Winners of The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ “State Dinner” have been announced. This national contest is part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and was sponsored by Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with winners from each state, three territories and the District of Columbia being recognized at a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House on July 9. South Carolina’s representative will be Corbin Jackson, 9, of Mount Pleasant. His winning recipe, “Bring It On, Brussels Sprout Wrap,” and others can be found online at recipechallenge.epicurious.com. In addition to joining the first lady at lunch, Jackson will tour the White House kitchen garden.
This is the second year of the contest in which a parent or guardian is asked to work with children ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and delicious. In support of Let’s Move, the first lady’s initiative to help solve the problem of childhood obesity, each recipe had to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the USDA’s MyPlate criteria for healthy meals: using all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half of the plate or recipe.
The Food Park opens Thursday
The highly anticipated North Columbia Community Farmer’s Market will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. The market, located at the corner of North Main and Newman streets, will feature free popcorn, samples of healthy foods, cooking demonstrations and fun for everyone. The market’s regular hours will be Thursdays, opening at 5 p.m.
Lunch and learn herb swap today at Lourie Center
Katherine Shavo will discuss how to use fresh herbs in everyday meals 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Herbal tea and minty summer fruit salad will be served. Bring your small plants or cuttings to share. Lourie Center is at 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971
Cravin’ raisins? Enter America’s Best Raisin Bread contest for a chance to win a five-day trip to California that includes tours of Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley and a visit to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Deadline for entries in the Best Commercial Raisin Bread, Best Artisan Raisin Bread or Best Breakfast Item categories is July 1. Information and registration at www.calraisins.org
Win a barbecue with Spike Mendelsohn. Just pick up specially marked cans or bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and enter the five- or six-digit code for your chance to win a barbecue with Spike (of Top Chef Seasons 4 and 8) and 11 of your favorite friends. Contest ends Aug. 20 mikescodes.com
Free grocery store tour. The South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional organization of registered dietitians, in conjunction with Food Lion is offering a free grocery store tour as a service to the community. The focus of the 90-minute tour will be healthy eating on a budget. Recipes, educational materials and door prizes are part of each event. Call and register your spot: Thursday, 2:30 p.m., 1013 Broad River Road, (803) 795-2435
Lexington County Peach Festival is 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4 at Gilbert Community Park. Just about anything and everything that can be made from peaches will be highlighted along with arts and crafts, beauty pageants, a car show and fireworks. Details at http://lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com
Palmetto Palate features local chefs showcasing local ingredients in an evening of food and fun at 701 Whaley. Friends of the Farm Bureau PAC organizes the event. Tickets for this event, 6 p.m. July 25, are $50 and available by calling Kristin Lavender (803) 936-4219 or online at http://palmettopalate 2013.eventbrite .com
The Tasty Tomato festival is Saturday, July 20, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood. This is a celebration of all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Details: tastytomatofestival.com
Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, wine strolls and more throughout the week. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, Calif. A Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and featuring chefs Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings and Steven Satterfield, will be Nov. 13 at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. See www.savannah foodandwinefest.com for information, tickets go on sale July 1.
Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets are available now. www.musictoyourmouth .com
Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard www.facebook.com/ forestacresfarmersmarket
Seeds of Hope at Lourie Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, 1650 Park Circle Drive, (803) 779-1971
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewood market.com
Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through Nov. 7.
North Columbia Community Farmers Market, opens 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27, then every Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets
Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vistamarketplace1@ gmail.com
Vista Marketplace at Whaley, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley
Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street www.sodacitysc.com
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 through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. www.sa.sc.edu/healthy carolina/farmersmarket
Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26. www.clemson.edu/public/ rec/sandhill/programs/ market
Columbia Cooks! has camps and classes for children: July 1-3 (ages 7-10) and July 30-August 1 (camp for kids with food allergies). Details: or to register for camps, see http://cpcp.sph.sc.edu/ cooking. Columbia Cooks! is located on the USC campus in the Discover I Building, 915 Greene Street.
Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture Summer camps: $145 per week/per child/members, $165/non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes T-shirt and food. Ages 3-4 years: July 29-Aug. 2, Edible EdVentures; Ages 5-7: July 15-19 or Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook; Ages 8-10: July 8-12, Global Eats; Ages 11-12: July 22-26, Camp Chef. More information or register at www.edventure.org/ camps_summer.aspx or call Brittani Lane (803) 400-1154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, kebabs and skewers; Friday, elegant entertaining; Saturday, cookout; Sunday, breakfast; July 2, Southern BBQ; July 3, BBQ; July 5, couples picnic; July 6 (2 p.m.), frozen treats; July 6 (6:30 p.m.), summer entertaining. For children, Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes: All classes are hands-on participation. Schedule includes: Kids Around the World Workshop for ages 8-12, July 22-July 25; Colors, Shapes and Sizes for ages 5-7, July 9; Teen Bootcamp: Sweet and Savory Fundamentals (ages 13-16), June 27 and July 11; Culinary Road Trip Camp (ages 8-12), July 1- July 3; Baking Workshop (ages 8-12) July 15-18 or August 5-8; Cooking Through Time Culinary Camp (ages 8-12), July 29-August 1. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or www.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, steak au poivre; July 1 and 2, tuna sashimi-style; July 9 and 12, pork chops; July 16 and 19, frog legs; July 23, 30-minute meal; July 26, Loire Valley wines. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Katherine Shavo hosts a series of Healthy Cooking classes: July 16, blueberries and peaches July 30, herbs; Aug. 6-Sept. 4, five-week series on healthy cooking and nutrition ($190 for all five classes, single classes available), register at www.kshavonutrition.com /classes; July 12, tapas; July 13, French Bastille Day; July 18, Italian; July 19, couples Asian; July 24, Eye on Food; July 26, couples soup. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874