Food & Drink

July 30, 2013

Cooks Calendar

State Fair Baking & Canning contests, Sustainable Seafood Dinner, BBQ class, Cake Decorating class and more


Stock the Cellar Night at Cellar on Greene 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5 is an exclusive one-night only reserve wine tasting and sale. Sample over twenty wines, hand-picked by general manager Katie Ohlinger, all marked 40 percent to 60 percent off normal retail prices and enjoy snacks from Executive Chef Ricky Mollohan. Tickets $20 per person can be purchased in advance or day of and includes wine, snacks and a chance to win a $75 gift certificate (must be present to win). Cellar on Greene is at 2001 Greene Street, (803) 343-3303,

Sustainable Seafood dinner at Gervais&Vine Aug. 6. By popular demand, come and enjoy a five-course meal featuring local sustainable seafood, each course paired with wine. 6:30 p.m., $38 per person. Call for reservations (803) 799-8463, 620 Gervais Street,

The State Fair is now accepting entries in the Home & Craft category (includes baked goods, canning and special baking contests). Enter now through Sept. 1 with no entry fee; late registration Sept. 2-13 with $25 late fee. More information and online entry forms at

A Fine Affair: Colored with Care, part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia’s annual fundraising event, will be held 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26 at the DoubleTree Columbia, 2100 Bush River Road. This event will feature live music, silent auction and a dazzling array of samplings from the area’s finest chefs. Participating restaurants include The Oak Table, Travinia, Magnolias, Columbo’s, Taziki’s, Basil, The Melting Pot, MoMo’s Bistro, The Happy Cookers, Aberdeen Catery, Joi’s World and Pearlz. Tickets, $75 per person, $125 per couple, go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1, at more information at

The Southern Living Taste of Charleston is Sept. 27-29. Events include Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek Sept. 27; Iron Chef Competition Sept. 28; and the main event at Boone Hall Plantation Sept. 29 featuring local cuisine from more than 50 of Charleston’s finest restaurants, live music, children’s area, beer garden and Southern Living magazine’s exhibition area. Tickets available at or follow the link on Facebook at Charleston Food Festivals and Events.

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 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.


Winners of the Tasty Tomato Contest include: (catagory/winner[variety]/runner-up[variety]) Best Big Red: Patrick Sweeney [Marion], Derrick Gunter [Belgian Giant]; Best Big Yellow: Akin Wilson [Anana Orange], Akin Watson [Lemon Boy]; Best Purple: Kelly Gilbert [Cherokee Chocolate], City Roots [Cherokee Purple]; Best Unusual: Gnome Wildt [Shadow Boxing], Gnome Wildt [Seattle Blue Wooly Mammoth F4]; Best Small Red: Peacemind Homestead [Large Cherry Red], Gnome Wildt [Matt’s Wild Cherry]; Best Small Other: Forest Jenkins [Black Cherry], Derrick Gunter [Flamee]; Best Community Garden: Sustainable Carolina [Sugar Cherry]; Best Grown by A Child: Levi Glass [Sungold], Brianna Parnell [Black Cherry], Cameron Caulk [Black Prince] and Eliza Davis [Green Zebra].


Get creative with quinoa. Alter Eco is looking for creative and nutritious recipes highlighting their brand of quinoa. Use any of their varieties of quinoa (black, rainbow, red or pearl). Five semifinalists will be selected from submitted recipes with the grand prize winner receiving a trip for two to Napa, accommodations for two nights and entry to the Culinary Institute of America’s gala “Ingredients for Impact: A Fair Trade Forum” on Oct. 6. Contest entries will be accepted through Aug. 11. Information at

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 eleven of your favorite friends. Contest ends Aug. 20

Special Classes

Cake decorators: this Brit knows best. Improve your royal icing piping skills working with Christine Flinn, accredited British Sugarcraft Guild Instructor, during two sessions Aug. 13 -14, sponsored by NC ICES at Comfort Suites, 10415 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC. The Aug. 13 class, limited to 10 students, $220 per person, will cover bridged and bridgeless extension work. The Aug. 14 class, limited to 16 students, $165 per person, is a beyond-beginner skills class covering piping techniques (templating, graduated line work, scrolls, bulbs, flowers and leaves). Sign up for both days for $350 (a $35 savings). Download registration form at

Learn from champion pit masters. Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class will cover the techniques and art of preparing Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and competition quality sauces and rubs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market. $275 per person includes lunch and all day barbecue samplings. Register online at or call Garland Hughes (803) 360-4700 or email

BBQ Basics with Chef JT Handy is part of Saturdays @ The Center. Learn Southern barbecue techniques and side dishes during one of two sessions (10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3-7 p.m.) August 24 at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin. $50 per person, register by calling Michelle at (803) 476-8605

Cooking classes

Columbia Cooks! see Columbia’s Cooking! is on the USC campus in the Discover I Building, 915 Greene Street.

Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture Summer camp: $145 per week/per child/members, $165/non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes T-shirt and food. Ages 5-7: Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook. More information or register at or call Brittani Lane (803) 400-1154 or

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Friday, couples Casablanca; Saturday, chill out. Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes: Classes are hands-on participation. Baking Workshop (ages 8-12) August 5-8. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday, beef tartare with steamed vegetables; Aug. 6, snapper; Aug. 20, chicken liver casserole; Aug. 23, sparkling wine with cold turkey vegetable lasagna; Aug. 27, filet of pork. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Katherine Shavo hosts a series of Healthy Cooking classes: Aug. 6-Sept. 4, five-week series on healthy cooking and nutrition ($190 for all five classes, single classes available), register at; Friday, tapas; Aug. 16, couples Indian food; Aug. 22, Italian small plates; Aug. 23, couples pasta; Aug. 30, couples Moroccan. Detailed listings at 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 McCutchen

Market News

Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s along Beltline Boulevard

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

Northeast Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 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. or email

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

Irmo Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays through October. Carlisle Street (between Lexington and Columbia avenues)

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House.

Sandhill Farmers Market, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26.


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