Is it pronounced “pe-can” or “peh-cahn”? Young Plantations holiday locations, specializing in premium pecan gifts, will be opening in the following locations in early November: Columbiana Center in Columbia, Haywood Mall in Greenville, Mount Pleasant Towne Center, Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach, Magnolia Mall in Florence and South Park Mall in Charlotte. The stores will operate through the end of December and will carry a variety of gourmet baskets, cheese biscuits, confections and pecan treats. The year-round store is located on S.C. 54 at I-95. (800) 729-8004 www.youngplantations.com
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours,
led by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan, take you on a 2.5 hour walking tour of the Vista, visiting five of the area’s top restaurants and pubs. Upcoming specialty tours: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., Beer 101 at World of Beer; Saturday, Nov. 15, choose 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. for a walk with guides from Historic Columbia. Tickets and information,
or (803) 260-7992 or (803) 356-3609. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
St. Nicholas BBQFest
in Conway begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Riverfront Park, Conway. This SC BBQ Association-sanctioned event features “The War Between the States” (SC/NC) to see who has the best BBQ. $10 ticket gives you 10 samples of BBQ, proceeds support local community service organizations. More information at
Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery featuring traditional (kosher) Jewish foods and baked goods will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. All foods purchases are a la carte, plan for your feast now. More information, call (803) 782-2500 or go towww.bethshalomcolumbia.org
Thankful for Chocolate Event and Bake Sale
noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Crescent Cacao featuring local and statewide chefs, chocolatiers and bakers offering a wide range of holiday treats for sale and ordering. Participants include The Island Fudge Shoppe, Crepes & Croissants, Let’s Cook Culinary, Evolution Through Chocolate, K&K Gourmet Sweets, Grey Ghost Bakery, Goddess of Truffles, Main Street Bakery and Silver Spoon Bake Shop. Crescent Cacao is located at 3015 Millwood Avenue.
Join chef/restauranteur/mixologist Kristian Niemi, from Bourbon and Rosso Trattoria, and St. George Sprorts brand ambassador Lindy Colburn for a fun and educational class featuring St. George Spirits. Hands-on instructions on how to mix your own cocktails 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at LOFT 201 at 701 Whaley. Tickets, $30 per person (must be 21 years of age), available throughwww.eventbrite.com
The 18th Annual SC Oyster Festival
will be noon-6 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 at gate, kids 12 and under free, available at Robert Mills House Gift Shop, PEARLZ oyster bar and steventbrite.com
. Enjoy live music, fresh food and oysters. Proceeds benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. Bring chairs and blankets, no coolers.
Did someone say chitlins? The 49th Annual Chitlin Strut
is Nov. 29 and 30 at 230 Pine Street NW in Salley. Start with the Chitlin Strut Idol contest and Pro Wrestling on Nov. 29. Then enjoy a full day of food and fun Nov. 30, beginning with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at Dean Swamp Masonic Lodge and chitlin plates on sale beginning at 8 a.m.. The parade is at 10 a.m. and an afternoon of live music and more is scheduled. Information atwww.chitlinstrut.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
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
World Beer Festival returns
Jan. 17 to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Last year, at least 10 new breweries opened in South Carolina. The World Beer Festival will highlight these along with national and international breweries and feature specialty cheese and beer pairings, beer education seminars ... and the return of the silent disco experience. General admission tickets are $40 (includes tasting glass and unlimited 2-ounce tastings); VIP admission is $75 (private hospitality area, private bathrooms, bonus selection of beers and 3-issue subscription to All About Beer Magazine).Tickets are available now
and at Green’s and Morganelli’s locations.
Midlands Tech Harbison Campus. 7300 College St., Irmo. Upcoming classes: Nov. 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Fitness, Food & Losing Weight, $29; Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., Eating Gluten-Free, $39; Dec. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Snack & Learn Healthy, Fit & Frugal, $15. Register by calling (803) 732-0432 or www.midlandstech.edu/cce
Upcoming classes: Healthy Habits for a Fantastic Fall with Lere Robinson, a series of Thursday evening classes through Nov. 20, $35 per class 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.
Thursday, Nov. 13, Chinese dinner party; Nov. 19, Thanksgiving desserts; Nov. 24, roasting & braising; Nov. 25, apples; Nov. 28, CC! Food Truck. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 orwww.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes atFleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute
. Friday, Nov. 14, rabbit hunter-style; Nov. 17 & 18, Nordic seafood shepherd’s pie; Nov. 21, Beaujolais Nouveau celebration with coq au vin; Nov. 25 & 28, saddle of lamb ; Dec. 2 Burgundy-style veal cheeks stew; Dec. 5, Champagne tasting with cod in champagne sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 orfleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events:
Thursday, Nov. 13, fresh pasta; Friday, Nov. 14, couples Lowcountry meal; Nov. 18, Wild Women; Nov. 20, Vista Lights; Nov. 21, Italian small plates; Nov. 22, Art Class: Pet portraits; Nov. 25, pies; Nov. 28, couples raviolis; Dec 2, Chocolate Adventure Series with Pastry Chef Patrick Duggan ($45 per class or $120 for 3-part series); Dec. 7, Healthy Hands Cooking desserts. 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.):
Dec. 6, holiday candies.Wine classes (6:30-9:30 p.m.):
Dec. 2, rare wines. Registration athttp://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house
or call (803) 777-4450