Cooks' calendar of events


"The Final days of The Biscuit House," a video by USC graphics arts major Lindsey Downen, can be seen on YouTube, Shot as her senior project, Downen interviews customers, employees and Biscuit House owner Gene Sansbury.

The Biscuit House, a longtime landmark on Bluff Road across from Williams-Brice Stadium, is closing after 30 years of service since the property was sold to the university.

The Harriet Barber House in Hopkins is hosting Strong Threads III, an annual celebration of African-American history and culture, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20. This year's featured presenter is Dr. Veronica Gerald, author of "The Ultimate Gullah Cookbook." Join in the fun at 116 Barberville Loop, off Lower Richland Blvd. in Hopkins. For more information,

Slow Food Columbia will host a barbecue dinner 4-6 p.m. Feb 27 at City Roots Farm to celebrate local sustainable food and raise awareness of the slow food movement. Pulled pork supplied by Caw Caw Creek Farm will be prepared by SMOKE! Southern Barbecue Revival of Blythewood. Vegetarian dishes will be available. Tom Hall and the Plowboys will perform. City Roots Farm is at 1005 Airport Blvd, near Owens Field Airport off Rosewood Drive. Tickets and more information at

Sign up for the Carolina Pit Masters BBQ School March 12 and 13 in Summerville and learn the fine art of Southern barbecue while helping children in need. The two day event, hosted by the Carolina Pit Masters and the Omar Shriners, puts participants in a simulated BBQ competition to learn the low and slow methods of smoking meat. Students actively plan, select, prepare and present ribs, pork shoulder and whole hogs. Judging will be with experienced certified BBQ judges. Proceeds to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Space is limited. Email, or call Jack Waiboer at (843) 767-4800. More information at

Get locally grown, fresh produce at the All-Local Farmers Market at 701 Whaley St. from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. For a list of participating vendors, see The Eau Claire Community Council is now accepting applications for food vendors for the second annual Ribs & Renaissance Arts and Community Festival to be held June 5. Applications are due March 26 and are available by calling Yolanda Bell (803) 960-4538 or online at


Think you're hot stuff? Then enter the Palladium Society's 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off. This event, hosted by the Historic Columbia Foundation, is seeking contestants in categories such as vegetarian, meat and heart healthy chili recipes. Cook-off will be Feb. 27 at the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Advance tickets to the event are $20 for nonmembers and $15 for members and include beer, wine, chili and live music. Get more info and download entry forms at or call (803) 252-7742 ext. 29. Deadline for entries is Feb. 22.

Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron are looking for the best main dish corn bread recipes. Ten finalists will compete in a bake-off for a chance to win $5,000 and a 30-inch stainless-steel gas range ($3,200 value) from Five Star Professional Cooking Equipment. Enter your best recipe at or e-mail an entry with your name, address, daytime phone, date of birth and grocery retailer to You also can mail an entry to National Cornbread Cookoff 2010, 209 7th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37219. Deadline is March 1. Find official rules at and

Calling all cooks - high school students, amateurs, independent bakers and professionals. The American Pie Council and Crisco are seeking entries for the National Pie Championships April 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. Deadline for entries: April 9. Find rules and regulations at


Ever wonder how your dream sandwich stacks up nutritionally? Now you can find out with the Sandwich Wonder-izer, an iPhone app from Wonder Bread. Create a sandwich from a list of more than 120 ingredients and find out the sandwich's nutritional value. Available at iTunes or


Columbia's Cooking, healthy cooking classes through the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at USC: Friday, Romantic evening for two, $60 per couple, call 1-877-256-5381; Tuesday, Health Heart meals on a budget, $15, call 1-877-256-5381; Feb. 24, "Julie and Julia" Healthy French cuisine, $30, call Brooke Roper at (803) 576-5613 or e-mail . Columbia's Cooking Kitchen is at 915 Greene St.

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Upcoming classes include: Friday and Saturday, crackling salmon with truffles; Feb. 15, 18 and 19, chicken pot pie. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave, (803) 765-9999 or

Upcoming classes at Let's Cook Culinary Studio: Thursday, regional Italian cooking; Friday and Saturday, special Valentine's Day class for couples; Monday, regional cooking with Matt Gillespie. Let's Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 250-2569;

Upcoming classes at McCutchen House, on the USC Horseshoe: Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Say "I love you" with food; sign up for this and other classes by calling (803) 777-8225 or online at