It’s chili time ... the 27th Annual Five Points Chili Cook-Off is looking for competitors. The event is scheduled 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 9 on the 2100 block of Greene Street and is free and open to the public. Proceeds go to the HOPE Center and Camp Kemo. Competitors will be judged in categories such as Overall Best, Best Vegetarian, Best Edible Hot, Overall Best Set-up, Best Bar/Restaurant and Best Fundraising. Reserve your spot in the competition today at chilicookoffinfivepoints.eventbrite.com or visit www.FivePointsColumbia.com
More than PB&J! Jif launches the Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest for children; grand prize is a $25,000 college fund. Just incorporate a minimum of two tablespoons of one of Jif’s new flavors (Jif Peanut Butter, Jif Almond and Cashew Butters and Jif Whips Peanut Butter Spreads or Jif Hazelnut Spreads) into a sandwich. Judging is based on creativity, taste, visual appeal and ease of preparation. Ten semifinalists will be chosen to participate in a nationwide online voting contest then five finalists will be selected to attend an event in New York City where the grand prize winner will be announced. Deadline for entries is Nov. 8 . More information at www.Jif.com
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Raise a glass for charity! Head over to City Roots 4-9 p.m. this Sunday, Nov 3, for the 3rd annual American Harvest Bartender Charity Challenge. Prizes will be given for the best drink by a panel of judges and by popular vote. LowCo BBQ will be providing the food and there will be live music and a cash bar. Bartenders from restaurants including Terra, The Oak Table, Motor Supply, Rosso, Bourbon Columbia, The Whig, Saluda’s, Goatfeathers, Jillian’s and Jakes will be participating to see who can mix the best beverage using American Harvest Organic Spirits and a locally sourced ingredient. Tickets $15 per person, available at ahchallenge3-eorg.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. City Roots is at 1005 Airport Boulevard.
Mary & Martha’s has grown! The Forest Acres kitchen supply store has expanded and is celebrating with an open house through Saturday, Nov. 2. Enjoy food samples, door prizes and more. Also, P atricia Moore-Pastides will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Greek Revival in the Garden, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7. Mary & Martha’s is at 4711 Forest Drive, (803) 787-6165, MaryandMarthaSC.com
Happy birthday, Charleston Cooks! Celebrate the kitchen retail shop’s first anniversary in Columbia with an open house, tastings, product demonstrations and giveaways noon-5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Cross Hill Market.
Harvest and Art Dinner, a collaboration between the Farm to Table Event Company and the Columbia Museum of Art, takes place 6-9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street. Chef Kristian Niemi (Rosso, Bourbon Columbia) and Travis Rayle will present a four-course dinner with wine inspired by the pieces in the Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage exhibit. Ticket ($100 for museum members, $120 for non-members) includes American Harvest Organic Spirit specialty cocktail, dinner and wine; available at harvestandart2-eorg.eventbrite.com
Again with the pork ... Make Your Own Bacon workshop at Motor Supply Co. Bistro is Nov. 11. Plan now, only 25 spots available. Learn how to customize, hand-season and rub local, sustainably farmed Caw Caw Creek pork bellies in the workshop lead by Executive Chef Tim Peters. Tickets $60 per person, available at https://makeyourownbaconnovember2013.eventbrite.com Get on a wait list by calling (803) 256-6687, follow the fun on Twitter (#BaconRumpus)
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 www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com for information, tickets on sale now.
Meet Christy Jordan, author of “Southern Plate” and “Come Home to Supper,” 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Books-A-Million at 164 Forum Drive. “Come Home to Supper” is Jordan’s latest cookbook featuring more than 200 recipes that are budget-conscious, kid-friendly, quick to make and multi-purpose (ideas for meal plans and what to do with leftovers). More about Christy Jordan at SouthernPlate.com
28th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is Nov. 15-17 in Durham, N.C. Learn about sustainable farming through hands-on workshops covering subjects such as permaculture, bees, livestock, soils and more; Farm-to-Table food policy workshops; farm tours; and special presentations (keynote speaker is Paul Holmbeck, Director of Organic Denmark, and Sandor Katz will hold a class on fermentation). Details, registration at carolinafarmstewards.org or call (919) 542-2402
Bubbie’s Back! Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery at Beth Shalom Synagogue, the Jewish food extravaganza, is Nov. 17. Feast on such favorites as brisket, mandel bread (Terri Hodges’ recipe won a first-place ribbon at the S.C. State Fair this year), challah, corned beef, Kosher dill pickles, matzah ball soup and more. Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Information: (803) 782-2500
It’s time for some new wine! Join the annual Beaujolais Nouveau party Nov. 21 at Gervais & Vine, 620-A Gervais Street
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 www.musictoyourmouth.com
Recycle that cooking oil. You have choices: Richland County will take used fat, oil and grease at the Richland 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: Nov. 8, reading food labels and healthy choices; Dec. 13, holiday treats; classes 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25 per child. 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. Tonight, Oct. 30, garlic; Thursday, Oct. 31, pumpkin; Friday, Nov. 1 and 8, couples cozy by the fire; Nov. 5, apples; Nov. 7, meat-free and gluten-free Thanksgiving with Jamie Scott; Nov. 9 (10 a.m.), knife skills. 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, Nov. 1, Spanish salmon; Nov, 5, 8 and 9, crackling salmon with black truffle; Nov. 12 and 15, boneless pork chop with Roquefort cheese sauce; Nov. 19 and 23, beef Wellington with foie gras and truffles; Nov. 22, Beaujolais Nouveau and coq au vin; Nov. 25 and 26, winter squash with foie gras. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Oct. 31, Italian small plates; Friday, Nov. 1, tapas; Saturday, Nov. 2, Mothers & Daughters Healthy cooking for the holidays; Nov. 7, Italian small plates; Nov. 8, couples Asian dishes; Nov. 12, Flavor of Health with Katherine Shao; Nov. 14, baking with Shanel from Carolina Girl Confections; Nov. 15, couples dinner party; Nov. 19, Wild Women; Nov. 20, breakfast for supper; Nov. 26, pies (apple, pumpkin and no-bake lemon cream cheese). 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: 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
LAST DAY: Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard www.facebook.com/ forestacresfarmersmarket
H OLIDAY SCHEDULE: Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com
WINDING DOWN: 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.
WINDING DOWN: Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26. www.clemson.edu/public /rec/sandhill/programs /market.
North Columbia Community Farmers Market, Thursdays 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 email@example.com
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, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com