Food & Drink

June 11, 2014

Cooks Calendar for June 4

Upstate Farm Tour, National Doughnut Day, Harvest Week, cooking contests, classes and more!

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It’s Harvest Week at Motor Supply through Sunday, June 15. Celebrate the farm-to-table experience with 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,

Ice Cream Social at Charleston Cooks! Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 14. See demonstration on how to make your own ice cream and taste some summertime flavors of ice cream and freeze pops. Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill Market, 702 Cross Hill Rd., (803) 509-8111,

Father ’s Day Cookout on the Patio at The Oak Table 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 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

Wine and Art Dinner at Loft 201 by Rosso 6:30 p.m. June 17. Celebrate the art of Herb Parker and Bo Bartlett and a reception and three-course meal by Rosso. $44 per person, limited seating. Call for reservation, (803) 787-3949. Loft 201 is at 701 Whaley St.

Speaking of Rosso, Lobster Mondays return June 16. Rosso is in Trenholm Plaza, 4840 Forest Drive, (803) 787-3949

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 and tickets at

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,

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 or email

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 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

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,

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 or online at

Cooking classes

Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: Second 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 Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email 915 Greene St., Suite 101

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, June 12, fish & shellfish; Friday, June 13, couples Hawaiian; June 16, Meatless Monday; June 18, Vietnam vacation; June 20, French summer; June 21, couples Hawaiian; June 24, grill master. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. June 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

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 basic kitchen skills and how to make healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and help out in the kitchen. $165 per student. Detailed listings at Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House at USC. Details and registration at or call (803) 777-4450

Market News

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, follow on Facebook

Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays through September, Carlisle Street, Irmo,

Kershaw County Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 16, 631 W. DeKalb St., Camden,

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

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

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Davis Field (Greene Street)


Steak-umm Firehouse Challenge. Firefighters send in your best Steak-umm Sliced Steaks recipe now through July 5 at 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 Deadline July 31.

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