Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, pork chops; July 16 and 19, frog legs; July 23, 30-minute meal; July 26, Loire Valley wines; July 30 and Aug. 2, beef tartare. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
The Tasty Tomato Festival is July 20, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood, celebrating all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Start celebrating early during the Twelve Days of Tasty Tomato going on now at area restaurants. Check out special tomato-centric dishes on the menus at 116 State, Cafe Strudel, Cellar on Greene, Cock n’ Bull, Crust Bakehouse, DiPrato’s, Drip on Main, Il Giorgione, Jake’s on Devine, Mr. Friendly’s, Rosewood Market Deli, Rosso, Solstice, Terra, The Oak Table and Thirsty Fellow. Enter the Tomato Contest, bring your entries to one of these locations: July 13: City Roots tent at Soda City Market (9 a.m.-noon) or Vista Marketplace at Whaley (9a.m.-1 p.m.); July 14: Whole Foods Market at Cross Hill (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); July 15: Rosewood Market (5-7 p.m.). Judging will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 701 Whaley with winners announced at the Tasty Tomato Festival. 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, California. 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.savannahfoodandwinefest.com for information, tickets go on sale July 1.