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
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
Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewood market.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