Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute: Chef Francois Fisera leads classes, $39/person, wine extra. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, pork tenderloin flambe with cognac cream sauce, wild mushroom and potatoes au gratin; Friday & Saturday, Dec. 2 & 3, sparkling wine tasting w/wild salmon in champagne sauce; Dec. 5 & 6, beef stroganoff; Dec. 12, shrimp & lobster risotto. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Friday, Dec. 2, tapas (6:30 p.m., $40); Dec. 13, Wild Women/holiday appetizers (6:30 p.m., $50); Dec. 19, Artichoke Club Christmas Book Exchange/open to public (6:15 p.m., $35/public, $30/members); Dec. 21, lasagna make-and-take (6:15 p.m., $50); Dec. 29 & 30, family nights, children must be 10 years or older ($150/four people, call for time/menu). Detailed listings at lets-cook.wixsite.com/letscookculinary. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St., (803) 348-5874 or email@example.com
New Year’s Eve Parties
Bourbon: $150/person. Tickets include craft cocktail, beer, wine, bubbly and passed appetizers. Seating is first-come, first-served, doors open at 8 p.m. Whiskeys not on the cocktail list are available for extra charge. 1214 Main Street, (803) 403-1404, www.bourboncolumbia.com or eventbrite.
Studio Cellar’s Luxe-Scale Masquerade: $45/person includes tapas and desserts, non-alcoholic beverages and complimentary midnight champagne toast. Cash bar available, formal attire, masquerade mask, ages 25 and older. 912 Lady Street, (803) 929-0709, www.studio-cellar.com or eventbrite.
Women of Hope: $150/person, 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street. This black tie event raises funds for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to assure high quality health services and patient-centered care for people in the Midlands. (803) 791-2540, LMCfoundation.com or eventbrite.
Youngs Pecans + Spring Valley Rotary annual fundraiser: Order your pecan halves and assorted nuts now for the holidays. 100% of all proceeds fund scholarships and support local nonprofits including Lourie Center, SisterCare, Alzheimer’s Research (CART), Wreaths Across America, Ronald McDonald House, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Harvest Hope Food Bank, and others. Contact Diane Junis, (803) 873-0254, firstname.lastname@example.org or a Spring Valley Rotarian. Items include: pecan halves 1 lb/$10; honey crisp pecans 14 oz/$14; chocolate butter toffee pecans 14 oz/$14; butter roasted/salted cashews 1 lb/$18; Favorite Foursome 12 oz tin/$19; chocolate pecan halves 22 oz/$18; butter roasted/salted pecans 24 oz/$19; mini duet chocolate/praline 24 oz/$22; Seventh Heaven 2 lb/$30; and sugar-free chocolate pecan halves 2 lb/$30.
Looking for the perfect foodie gift? Charleston Wine + Food now offering “curated hotel packages (to) help you navigate your travel and festival offerings with ease.” Check out www.charlestonwineandfood.com/packages/#tickets
SlowFood Columbia + Midlands Food Alliance Potluck: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Bring a dish to share (and serving utensil) and join in the discussion about happenings in the local food community. Free and open to everyone. www.slowfoodcolumbia.org, midlandsfoodalliance.wordpress.com.
Bluegrass + Beer: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1 (and every other Thursday) at Conquest Brewing Company, 947 S. Stadium Road, conquestbrewing.com
River Rat Bake Sale to benefit Transitions: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road. All proceeds from sales to benefit Transitions Homeless Recovery Center. www.riverratbrewery.com
St. Nicholas Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 724 Buff St., West Columbia. Crafts, collectibles, Russian food and the real St. Nicholas. stnicholasfestival.org.
Old McCaskill’s Farm Country Christmas Trunk Show: 1-6 p.m Sunday, Dec. 4, at 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Stock up on handmade gifts, baked goods, farm raised meats, prepared meals, wreaths, ironworks, pottery and more. (803) 432-9537, www.oldmccaskillsfarm.com
Piano & Pastrami: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Rd. The Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative — a partnership of Historic Columbia and Tree of Life Congregation — present a solo concert by renowned pianist Marina Lomazov inspired by Jewish history and featuring music by a series of Russian Jewish composers. Reception following performance in Reyner Family Social Hall will be catered by Groucho’s Deli and the Tree of Life Women of Reform Judaism. Tickets $35/person, $25/Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society and/or Columbia Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division members, available at www.historiccolumbia.org; (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; or email@example.com
December Harvest Dinner with Chef Frank Lee: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at City Roots. Farm to Table Events Company brings celebrated Charleston Chef Frank Lee to the final Harvest Dinner of the year. Lee has just released this cookbook “The S.N.O.B. Experience” and it will be the inspiration for a four course, family-style dinner with cocktail and wine pairings. Tickets $75/person, gratuity not included. www.farmtotableeventco.com.
Cyril B Busbee Middle School Dessert Cabaret: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 591 Bulldog Blvd., Cayce. Tickets $5/advance, $7/at door includes performances by 7th Grade Performing Arts Company, Springdale Elementary Chorus, and Saluda River Academy for the Arts Bobcat Players and Dance Company, dessert plate and drink. eventbrite
Girls Night Out Social + Networking at Carolina Ale House: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Free to attend, but register at eventbrite for vendor giveaways. 708 Lady Street, (803) 227-7150, check out on Facebook or eventbrite.
River Rat Brewery’s Brewmasters Oyster Roast: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road. Tickets $45/person includes oyster roast, pig picking and 2 beer tickets, purchase in Tap Room from River Rat employees. ONLY 150 TICKETS AVAILABLE. Brewery will be open to the public during this event. www.riverratbrewery.com
Christmas in the Woods: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at River’s Edge Retreat, 1019 Garden Valley Ln. Tickets $100/person, at eventbrite.com, includes southern buffet dinner and bar, all proceeds to benefit River’s Edge Retreat’s continuing efforts to provide for underserved children in the Midlands. VIP Packages available upon request, call (803) 767-7373 or email Christmasinthewoods2016@gmail.com.
Christmas Chocolate Sale 1: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at Crescent Cacao, 3015 Millwood Ave. Evolution through Chocolate will have a variety of holiday gift boxes for sale with a selection of truffle flavors including pumpkin, cranberry, eggnog, gingerbread, red wine syrup and more.
Christmas Crafters at Aiken County Farmers Market: 8 a.m. - noon, Dec. 10 and 17 at 115 Williamsburg St., Aiken. Local handmade gifts available. www.visitaikensc.com.
River Rat Brewery’s Christmas Cookie & Beer Pairing: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 21, River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road. Tickets for this family-friendly event: $12/person includes 4 beers + 4 cookies (milk available for the kids). Enjoy holiday movies on the big screen outdoors. www.riverratbrewery.com
Holiday Tea Tasting: 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at 302 Artisans at Senate’s End. Sampling of six teas with light hors d’oeurves and complimentary champagne toast between flights. Tickets $10/person in advance only, www.facebook.com/302Artisans
Christmas Chocolate Sale 2: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 24 at Crescent Cacao, 3015 Millwood Ave. Evolution through Chocolate will have a variety of holiday gift boxes for sale with a selection of truffle flavors including pumpkin, cranberry, eggnog, gingerbread, red wine syrup and more.
Southern Fried Chicken Challenge: 1-6 p.m. Jan. 14, The Grove at Patriot’s Point, 40 Patriot’s Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Help decide who has the best fried chicken in Charleston: 82 Queen, Bohemian Bull, Fleet Landing, Lowcountry Bistro, Sticky Fingers or Virginia’s on King. General admission tickets $20/person in advance, $25/day of event. Tasting tickets $2/each. Proceeds benefit Green Heart Project community-based volunteer organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms in an effort to teach students the virtues of hard work, respect and success while reiterating the classroom curriculum and connecting students and volunteers to fresh, healthy and locally-grown produce. www.southernfriedchickenchallenge.com, greenheartsc.org
Wine Tuesdays at Rosso Trattoria Italia, in Trenholm Plaza. 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., www.sakifresh.com
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.
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
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours and Historic Columbia present historic food tours of the Vista: 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. 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
City Roots Farm: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1005 Airport Blvd., www.cityroots.org
Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com
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.
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