Happy Birthday Drip! All day, Wednesday, June 14, swing by Drip Coffee at 729 Saluda and grab a free cup of coffee (or latte, cappuccino, milkshake or whatever). Stick around for some tunes from the DJs and bargain buys on Drip t-shirts. www.dripcoffee.com or www.facebook.com/dripcoffeecolumbia.
Speaking of free coffee...participating Krispy Kreme locations will give free coffee to all teachers for the rest of June and July. Teachers just need to mention the offer and present a valid school ID to get a free cup any time of day, when purchasing another item at regular price. krispykreme.com
Miner Family Wine Dinner at Tallulah: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, Tallulah, 2400 Devine St. Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with wines from Miner Family Wines. Menu includes first course: amberjack sashimi, patty pan squash, sunflower shoots and whiskey barrel-aged vinaigrette paired with Viognier 2014; course 2: Manchester Farm stuffed quail with babby leeks and summer truffles with Miner “Gary’s Pinot Noir” 2013; course 3: Border Springs lamb with shitake and City Roots eggplant with Miner “Stagecoach Vineyards” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013; course 4: roasted plum pudding with spring carrot and cinnamon cream. Tickets $125/person, call for reservations, (803) 400-2300, www.tallulahsc.com.
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Help out Habitat, Dine at Chipotle: 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday, June 15, Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Columbia: 6070 Garners Ferry Rd., 4840 Forest Dr. (Trenholm Plaza), 619 Gervais St., and 276 Harbison Blvd. (Harbison Court). Help support the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity. Mention this fundraising event when you order your meal and Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds to help CSCHFH continue to provide low-income families and individuals in the Midlands with a safe, decent place to live. Specifically, money raised on Thursday will be used to re-build the fire-damaged home of a 105-year-old woman who has adopted/fostered 70 children.
Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 924-A Senate St. Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings from Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, including the winemaker’s select Chardonnay, Napa Estate Cabernet and Potter Valley Riesling. $115/person (plus tax & gratuity), call for reservations (803) 212-6666.
Soiree on State: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, State Street between Poplar and Railroad Ave. in Cayce. Enjoy live music, local food and drink, kids’ area and local artisans. Park at Brookland-cayce High School and walk towards Henry’s of Cayce.
Shrimp & Grits Festival: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 17, Columbia Conference Center, Laurelhurst Avenue. Many of the Midlands restaurants have shrimp and grits on the menu, but who has the best? Time to sample and choose a winner. Tickets $40/adult, $25/child (under 21), and include unlimited samples from participating restaurants, live music and door prizes. columbiashrimpandgrits.com.
Grapes of Spain Wine Dinner: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 21 at 116 State Espressso and Wine Bar in West Columbia. 116 hosts Javier Baquero with Grapes if Spain for a seven course dinner paired with wine. Guests will receive a glass of Cava and an amuse bouche before being seated for dinner. All wines will be available for order at the end of the evening. Dinner first course: tostada three ways with boquerones, watermelon radish and heirloom tomato paired with Adegas Gran Vinum, Mar de Vinas Albarino (2016); second: grilled octopus and fava beans with Bodegas Pingao, Rioja (2014); third: summer vegetable terrine with Bovale, Utiel-Requenoa Bobal Rosado (2016); fourth: patatas bravas with white asparagus and seared diver scallop with Manuel Manzaneque Suarez, La Mancha Fatum White (2015); fifth: Wil-Moore Farms egg yolk baked in pastry with wild mushroom and shallot with Issac Fernandez Seleccion, Ribera del Duero Rios de Tinta (2015); sixth: grilled NY strip steak with fig, Spanish blue chees and fried jamon with Casa L’Angel, Cabernet Sauvignon (2012); seventh: seared lamb chops with fried cauliflower, pistachios and date puree with Issac Fernandez Seleccion, Ribera del Duero Finca la Mata (2014). Vegetarian/pescatarian options available. $65/person. Call for reservations, (803) 791-5663
Tea + chocolate: 3-4:30 p.m. June 24, The Market Tea Room and Country Store, 322 Little Brooke Lane, West Columbia. Sip Eternal Spring White tea with peach/mango truffle, Wild Strawberry Herbal with strawberry truffle, Lemon Meringue Green with lemon basil, and White Chai with cinnamon caramel truffle. Tickets $14/person, www.facebook.com/evolthruchoc/.
SPLAT 2017: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 22 at 2528 Old Dutch Road, Little Mountain. Join the South carolina Piedmont Lycopersicum Annual Tasting of heirloom tomatoes at the home of Rodger Winn, of Rodger’s Heirlooms. Garden tour, seed saving demonstration, general tomato care information and Winn will be available for your questions. Dress for a day on a farm, summer weather and possible rain. Event is free, donations accepted. Bring your heirlooms to show off and share. Enjoy tomato sandwiches (white bread, Dukes and ’maters) and live music. www.rodgersheirlooms.com or call (803) 924-6084
Tasty Tomato Festival: 1-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Celebrate all things tomato-y with heirloom tasting, tomato bobbing, and craft beer, plus live music, farm tours, scavenger hunt and bounce houses. Early bird tickets on sale through June 30, $12/person; $15/person/cash only day of event. Presented by Sustainabla Midlands, www.sustainablemidlands.org. Tickets and more information at tastytomatofestival.com
Midlands Farm Tour: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9. See where your food comes from and learn about aquaponics, organic food production, hyperlocal wine production, rainwater harvesting, the 360 method of composting and alternative energy solutions. Pariticpating farms include Carolina Bay, Fire Barrel Farm, The Winery at Mercer House, Up On Cedar Knoll, Leesville Aquaponics, Terra Kotta Farm. Meador Acres Chestnuts, Arnold Farm, and more. Presented by Sustainable Midlands, all-inclusive tickets (available in July) are $10/person; children under 10 years, and WIC, SNAP and EBT beneficiaries admitted free with proof of eligibility. www.sustainablemidlands.org and midlandsfarmtour.com
FoodShare Columbia connects families and communities with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers. The partnership of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Richland Library, USC School of Medicine, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority provides boxed food that can be ordered twice a month, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant St., (803) 255-8161. Cost is $20; $10 for SNAP participants. Cash and EBT accepted. www.facebook.com/FoodShare-Columbia.
Healthy Bucks: A program allowing SNAP recipients to obtain additional fresh fruits and vegetables when they use SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce at participating farmers markets. SNAP recipients who purchase at least $5 with SNAP EBT card at participating locations get $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens for the purchase for additional fesh fruit and veggies. In Richland County: FoodShare Columbia, Dianne’s Call, City Roots and Martin Farm; in Lexington County: Beasons Farm Market; in Kershaw County: Kershaw County Farmers Market, United Way of Kershaw County. dss.sc.gov/assistance-programs
Take a trip, see a farm: The South Carolina Agritourism Association has created a Passport Program for farms in order to educate folks on what the agriculture industry means to the state. Participants can get a passport from any of the 44 farms on the tour and the more stamps collected in the passport, the more chances to win prizes, with one winner taking home $100 in Certified SC products. https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/agritourism
Learn to become a farmer. Incubator Farm plots available at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Road in Columbia. Participants in the Agriculture Incubator Program will have access to up to a 1/2 acre of irrigated land, a packing shed, equipment use, access to technical assistance, access to markets and training opportunities. Fee of $350 per year for up to three years, plus required safety and operation training. Contact Harry Crissy, email@example.com (use “Columbia Incubator” in subject line) or call (843) 730-5211.
Get the App: South Carolina Farmers and Roadside Market App shows more than 200 farmers markets and roadside produce stands. Click on location to see address, hours of operation, and methods of payment. New recipes each month will feature in-season produce. www.scdhec.gov/farmersmarkets
Pressure Canning Testing by Clemson Extension done by appointment at Sandhills Research and Education Center on Clemson Road. Have your pressure canner dial gauges checked for accuracy before use by an extension agent. $6, cash or check. Call (803) 865-1216 ext. 114 for more information.
Reduced Price Compost Bins: Contact Richland County Ombudsman’s office, (803) 909-6000 to order bins for $33.
Columbia’s Cooking: Classes held at USC’s Cancer Prevention & Control Program, Discovery 1 Building, Suite 200, 915 Greene St. Register online at columbiascooking.org/classes/ or ColaCook@mailbox.sc.edu or (803) 576-5636.
Providence Cooks: Providence Health, 2435 Forest Drive. Monthly healthy cooking class taught by registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health. June’s theme is farm to table, using local foods in your meals. Tickets $25/person (Providence Health employees receive 50 percent discount), call 1-800-424-DOCS or online at http://bit.ly/ProvCooks2017. Upcoming classes: Aug. 1, Carolina Grown & Made; Sept. 5, Food for the Soul; Oct. 2, Fall into the Mediterranean; Nov. 7, Healthy Entertaining. More information at http://yourprovidencehealth.com/classes-events/providence-cooks-farm-to-table
Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute: Chef Francois Fisera leads classes, $39/person, wine extra. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 16, sea bass; June 20, hands-on steak tartare with sweet potato fries; June 23, Madras-style chicken curry; June 26 & 27, hands-on French sauces. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Thursday, June 15, Italian supper (6:15 p.m., $50/2-for-1); Friday, June 16, couples Asian influences (6:30 p.m., $95/couple); June 17, Father/daughter brunch (11 a.m., $80/father+daughter, +$30/additional person); June 20, Wild Women; June 22, with Chef Brian Smith (6:15 p.m., $45); June 23, couples hands-on pasta (6:30 p.m., $95/couple); June 30, small plates (6:30 p.m., $45). Detailed listings at lets-cook.wixsite.com/letscookculinary. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St., (803) 348-5874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Wednesdays with John Chiles: Former owner of Restaurant 123 in Irmo, GM for Club Corp International and part owner/operator of Blue Marlin, John Chiles will instruct cooking classes 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Kitchen, 410 Harbison Blvd. Call church office Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m.-noon for info or to register (803) 732-1899 or email@example.com.
Farmers in the Forest: Forest Acres Farmers Market at Richland Mall in the parking lot along Beltline Boulevard. Wednesdays 3-7 p.m. through October. Vendor applications can be found at farmersintheforest.org; follow on Facebook.
Blythewood Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood. Michaela Barno, (843) 697-1733. www.facebook.com/BlythewoodFarmersMarket or www.localharvest.org/blythewood-farmers-market
City Roots Farm: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1005 Airport Blvd., www.cityroots.org
Northeast Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. Thursdays through mid-October, Lake Carolina Town Center, 100 Lake Carolina Blvd, Northeast Richland. www.lakecarolina.com or www.facebook.com/lakecarolinafarmersmarket
Kershaw County Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 222 Broad St., Camden. www.kcfarmersmarket.org.
Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com
Sandhills Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thanksgiving at Sandhill Research Center, 900 Clemson Road, across from Village at Sandhill, Northeast Richland. www.clemson.edu/public/sandhill/programs/farmers_market.html
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of Preston. www.sa.sc.edu/healthycarolina/farmersmarket. USC On-Campus delivery via Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! can be scheduled in 4-, 6- and 12-week sessions.
Have an upcoming food event? Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. For more listings, go to www.thestate.com