Today, Oct. 1, is National Kale Day! Just sayin ’
Become a BBQ Judge!
The U.S. BBQ Association is offering inaugural Judge Training Course 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Exhibition Kitchen at the S.C. Farmers Market. Course cost $35 per person (includes one year annual membership to U.S. BBQ Association) and attendees have a chance to join the association as a lifelong Charter Member for $100 (regularly $390). Sign up at USBBQ.org
Speaking of ’Q: The BBQSuperStars World Championship Series
(BWCS) comes to the State Farmers Market on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4. Contestants from around the U.S., Canada, England, Australia and Russia will compete over the weekend. Specialty contests include Friday night Texas Chicken and Saturday afternoon Steak Championship. Regular Saturday competition includes chicken, ribs, pork shoulder, pork butts and whole hog and brisket. During the cooking, there will be a food truck rodeo and Harvest Hope Food Bank will be conducting a food drive and Epworth Children’s Home will raffle off a Rec Tec Grill. More information atwww.bbqsuperstars.com
Jamil Shriners Annual BBQ Cook-off
is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, sample anything but pork from the smokers and come back beginning 10 a.m. Saturday for BBQ! Live music Friday from JT Steele & The Hired Guns. Tickets $12 per person, $6 for ages 6 to 14. All net proceeds will support Shriners Hospital for Children. More information, (803) 772-9380
Chesterfield County Q-CUP Barbeque Championship
is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, at Cheraw State Park. The event is to help raise money for McArn Food Bank and to start a pet food bank for people and pets in need. Sanctioned by the South Carolina Barbeque Association. More information atwww.facebook.com/events/459977494132517
7th Annual Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament
is 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Enjoy great Italian food, a fresh market, live entertainment, a grape stomping contest and bocce tournament. Admission to festival is free, tickets will be available for food, beverages and select activities. Register to compete in the bocce tournament atosiacolumbiasc.org
Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown Newberry
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4 features a Biergarten with a selection of domestic and German beers, a Food Court with fare from local restaurants, Liver Nips Cook-off, Grow Newberry Farmers Market, live music and lots of fun for the family. More information,www.visitnewberrysc.com
Filson Bourbon Academy at 701 Whaley,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, is an eight-hour course aimed at increasing your knowledge and appreciation of Kentucky whiskey products. Led by The Filson’s bourbon historian and author Mike Veach, this seminar and tasting is supported by The Bourbon Review, Kentucky Distillers Association and 701 Whaley and hosted by Bourbon Columbia. Tickets $125, includes tasting and lunch, reservations must be made by Oct. 4 by calling The Filson at (502) 635-5083 or online atfilsonhistorical.org
Fall Harvest Week at Motor Supply
begins Oct. 7 with Tuesday’s Meet the Farmer Happy Hour and runs through Oct. 13. Enjoy a special menu of food (and cocktails) featuring local, sustainable ingredients. Reservations, (803) 256-6687 orwww.motorsupplycobistro.com
Two Gals and A Fork Food Tours
of Vista area restaurants and pubs, lead by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan. Join a tour or let them customize a culinary experience just for you. Check out these special tours:Oct. 8, Beer School 101
, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at World of Beer, tickets $25;Oct. 10, Historical Bites & Sites Vista Tour,
4:30-7 p.m. orOct. 11, Historical Brunch & Munch Vista Tour,
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Historic Columbia. tour guides features sampling of food and drinks from five of the top Vista restaurants, tickets $38. Information atwww.twogalsfoodtours.com
or call (803) 356-6809
Tenuta L’Impostino Wine Dinner a
t Rosso, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, will feature a four course Italian meal with wine pairings. $44 per person, call Rosso for reservations, (803) 787-3949. Rosso is in Trenholm Plaza, corner of Trenholm Road and Forest Drive.
Whiskey cocktails with The Professor
6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 9. Spend an evening with one of America’s foremost authorities on bourbon and American whiskeys, Bernie Lubbers, and enjoy cocktails and appetizers while learning about bourbon. Tickets $25 per person, available througheventbrite.com
. Hosted by Bourbon, the event will take place at First Citizens Cafe Courtyard at 1214 Main Street.
Holy Schnitzel! Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest
is Oct. 10-12. Enjoy authentic German food, beer and entertainment. Incarnation Lutheran Church at 3005 Devine Street, (803) 256-2381,www.incarnationlutheran.com
Sip and Savor Coca-Cola Life at Fresh Market
1-7 p.m. Oct. 11. Sample the new Coca-Cola Life, a reduced-calorie offering from Coke that is sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Only 60 calories per 8-ounce bottle. Fresh Market is in Trenholm Plaza, corner of Forest Drive and Trenholm Road, (803) 782-9100
Homestead cheesemakers Earle and Alice Boller host an open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11 atMiddle Sparrow Ranch
, 400 Ralph Lane Road, Timmonsville. Meet the cows, take a farm tour, see how the cheese is made and enjoy BBQ and cheese. More information atwww.middlesparrowranch.com
. See a link to our story atwww.thestate.com/2014/08/20/3629066/timmonsville-couple-become-scs.html?sp=/99/117/924/900/
Are you chicken?
Sustainable Midlands invites you to the first everTour de Coop Columbia
backyard chicken tour 1-5 p.m. Oct. 11. Learn about urban backyard coops and enjoy an after-tour party at Hay Hill Market along Bluff Road beginning at 5 p.m. (Currently, the city of Columbia allows the keeping of four chickens, no roosters, with a permit and some restrictions). More information and tickets atwww.sustainablemidlands.org
The third annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach
is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 11 waterfront at MarineMax, 130 Short St., Wrightsville Beach, NC. Enjoy over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths, live entertainment, a floating boat show and more. Tickets $65 (ages 21 and over) and $25 (under 21), VIP Package available for $250. Information atwww.wilmingtonbeaches.com
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 three-night, four-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 atthepieacademy.com/the-pie-academys-2014-lowcountry-pie-getaway
Oktoberfest Dinner and Beer Tasting at 116 State
will be 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Enjoy five courses of traditional German food paired with selections of Oktoberfest/Marzen beers. Family-style seating, polka music and local brews and produce will be featured. More info/tickets at eventbrite.com. 116 Espresso and Wine Bar is at 116 State St., West Columbia, (803) 791-5663,116state.com
Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery featuring traditional (kosher) Jewish foods and baked goods will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 North Trenholm Road. All foods purchases are a la carte, plan now for your feast.Pre-order deadline is Oct. 14
. Call (803) 782-2500
The Great American Whiskey Fair
will be Oct. 16 at 701 Whaley. Join distilling luminaries, small producers, bartenders and other enthusiasts for an evening of enjoyment of America’s distilled spirit. Food provided by Bourbon. Tickets $75 and $125 for VIP admission. General admission ticket includes Grand Hall tasting event, food, goodie bag and access to the Cigar Veranda. VIP tickets include early access to event, special goodie bag and complimentary cigar. Information and tickets atwww.experiencewhiskey.com
Bovinoche in the Midlands!
Jeff Bannister and crew bring their grilling gear to Tom Hall’s Magnolia Lodge, a 100 acre farm in Ridgeway, Oct. 18. Enjoy a roasted whole cow, a vertical tasting of goats (different ages), Anderson County vs New Zealand lamb, homemade chorizo, boudin and pigs prepared smoked and Cajun style. Craft beer, vodka samples from Columbia’s Copper Horse Distillery, wines from Rex Goliath and music by the Mustache Brothers and Blue Dogs. Tickets $30 per person in advance, $35 at gate, children 12 and under free with paying adult. Ticket price includes food. Beer and wine extra. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Barclay School for children with exceptional needs. Gates open at 2 p.m., camping spots available. Magnolia Lodge is at 631 Longtown Road, Ridgeway. More information atmagnolialodgellc.com
Fall Festival at McLeod Farms in McBee!
Just a short ride up the road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18. Horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin dessert contest, decorated pumpkin contest, Halloween costume contest, corn hole games, Pumpkin Chunkin’ and lots of activities for the kids. Check out the Frozen on the Farm corn maze. Mac’s Pride (McLeod Farms Roadside Market), 29247 SC Hwy 151, McBee, (843) 335-8611,www.macspride.com
Vote Mary for Sandwich Queen!
Columbia resident Mary L has been named a Top 12 finalist in the Arnold Bread America’s Better Sandwich Contest. Vote for Mary’s Tropical Chicken Salad on Nutty Arnold Bread to take home the $25,000 grand prize now through Oct. 17 atwww.AmericasBetterSandwich.com
. Winner will be announced on National Sandwich Day, Nov. 3.
Dining with Dogs is back!
Take your pooch toMr. Friendly’s
on Oct. 22 or toSolstice
on Oct. 21 and order for yourself from the regular dining menu while your pup enjoys a three-course meal made especially for them atPupcakes
. $12 per dog, call (803) 467-0171 or go towww.pupcakespetboutique.com
. Mr. Friendly’s is at 2001 Greene St., Solstice Kitchen is at 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane.
Southern Living SEC Tailgate Tour with Cobblestone Bread Co.
comes to town Nov. 1 when USC takes on the University of Tennessee. Check out live cooking demonstrations, food samples and photo booth and an opportunity to win $500 at the Southern Living tailgate set-up at the State Fairgrounds. Recipes available at cobblestonebreadco.com
The Savannah Food & Wine Festival
runs Nov. 10-16 with local and celebrity chefs and cookbook authors, winemakers, connoisseur dinners, one-of-a-kind culinary, spirits and wine experiences. Some of the chefs scheduled to attend include Hugh Acheson, Aason Deal, Lauren Teague, Virginia Willis and Anthony Lamas. Information and tickets atwww.savannahfoodandwinefestival.com
Columbia Food Tours,
owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, take you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the Capital City. Sign up for a tour, gathering at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia’s finest restaurants and sample items from the menu. Tours last 21/2 hours, rain or shine. More information and ticket reservations atwww.columbiafoodtours.com
Wednesday Wine Strolls are back at Middleton Place
through Oct. 29. Every Wednesday in October, from 6-8 p.m., enjoy a stroll through a different part of the gardens while sipping wine and specialty punch from Middleton Place Restaurant, tickets $20 per person, a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Chapter. The season closes out with the Masquerade Stroll, $40 per person. Members of Middleton Place Foundation receive 45 discount. Reserve your spot by calling (843) 556-6020 or visitwww.middletonplace.org
Tag your Frank’s RedHot photo and win a custom Tailgate Truck
. Now through Oct. 31, snap a photo of your favorite use of Frank’s RedHot sauce and post on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #iptsoe and you could win a customized Ford F-150 truck outfitted with a barbecue grill, refrigerator, TV, custom rims and sound system. Details atwww.franksredhot.com
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 atgreenvillebrewtours.com
Cooking with Chef Marion at Ballentine Park. Learn how to create healthy meals that really taste good 10 a.m.-1 pm. Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. Each class is $25 and includes all supplies. Register at Ballentine Park, 1009 Bickley Road, (803) 781-2031 or email Chef Marion at email@example.com
Clemson Extension agent Nancy Harrison teaches you how to preserve your favorite foods using a pressure cooker or water bath. Class is scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lexington Extension office at 605 West Main St., Lexington. $30 per person (make checks to Clemson Extension Services), canning materials provided, bring your lunch. Contact/send checks to Nancy Harrsion, P.O. Box 161, St. Matthews, SC, 29135; (803) 874-2354, ext. 113; firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming classes include: An Evening with Mrs. Pastides, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8, $40; Healthy Habits for a Fantastic Fall with Lere Robinson, a series of Thursday evening classes beginning Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, $35 per class, $210 for series with discounts available for students, seniors and military. For information, seehttp://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, Oct. 1, fish and shellfish; Oct. 3, couples night; Oct. 4, Fall brunch; Oct. 8, baking basics; Oct. 9, gluten-free seasonal favorites; Oct. 10, couples night; Oct. 11, seafood 101; Oct. 12, flavors of India; Oct. 13, Octoberfest. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 orwww.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes atFleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute
. Thursday, Oct. 2, Edisto shrimp, poached pears and pork; Oct. 14, Kobe beef; Oct. 28 and 31, Marrakesh chicken tagine. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 orfleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events:
Oct. 12, Kids Healthy Hands Cooking Class (register at www.healthyhandscooking.com/instructor/janpinnington ); Oct. 14, Anniversary class; Oct. 16, dishes from Piedmont Italy; Oct. 17, tapas. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef du jour classes (9 a.m.-1 p.m.):
Saturday, Oct. 4, Pickling 101; Nov. 8, Pie making 101; Dec. 6, holiday candies.Wine classes (6:30-9:30 p.m.):
Nov. 11, Burgundy wines; Dec. 2, rare wines. Registration athttp://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 Oct. 29, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood
Kershaw County Farmers Market,
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 16, 631 W. DeKalb St., Camden, www.kcfarmersmarket.org
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