oct. 6-9. Join in on a four-day swashbuckling festival featuring live music (A1A on Oct. 7, Delbert McClinton on Oct. 8), parades, pub crawls and more. Buccaneer Ball, Thurs., Oct. 6, $45 in advance/$50 at door; Friday, Oct. 7, event pass, $12; Sat. Oct. 8, event pass, $15; weekend pass, $25 in advance; Sunday events free. www.tybeepiratefest.com
A Knight of Honor: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 7 at Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Rd. Heroes in Blue, a non-profit committed to promoting community and police relations, honors law enforcement and citizen heroes from across the Midlands with a medieval-themed feast provided by Rosso Trattoria and beer from Craft and Draft. One outstanding officer will recieve the Officer Gregory Alia award for compassionate, selfless acts of service and one outstanding citizen will receive the Citizen Hero award to be presented by Marcus Lattimore. Dress is medieval themed or cocktail attire. Entertainment by Syr, a local celtic band, and court jester Emile DeFelice. Tickets, $75/person, includes beer, wine, food and dessert, available at eventbrite.com. Proceeds support Heroes in Blue.
Pumpkintown Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 8 at Oolenoy Community Building. Parade starts at 9 a.m.; BBQ, crafts, fun and pumpkins throughout the day. pumpkintownfestival.org
Muscadine season has arrived. Visit Williams Family Vineyard & Farm, 21 Gabriel Place, Nesmith, SC, now through Oct. 10 to pick your own ($1.50/pound) or buy fresh picked ($2/pound). Mon-Sat, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-8 p.m. Read about David Williams and his farm and see a video at thestate.com.
Holy Schnitzel Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran Church: Oct. 14-16, 3005 Devine St. This family-oriented event features activites for the kids as well as brews and German food. www.oktoberfestcolumbia.com
Soda City Oktoberfest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15. Enjoy a super sized Saturday market with beer and German music. www.facebook.com/events/1479648595620710/.
UGK: It Takes A Village pop-up dinner: 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at a location to be determined. The Underground Kitchen is back in Columbia. Part of the fun of these communal dinners is enjoying the mystery surrounding the identity of the guest chef and feeling a part of something special, as the time and location of the dinner will be known only to ticket holders 24-28 hours before the event. Tickets $135/person, includes dinner and cocktail, available at theundergroundkitchen.org
Harvest Farm to Table Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 Broad Street, Camden. This dinner is part of a fundraising effort to build a permanent pavilion at the Camden Farmers Market. Tickets $100/person, available Saturdays at the Kershaw County Farmers Market, 222 Broad St.; or Mon-Sat at Camden City Market, 821 Broad St., email@example.com or (803) 272-0789
The second annual Gervais Street Bridge Dinner: 4-8 p.m. Sunday, October 23. A seated multi-course dinner for 1,000 with cocktails, beer and wine in the center of the bridge spanning the Congaree River. Tickets $150/person with reserved tables starting at $2,500 (for eight people). Proceeds will benefit Congaree Riverkeeper, Canoeing for Kids, Heroes in Blue and Harvest Hope Food Bank. Info: gervaisstreetbridgedinner.com
Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Nov. 4-6 in Durham, N.C. The annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s meeting of farmers, agripreneurs and ag-tivists, health advocates, gardeners, consumers and homesteaders — anyone interested in food production. Participate in hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, great food and conversation and community-building. www.carolinafarmstewards.org.
Wine, Women & Shoes: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10, USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate St. Sip world class wines and savor delicioius bites while shopping designer fashions or bidding in the auction with proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia. Tickets $75/person or $150 VIP (includes extra hour for shopping, premier fashion show seating and VIP swag bag) available at www.winewomenandshoes.com
Lobster Tuesdays are back at Rosso Trattoria Italia, in Trenholm Plaza, for a limited time. Enjoy a wood-grilled Maine lobster tail topped with savory heirloom tomato-tarragon butter with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and local vegetable succotash for $26. Trenholm Plaza in Forest Acres. www.rossocolumbia.com
Wednesday Wine Tasting at Gervais & Vine: 5:30-7 p.m., sample a few while enjoying live music; or check out the Happy Hour Wine Flights, 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, three 2-ounce glasses for $8. 620 Gervais St. (803) 799-8463, www.gervine.com
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft will feature select wines at $5 per glass and three to four wines that will be available for sampling and buying. Craft and Draft is at 2706 Devine St. (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com
Lunch at Old McCaskill’s Farm begins at noon every Friday. Served buffet-style, first come, first served, $10 per person. Check out the farm store while you’re there for farm-raised meats, cheeses and more. 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, (803) 432-9537, www.oldmccaskillfarm.com.
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi: By appointment, couples and small groups can call and arrange classes in the art of making sushi. Pricing options include food and class, or choose to include wine or hot sake. Call (803) 931-0700 after 2 p.m. for scheduling or information. SakiTumi is at 807 Gervais St.
Take a trip, see a farm: The South Carolina Agritourism Association has created a Passport Program for farms in order to educate folks on what the agriculture industry means to the state. Participants can get a passport from any of the 44 farms on the tour and the more stamps collected in the passport, the more chances to win prizes, with one winner taking home $100 in Certified SC products. https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/agritourism
Learn to become a farmer. Incubator Farm plots available at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Road in Columbia. Participants in the Agriculture Incubator Program will have access to up to a 1/2 acre of irrigated land, a packing shed, equipment use, access to technical assistance, access to markets and training opportunities. Fee of $350 per year for up to three years, plus required safety and operation training. Contact Harry Crissy, firstname.lastname@example.org (use “Columbia Incubator” in subject line) or call (843) 730-5211.
Get the App: South Carolina Farmers and Roadside Market App shows more than 200 farmers markets and roadside produce stands. Click on location to see address, hours of operation, and methods of payment. New recipes each month will feature in-season produce. www.scdhec.gov/farmersmarkets.
Pressure Canning Testing by Clemson Extension done by appointment at Sandhills Research and Education Center on Clemson Road. Have your pressure canner dial gauges checked for accuracy before use by an extension agent. $6, cash or check. Call 803-865-1216 ext. 114 for more information.
The 2016 Midlands Farm & Food Guide is now available. This 24-page booklet makes it easy to find local farms and farmers markets and learn which area restaurants and retail shops carry S.C.-farmed foods. Published in conjunction with Midlands Food Alliance’s Local Food Pledge campaign, this free guide can be found at Rosewood Market, Whole Foods, S.C. Department of Agriculture, AgSouth & Arbor One Farm Credit, Clemson Extension offices, farmers markets and online at www.sc.edu/nutrition/doc/Midlands%20Farm%20Guide.pdf
FoodShare Columbia connects families and communities with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers. The partnership of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Richland Library, USC School of Medicine, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority provides boxed food that can be ordered twice a month, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant St., (803) 255-8161. Cost is $20; $10 for SNAP participants. Cash and EBT accepted. www.facebook.com/FoodShare-Columbia
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours and Historic Columbia present historic food tours of the Vista: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Guests will visit five restaurants, sample some specialties and learn the history of Columbia. Tickets $30-38, depending on the number in your party, custom tours for 10 or more guests. More information available at www.twogalsfoodtours.com or call (803) 360-0578 or (803) 260-7992.
Columbia Food Tours takes you on walking tours of downtown Columbia and Five Points to experience the culture and cuisine of the capital city. Sign up for a tour, and visit six to eight of Columbia restaurants and sample items. Tours last 2 1/2 hours, rain or shine. Details and ticket reservations, $42 per person, at www.columbiafoodtours.com
Columbia Brew Bus offers tours of Columbia’s beer/wine and distilling scene. Choose the Brewery Tour: includes pick-up/drop-off at Liberty Tap Room, stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop, you get at least 16 ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Choose the Wine and Spirits Tour: pick-up/drop-off at Bourbon Columbia, stops at Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and Vino Garage. Distilleries will offer tour and tasting session. Vino Garage will have a custom tasting hosted by owner Doug Aylard. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and an all-S.C. music playlist curated by Scene SC. Tickets $45/person, $20 designated driver. www.columbiabrewbus.com
Copper Horse Distilling behind-the-scene tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Space is limited and reservations required, call (803) 779-2993 to book a spot. Large groups can be accommodated for private tours. All tours include a tasting of Copper Horse Distilling products (Old Mill Vodka, Copper Cream, Copper Horse Rum and Bulle Rock Gin). 929 Huger St., www.copperhorsedistilling.com
Farmers in the Forest: Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through Oct. 26. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org; follow on Facebook.
Blythewood Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood. Michaela Barno, (843) 697-1733.
302 Artisans at Senate’s End: 2-7 p.m. (No Frills Grill food truck serves lunch noon-6 p.m.) Thursdays through Oct. 29 at 302 Senate St. www.facebook.com/302Artisans
Northeast Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 25, Lake Carolina Town Center, Northeast Richland. www.lakecarolina.com
Rosewood Market Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. every Friday, 2803 Rosewood Dr. (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
1st Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 21; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays; Millwood parking lot across from church. Senior vouchers, WIC, SNAP/EBT and debit cards accepted. Local farmers and gardeners encouraged to participate; (803) 254-6232
Irmo Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., first and third Saturdays through September, Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Dr., Irmo. www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Kershaw County Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 19 at 222 Broad St., Camden. www.kcfarmersmarket.org
(Lexington) Village Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through September, Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St.
Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com
Sandhills Farmers Market: 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 22, 2016 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, Northeast Richland.
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of Preston. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket. USC On-Campus delivery via Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! can be scheduled in 4-, 6- and 12-week sessions.
SEEDS OF HOPE FARMERS MARKETS All Seeds of Hope Markets accept WIC and DSS FMNP Vouchers.
▪ 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays until October at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. (803) 779-1971
▪ 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays into September at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St. (803) 765-9430
▪ 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays until September at Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St. (803) 799-5876
▪ 7-11 a.m. Saturdays until September at Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church, 1500 Broad River Road. (803) 772-0794
▪ 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until October at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to email@example.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. For more listings, go to www.thestate.com