Food & Drink

Cook’s Calendar: WREN lunch, LoCo Jam — and oysters and chili!

It may feel like springtime, but it’s always time to show off your chili-making skills.
It may feel like springtime, but it’s always time to show off your chili-making skills. istock

Special events

Cultivate: SC Organic Growing Conference: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Greenville Technical College NW Campus, 8109 White Horse Road, Greenville. This one-day conference focuses on sustainable and organic growing methods, animal husbandry, financial sustainability for small farms, and more. Tickets — $65/adult, $25/student (ages 12-19) — include breakfast (Anson Mills grits bar + baked goods), lunch (taco bar with locally sourced meats, Carolina Gold Rice, Sea Island refried peas, and more), and your choice of 4 classes. Information, schedule at; tickets link at

Lunch with WREN: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 at Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland Street. Join the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) as they honor eight trailblazing women —Vickie Eslinger, Dr. Bambi Gaddist, Marjorie Hammock, Cynthia Hardy, Rachel Hodges, Moryah Jackson, Minor Shaw, The Honorable Molly Spearman, and The Honorable Inez Tenenbaum. Food from Spotted Salamander Catering. Tickets $50/person available at

BBQ (and Beer) for A Cause: 6-10 p.m. March 9, at Home Team BBQ, 126 Williman St., Charleston. Celebrate the re-release of Holy City Brewing’s Paradise IPA cans and know that a portion of can sales will benefit Coastal Conservation League’s work in the Lowcountry.

NEW: Lowcountry Boil & Craft Beer Jamboree (LoCo Jam): 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 11 at City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd. Sample authentic local cuisine, local brews and two stages of live music featuring Atlas Road Crew, Devon Allman, Jordan Igoe, Ashes of Old Ways, Darby Wilcox, Prettier Than Matt, and Don’t Mess with the Tiger. There will also be arts, crafts and a kiddie area with amusement rides. Tickets $5/advance, $10/day of event, purchase at Rockaway’s, Dano’s Pizza, City Roots Farm and Rosewood Market or at eventbrite. Children 12 and under get in free. More information,

Wings & Ale Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival: noon-8 p.m. March 11, 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd. Put your chili recipe up against the best in the area. No entry fee for cook-off teams, email Keith Sikes at for information about participating. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Fan Favorite picks. Proceeds benefit The Christopher Conner Foundation.

Lake Carolina Oyster Roast: 4-7 p.m. March 11, The Lake House at Lake Carolina, 1090 Ballard Dr. Roasted oysters, pulled pork bbq, chili bar, and smoked chicken and rice gumbo. Pack a cooler and bring your own wine. Proceeds benefit Children’s Charities of the Midlands. Tickets $35/adult and $5/child (12 and under), includes all-you-can-eat, available at

Rain Barrel Workshop: Learn the advantages of rain water collection and usage. The City of Columbia offers one FREE rain barrel per household to residents within the city limits and an option to purchase a rain barrel at a discounted price of $68 for those living outside of the city limits. Classes March 11 and April 22. Register online at

New and Beginning Farmer: High Tunnel Production Workshop: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 15 at Clemson Sandhill Lakehouse, 900 Clemson Rd. Topics covered include high tunnel construction details, management practices, plant selection, planting dates and insights from organic grower Celia Barss of Cabin Branch Organic Farm. Speakers include Barss, Gena Moore (Organic Research Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association), Dr. Brian Ward (Research Specialist, Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center), and Kellee Melton (Assistant State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS). $12/person, includes lunch. Register online at or contact Charlie Fisher, (803) 576-2080 or

SC Ag Council Meeting: Commercial Hemp: 11 a.m-2 p.m. March 16 at S.C. Farm Bureau Office, 724 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce. The quarterly meeting focuses on the pending legislation in the S.C. State Legislature to allow hemp to be grown commercially in the state and the potential economic impact. Lunch tickets $10/Council members + guests in advance (by March 10), $15/anyone at the door.

Historic Happy Hour: Leprechauns & Libations: 5:30-7 p.m. March 17 at Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. Grab a friend, dress in green and celebrate St. Pat’s at this exploration of Irish communities in Columbia, and the breweries and saloons of the city’s past that helped pave the way for modern brew pubs and craft beer. Tickets $15/Historic Columbia members, $20/non-members. or email or call (803) 252-1770, ext. 23.

Soda City Suds Week: March 18-March 26: The week kicks off with a music festival at Random Tap with 30 craft beers on tap, two stages with live music (country, blues and soft rock), a food truck, an open-air market, a DIY home-brewing demonstration and face painting. Travel to Historic Camden to learn early beer history and tavern life in North America, all while you sample an 18th century-style brew (and modern ones, too) from Conquest Brewing. Cream of the Crop Beer Fest at City Roots Farm will offer a variety of craft beers from the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee breweries, as well as food from local restaurants.

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour: 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest. Chef Nick Graves, of Hotel Domestique, hosts chefs Matthew Accarrino (SPQR in San Francisco), Phillip Lopez (Rebel Restaurant Group, New Orleans), and Steve Phelps (Indigenous, Sarasota, FL) for a special dinner. Tickets $90/US Bank FlexPerks Rewards cardholders, $150/JBF members and general public.

Limited Space Gardening Workshop: 10-11 a.m. March 18 at Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr., Lexington. Learn about square food gardens and Earthbox Growing Systems for growing great amounts of food in really small spaces. $10/person (you are given a $10 coupon to use at Wingard’s that day). (803) 359-9091 or

Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off & Festival: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 25 at SC State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia. The winner here will be the SC State Champion of BBQ! New this year, Kids’ Que cook-off to see which kid, ages 6-12, can grill the best hambuger. Rules for adult and junior competitors at To attend and taste (while supplies last), tickets $5/adult, and kids 12 and under free with 3 canned goods.

Backyard Fruit Growing: 10-11 a.m. March 25 at Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr., Lexington. Learn about growing apples, plums, pears, lemons, limes and more in your backyard. $10/person (you are given a $10 coupon to use at Wingard’s that day). (803) 359-9091 or

River Rat Brewery Low Country Boil: 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 31 at 1231 Shop Road. This family friendly event will feature all-you-can-eat shrimp, corn, potatoes, sausage and assorted side dishes. Cash bar with cold beer on tap. Tickets $25/person, at

Farm to Table Event Co. James Beard Foundation Dinner & Auction: 6 p.m. April 3 at City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd. This multi-course dinner is a fundraiser for the James Beard House in New York and will feature chefs Mike Davis (Terra), Blake Fairies (Sea & Salt), Wes Fulmer (Motor Supply), Lou Hutto (LowCo Barbecue & Catering), Russell Jones (Tallulah), Travis Rayle (Spotted Salamander), Charley Scruggs (Tallulah), Sarah Simmons (Rise Bake Shop, Birds & Bubbles), Todd Woods (The Oak Table), Kristian Niemi (Bourbon) and Frank Bradley (Bourbon). Tickets are $150/person, there will be a silent auction.

SC Farmer Resource Rodeo: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6, Phillips Market Center, State Farmers Market, 3501 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia. South Carolina farmers and would-be farmers can learn about the resources and programs available to provide technical, financial and educational assistance to farmers. More the two dozen agencies and organizations will be participating. Admission $20/person; free for current SC New and Beginning Farmer Program participants. Register ar

Lexington Rotary Oyster Roast & BBQ: 4-10 p.m. April 1 at Lexington County Football Field, 649 Ballpark Road. Fresh oysters, slow smoked BBQ, Lowcountry boil, and plenty of beer and wine and live music. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Scholarship Program for graduates of Lexington, White Knoll, and River Bluff high schools and Lexington Technology Center. Tickets $40/adult, $20/children (ages 6-12), available at

Sheep Shearing Day at Old McCaskill’s Farm: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 22, Old McCaskill’s Farm, 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Vist the working farm during the annual sheep shearing, watch border collies herd sheep, demonstrations of spinners, weavers, quilters, and blacksmithing. Working saw mill and grits mill onsite. Farm concessions available, admission $5/adult; free for children under age 2. (803) 432-9537,

A Chef’s Feast to benefit Transitions Homeless Center: 6-9 p.m. April 23 at Tallulah, 2400 Devine St. Chefs Russell Jones (Tallulah), Mimie Holmes (Mimie’s International Cuisine), Ramone Dickerson (2 Fat 2 Fly & Wing City), Teryi Youngblood (Passerelle Bistro, Greenville), Steven Musolf (Lazy Goat, Greenville), and Frank Lee (formerly of S.N.O.B., Charleston) create a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Sponsored by NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank. Tickets: $125/person dinner only; $175/person for dinner + VIP reception; sponsorships: $5,000/Executive Chef sponsor level or $2,500/Sous Chef sponsor level.

Roast & Toast Euphoria: 2-5 p.m. April 23 at Wyche Pavillion, 300 S. Main St., Greenville. Euphoria Greenville kicks off the 2017 festival season with a barbecue and oyster roast. Enjoy steamed oysters from the Rappahannock Oyster Co. and barbecue from Elliott Moss, of Asheville’s Buxton Hall Barbecue, and check out the line-up for the September festival. Tickets $65/person, available at

Butcher Paper Dinner Series: Crawfish Boil: 3-7 p.m. April 29 at City Roots. It’s a friendly free-for-all as you gather ‘round the table and eat directly from the pile of fresh steamed crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and other vegetables. Crawfish Boil ticket holders will receive free entry to the Rosewood Crawfish Festival on May 7.

South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival: April 29, hosted by Foodtruck Festivals of America at SC State Fairgrounds.

Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event: 10 a.m-3 p.m. April 29 at Holiday Inn Express, 7329 Garners Ferry Rd. Learn more about gluten and allergies through lectures, demonstrations and food samples. Tickets, $10/adult, event is free for children 13 and younger, and information at

Cinco de Mayo Harvest Dinner: 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 5 at City Roots Farm. Bourbon’s Executive Chef Frank Bradley and Farm to Table Resident Chef Drew Thompson prepare a family-style four-course dinner to ceelbrate Mexican-American culture. $75/person,

Senate’s End Spring Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7 at 302 Artisans, 302 Senate St. Celebrate Spring with a festival of creative vendors, live music, food and more, just a block from the Gervais Street Bridge. Admission is FREE.

Mother’s Day Brunch on the Farm: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at City Roots Farm. Bourbon’s Executive Chef Frank Bradley and Farm to Table Resident Chef Drew Thompson prepare a family-style three-course brunch to honor mothers. Bottomless mimosa bar, wine available for purchase. Tickers $45/person,

Taste of Black Columbia: 7:30-11 p.m. May 19 at SC State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Sophisticated Southern charm is the theme as local eateries celebrate the best of Midlands cuisine. Proceeds to benefit local charity. Tickets, $65-$75, include admission, tasting, complimentary cocktails and entertainment.

Hops N’ Hogs: May 19, Hayne Ave. and Pendleton St. in Aiken. Beer from regional craft breweries, barbecue from local vendors and live music from the Palmetto Grove Band. (803) 649-2221.

Bovinoche: 3-11 p.m. May 20, The Grove, 6809 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. Jeff Bannister and friends cook whole animals — pigs, goats, chicken and an entire cow — over open fires, and a traditional paella made in a pan “large enough for a normal person to sleep in.” Tickets $55/person includes all food. Beer and wine available, extra. or

Farm to Table Event Co. Drink Pink Rose Festival: May 21 at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Featuring close to 100 rose wines to sip and purchase, tickets $45/person,

Tombo treats: In addition to a rotating menu of specials, enjoy these “fixed” discounts: Mondays: $9 burger, beer & live music; Tuesday: $5 pizza & $15 bottles of wine; Thursday: 3-course dinner for two, $49. 4517 Forest Dr., (803) 782-4517

Wine Tuesdays at Rosso Trattoria Italia, in Trenholm Plaza, 25% off bottles of wine priced $50 or less, 20% off bottles of wine priced over $50, excludes chianti and pinot grigio.

Wednesday Wine Tasting at Gervais & Vine: 5:30-7 p.m., sample a few while enjoying live music; or check out the Happy Hour Wine Flights, 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, three 2-ounce glasses for $8. 620 Gervais St. (803) 799-8463,

Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft will feature select wines at $5 per glass and three to four wines that will be available for sampling and buying. Craft and Draft is at 2706 Devine St. (803) 764-2575,

Thursdays @ McCutchen: Seating begins at 6:30p.m. at McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. Enjoy a four- to five-course meal prepared by junior and senior students of the School of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. $28/person, bring your own wine, menues and reservations at

Third Thursday ART(uncorked) at SakiTumi, enjoy 3-4 wines and meet a local artist and discuss their original work. 807 Gervais St., (803) 931-0700,

Lunch at Old McCaskill’s Farm begins at noon every Friday. Served buffet-style, first come, first served, $10 per person. Check out the farm store while you’re there for farm-raised meats, cheeses and more. 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, (803) 432-9537,

Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi: By appointment, couples and small groups can call and arrange classes in the art of making sushi. Pricing options include food and class, or choose to include wine or hot sake. Call (803) 931-0700 after 2 p.m. for scheduling or information. SakiTumi is at 807 Gervais St.,

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.

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.

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, (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.

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.


Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours and Historic Columbia present historic food tours of the Vista: Saturday, March 4, choose 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 4-6:30 p.m. tour. Guests will visit five restaurants, sample some specialties and learn the history of Columbia. Tickets $38-$43, depending on the number in your party, custom tours for 10 or more guests. More information available at or call (803) 360-0578 or (803) 260-7992.

Columbia Food Tours takes you on walking tours of downtown Columbia and Five Points to experience the culture and cuisine of the capital city. Sign up for a tour, and visit six to eight of Columbia restaurants and sample items. Tours last 2 1/2 hours, rain or shine. Details and ticket reservations, $42 per person, at

Columbia Brew Bus offers tours of Columbia’s beer/wine and distilling scene. Choose the Brewery Tour: includes pick-up/drop-off at Liberty Tap Room, stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop, you get at least 16 ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Choose the Wine and Spirits Tour: pick-up/drop-off at Bourbon Columbia, stops at Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and Vino Garage. Distilleries will offer tour and tasting session. Vino Garage will have a custom tasting hosted by owner Doug Aylard. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and an all-S.C. music playlist curated by Scene SC. Tickets $45/person, $20 designated driver.

Copper Horse Distilling behind-the-scene tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Space is limited and reservations required, call (803) 779-2993 to book a spot. Large groups can be accommodated for private tours. All tours include a tasting of Copper Horse Distilling products (Old Mill Vodka, Copper Cream, Copper Horse Rum and Bulle Rock Gin). 929 Huger St.,

Cooking classes

A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH): Mondays at 6 p.m., through March 13, Clemson Area African-American Museum, 214 Butler St., Clemson. Tiffany Davis leads this six-week cooking series that explores the foods and flavors found throughout the African diaspora. ATOAH focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet, basic kitchen skills, nutrition and cultural history. $50/person includes recipes, food samples, workbook and Clemson Area African-American Museum T-shirt.

Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute: Chef Francois Fisera leads classes, $39/person, wine extra. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 3, filet of pork Oskar-style with crabmeat, bernaise and asparagus; March 7 & 10, lobster Thermador w/Mumm Champagne; March 14, lobster bisque & Parisian onion soup; March 17, Loire Valley wines w/mussels Normandy; March 21 & 24, swordfish, confetis of vegetables; March 25, hands-on, all day class ($144); March 28 & April 4, glazed shrimp w/poached pears & chocolate sauce. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Friday, March 3, tapas (6:30 p.m, $40); March 9, hands-on pasta (6:15 p.m, $45); March 10, couples, Spanish (6:30 p.m, $95/couple); March 17, couples, Irish(6:30 p.m, $95/couple); March 21, Wild Women (6:15 p.m, $50/2-for-1); March 24, couples, Asian (6:30 p.m, $95/couple); March 30, hands-on pasta (6:15 p.m, $45); March 31, small plate Italian (6:30 p.m., $40). Detailed listings at Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St., (803) 348-5874 or

McCutchen House at USC: Chef du Jour (Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. unless otherwise noted): March 11: braising comfort foods ($90/person); March 25, Springtime fruit tarts ($60/person); April 8, salmon 101 ($70/person); April 22, jams & jellies 101 ($65/person); May 13, salads for dinner ($60/person). Wine classes (6:30-8:30 p.m.): March 28, sparkling wines from around the world ($50/person); April 11, Mira wines ($50); April 18, Spanish wines ($50, waiting list); April 25, Greek wines ($50/waiting list). Register for classes through McCutchen House or call Becky Moran (803) 777-8225,

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 Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Fri 9 a.m.-noon for info or to register (803) 732-1899 or

Cocoa Lab at Ritz-Carlton Charlotte: Work alongside award-winning chefs to create items featuring chocolate, cocoa, and dessert flavors, fresh produce and herbs from the hotel’s rooftop gardens. Registration, $150/person/class, includes complimentary parking, recipe collection and keepsake apron Classes run 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, St. Pat’s: Guinness chocolate cupcakes, Baileys Irish Coffee caramel brownies, grasshopper pie; March 25, French macaroons; April 8, All About Cake Decorating (Part 1), black forest torte, vanilla pound cake, red velvet; April 22, All About Cake Decorating (Part 2), two-tier cake, fondant decorations, decorative flowers; May 13, Mother’s Day Treats: strawberry shortcake, quiche, vanilla creme puffs; May 20, Fresh Garden Desserts: rosemary apricot scones, lavender panna cotta with poached pears, honey chocolate eclairs; June 3, Dessert & Wine: molten chocolate cake with Cabernet Sauvignon, raspberry profiteroles with Champagne, lemon bars with Chardonnay; June 17: Father’s Day Desserts: caramel bacon popcorn, beer brownies, bourbon pecan pie; July 1, Fourth of July Celebration: apple pie, banana pudding, brownies, chocolate chip cookies; July 15, I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream: vanilla, chocolate, honey pecan and strawberry flavors. Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 201 East Trade St., Charlotte, (704) 547-2244,

Market News

City Roots Farm: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, 1005 Airport Blvd.,

Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street.

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Greene Street in front of Preston. 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 Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. For more listings, go to