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 all 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.
Father ’s Day Cookout on the Patio at The Oak Table 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15. Enjoy a menu featuring fried chicken, pulled pork, house ground burgers, chorizo sausage, smoked brisket tacos and your choice from five sides and three dessert options. Beer from River Rat Brewery and honey-basil soda from Cannonborough Beverage Company will be on tap. $32 for adults, $16 for children 12 and under (plus tax and gratuity). For reservations, call The Oak Table, 1221 Main Street, (803) 563-5066
Nurture those ’maters now! Get ready for the Tasty Tomato Festival 4-9 p.m. July 19 at City Roots. The Tasty Tomato Contest is actually July 15. Growers need to drop off ripe and ready-to-taste tomatoes at 701 Whaley Street between 4-6 p.m. July 14 or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15. Categories this year include: Big Red, Big Yellow, Purple, Unusual (striped, rare variety, etc.), Small Red, Small Other, Best tomato grown in a School or Community Garden, best tomato grown by a child (12 or under). Information at tastytomatofestival.com
Join the Belmont Bash at Julep’s Bistro beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7. This is the final event in their ‘Race for the Triple Crown’ series and there is a contest for the best dressed and best hat for those who don Race Day apparel. Julep’s Bistro is at 120 Sparleberry Crossing, (803) 419-7200
Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival runs through Sunday, June 8, in Myrtle Beach. Feast during this festival that includes Myrtle Beach Restaurant Week, Tasting Trolley Tour and Tasting Tents (tours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 7, from Myrtle Beach Convention Center), craft brews at Brews ‘N in Blvd Craft Beer Event (5-9 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Plyer Park). Information and link to tickets at CoastalUncorked.com
Mark your calendar: National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 6! Stop by any participating Krispy Kreme location and get ONE free doughnut, any variety; OR dash in to participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations and get a free doughnut with any beverage purchase.
High on the Hog BBQ contest, Friday and Saturday, June 6-7 at White Hall Plantation, 10 Harborview Circle, Beaufort. Pre-order whole Boston Butts: $32 by June 3. Event tickets $15 per person, $14 for military; proceeds go to LowCountry Habitat for Humanity. Details at highonthehogbeaufort.com
The Upstate SC Farm Tour with 23 farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Laurens and Greenwood counties is Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8. Get tickets, $25 per vehicle (good for both days), at carolinafarmstewards.org
Harvest Week at Motor Supply June 10-15. Celebrate the farm-to-table experience with Meet the Farmer (and new Executive Chef Wesley Fulmer) Happy Hour 5:30-7 p.m. June 10 and exciting menus and special cocktails throughout the week that highlight the freshest local ingredients. Motor Supply Co. Bistro is at 920 Gervais St., (803) 256-6687, www.motorsupplycobistro.com
Berry season begins at Perdeaux Fruit Farm with blackberries and black raspberries ripening for the opening of the retail market June 12. Toward the end of June, expect apricots, plums and some early peach varieties to come in. Perdeaux will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until July 3 when the hours will change to be open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays) during peach season and on through mid-November for apples. Located at 2400 S.C. Hwy 11 near Travelers Rest, (864) 895-0608, http://carolinafarmers.com/perdue
A Garden Party at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 17 hosted by Rotary Club of the Vista as a fundraiser for Hidden Wounds, a local charity whose mission is to help heroes battle the invisible war at home. Enjoy great food, wine and beer, door prizes and a silent auction featuring an autographed guitar from Jimmy Buffett. Tickets $50 per person, call (803) 413-0446 oe email email@example.com.
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 from the pros: Carolina Outdoor Cooking presents Backyard Cooking 101. Learn how to make smoked prime rib, baby back ribs, chicken, cedar planked salmon, seasonal veggies and dessert on the grill 10 a.m.-4p.m. June 21 at Project Hope Soup Kitchen, 525 S. Academy St. in Greenville. $175 per person includes lunch and all day samplings. Register at www.carolinaoutdoorcooking.com
Cookbook signing ... Drink the Harvest: Making and Preserving Juices, Wines, Meads, Teas and Ciders by Nan K. Chase and DeNeice C. Guest 5:30-7 p.m. June 26 at Books on Broad, 944 Broad Street, Camden, www.booksonbroad.com
Become 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.scbarbecue.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/75-join-us-4
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 email@example.com. 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Tiny TasteBuds cooking classes for children ages 3-5 years at EdVenture.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, June 4, tapas, paella and sangria; Thursday, June 5, gluten-free with Jamie Scott Fitness; Friday, June 6, summer porch supper; Saturday, June 7, market fresh; June 10, easy weeknight meals; June 12, fish & shellfish; June 13, couples Hawaiian; June 15, cooking with Dad. 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. June 10 and 13, venison in a Grand Veneur sauce; June 17 and 20, 30 minute meal; June 24 and July 1, duck/chicken liver mousse and calamari with beans; June 27, pink sparkling wine tasting with trout and wild mushrooms. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: June 20, tapas; June 24, Wild Women, June 27, couples class; Kids’ summer camp: June 30-July 3, 9 a.m. to noon, Healthy Hands Cooking with Jan Pinnington. Kids age 9-13 learn to basic kitchen skills and how to make healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and help out in the kitchen. $165 per student. 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 along 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
Lexington 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 Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com