Food & Drink

Summer culinary calendar

Free grocery store tours

The South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional organization of registered dietitians, in conjunction with Food Lion is offering free grocery store tours as a service to the community. The focus of these 90-minute tours will be healthy eating on a budget. Stop by or call the store nearest you to register. Recipes, educational materials and door prizes are part of each event.


June 6, 2 p.m., 1001 Harden Street, (803) 748-8104

June 7, 2 p.m., 2312 Decker Blvd., (803) 788-8211

June 19, 11 a.m., 4760 Hardscrabble Road, (803) 462-9403

June 20, 1 p.m., 9031 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 698-9757

June 27, 2:30 p.m, 1013 Broad River Road, (803) 795-2435

Zoes Kitchen celebrates Kids

Zoes Kitchen at 4855 Forest Drive is hosting its first Kids Day celebration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday as a way for families and friends to spend quality time together. During the day, there will be face painting, a balloon artist, an artwork station and Columbia police and firefighters will be handing out stickers and coloring books. The restaurant will be giving away a year of free Zoes Kids Meals to one winner. To enter the contest, Zoes Kitchen Instagram followers should post a photo from the event using the hashtag #ZoesKidsDay.

Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Gervais & Vine

Enjoy a four-course dinner highlighting local sustainable seafood 6:30 p.m. June 4 at Gervais & Vine. Representatives from the Sustainable Seafood Initiative in Charleston will talk about the importance of sustainability and the ongoing work at the Initiative. Tickets $38, includes wine pairings. Gervais & Vine is at 620-A Gervais St., (803) 799-8463,

Want to find restaurants serving locally grown food? There’s an app for that

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will unveil a free Fresh on the Menu app on June 4 that will allow users to find restaurants serving at least 25 percent Certified South Carolina Grown produce and products on their menus when in season. The app will be compatible with iPad, iPhone and Android devices 4.0 and higher and you can search categories of Restaurants, Chefs, Recipes and Roots (showing farms, produce companies and breweries supplying the restaurants). Preview the app at


Food Truck Rodeo to benefit United Way is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday on Pendelton Street between Marion and Sumter streets. Pawleys Front Porch, 2 Fat 2 Fly, The Wurst Wagen and Columbia Blowfish will be there.

Farm to Table Dinner at City Roots

7 p.m. June 3 will feature chefs

Kristian Niemi, Travis Rayle


Mike Davis

preparing a five-course meal paired with Italian wines and a special American Harvest cocktail reception. Tickets $60, available at
The Upstate Farm Tour

is Saturday and Sunday. Tour 24 farms throughout Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, Greenwood and Spartanburg counties. Food stops along the tour include Grits&Groceries at Friends Farm, Swamp Rabbit Cafe at Red Fern Farm and Marvelous Pies at Greenbrier Farms. Slow Food Upstate will be hosting free mini-workshops entitled “Beef, Guilt-free” and “Marvelous Marinade” Saturday at Gibson Farm and Sunday at Walker Century Farms. There will also be an after-tour party at Swamp Rabbit Cafe in Greenville 6:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring live music. Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance, $30 on the tour; or $10 per farm (available for purchase at all farms on the tour). Cycle groups count as one vehicle. Don’t forget to bring a cooler for your food purchases.
Harvest Week at Motor Supply

is June 11-16 come meet local farmers and enjoy special menus featuring dueling ingredients from local farms and Harvest Week cocktails. Motor Supply is at 920 Gervais Street. Information at


Enjoy the Taste of Newberry

5-7:30 p.m. June 14 in Memorial Park, in front of the Newberry Opera House, as local restaurants serve up delicious samples from their menus. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy live music and quench your thirst in the beer garden. Admission is free, $1 tickets will be sold and redeemable for food and beverages. Information, (803) 276-6264 or
Rotary Club of the Vista Night 16th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

to benefit Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 11 at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Join the fun with priceless auction items, the Midlands’ best wine selection, complimentary valet parking and more. Tickets $45, available at (803) 371-6687, (803) 413-0446 or
Lexington County Peach Festival

is 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 4 at Gilbert Community Park. Just about anything and everything that can be made from peaches will be highlighted along with arts and crafts, beauty pageants, a car show and fireworks. Details at
Palmetto Palate

features local chefs showcasing local ingredients in an evening of food and fun at 701 Whaley. Friends of the Farm Bureau PAC organizes the event. Tickets for this event, 6 p.m. July 25, are $50 and available by calling Kristin Lavender (803) 936-4219 or online at


Tasty Tomato

festival is Saturday, July 20, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood. This is a celebration of all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Details:


Savannah Food & Wine Festival

is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, a celebrity chef tour, wine strolls and more. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa. California. Official website

launches June 10, tickets go on sale July 1.

Music to Your Mouth a celebration of fine Southern food and wine and chefs is in its seventh year at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. This year’s festivities will be Nov. 19-24. Slated for appearances this year are Sean Brock, Julian P. VanWinkle III, John T. Edge, Kevin Gillespie, Mike Lata, Craig Deihl, Edward Lee, Rodney Scott and Anne Quatrano. Event tickets go on sale June 15, Whole Hog & A Bed package tickets are available now.

Zaycon Foods trucks in deals on bulk items of groceries.

Here’s how it works, go to the Zaycon Foods website,

, and create an account. Place an order for bulk items and note the pickup at a designated time and place. Zaycon is currently featuring bacon for online purchase. Order pickup will be June 15, 2:45-3 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 416 Denham Avenue, and 4:15-4:45 at Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road; and June 17, 10-10:30 a.m. at Seacoast Church, 1955 Legrand Road

Market News

Forest Acres Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Richland Mall, next to Wendy’s on Beltline Boulevard

Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market

Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations.

or email

Vista Marketplace at Whaley,

10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 711 Whaley St. Facebook page: Vista Marketplace at Whaley

Rosewood Market Farmers Market

, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410
Northeast Farmers Market

, 3-7 p.m. Mondays at Doko Meadows in Blythewood and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at Town Center through November 7.

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)
Healthy Carolina’s Farmers Market,

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through July 30 on Greene Street in front of the Russell House.
Sandhill Farmers Market

, open 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 900 Clemson Road through Nov. 26.


ROUND TWO: The 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off is now accepting entries in the Simple Sweets category. ends ThursdayMay 9


BBQ Shop Talk will be holding a series of grilling classes at the SC State Farmers Market. Sunday classes, noon-5 p.m., $99 per class includes samplings, recipes and take-home food. June 9, guys grilling; July 14, start your own competition cook team. Call Mark Busbee, (803) 513-6087, or Tim Handy, (843) 214-3736.

Columbia Cooks!

has a series of camps and classes for children starting June 10 and running through Aug. 10. Camps include: June 10-14 and June 24-28 (both for ages 9-12); July 1-3 (ages 7-10) and July 30-August 1 (camp for kids with food allergies). Details: or to register for camps, see


There is a Healthy Cooking and Eating class for kids age 9 and older, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 14, $25 per child. To register for this class, contact Sherretta Thomas at (803) 576-5636 or or online at Columbia’s Cooking! is located on the USC campus in the Discover I Building, 915 Greene Street.

Taste Buds Cooking Lab at EdVenture

. Summer camps: $145 per week/per child EdVenture members, $165 non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes t-shirt and food.

Ages 3-4 years:

June 24-28 or July 29-Aug. 2, Edible EdVentures;

Ages 5-7:

June 10-14, July 15-19 or Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook;

Ages 8-10:

June 3-7 or July 8-12, Global Eats;

Ages 11-12:

July 22-26, Camp Chef. More information or register at

or call Brittani Lane (803) 400-1154 or

Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill.

Today, basic meat and poultry; June 3, meatless meals; June 4, Thai; June 5, fish & shellfish; June 7, couples summer. For children,

Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes:

All classes are hands-on participation. Schedule includes: Kids Around the World Workshop for ages 8-12, June 10-June 13 or July 22-July 25; Colors, Shapes and Sizes for ages 5-7, June 25 and July 9; Teen Bootcamp: Sweet and Savory Fundamentals (ages 13-16), June 27 and July 11; Culinary Road Trip Camp (ages 8-12), July 1- July 3; Baking Workshop (ages 8-12) July 15-18 or August 5-8; Cooking Through Time Culinary Camp (ages 8-12), July 29-August 1. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at

Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute.

Friday, pasta; June 5, shrimp and lobster; June 19, wild salmon; June 21, wine tasting; June 25 and 28, steak au poivre. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio

events: Katherine Shavo host a series of Healthy Weigh courses Tuesdays in June (June 4: processed food and what to avoid and reading food labels; June 11: grocery store tour; June 18: using herbs and spices for flavor; June 25: planning meals, dining out), $50 individual classes, $25 grocery store tour only, register at

; June 19, Eye on Food with Chef Larry Platt; June 21, couples Asian; June 22, Beaufort stew;

Kid’s Camp

(ages 5-13): June 24-27 with Jan Pinnington, $140, includes workbook, recipes, DVD and kitchen tool set. Detailed listings at

. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe.

See complete schedule and sign up for classes at

http://webapps McCutchen