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03/26/2013 1:06 PM

03/27/2013 10:24 AM

Busted Bracket? No worries, cheer on Coach Martin to win in Atlanta

Sure, the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team didn’t make the play-offs but Coach Frank Martin has been drafted to face off against West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins in a head-to-head cook-off at the PrimeSport FAN Experience. The competition, judged by “Top Chef” star Richard Blais will take place in the heart of Bracket Town (West Plaza between the Georgia Dome and Building C of the World Congress Center) April 6 at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by LG, a $20,000 donation will be made to Coaches vs. Cancer in the winning coach’s name from LG.

Don’t have time or prefer not to cook a big Easter meal? All locations of Lizard’s Thicket will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Easter Sunday. Also, Rosso Trattoria Italia in Trenholm Plaza will have an Easter Brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Make Rosso reservations by calling (803) 787-3949.

And the winners are ...

Winners from this past weekend’s Smokin at the Market Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook Off are: Grand Champion (State BBQ Champion): Queology, Matt Gamble, Summerville; Reserve Champion: Swig-N-Pig, Andrew Massey, Williamston; Ribs winners: (1st) Ultimate Tailgaters, Chris Fulmer, Aiken; (2nd) Blind Swine BBQ, Mike Sanders, Greenwood; (3rd) On the Spot BBQ, Ronnie Bishop, Greenwood; Butts winners: (1st) Swig-N-Pig, Andrew Massey, Williamston; (2nd) Killer B’s BBQ, Jim Burg, Evans, GA; (3rd) Some-R-Swine, Seth Watari, Summerville; Anything Butt: Blind Swine BBQ, Mike Sanders, Greenwood. Congratulations!


Celebrate “The Magnificent Chicken,” a new book by Tamara Staples featuring the wonder, peculiarity and magnificence of 40 breeds of championship chickens in photographs and an introduction by Ira Glass. Book signing 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hay hill Garden Market, 1625 Bluff Road, (803) 834-6652.

Food Justice Week runs through Sunday. Sustainable Carolina Community Food Systems and Garden Teams are coordinating with USC student and community organizations in order to provide “a holistic perspective on the intersection of social justice and food production and consumption.” Since this week also coincides with National Farmworkers Awareness Week, they also hope to raise awareness of the importance of farm workers in all of our lives. Events include: Tonight: 7p.m., Russell House Room 304, “Fifty Shades of Green: The Paradoxes & Promises of Women and the World Wide Web;” Thursday: 7 p.m., Screening of the documentary “FRESH!” at City Roots; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Healthy Eating in Context: Bridging Gaps, Linking Communities at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. More information at

Baconalia at Denny’s! For the bacon lover, twelve bacon-centric menu items (including a Maple Bacon Sundae), register for free bacon, purchase a commemorative collector’s Baconalia 2013 plate, link to videos and more at Baconalia is for a limited time only.

Slow Food at Indie Grits. Get your tickets ($10, $15, $20) for the Slow Food tasting and potluck highlighting local and sustainable ingredients, 4-7 p.m. April 14 at 701 Whaley. Tickets on sale at

Buy now, shed a tear later. The Chapin Lions Club is selling 10-pound bags of Vidalia onions for $10 as their fundraising event. Reserve your bag(s) now for delivery in late April/early May. Call John Hossenlopp at (803) 917-5724 or contact any Chapin Lion Club member.

Best. Prom. EVER! Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving away the Ultimate After-Prom Party, a catered meal from Chipotle for up to 500 people, plus a photo booth at your high school’s after-prom event. Just text PROM to 888222 before Sunday for a chance to win one of six grand prizes or runner-up gift cards for dinner for 10. Information and rules at

First Ever Midlands Farm Tour sponsored by Carolina Farm Stewards and Whole Foods April 6 and 7. Tour 11 sustainable working farms throughout Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties, you pick the route, meet the farmers and enjoy fresh farm products. Tickets, $25 per car or bicycling group in advance (tickets good for both days) or $30 day of event or $10 per farm, are on sale online. The Upstate Farm Tour is June 1 and 2 (24 farms in Greenville, Spartanburg, Laurens, Newberry, Anderson, Abbeville and Greenwood counties) Details at www.carolinafarm

Take a Dirt Roadtrip (aka Lowcountry Farm Tour) April 20 on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and McClellanville. $30 per carload for LLF members, $35 per carload for non-members. Info at

Place your orders now for the Big Nosh! Pre-order delicious Jewish delicacies such as whitefish salad, kugel, knish, brisket, corned beef, pastrami and chopped liver in advance of the festival at Tree of Life Congregation 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 21. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd.,

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party is April 20. Tickets are on sale now for the Champagne Tasting ($75 per person, 11 a.m. at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, 1829 Cleveland Ave) and Mowtown@Uptown ($125 and $7, 6:30-11 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon Street) events at


BBQ Shop Talk will be holding a series of grilling classes at the SC State Farmers Market. Sunday classes, noon-5 p.m., $99 per class include samplings, recipes and take-home food. April 7, ribs; May 5, ladies grilling; June 9, guys grilling; July 14, start your own competition cook team. Call Mark Busbee, (803) 513-6087 or Tim Handy, (843) 214-3736

Columbia’s Cooking! Ask about cooking and nutrition classes for home schoolers. Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, or, /classes.

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Saturday, Spring menu; Sunday, Easter brunch; April 2, fresh herbs. Register for classes online at

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Thursday, lamb chops; April 3, 5, halibut; April 9, 12, 13, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: April 5, tapas; April 12, couples class; April 16, Wild Women; April 17, Food Wisdom. Detailed listings at 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 McCutchen.


Let the first round of voting begin! You determine the winners of the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Vote for your favorite entry in the Amazing Doable Dinners category by midnight Thursday. The next category to enter recipes is Simple Sweets and Starters beginning April 4. Grand prize winner receives $1 million and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Information and registration at

30th National Beef Cook-Off seeks healthy recipes from home cooks. Submit your best beef recipes online at for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. Deadline April 15

Market News

Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street.

701 Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 701 Whaley St.

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