Note: Because of the ice storm predicted for the area, many events might be canceled. Call ahead to double check.
Chocolate “Bake Sale” TODAY at Crescent Cacao. Harriet Rice has invited local chefs and chocolatiers to offer some of their most delicious Valentine creations for your pleasure. Come and check it out noon-6 p.m. today, Feb. 12, at Crescent Cacao, 3015-B Millwood Avenue, (803) 413-2405
Speaking of chocolate ... Cocoa Lab at The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte will present a Chocolate and Champagne class, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22. The hands-on class features uniquely chocolate pastry and desserts taught by one of the Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs paired with champagne. Tickets $75 per person and includes tastings of the day’s creations, complimentary parking, recipe collection and keepsake apron. Call for reservations (704) 547-2244. The Ritz-Carlton is at 201 East Trade Street, Charlotte.
And even MORE chocolate ... Chocolatier Joseph Vernon has batches of his Inside-out Strawberries and Heart Collections just in time for Valentine’s! Find him (and his chocolates) at the following locations: today, Feb. 12, noon-6 p.m., Crescent Cacao; Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Nest and 4-7 p.m. at Rosewood Market; Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Nest; Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Nest and 4-7 p.m. at Vino Garage.
Get fired up! Reserve your spot now to learn the proper techniques and the art of preparing Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and barbecue sauces and rubs from championship pit masters during the Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class at the State Farmers Market. This all-day class (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 15, includes lunch and all day barbecue samplings, $275 per person. Download registration form at CarolinaOutdoorCooking.com or contact Garland Hudgins, (803) 360-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The Art (Deco) of Dining at Columbia Museum of Art. Enjoy a unique dining experience 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, as The Columbia Design League partners with Columbia Museum of Art and the Kobayshi family (owners of Camon Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar) for a modern take on Japanese cuisine against the backdrop of the Museum’s latest exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age. $75 per person ($65 for CDL members), purchase online at columbiamuseum.org or call (803) 799-2810.
An evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides at Columbia’s Cooking! 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Enjoy an evening of delicious Mediterranean cuisine prepared by USC’s First Lady using recipes from her cookbooks: Greek Revival: Cooking for Life and Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life. $40 per person, register via email at email@example.com or call (803) 576-5636. Parking is provided with class. Columbia’s Cooking!, 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Paints and Pints...South Carolina Girls’ Pint Out. Ladies, enjoy an evening of painting and pints of beer 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19 at Palmetto Paint & Pour, 101 C Ministry Drive, Irmo. Here’s how it works: buy a ticket ($25 per person available at www.palmettopaintpour.com), bring one 22-ounce bottle of your favorite beer to share, sit back and enjoy at Palmetto Paint & Pour while creating a painting to take home with you. Hosted by South Carolina Girls’ Pint Out (follow on Facebook).
Sneak Peek: Bourbon Harvest Dinner at City Roots, Part 2: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24, offers a second chance for you to come and meet the team of Bourbon, including Chef Gordon Langston, and enjoy a three-course dinner-plus-dessert menu. Tickets $60 per person and available at http://www.eventbrite.com City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Are you ‘Top Chef’ material? Pre-register for Bravo TV’s Season 12 open casting calls NOW go to www.topchefcasting.com. Regional sites include: Atlanta 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18 at a location to be determined and New York City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 at Colicchio & Sons, 85 10th Avenue.
Have you got the best chili? The Palladium Society is looking for cooks for the 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off on March 1 at the State Fairgrounds. The deadline to enter is Feb. 25. The $20 entry fee covers one chili entry plus two tickets (one for cook, one for guest, a $60 value) to the event. Visit historiccolumbia.org for the entry form. Don’t want to cook, just eat? Advance tickets are on sale: $15 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members and $30 for general public. All tickets are $30 at the door. Purchase online at historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-7742, ext. 11, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket price includes all-you-can-eat chili, wine and beer. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia.
Flying Saucer to host Conquest Beer Dinner in collaboration with The Mamas & The Tapas 7-9 p.m. Feb. 27 at 931 Senate St. This four-course meal will highlight seven Conquest brews. $40 per person ($35 for UFO members), available at Flying Saucer or call (803) 933-9997
FARMERS: Want to reach a wider group of buyers? The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is hosting a Retail Ready Workshop Feb. 28 in Charleston. Workshop topics will include Selling to Grocery Stores, Restaurants and Distributors; Post-Harvest Handling-Quality Assurance Food Safety, GAPS and Certifications; Pricing and Packaging; Marketing Strategies and a Buyer Panel (featuring 2 chefs, 2 retailers and 2 distributors). Sign up by emailing R. David Lamie at DLamie@Clemson.edu
Small Plate Crawl in Greenville March 24-26. Sample the best of Greenville’s culinary scene with special small plate menu items ($3-$8 each) from participating restaurants. As a bonus, purchase a small plate at five or more restaurants and enter to win prizes in the Passport contest. Check out GreenvilleSmallPlateCrawl.com for more information, downloadable map and Passport.
SAVE THE DATE(S): Midlands SC Farm Tour is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. April 5 and 6. Featuring 10 local sustainable farms in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, come out and bring the family to see baby farm animals, learn gardening and growing techniques, enjoy a farm-fresh picnic or snack and see where your food comes from. Tickets $25 per vehicle, good for both days, available online now at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.com/mft or at Whole Foods Market and City Roots in Columbia closer to the event date. Want to volunteer? Contact Vanessa Driscoll at (919) 542-2402. The Upstate SC Farm Tour with farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8.
Our Local Catch, specializing in supplying local and sustainable seafood, is now at Rosewood Market twice a week. Find them under the tent every Thursday and Friday 1-7 p.m. 2803 Rosewood Drive, online at ourlocalcatch.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, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
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. $10 per person, preregistration required. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais St., (803) 779-3100, edventure.org
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, Feb. 13, couples Valentine’s dinner; Saturday, Feb. 15 (noon), Healthy Valentine’s with Jamie Scott Fitness; Feb. 18 (noon), stir fries and curries; Feb. 20 one-pot meals; Feb. 24, meatless Monday; Feb. 25, steakhouse favorites; Feb. 27, Go Green!; Feb. 28, That’s Amore (Italian); March 1 (10 a.m.), kids’ brunch class. 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, Feb. 14 and 15, crackling salmon with black truffles; Feb. 18 and 19, French Cooking goes to the Dogs; Feb. 21, Malbec tasting with quail; Feb. 25 and 28, Jamaican lobster. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Feb. 13, Mediterranean diet; Friday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s dinner; Feb. 18, Wild Women; Feb. 20, hands-on pasta; Feb. 21, couples Italian; Feb. 26, breakfast for supper; Feb. 28, couples Swiss raclette. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: March 8, jams and jellies; March 29, brunch made easy; April 19, pasta and sauces; May 3, cooking with alcohol. Wine classes: 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
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth 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