Ray’s Pizzaria & Ice Cream Shoppe of Lexington selected to cook at the Masters. Opened in 2008, Ray’s is located in the Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center, 5140 Sunset Blvd., in Lexington. The staff of Ray’s will be recreating their wood-fired pizzas at the exclusive Club Magnolia for attendees of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta. Check them out locally at www.rayspizzaandicecream.com
Place your orders now for the Lions Club of Blythewood Vidalia Onion sale. $11 for a 10 pound bag, proceeds help the community with eye exams, glasses, hearing aides and eye surgeries. Call (803) 261-4758 or (803) 718-0701.
Greek Bake Sale and Luncheon by the Saint Katherine’s Philoptochos Society of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at 1931 Sumter St. Luncheon includes chicken souvlaki with orzo, green beans, salad, bread and tea, $8; Greek salad with bread and tea, $6; pastitsio, salad, bread and tea, $8; spanakopita, $1 per slice; and a wide variety of cookies, cakes and pastries, custom Easter baskets and more. Order from the website stkatherinesphiloptochos.org or call (803) 252-6758, ext. 4, or fax (803) 254-6117 for dinner pick-up 4-6 p.m. Pickup orders must be placed by noon Thursday.
Champagne and Pearls: An evening with Mikimoto at Columbia Museum of Art. 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, reception to follow. Mikimoto is synonymous with the pearl and recognized internationally as a symbol of excellence in fine jewelry. Join CMA and Sylvan Jewelers for an evening with Mikimoto (American) Ltd. senior vice president Aaron C. Reed as he tells the story of Kokichi Mikimoto and his vision of adorning “the necks of all the women of the world in pearls.” Champagne and scotch reception and Mikimoto trunk show follows lecture. Tickets $40, $30 for CMA members.
Bar-B-Que Shag Festival in Hemingway Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12. Come and enjoy live music and some of the best barbecue in the state. Details at scbbqshagfestival.org
Mac Madness hits Florence Friday, April 11. Twelve area chefs prepare their best Mac-and-Cheese recipes for the public to taste and choose a winner. Cold beer, mechanical bull riding, a kid’s zone and live bands round out the evening. Tickets $5 general admission, $10 VIP (souvenir glass and voting chips) or upgrade for access to the Harvest Hope Luxury Lounge, $35, featuring unlimited mac-and-cheese samples, wine and craft beer tastings. Proceeds benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. www.macmadnesssc.com
Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at 711 Whaley. Chefs must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient in their dish as they compete for the most delicious bite. Participating restaurants include Terra, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, Rosso Trattoria, Bourbon, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, Spotted Salamander Catering, Rosewood Market and Deli, Scott Hall Catering, The Oak Table, Saluda’s and Tombo Grille. Tunes and cash bar by The Whig, featuring wine and local craft beers. Tickets $20 for general admission; $15 for Slow Food USA and Nickelodeon members; $10 for Potluck participants. Join in the Potluck by bringing in a dish (roughly 20 small portions) made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient. Information and tickets at indiegrits.com
Wine for Water fundraiser for the Gills Creek, Rocky Branch and Smith Branch watershed associations 6-8 p.m. April 22 at Senate’s End. Enjoy food from local restaurants, wines from around the world and great deals at the silent auction. Tickets $25 for association members, $35 for non-members, $40 for a special ticket and membership package, available at www.wine4water2014.eventbrite.com or call Erich Miarka at (803) 727-8326.
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden 7-9:30 p.m. April 25. Enjoy wines from around the world, light snacks and live jazz in the garden. Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. Tickets $40 members, $50 general public in advance, $60 at the gate and are available online at www.riverbanks.org
Wine & Cheese benefit for Habitat for Humanity is 6:30 p.m. April 25 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. Call church office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday for advance tickets, (803) 359-2444.
Pickin’ & Piggin’ at Saluda Shoals Park 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3. Barbeque tastings start at 11 a.m. and lasts until the ’Q runs out, live music by the Carolina Rebels begins at 11:30. Tickets $10 per person in advance, $12 at the gate; $5 for children 12 and under; available at (803) 772-1228 or visit www.icrc.net
Middleton Place weekly Wine Strolls have returned . Experience the natural beauty of the 273-year-old plantation while sipping wines chosen by the Middleton Place Restaurant’s sommelier 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday through June 25. On June 25, learn about the Charleston-Barbados connections through the Rum Stroll featuring a variety of light, dark and spiced rums. Tickets to Wine Strolls are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the gate and are available at www.middletonplace.org or call (843) 556-6020.
Sip some cider: Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery, near York, will be open for Hard Cider tastings weekends in April and May. Stop by 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays at 1860 Black Highway, York (look for the windmill). More information at windyhillorchard.com or call (803) 684-0690.
Peak of the Season GrowFood Party 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 30 at the GrowFood Warehouse, 990 Morrison Drive, Charleston. Enjoy local food and libations and learn more about the GrowFood concept of connecting local farmers to local markets and creating a thriving local food system. Tickets $35, available through eventbrite.com
Food, Fire and Fun Whole Cow Roast ... BOVINOCHE! New name, lower price, more fire, more food. Bovinoche (Night of the Bovine) is where you will see a custom-built rotisserie for an 800-pound cow as well as roasting goats, hogs, chickens and some exotic meats. Main event 3-10:20 p.m. May 17 at City Park, 310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville (next to the Police Station), tickets $35 per person through eventbrite.com or $30 at The Community Tap, 205 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville; Bee Bee’s Restaurant, 1907 Laurens Rd., Greenville; or Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 N. Main St, Simpsonville. Become a sponsor and enjoy Friday night (May 16) activities that include roasting a whole swordfish. More information at www.facebook.com/Bovinoche or www.bovinoche.com.
The Upstate SC Farm Tour with farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8. Get tickets (good for both days) at carolinafarmstewards.org
Columbia Warrior Cook-Off is a new barbeque competition sanctioned and judged by the S.C. Barbeque Association on May 24 at the State Fairgrounds. Prizes will be awarded to the top five barbeque cooking teams. The competition is open to the first 75 teams to properly complete the entry process by May 9 and be accepted. Cock Pit Barbeque, organizer of this event, seeks donations and sponsorships; proceeds from this event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. More information at http://www.cockpitbarbeque.com or www.facebook.com/CockPitBarbeque or call Brooks Herring at (803) 269-4167. Downloadable entry and sponsorship forms linked to this article at thestate.com
Is your dish good enough to get “On the Menu”? TNT has begun production of a new cooking competition show where home cooks will be challenged to create the next signature dish for a national dining institution. “On the Menu” will be hosted by Ty Pennington (“Trading Spaces,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and contestants will be mentored by Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live,” “Top Chef”). Amateur cooks will work with professional chefs to create dishes for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand or other American food business. The winning dish immediately foes on the business’s menu, giving viewers at home the chance to try the dish the very next day. Interested in competing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get healthy at Midlands Tech Harbison Campus. Learn healthier ways to prepare dishes for you and your family. Classes $25. April 21, 6-8 p.m., Fitness, Food and Losing Weight (course code CECED553 03) teaches principles of losing weigh naturally, permanently and without gimmicks; May 5, 6-8 p.m., Wholesome Meals in Minutes (Course code CECED551 07), convert your own recipes to healthier versions. Call to register (803) 732-0432.
Saturdays @ The Center Make pasta from scratch (fettuccine, cheese-filled agnolotti and ravioli) in your session choice (10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3-7 p.m.) April 12. $40 per person, register by calling (803) 476-8601. The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin.
Turkish cooking classes, presented by the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation, offer step-by-step directions for creating rich and delicious dishes. Classes are 12:30-2:30 p.m. every other Saturday at SCDF, 909 Shull St., West Columbia, (803) 386-4377. Limited seating, register online at www.scdialogue.org.
Sundays at City Roots join Matthew Kip, permaculturist, wild food forager and artisan, for a series of classes geared to the beginning gardener to be held at City Roots farm, 1005 Airport Blvd. April 13, getting started with organic gardening; May 11, composting; April 12, 17 and May 25, edible plant walk; June 1, cob oven workshop. More information and registration at www.matthewkip.com
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: April 24, An Evening with Patricia Moore-Pastides; 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. For pricing 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. Wednesday, April 9, stocks, soups and stews; Thursday, April 10, Spring grilling; Saturday, April 12, Kids’ class, sleepover foods; April 15, seafood; April 16, classic sauces; April 18, couples Paris; April 19, Italian Easter; April 21, Asian twist; April 23, everyday sauces. 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, April 11 and 12, sea bass; April 15 and 18, Maine lobster thermidor; April 21 and 23, hands-on hot & cold sauces; April 25, white and rose wines; April 28, 20 and May 2, pork with portobello cream and cognac. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, April 10, Greek yogurt recipes; Friday, April 11, couples S.C. flavor; April 22, Ladies Night; April 25, Couples Italian. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef d’Jour Classes: April 19, pasta and sauces; May 3, cooking with alcohol. Wine classes: 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
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 the Russell House. www.sa.sc.edu/healthy carolina/farmersmarket