Food & Drink

Cooks Calendar


Check it out! Charleston’s Olde Colony Bakery’s benne wafers is featured in Food Network Magazine’s December issue listing 50 food gifts from the 50 states. The magazine is on newsstands now or link to the story at 50-states-50-food-gifts/ package/index.html

Holiday Harvest Dinner at City Roots 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Enjoy a three course meal presented by Chef Kristian Niemi, featuring City Roots winter vegetable soup with Anson Mills farro and Ashley Farms chicken skin broth, wood-roasted Manchester Farm quail, milk-braised Heritage Farms pork shank and bourbon-apple-pecan baklava with Bell Honey-goat cheese creme anglaise for dessert. Each course will be paired with wine and start the evening with Niemi’s Te Hayride American Harvest Organic Spirit cocktail. Tickets $60 per person, available at or

Sandhill Holiday Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12 at 900 Clemson Road. Stock up on fresh foods, crafts, jewelry, baked goods and more ... maybe even catch a glimpse of Santa himself.

You’ve heard of farm shares ... now there’s Seafood Shares from Our Local Catch. While supplies last, purchase full shares (4 people/3 meals per week includes 4 pounds total of triggerfish, rainbow trout, catfish and chorizo, 1 dozen Dave’s clams and 1 smoked trout fillet) for $69 or half shares (2 people/3 meals with 2 pounds total triggerfish, rainbow trout, catfish and chorizo plus your choice of either 1 dozen Dave’s clams or 1 smoked trout fillet) for $34. Our Local Catch is at Rosewood Market, 2803 Rosewood Drive, 1-7 p.m. Thursdays and at

Break open the bubbly at Gourmet Shop’s Holiday Bash 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Sip six different sparkling wines (including Vueve Clicquot and Moet Imperial Rose) and sample cheese, caviar, sushi and more. $35 per person, $60 per couple in advance. Call (803) 799-9463 or sign up online at The Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Avenue in Five Points.

Lower Richland Local Legends BBQ Cook-Off in Hopkins is scheduled for noon, Dec. 7. The South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) pits residents LaShaun Brawley, Mac Daniels, Rufus Mosley, Michael Robinson and Sherman Sumter in a cook-off to see who really does the best ’cue. Winner will be decided by popular vote, tasting samples will be free.

Recycle that cooking oil. You have choices: Richland County will take used fat, oil and grease at the Richland County C&D Landfill at 1070 Caughman Road North and at the county’s Lower Richland Drop-Off Site at 10531 Garners Ferry Road in Eastover. More information, call (803) 929-6000. Or take used cooking oil to the city of Columbia’s Southern Fried Fuel recycling program, open throughout the year, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at the Public Works Facility, 2910 Colonial Drive. Cooking oil should be free of water, soap suds and food scraps and should be transported in a clean, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.

Cooking classes

Center for Advanced Technical Studies Amazing holiday baking class with Chef Jamie McMillan, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7. Participants will prepare several desserts, including holiday cookies and eclairs with homemade custard and chocolate fudge. $40 per person, register by calling (803) 476-8601. 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin.

Midlands Technical College Corporate and Continuing Education Harbison Homemade Holiday Gifts that Wow with Stephanie DiMaggio. $39 per person includes material and supplies, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14, 7300 College Street, Irmo. Call to register (803) 732-0432.

Columbia’s Cooking! 2nd Friday cooking classes for kids age 9+. Upcoming classes: Dec. 13, holiday treats; classes 5:30-7:30 p.m., $25 per child. For upcoming classes and information, see htp:// Register by calling (803) 576-5636 or email 915 Greene Street Suite 101

Tiny TasteBuds cooking classes for children ages 3-5 years at EdVenture are 11 a.m.-noon the first and third Friday of each month now through May 2014. $10 per person, preregistration required. Holiday Creations bake-and-take a variety of holiday sweets 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 17; $25 per adult, pre-registration required. Special group classes available upon request Dec. 3-27. EdVenture is at 211 Gervais Street, (803) 779-3100,

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Friday, Nov. 29, mad for maple; Saturday, Nov. 30, holiday brunch; Dec. 4, Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits; Dec. 5, holiday party food; Dec. 6, couples holiday celebration; Dec. 9, Holiday party with Sheri Castle; Dec. 10, White Christmas; Dec. 11, gifts from the kitchen; Dec. 13, sparkling wines; Dec. 14, (10 a.m.) holiday baking. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Dec. 9 and 10, beef Rossini with truffle and foie gras; Dec. 17 and 18, mussels Bordelaise; Dec. 23 and 24, sea scallops Normandy style; Dec. 27, French champagnes; Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve black tie event. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Dec. 5, Italian small plates; Dec. 14, parent and child class with Katherine Shavo; Dec. 16, Artichoke Club Christmas cookbook exchange; Dec. 17, Wild Women; Dec. 23, lasagna. Detailed listings at Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

Market News

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. first and third Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket .com

Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. http://vista.locallygrown .net or email vista

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, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 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) www.irmofarmersmarket .com

Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 22 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. carolina/farmersmarket