Ronald McDonald House Charities turns 30
May 18 marks the 30th year that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia has been serving the Midlands by providing a “home away from home” for families while children undergo treatment or spend lengthy stays at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. The RMHC provides home-cooked meals, a support system and the chance to be near their child, regardless of their ability to pay.
Celebrate by donating items from the RMHC wish list: individual snack items, coffee, creamer, sugar, plastic dining utensils, paper plates, fresh fruit and vegetables, dishwashing liquid and paper towels.
Plan now to be a part of RMHC’s A Fine Affair: Colored with Care Fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 26 at DoubleTree by Hilton. Organizers are now accepting sponsorships, silent auction items and featured restaurant applications. Visit www.rmhcofcolumbia.org for details.
Rosewood Crawfish Festival is Saturday. Advance tickets $9, $12 day of event. Start off the day with the Crawdaddy Dash at 9 a.m. and enjoy food (including over 10,000 pounds of fresh farm-raised Louisiana crawfish) and fun 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. along Rosewood Drive, between Harden and Holly streets. Parking available at the RV lot across from the State Fairgrounds (Rosewood at Assembly streets) and shuttles to and from the festival are free. Info at rosewoodcrawfishfest.com
Bovinova, a whole animal grilling event, is Friday and Saturday at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. See last week’s story at thestate.com/food. More information and tickets at http://bovinova.com
St. Alban’s Spaghetti Supper and (indoor) Yard Sale is May 18 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. The yard sale is 8 a.m.-1 p.m., spaghetti supper is 5-8 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the church’s mission in Ecuador. Information at (803) 359-2444
Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s on Beltline Boulevard www.facebook.com/forestacresfarmersmarket
Vista Marketplace 11a.m.-2p.m. Wednesday at Blue Marlin on Lincoln Street. http://vista.locallygrown.net
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina, 2:30-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center beginning May 16 through November 7. www.lakecarolina.com/Calendar
Soda City Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com
Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. www.facebook.com/VistaFarmersMarket
Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues) www.irmofarmersmarket.com
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. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket
Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road, now through November 26. www.clemson.edu/public/rec/sandhill/programs/market
ROUND TWO: The 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 ends Thursday, 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
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 includes samplings, recipes and take-home food. June 9, guys grilling; July 14, start your own competition cook team. Call Mark Busbee, (803) 513-6087, or Tim Handy, (843) 214-3736.
Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture. All classes are for ages 6-12, at 4-5 p.m. and cost $12/members, $17/nonmembers unless otherwise noted. Participants get a decorated chef’s hat and a snack. Thursday, taste bud fiesta; May 15, summer produce stand; May 24, garden patch; May 30, color blast. To register, email Chef Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Today, stocks to soups; Friday, porch supper; Saturday, Mother’s Day brunch; May 15, classic sauces; May 16, grilling and smoking workshop; May 17, Bourbon & BBQ. Register for classes online at charlestoncooks.com.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Saturday, Kobe beef; May 18, Maine lobster; May 21, veal; May 24, wine tasting; May 28 and 31, pasta. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, Italian; Friday, couples salsa; Tuesday, The Flavor of Health (register for this class at www.kshavonutrition.com); May 15, Beaufort Stew; May 17, couples Argentineans; May 24, couples pasta; May 28, Wild Women. 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.