Fundraiser for Blue Cactus family
John Michael Culclasure, the son-in-law of Blue Cactus owner Lloyd Reese, died recently. The restaurant is a popular Five Points eatery combining Korean, Cuban and vegetarian-friendly cuisine. Friends of the restaurant have set up a fundraising page, https://rally.org/helpjulie, to raise money for his wife, Julie, and family. Jake’s of Columbia also is setting up a fundraiser for the family Thursday. A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/helpjulie, has been created to keep friends informed.
Brookland Foundation sponsors free Diabetes Academy
Bookland Foundation Health & Wellness Program will host the Diabetes Academy with Executive Chef Dominicke Haymon 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Brookland Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Learn how to prepare healthy meals for individuals living with diabetes. Lunch provided. Call (803) 744-7914
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It’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) time!
Spring has arrived and so has the time for signing up for a local CSA. That’s when local farms box fresh fruits and veggies for you at a convenient drop-off point. Check out individual websites for pricing, terms and delivery sites.
City Roots, Columbia, (803) 254-2302, www.cityroots.org
Gruber Family CSA Farm, St. George, (843) 563-1159, http://gruber-csa-farm.com
Hudson Family Farm, Goose Creek, (843) 200-7275, www.hudsonfamilyfarmsc.com
Pinckney’s Produce, Beaufort, (843) 321-8344, www.pinckneysproduce.com
Round River Farms, Leesville, (803) 532-0557, www.roundriverfarms.com
Brown Box Veggies, (a co-op) www.brownboxveggies.com
Beef it up
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, D.C. Deadline Monday
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. Sunday at 701 Whaley. Tickets on sale at www.indiegrits.com
Gotta love grits! World Grits Festival is Friday through Sunday in St. George. Enjoy grits-inspired games and meals, check out the milling process or dare to go swimming in the grits pool. Details www.worldgritsfestival.com
Meet Chef Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) 1-3 p.m. Saturday during the Taste and Style Event at Tanger Outlet in North Charleston. Chef Stone will be doing a live cooking demonstration and book signing. Also, Lowcountry food trucks will be converging April 13 and 14 at the Outlet and there will be other culinary demonstrations both days. www.tangeroutlet.com/charleston
The Columbia International Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds. Learn about different cultures and taste the exotic flavors of world cuisine. This year’s focus is on South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Tickets are $4 in advance from the festival office at 610 Pickens St., (803) 799-0103, $5 at the gate, $1 children age 6-12, free for active military personnel with ID card. Festival times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13; noon-6 p.m. April 14. www.cifonline.org
Chefs on the Shoe: 5 p.m. Monday, annual fundraiser on the USC Horseshoe; food, silent auction. Details: chefsontheshoe2.eventbrite.com
Bordeaux tasting at Gourmet Shop with JP Chambas 6 p.m. April 18. A selection of 2009 vintage Bordeaux wines, $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door. Reservations (803) 799-9463 or http://thegourmetshop.net Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Ave., Five Points
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 www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org
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. Park-and-ride shuttle 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd., www.bignosh.org
Central Carolina Food & Wine Series: April 23, Old World vs. New World Wines at Hampton Street Vineyard. Wines provided by Aleph Wines Corporation, event sponsored by BB&T. Proceeds to benefit Central Carolina Community Foundation, a nonprofit serving the Midlands. Tickets $100 per person, available at www.yourfoundation.org
Wine and Unwind and meet artist Heidi Darr-Hope, 5:30-7 p.m. April 25 at Capital Senior Center/Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle at Maxcy Gregg Park. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12. www.CapitalSeniorCenter.com
Raise a glass and support Habitat for Humanity. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Rd., Lexington, hosts a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity 6:30 April 26. Wine and cheese and beer, tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. (803) 359-2444 Tuesday through Thursday for information.
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 www.charlottewineandfood.org
Bovinova: The Ultimate Cook-Out is May 10-11 in Simpsonville. What makes this so special? Whole animal cooking ... cow, goat, pigs, chickens and a few exotic meats are on the menu. Ticket prices range from $55 (per person/Friday only) to $180 (two-day family-of-four pass). Information, tickets at http://bovinova2013.eventbrite.com or follow on Facebook, www.facebook.com/groups/bovineroast
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. 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. April 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., children ages 9 and over learn basics of healthy cooking and nutrition; April 23, Parent and child class at Let’s Cook Culinary Studio. Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking /classes.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, (lunch) eggs, (dinner) Spring menu; Friday, Couples Hawaiian; April 13, spring recipes; April 15, Italian primavera; April 19, West Coast food & wine; April 20, Whole Foods Market tour; April 21, brunch. Register for classes online at charlestoncooks.com.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Saturday, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit; April 23, spring appetizers; April 26, chardonnay tasting; April 30, mussels. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, couples class, lamb; April 16, Wild Women; April 17, Food Wisdom; April 19, couples Asian; April 23, parent/child class with Katherine Shavo. 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.
ROUND TWO: T he 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off is now accepting entries in the Simple Sweets category. For the first time, America will vote to determine all 100 finalists. Each entry and voting period is defined by these categories: Simple Sweets and Starters, entry period now through May 9, voting June 13-27; Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts, entry July 4-Aug. 8, voting Sept. 12-26. Grand prize winner receives $1 million and $10,000 in GE kitchen appliances. Information and registration at BakeOff.com
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.
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of the Russell House during the school semester.