A reader is looking for a recipe for bran muffins like the ones served at Fran’s restaurant on Forest Drive. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a similar recipe.
Are you chicken? Sustainable Midlands is looking for folks to participate in the first ever Tour de Coop Columbia backyard chicken tour planned for October. If you are interested in helping or having your coop on the tour, contact Ryan Nevius at email@example.com. At present the city of Columbia will allow the keeping of four chickens, no roosters, with a permit and some restrictions.
Feeling crabby? Head out to Saluda Shoals Saturday, June 21, for the 4th Annual Southeast Crab Festival from 4-7 p.m. Ticket gives access to an all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring blue crabs, Lowcountry Boil (shrimp, potatoes, vorn and beef sausage), live music and fun for the family. Bring a lawn chair, your favorite dipping sauces and mallet for smashing crabs. No coolers or alcoholic beverages. Tickets, $20 in advance, $29 day of event, $12.50 kids ages 4-12, available through eventbrite.com. More information at www.southeastcrabfeast.com
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.-4 p.m. Saturday, 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
Frankenfood: Genius or just gross? Spike TV lauches a search to find the next food craze with back-to-back episodes of “Frankenfood” starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 22. The premise: amateur chefs mix “outrageous and unexpected ingredients to create new delicious and unique flavors.” Highlighted dishes include triple-decker pastrami donut sandwich, fried PB&J fish sticks, gyro egg rolls and cheesecake burgers. Spike TV is Time Warner Cable channel 64 (HD channel 116).
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.
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 tastytomatofestival.com
Berry season begins at Perdeaux Fruit Farm with blackberries and black raspberries ripening now. 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. 11 near Travelers Rest, (864) 895-0608, http://carolinafarmers.com/perdue
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: Second Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; 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
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, June 18, Vietnam vacation; June 20, French summer; June 21, couples Hawaiian; June 24, grill master; June 25, CC! Tacqueria; June 26 (9 a.m.-3 p.m), Teen Bootcamp (ages 13-16): Savory & Sweet Fundamentals; June 27, couples Hawaiian; June 28, fish fry; June 30 through July 3 (8:30 a.m.-noon), Kids All-American Culinary Camp (ages 8-12); June 30, Amalfi coast. 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 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; June 30, Provencal vegetable cake; July 8, 11 and 12, Maryland soft shell crabs. 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 basic kitchen skills and how to make healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. $165 per student. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. 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
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Davis Field (Greene Street) www.sa.sc.edu/healthy%20carolina/farmersmarket
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.