Did someone say whiskey? The Great American Whiskey Fair, a giant tasting dedicated to bourbon and American whiskies, is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at 701 Whaley. Meet the whiskey makers, see master mixologists face off in a cocktail challenge and sample some of the finest American spirits. Tickets $75 and $125 (VIP), available at experiencewhiskey.com. Sponsored by Bourbon Columbia (Kristian Niemi), Hampton Jaguar and Heritage Farms. All proceeds go to Columbia Museum of Art’s ongoing educational programs.
Speaking of Charleston, the first Cook It Raw event in the United States will be at Bowens Island in Charleston October 26. More than 40 local and internationally acclaimed chefs will come together and prepare their interpretation of Lowcountry barbecue, focusing on using local regional ingredients native to the Charleston area. Called “BBQ Perspectives,” some of the local chefs include Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s), Michelle Walker (Charleston Grill), Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary), Craig Deihl (Cypress), Jeremiah Bacon (The Macintosh and Oak Steakhouse) and Frank Lee (S.N.O.B.). Rodney Scott (Scott’s Barbecue) will act as Pitmaster. International chefs include Albert Adria (Tickets, Barcelona), April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, NYC), Andre Chiang (Restaurant Andre, Singapore), Alejandro Ruiz (Casa Oaxaca, Iazaca) and Matthew Duffy (Cafe Boulud). Tickets and more information at cookitraw.org
Again with the pork ... Make Your Own Bacon workshop at Motor Supply Co. Bistro is Nov. 11. Plan now, ticket sales will be online via Eventbrite in late September/early October. Get on a wait list by calling (803) 256-6687
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 on sale now.
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Thursday and Friday, sea bass with champagne sauce; Sept. 17, 18, saddle of lamb; Sept. 20, sweet wines with cheese; Sept. 23, 24, calamari; Oct. 1 and 4, French cooking goes to the dogs. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com