A reader is looking for a recipe for bran muffins like the ones served at Fran’s restaurant along Forest Drive. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a similar recipe.
Got a dull blade? Take your dull kitchen knives and scissors to Mary & Martha’s Kitchen Shop 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m. today, June 25, to have them professionally sharpened. $2 per blade, $3 for scissors, done while you wait or for Friday pickup. Limit 10 knives, cash or check. Mary & Martha’s is at 4711 Forest Drive, (803) 787-6165, www.MaryandMarthaSC.com
Middleton Place Rum Stroll. Experience the natural beauty of the 273-year-old plantation and learn about the Charleston-Barbados connections through the Rum Stroll featuring a variety of light, dark and spiced rums. 6-8 p.m tonight, Wednesday, June 25. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at www.middletonplace.org or call (843) 556-6020.
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. Thursday, June 26 at Books on Broad, 944 Broad Street, Camden, www.booksonbroad.com
Sea to Table Dinner at City Roots 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Five courses featuring wine pairings with local seafood dishes prepared by chefs Travis Tayle of Rosso, Blake Faries of Saluda’s, Charley Scruggs of The Oak Table, Gordon E. Langston of Bourbon, Lou Hutto of LowCo Barbecue & Catering and Krisitan Niemi, chef/owner of Rosso and Bourbon. Tickets, $75 per person, available through eventbrite.com
It’s Funnel Cake Fridays at Cromer’s! Enjoy those platefuls of fried dough, along with corn dogs, SnoKones and fresh-squeezed lemonade, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday through the end of July. Cromer’s is located at 1700 Huger Street, (803) 779-2290, www.facebook.com/GuaranteedWorst
Greenville Brew Tours offers tours of breweries, an overview of the brewing processes and tastings of craft beers with a final stop at The Greenville Growler Station, a leading craft beer tavern in Greenville. Participating breweries include Thomas Creek, Brewery 85, Quest Brewing and Swamp Rabbit Brewery with occasional excursions to Asheville, N.C., Charlotte and Athens, Ga. Upcoming tour dates are Saturday, June 28 and July 12. Tickets $55 per person. Private tours available. Information and ticket reservations at greenvillebrewtours.com
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. The city of Columbia allows the keeping of four chickens, no roosters, with a permit and some restrictions.
Italian Wine Tasting at Gourmet Shop 6 p.m July 11. Italian wine specialist Lucas Rosin brings together a sampling of stunning Italian wines of multiple vintages from multiple vineyards, most from the Produttori del Barbaresco. $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Reservations suggested. Call (803) 799-9463 or online thegourmetshop.net
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
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 2-6:30 p.m. July 14. 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). Judging will take place July 15 with winners announced at the Festival. “Show Us Your Tomatoes” photo contest is your chance to show off your homegrowns. Submit your favorite original photos to email@example.com for a chance to win in the following categories: On the Vine, On the Plate or Tomatoes Unleashed. Photo entries accepted until noon on July 16. More information and event tickets at tastytomatofestival.com
Berry season has begun 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
Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: Second Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; 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
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Wednesday, June 25, CC! Tacqueria; Thursday, June 26 (9 a.m.-3 p.m), Teen Bootcamp (ages 13-16): Savory & Sweet Fundamentals; Friday, June 27, couples Hawaiian; Saturday, 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. Friday, June 27, pink sparkling wine tasting with trout and wild mushrooms; June 30, Provencal vegetable cake; July 1, duck/chicken liver mousse and calamari with beans; July 8, 11 and 12, Maryland soft shell crabs; July 14, Bastille Day wine tasting with roasted chicken. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, June 27, couples class; July 11, tapas; July 14, Bastille Day French class; kids’ summer camp: June 30-July 3, 9 a.m. to noon, Healthy Hands Cooking with Jan Pinnington. Kids ages 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.