Forget the diet: Restaurant Week begins Jan. 9! This eleven-day celebration of South Carolina cuisine begins at hundreds of participating restaurants throughout the state next week. Now is the time to try something new or revisit an old favorite as restaurants create special menu items for this event. For more information or to see the menus or make a reservation at one of the participating restaurants, go to restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com
ToolsMeasureOptionsef Marion at Ballentine Park. Learn to make soups, sauces and stocks 10 a.m-2 p.m. Jan. 11. $25 per person, all supplies included, pre-register by calling (803) 781-2031. Ballentine Park is at 1009 Bickley Road, Ballentine.
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Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. For upcoming classes and information, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email email@example.com. 915 Greene St., 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 St., (803) 779-3100, edventure.org
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Friday, Jan. 3, Key West Holiday; Saturday, Jan. 4 (10 a.m.), Kid’s class winter treats; Jan. 6, easy weeknight meals; Jan. 8, fish & shellfish; Jan. 9 and 10, couples Italian; Jan. 11, warm and toasty recipes. 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 and Saturday, Jan. 3 and 4, Edisto crab cakes with remoulade; Jan. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, chicken pot pie; Jan. 14, quick and easy Tuscan penne, shrimp and calamari. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Jan. 23, cooking with Chef Carlo Zarri (roasted tomato soup, gnocchi and tiramisu); Jan. 24, Truffles and Hazelnut Tour Dinner at the Capital City Club. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: Feb. 8, Knife Skills 101; March 8, jams and jellies; March 29, brunch made easy; April 19, pasta and sauces; May 3, cooking with alcohol. Wine classes: Feb. 4, In-Depth Grape Series: Pinot Noir; Feb. 18, 10 for $20; March 4, In-Depth Grape Series: Riesling; April 1, dinner with Conquest Brewery; April 22, In-Depth Grape Series: Pinot Grigio. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com
Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vista firstname.lastname@example.org
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