July is National Ice Cream Month!
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
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Just in time for the Fourth, Bojangles turns its Bo-Berry Biscuits red, white and blue and sells them two for 99 cents through July 20. The traditional Bo-Berry biscuit is topped with a generous amount of sweet icing and come individually or by the half-dozen at participating Midlands Bojangles’ locations.
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
Mac’s Pride Peach Festival is July 12. Enjoy fresh peaches and peach-related treats, including Peach Enchiladas, local entertainment, tours and loads of family fun at McLeod Farms, 29247 SC 151, McBee, (843) 335-8611.
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
Who’s Q is better? Texas or SC? The Charleston Borwn Water Society and Charleston City Paper hosts the 2014 SC-TX BBQ Invitational beginning 3p.m. July 13 at Holy City Brewery in Charleston. John Lewis of La Barbecue in Austin, TX, and Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway will compete, preparing whole hog, Bertified Angus Beef brisket, beef riba and sausage. Gullah chef BJ Dennis will serve sides and beverages will be available from Holy City Brewery, Shiner Bock, King of Pops, 6 & 20 Distillers, Charleston Distillery, High Wire Distilling Co. and Striped Pig Distillery. Tickets $50 per person and available at http://charleston.strangertickets.com/events/16241038/2014-sc-tx-bbq-invitational. Holy City Brewery is located ar 4155 Dorchester Road, Charleston.
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
The Palmetto Palate, an event fundraiser for Friends of the Farm Bureau Political Action Committee, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. July 24 at 701 Whaley. Enjoy an evening of great food and a silent auction of unique S.C. items. Participating restaurants include 2 Fat 2 Fly, Aberdeen Catering, Blue Marlin, Bourbon, Juniper, Let’s Cook, Oak Table, Rosso, Saluda’s, Silver Spoon Bakery, Terra and The Farmer’s Shed. Tickets $50 per person and available through eventbrite.com
HOT TICKET: July Harvest Dinner, July 28 at City Roots. If you’ve never been, check it out: following an opening cocktail, resident chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle prepare a four-course meal of the freshest local ingredients, each dish paired with wine. With summer fruits and veggies ripening, July and August should be fantastic times for a meal on the farm. Tickets and details at eventbrite.com. City Roots is located at 1005 Airport Blvd.
Greenville Brew Tours offers Saturday 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. Tickets $55 per person. Private tours available. Information , schedule 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The city of Columbia allows the keeping of four chickens, no roosters, with a permit and some restrictions.
My, I DO like pie! The Pie Academy, an online community of passionate pie makers is sponsoring a fall Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Savannah, Oct. 12-13. The 3-night, 4-day getaway will feature hands-on instruction by best-selling cookbook author Ken Haedrich, accommodations at the Marmaduke Hamilton Estate in the Historic District, most meals, trolley tours and special treats. Pricing and information at thepieacademy.com/the-pie-academys-2014-lowcountry-pie-getaway
Speaking of Savannah... James Beard award-winning chef and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson has opened The Florence, an Italian kitchen and cafe featuring local seafood, pasta and pizza that is baked in a Stefano Ferrara hand-built brick oven. Helmed by Executive Chef Kyle Jacovino, The Florence will also have a rooftop patio and biergarten. The Florence is located at 1 West Victory Drive, Savannah, (912) 234-5522, theflorencesavannah.com
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 email@example.com. 915 Greene St., Suite 101
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, July 3, Fourth of July cookout; July 9, US road trip; July 10, summer wine workshop; July 11 and 18, couples Sicilian; July 12, Southern beach party; July 14-17 (8:30 a.m. - noon), Kids Baking Workshop; July 14, French technique; July 16, Charleston Cooks! Food Truck; July 17, tasty tomatoes from Humble Farms; July 19, summer spices. 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. July 8, 11 and 12, Maryland soft shell crabs; July 14, Bastille Day wine tasting with roasted chicken; July 18, 9, fillet of pork Oskar style (crabmeat, bernaise, asparagus); July 22, 25, tuna Nicoise; July 29, August 1, one-pound boneless pork chop, bistro style. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: July 11, tapas; July 14, Bastille Day French class; July 18, couples; July 21, test drive a Tec Grill; July 22, Wild Women; July 23, grilling with Chef Platt; July 25, couples. 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
Blythewood Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 23, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood
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.