Farm to Trunk Wine Events 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17 at City Roots. Stock up on wines for the holidays, by the bottle or by the case. Tickets $20, available at www.eventbrite.com City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd in Rosewood.
GIN! Join chef/restauranteur/mixologist Kristian Niemi, from Bourbon and Rosso Trattoria, and St. George Spirits 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. Thursday, Nov. 20, at LOFT 201 at 701 Whaley. Tickets, $30 per person (must be 21 years of age), available through www.eventbrite.com
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Wine & Dine at Vista Lights Thursday, Nov. 20. Check out some of these amazing food deals while shopping and getting in the holiday mood: M Grille, free shot of premium sake with purchase of sushi; Ristorante Divino, tiramisu brownies; Longhorn Steakhouse, free hot chocolate and s’mores; Blue Marlin, samples of shrimp and grits; Art Bar, kimchi burgers, Korean wings and jopchae samples; The Peanut Man, pralines, and spiced nuts; Cupcake, hot chocolate cupcakes; drink specials at The Woody, Social, Mellow Mushroom, Wild Wing Cafe, Tin Roof, Wet Willie’s and Carolina Ale House and River Rat Brewery team up to present the King Rat (Hazelnut Brown Ale with Jack Daniels Fire). Also, Copper Horse Distilling will be open for tours and tastings, 929 Huger St.
The 18th Annual SC Oyster Festival will be noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 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 st eventbrite.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 at www.chitlinstrut.com
Buy, Eat and Experience Local this holiday season with Sustainable Midlands’ Holiday Market, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at 701 Whaley. A $5 donation at the door gets you free food samples from WholeFoods, Spotted Salamander, Rosewood Market, The Oak Table and Tazza Kitchen. Cash bar supplied by The Whig. Over 40 local artisans. More information at www.sustainablemidlands.org
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. Tickets and information, www.twogalsfoodtours.com or (803) 260-7992 or (803) 356-3609. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
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 at www.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 at greenvillebrewtours.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 online at www.worldbeerfestival.com and at Green’s and Morganelli’s locations.
Healthy Ideas for Better Eating classes at Seven Oaks Park. Choose between 10:15 a.m-noon or 6:15-8 p.m. Dec. 8. Learn to boost energy, get better looking skin and sleep better, all with food straight from your pantry. Tickets $10. Call to register (803) 772-3336. Seven Oaks Park is located at 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia.
Midlands Tech Harbison Campus. 7300 College St., Irmo. Upcoming classes: 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
Columbia’s Cooking! 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, 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. Wednesday, Nov. 19, Thanksgiving desserts; Thursday, Nov. 20, risotto and gnocchi; Friday, Nov. 21, couples cozy by the fire; Nov. 24, roasting & braising; Nov. 25, apples; Nov. 28, CC! Food Truck. 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, 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 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Nov. 20, Vista Lights; Friday, Nov. 21, Italian small plates; Saturday, 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 at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450