Got the best ’Q? Barbecue teams are wanted for the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s Smokin’ at the Market Commissioners Cup BBQ Cook Off March 22-23 at the State Farmers Market. Sanctioned by Southern BBQ Network, categories include Anything Butt, Butts, Pork Ribs, Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Sign up at http://agriculture.sc.gov/commissionerscupcookoff or email Jackie Moore at email@example.com
The seventh Annual Man-O-Manishewitz Cook-Off is seeking entries for a chance to win $25,000 grand prize package including Maytag appliances, cash, an expense-paid trip and crystal trophy. Deadline is Monday. To enter, log on to www.manischewitz.com and click on the Cook-Off banner to submit your recipe.
The 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off is now accepting entries. For the first time, America will vote to determine all 100 finalists. Participants now have three chances to enter and win. Grand Prize winner receives $1 million and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Information and registration at BakeOff.com
30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks healthy recipes from home cooks. Submit your best beef recipes online at beefcookoff.org for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, DC. Deadline April 15.
Bordeaux tasting at Gourmet Shop 6 p.m. Thursday. $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door. The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Ave., (803) 799-3705 or thegourmetshop.net
Cooking in Season with The F resh Market is a cookbook featuring 90 recipes that highlight seasonal ingredients now available at The Fresh Market. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes are included for those with specific dietary needs or who want to jumpstart a healthy New Year. Fresh Market, Trenholm Plaza, Forest Drive and Trenholm Road, (803) 782-9100
Rose Wilkins’ World Famous Chicken Bog will be served at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. $7 per plate, $3 per child’s plate (age 12 and under), to-go plates available. More information: call church office Tuesday through Thursday, (803) 359-2444. St. Alban’s is located at 403 Park Road, Lexington.
Who is SHE? SHE is you! Come on out to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from Feb. 8-10 for cooking, gardening, decorating demonstrations and more. Learn high tea etiquette from Sybil Davis, extreme couponing from Joyce Hansell, get cocktail tips from Josh Streetman of Motor Supply Company, decorating tips from Amanda McNulty and meet Ariana Lightningstorm, who will analyze a print of your lips (like a palm reader). Sample goodies from Rosewood Market, The Oak Table and more. Oh yeah, there will be fashion, too! Ticket information and more at shecola.com
Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class is scheduled 8a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market. $250 per person includes lunch and all day BBQ samplings. Contact Garland Hughes, (803) 360-4700 or see more information/download registration form at carolinaoutdoorcooking.com
Shirley’s Cooking School at The Farmer’s Shed. Learn to cook with dried beans 11 a.m., Feb. 23, $5 per person, proceeds to Lexington Interfaith Community. The Farmer’s Shed, 2513 Augusta Hwy, Lexington, call (803) 996-9122 to register.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Register for classes online at charlestoncooks.com. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. unless noted. Thursday, winter citrus; Feb. 4, chicken; Feb. 5, fish & shellfish; Feb. 6, Chinese New Year; Feb. 7, Latin night; Feb. 8, That’s Amore; Feb. 9 and 16, Valentine’s brunch; Feb. 12, baking basics
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, osso bucco; Tuesday, French cooking goes to the dogs; Feb. 8, salmon steak and lentil chutney; Feb. 12, 14, 15, crackling salmon; Feb. 19, crepes Suzette. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Saturday, Food Wisdom RX with Roxanne Smith: Plant-based cooking; Feb. 12, Mardi Gras; Feb. 14, Valentine’s class; Feb. 15, couples Valentine’s class; Feb. 19, Wild Women; Feb. 20, winter soups. 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.