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Soda City

Soda City Farmers Market has switched to summer hours of 8 a.m. to noon, now through September. Check out the vendors at

NEW DATE: Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Gervais & Vine

Enjoy a four-course dinner highlighting local sustainable seafood 6:30 p.m. June 25 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 unveils a free Fresh on the Menu app 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 is 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). Download the app at

Want someone to suggest something good to eat? There’s an app for that, too

Nara Logics Inc. unveils their app that will suggest restaurants to users based on that person’s personal tastes and preferences. It works like Pandora, but for foodies. Covering over 20,000 cities nationwide, users to the Nara website or mobile application can get personalized and accurate recommendations for any given location. Check it out at or on Twitter @Nara__me


Cravin’ raisins? Enter America’s Best Raisin Bread contest for a chance to win a five-day trip to California that includes tours of Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley and a visit to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Deadline for entries in the Best Commercial Raisin Bread, Best Artisan Raisin Bread or Best Breakfast Item categories is July 1. Information and registration at


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. Schedule: Thursday, 2 p.m., 1001 Harden Street, (803) 748-8104; Friday, 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


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.

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

, 8 a.m.-noon. 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.


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, fish & shellfish; Saturday, 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.

Today, 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 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