Cookbooks and more at Nest for First Thursday! Patricia Moore-Pastides will be signing copies of her cookbook “Greek Revival” 6-9 p.m. at Nest, along with authors John Warley and Ron Rash. Nest is located at the corner of Main and Hampton streets.
Farm to Trunk Wine Events 6-9 p.m. 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.
Plans for New Years? Consider joining the Jamil Beachcombers celebration starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Jamil Shrine Center. Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door, includes dinner at 7 p.m., party favors, champagne and continental breakfast. Dance the night away with music by the Jamil Beachcomber’s DJ. Email ticket requests to Marie Kiesel at email@example.com
Is it pronounced “pe-can” or “peh-cahn”? Young Plantations holiday locations, specializing in premium pecan gifts, are open in the following locations: 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 along 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. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Snack & Learn Healthy, Fit & Frugal, $15. Register by calling (803) 732-0432 or www.midlandstech.edu/cce
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Friday, Dec. 5, couples holiday celebration; Saturday, Dec. 6, Gingerbread houses for all ages; Dec. 9, wholesome holiday cooking with Rosewood Market; Dec. 10, Thai; Dec. 12, holiday party food; Dec. 13, Gingerbread houses; Dec. 17, holiday traditions from around the world; Dec. 18, healthy holiday entertaining with Jamie Scott Fitness; Dec. 19, show-stopping mains; Dec. 20, holiday brunch; Dec. 22, gingerbread houses; Dec. 23, white Christmas. 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, Dec. 5, Champagne tasting with cod in champagne sauce; Dec. 8 & 9, Oysters Rockefeller and Clams St. Tropez; Dec. 15 & 16, beef stroganoff; Dec. 22 & 23, onion soup and Maine lobster bisque; Dec. 27 & 29, lobster bouillabaisse. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, Dec. 5, tapas; Dec. 16, Wild Women; Dec. 22, build a lasagne; Dec. 23, Artichoke Club Cook Book Exchange. 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, Dec. 6, holiday candies; Feb. 7, quick breads; Feb. 14, Chocolate 101; Feb. 21, Essential techniques: Saute; March 21, basic sauces; April 4, basic knife skills; April 25, sausages. Wine classses: Jan. 27, Italian wines; Feb. 24, wines of Chile and Argentina; March 17, 10 for $20; March 31, Dinner with Conquest Brewery; April 14, wines of Australia and New Zealand; April 28, wines of Oregon Holiday Wine Appreciation Celebration, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Culinary Institute Certification: a year-long series of classes designed to support your success by including lectures and hands-on application of each skill set. Classes begin March 24 with graduation on March 14, 2015. Registration for all classes at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450