Food & Drink

July 9, 2014

Cook’s Calendar for July 9

Wine tastings, BBQ, McBee Peach Festival, cooking classes and more


July is National Ice Cream Month!

Raise those fruity glasses, the classic Pina Colada recipe turns 60! Just in time for National Pina Colada Day (really) on Thursday, July 10, Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton shares their original recipe from 1954, created by bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. The hotel will also kick off a year-long celebration on Aug. 16 with a Pina Colada Festival, mixology classes and more. See fro details.

The Original Pina Colada

Makes one 12-ounce drink

2 ounces white rum

1 ounce coconut cream

1 ounce heavy cream

6 ounces fresh pineapple juice

1/2 cup crushed ice

Blend together the rum, coconut cream, heavy cream and pineapple juice. Add crushed ice and blend until smooth, serve in a 12-ounce glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

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,

Italian Wine Tasting at Gourmet Shop 6 p.m Friday, 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

Mac’s Pride Peach Festival is Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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 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 at 3p.m. Sunday, July 13 at Holy City Brewery in Charleston. John Lewis of La Barbecue in Austin, Texas, and Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway will compete, preparing whole hog, certified Angus Beef brisket, beef ribs 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 Holy City Brewery is located at 4155 Dorchester Road, Charleston.

Happening at Mary & Martha’s: July 18 and 19, Harvest Hope Food Drive and Demonstration Day: Check out several new tools as Bev makes avacado dip. The first 12 people to bring in 5 cans for Harvest Hope to the demonstrations (at noon July 18; 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. July 19) get a free gift. Cookbook Exchange July 24-26: Tables will be set up to donate and swap cookbooks during business hours. Mary & Martha’s is located at 4711 Forest Drive, (803) 787-6165,

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 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

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

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 City Roots is located at 1005 Airport Blvd.

Arts&Draughts at Columbia Museum of Art, 7-11 p.m August 1. Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, live music, unique tours through the CMA collection and more. $8 public, $5 CMA members, join or renew your membership and get in free. Columbia Museum of Art is at Main and Hampton streets, (803) 799-2810,

Get in touch with your Animal Instinct during a champagne reception with artist Shelly Reed 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 10. Reed will give a private tour and gallery talk through the exhibition of her work, followed by a champagne toast and reception. Beer and wine cash bar available. $35 CMA members only, reserve a spot on the tour by August 8. Columbia Museum of Art is at Main and Hampton streets, (803) 799-2810,

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

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 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

Cooking classes

Columbia’s Cooking! Upcoming classes include: Second Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+; 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. Wednesday, July 9, US road trip; Thursday, July 10, summer wine workshop; Friday, July 11 and 18, couples Sicilian; Saturday, 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

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Saturday, July 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, 1-pound boneless pork chop, bistro style. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, 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 Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House at USC. 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

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,

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)


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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