Gourmet Shop hosts Leoville Poyferre tasting event with J.P. Chambas 6 p.m. Thursday. Taste the 1997, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages of Chateau Leoville Poyferre Saint Julien. $50 per person, reserve space online at http://www.thegourmetshop.net/tastings or by calling (803) 799-3705. Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Ave. in Five Points.
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Slow Food Upstate brings culinary author Jessica B. Harris to Greenville this weekend. Harris has a Ph.D. from NYU, is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and has spoken-about the food of African Americans on “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” She will speak 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sterling Community Center (113 Minus St. in Greenville) on the topic of “The Healing Table: Using the meal as a way to heal the family.” This event is free and open to the public. On Sunday, hear Harris talk during the 6 p.m. Garden Party and Dinner fund-raiser for Slow Food Upstate on the topic of “Same Boat, Different Stops,” an African-American culinary journey examining the uses of African food plants and the influence on the food-ways of the American South. The dinner will feature a meal based on foods that made the journey, including okra, watermelon, eggplant, sorghum, Tunis lamb, Sea Island red peas and Carolina Gold rice. Dinner tickets $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers, available at slowfoodusa.org/local (choose SC Upstate).
Wine on the River, a Women of Hope sponsored benefit event for Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund, will be 7-10 p.m. Aug. 25 at the West Columbia Riverwalk. Village Store in Lexington will supply the wine and there will be food from Salsarita’s, Dupre Ctering, Ruby Tuesday, Village Catering, Alodia’s and Cafe Strudel. Jim LeBlanc will perform. Tickets $25 in advance, $35 at gate, can be purchased through (803) 791-2540 or lmcfoundation.com
Gourmet Shop Burgundy 2010 tasting with Walter Sagera. Premier and Grand Cru wines from the 2010 vintage: whites from William Fevre and reds from Bouchard Pere et Fils. 6 p.m. Aug. 31, $35 in advance, $40 day of event. (803) 799-9463, reserve space online at http://www.thegourmetshop.net/tastings. Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Ave. in Five Points.
Healthier cooking classes, a joint venture of Food Wisdom LLC and Let’s Cook Culinary Studio, begin Aug. 28 and 29. Chef, author and educator Roxanne Koteles-Smith will present methods of gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and natural organic cooking. Registering in advance insures a spot in this new cooking series. $55 per person, information and registration, email@example.com
Sign up now for the fall harvest at Pinckney’s Produce. Provided by Rest Park Farm, an 800-acre family-run farm in Beaufort, the 12-week season starts Sept. 11 and runs through Dec. 7. Deadline for sign-up is Aug. 31. Share sizes available in small, medium, large and extra large and there will be drop-off points in the Lowcountry and Midlands. More information or sign up at (843) 321-8344, pinckneysproduce.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel to Wine Country, in North Carolina. The first ever Sip Trip chartered tour through North Carolina wine country is scheduled for Oct. 13-14. Starting in Clemmons, N.C., the trip includes an overnight stay at a hotel and tour of five local vineyards, barbecue lunch, Italian dinner and continental breakfast, commemorative T-shirt, tote and a N.C. Vine Card Wine Country Pass that can be used at more than 40 wineries and wine-related businesses in North Carolina. Packages start at $165 per guest. More information or reserve your space at visitncwinecountry.com/sip-trip-2012
Early bird tickets on sale now for the Sustainable Agriculture Conference on Oct 26-28 in Greenville. A weekend packed with workshops, farm tours and hands-on classes focusing on sustainable farming methods, community gardening, food policy activism, a whole track for beginning farmers and specialty classes on topics such as permaculture, farm marketing, organic beekeeping, livestock, aquaponics and more. Early bird rates good through today, more information, schedule at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events
Growing Food & Opportunities in S.C.: Economic & Community Development through Healthy Food Access is a workshop hosted by the S.C. Food Policy Council, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 25, which will focus on exploring the challenges and opportunities leading to the decrease in food deserts in the state. Food deserts are areas (urban and rural) where access to fresh fruit and vegetables are limited. The goal of the workshop is to create a written set of guiding principles and recommendations (including economic, environmental, food distribution and health aspects) for conquering food deserts and providing economic growth opportunities in South Carolina. Workshop is free, more information at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events
Get healthy Girlfriends! The Women’s Club of the Midlands presents a morning of healthy cooking classes and presentations at the State Farmers Market Sept. 29. Classes start at 10 a.m. and include “Green Goodness” with Donna Bundrick, W.P. Rawl & Sons; “Cancer-proof Your Life” with Certified Health Coach Cindy Schwalb; a cooking demonstration by Henry’s Restaurant; Zumba demonstration and comedienne Cheri Nettles. Information at scfarmersmarket.com
The Southern Living Taste of Charleston is set for Sept. 28-30. This three-day celebration of Lowcountry cuisine, co-hosted by Southern Living Magazine and the Charleston Restaurant Association, will include an Iron Chef Competition featuring some of the best local chefs on Sept. 28; Sweet and Southern on Shem Creek, a singer/songwriter showcase, on Sept. 29; Dine Around, special prix fix menus at participating Charleston-area restaurants, Sept. 28 and 29; and the main Taste of Charleston event at Boone Hall Plantation on Mount Pleasant on Sept. 30.
Bubbie needs you! Cooks and bakers are needed for traditional Jewish foods for Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery event at Beth Shalom Synagogue on Nov. 18. Showcase your special recipe or help out behind the scenes. Contact Terri Hodges, (803) 331-5643, Terri.Hodges@PalmettoHealth.org or Suzi Stark, (803) 799-1987, email@example.com
Lake Carolina Wine & Food Festival is set for Oct. 13. Enjoy the area’s best cuisine and wine samplings with proceeds from ticket sales and donations to benefit Children’s Charities of the Midlands. More information at http://www.lakecarolina.com
August is Farmers Market Month and National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6-11. Come out and support your local farmers.
Sandhills Farmers Market along Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, is open 2-7 p.m. every Tuesday through November. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. Information at http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill or (803) 699-3719, (803) 788-5700
Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greene Street in front of the Russell House at USC Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Vista Guild Farmers Market 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Lincoln Street in front of Blue Marlin Restaurant
Farmers in the Forest, the Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall, is open 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays through October.
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina is open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center.
All-Local Farmers Market Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, 701 Whaley St.
First Market at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 2351 Gervais St.
Town of Lexington Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27 at 206 N. Church St.
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Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, Saturday, , crackling salmon; Monday, Tuesday, cold soups; Aug. 24, wine tasting; Aug. 28, 30 and 31, beef Wellington. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, hands-on pasta; Friday, couples cooking; Monday, Eye on Food with Chef Larry Platt; Aug. 28, Wild Women; Aug. 28 & 29, Food Wisdom LLC presents gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and organic cooking methods. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps.csg.sc .edu/McCutchen.