The People’s Choice Bake-Off will be held 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Harvest Whiteford Campus, 501 Whiteford Way in Lexington. Enter to win cash prizes in categories of Appetizer, Breads, Casseroles or Dessert. Contest registration forms available by calling Linda Abrams at (803) 603-9249. Don’t want to bake? Come and sample the entries and vote for your favorite. Tickets $18 per person includes food and talk by inspirational speaker Peggy Beck, owner of The Joyful Palate Catering Co.
Glenforest School’s Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Enter to win prizes for the best chili in these categories: Professional, Civic Organization or Individual. There will also be awards for People’s Choice, Overall Showmanship and a Grand Champion. Rules, tickets and more information at glenforest.org/fall-fest or call (803) 796-7622, ext. 109. Glenforest School is at 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia.
Speaking of chili ... Five Points Chili Cook-Off is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9 on the 2100 block of Greene Street. Proceeds go to the HOPE Center and Camp Kemo. Reserve your spot in the competition today at chilicookoffinfivepoints.eventbrite.com
Lunch at Columbia Museum of Art. A new Salon Luncheon series combines art and cuisine. Join artist Kathleen Robbins Friday, Oct. 11, at noon as she discusses her influences and photographic process in relation to the Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage exhibition. The gallery talk will be followed by a three-course lunch prepared by Chef Ryan Whitaker of 116 Espresso and Wine Bar. Each course will reflect in food either a piece in the collection or its artistic influence on Chef Whitaker. Lunch $45 per person/$35 for members. Salon talk is free with membership or admission. Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street, (803) 799-2810.
Holy Schnitzel! Oktoberfest at Incarnation Lutheran Church is this weekend, Oct. 11-13. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, oompah bands and more! Friday and Saturday hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. More information at incarnationlutheran.com/oktoberfest/
Jamil Shriners 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off this weekend, Oct. 11 and 12, at the Jamil Shrine Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Sample everything but pork beginning 6 p.m. Friday. Boston butts cooked by competitors can be purchased for $30 by calling (803) 772-9380 and can be picked up on Saturday at 10 a.m. Sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network with proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Admission $12 per adult, $6 for children age 6-14.
BBQ, Bluegrass & Blue Jeans Benefit at The Farm at Ridgeway (U.S. 21 South), 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 will feature live and silent auction, live music and barbecue from Can’t Quit Smokin’ BBQ Team (2011 and 2012 S.C. State BBQ Champs). Tickets $30 per person, $50 per couple, $10 kids under 10, free for kids under 6 years. Proceeds to fund critical needs of Emergency Department of Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Information at fairfieldmemorial.com or call (803) 608-5510.
Meet the author: Gena Knox will be at Cottage & Vine signing her latest cookbook Southern My Way: Food & Family noon-4 p.m. Oct. 15. Her cookbook puts a fresh spin on three generations of Southern cooking, featuring recipes such as Fresh Fig Flatbread, Cane Syrup-Glazed Carrots, Doves in Red Wine and Bourbon-Roasted Banana Parfait. Cottage & Vine is located at 4600 Forest Drive, (803) 787-7985
Fall Harvest Week returns to Mo tor Supply Company Bistro Oct. 15-20. Enjoy a week of unique farm-to-table dishes and signature cocktails and the popular Meet The Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 15. Motor Supply is at 920 Gervais Street, (803) 256-6687, motorsupplycobistro.com
Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival highlights the work of some of Columbia’s best chefs in an afternoon of great food and fine wine on the Village Green. There will be live music, chef demonstrations, a silent auction and more 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19. Proceeds to benefit Children’s Charities of the Midlands. Tickets and information at LakeCarolinaWineandFood.com
Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ: The Palladium Society’s Annual Silent Auction begins 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Robert Mills House. Bid on a variety of items including vacation packages and shopping deals while enjoying food by Scott Hall Catering. Admission is $20 for Palladium Society members, $30 for Historic Columbia members and $40 for general public. Proceeds go to fund Historic Columbia’s final stage of rehabilitation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Tickets on sale at BluegrassBiddingBBQ.eventbrite.com
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 experiencewhiskey.com. Sponsored by Bourbon Columbia (Kristian Niemi), Hampton Jaguar and Heritage Farms. All proceeds go to Columbia Museum of Art’s ongoing educational programs.
Bubbie’s Back! Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery at Beth Shalom Synagogue is now taking pre-orders for food items in advance of the Jewish food extravaganza, scheduled for Nov. 17. Pre-orders must be received with payment by Oct. 22 and picked up between 9-10:45 a.m. Nov. 17. Download the form from thestate.com and mail to Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Items include: brisket, challah, corned beef, Kosher dill pickles, matzah ball soup and more. Information: (803) 782-2500
September Oaks Vineyards hosts its inaugural wine tasting and literary festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 26. The festival will feature Lowcountry writers and wine tastings throughout the day. September Oaks is located at 893 Grays Highway, Ridgeland, (843) 726-9463, septemberoaks.com
Wine tasting at Gourmet Shop 6 p.m. Oct. 30 featuring Chateauneuf du Pape wines, hosted by Angela Sanchez. $35 in advance, $45 at door. Call for reservations (803) 799-9463. The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Avenue, Five Points, thegourmetshop.net
The first Cook It Raw event in the United States will be at Bowens Island in Charleston Oct. 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 cookitraw.org
Francis Burns United Methodist Women’s Fall Pecan Sale Campaign to benefit church missions is launching, selling 2013 pecan crop from a local South Carolina orchard. Choose gift bags of one-pound bag of large pieces ($11), jumbo halves ($11.50), chocolate covered halves ($12.50), sugar-free chocolate covered halves ($13.75) or 14-ounce boxes of honey roasted halves ($12.50). Deadline for orders, Nov. 2; target delivery date, Nov. 11. To order, or more information, call Doris McNair (803) 754-3384.
Recycle that cooking oil. You have choices: Richland County will take used fat, oil and grease at the Richalnd County C&D Landfill at 1070 Caughman Road North and at the county’s Lower Richland Drop-Off Site at 10531 Garners Ferry Road in Eastover. More information, call (803) 929-6000. Or take used cooking oil to the city of Columbia’s Southern Fried Fuel recycling program, open throughout the year, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at the Public Works Facility, 2910 Colonial Drive. Cooking oil should be free of water, soap suds and food scraps and should be transported in a clean, nonbreakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. Upcoming classes: Friday, 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; Oct. 15. vitamins and minerals; Oct. 22, baking and cooking swaps for healthier eating. An evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides, recipes from her new book, 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 15, $35 per person. Adult date night 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, $50 per couple. See http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking for upcoming classes and information. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 915 Greene Street Suite 101
Tiny TasteBuds cooking classes for children ages 3-5 years at EdVenture are 11 a.m.-noon the first and third Friday of each month now through May 2014. $10 per person, preregistration required. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais Street, (803) 779-3100, edventure.org
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, Oct. 10, Baja fresh; Saturday, Oct. 12, (2 p.m.) Ankarsrum original stand mixer demo, (6:30 p.m.) couples fall entertaining; Oct. 14, When in Rome; Oct. 15, fish and shellfish; Oct. 16, Oktoberfest; Oct. 18, Hot wines for cooler weather; Oct. 19, Whole Foods Market tour. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or www.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Oct. 11, lobster flambe; Oct. 15 and 18, lobster bisque and bistro onion soup; Oct. 22 and 25, duck with 3-pepper sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Oct. 10, Italian small plates; Friday, Oct. 11, Asian dumplings and dim sum; Oct. 15, flavor of health with Katherine Shavo; Oct. 17, hands-on pasta; Oct. 18, couples Lowcountry cooking; Oct. 22, Wild Women; Oct. 31, Italian small plates. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. Chef du Jour classes: 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 .csg.sc.edu/ McCutchen