Steak-umm Firehouse Challenge. Firefighters send in your best Steak-umm Sliced Steaks recipe now through July 5 at www.firehousechallenge2014.com for a chance to win the $20,000 Grand Prize as well as other prizes for the firehouse. Rules at the Firehouse Challenge website.
Put your eggs in this basket!
Eggland’s Best announces the “Your Best Recipe” contest where one lucky in-home chef will win $10,000. Enter your best original recipes that call for a minimum of two whole EB eggs. Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to winners in Breakfast, Appetizer, Main Course and Dessert categories as well as Kid-Friendly and Fan Favorite. More information at www.egglandsbest.com/yourbestrecipe Deadline July 31.
Enjoy the Taste of Black Columbia during Black Expo Columbia, 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 16 at Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park. Live music, delicious food and the Crown Royal Black and CIROC Lounge. Tickets range from $65 to $150 and available through eventbrite.com more information at blackpagessouth.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 3-10:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.
Boil and Stir! Lowcountry Boil and Bartender Challenge. 11a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at City Roots. Come on out for a Lowcountry boil prepared by LowCo BBQ and Bourbon Columbia and enjoy live music, a cash bar and the bartender’s challenge. Sample and vote for your favorite cocktail from 1-3 p.m., there will be a judge’s winner and a popular choice. Limited tickets $35, available online only through eventbrite.com City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Hope Floats at Fresh Market
during the 20th anniversary sidewalk sale 11 a.m.-6 p.m. this weekend, May 16 through 18. Enjoy hot dogs, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes for $2 each to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All money raised goes to JDRF. Fresh Market is at Trenholm Plaza, 4840 Forest Drive, (803) 782-9100, www.thefreshmarket.com
Sip some cider:
Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery, near York, will be open for hard cider tastings weekends in 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.
The Upstate SC Farm Tour with 23 farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is June 7-8. Get tickets, $25 per vehicle (good for both days), at carolinafarmstewards.org
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.
Learn to be a BBQ Judge! South Carolina Barbecue Association (SCBA) Judging Seminar, 10 a.m-4 p.m. July 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia. Learn from SCBA founder Lake High. Cost $45 plus a yearly membership to SCBA, $35. Register by emailing Lake High at email@example.com or online at www.scbarbecue.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/75-join-us-4
Ritz-Carlton Charlotte’s Bar Cocoa Cooking Classes focus on springtime favorites taught by Pastry Sous Chef Jeanette Payne. May 31, Macarone: Chocolate, Red Velvet, Vanilla and Nutella. Register by calling (704) 547-2244. The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Bar Cocoa and the Cocoa Lab Kitchen are at 201 East Trade Street in Charlotte. www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte or www.barcocoacharlotte.com
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. May 25, edible plant walk; June 1, cob oven workshop. More information and registration at www.matthewkip.com
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; Summer Culinary Camps, June 16-20, Beginner basics; June 23-27, Around the World; July 7-10, Advanced Culinary; July 15-17, Gluten, Peanut, Seafood Free; July 29-31, The Art of the Soup, Salad and Sandwich Combination. For pricing and information, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking. Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, May 14, baking basics; May 15, Wrapped, Stuffed and Rolled workshop; May 16, couples Mediterranean; May 17, pasta; May 19, Berry Peachy; May 21, sunshine and seafood; May 23, bring on the Bourbon; May 24, Memorial Day cookout; May 28, picnic perfect; May 29, Italy meets the South; May 30, couples Mediterranean. 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. Wednesday and Friday, May 14 and 16, duck breast with cranberries and Port wine; May 20, Tarte Tatin and individual apple tarts; May 23, German white wine tasting; May 27, 28, creme brulee and blueberries flambe. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, May 16, couples TBA; May 20, Wild Women; May 28, ladies’ grilling class. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Details and registration at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450
Farmers in the Forest, Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot on Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through Oct. 29. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org, follow on Facebook
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo, www.irmofarmersmarket.com
Kershaw County Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 16, 631 W. DeKalb St., Camden, www.kcfarmersmarket.org
Lex ington Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 27, Lexington Square Park, 205 E. Main St.
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, Lake Carolina’s Town Center
Rosewood Market Farmers Market
, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Sandhills Farmers Market, 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 25 at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill
Soda City Marke
t, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com