Food & Drink

Cooks Calendar


Learn from champion pit masters. Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class will cover the techniques and art of preparing Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and competition quality sauces and rubs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market. $275 per person includes lunch and all day barbecue samplings. Register online at or call Garland Hughes (803) 360-4700 or email

Columbia Cooks! has a cooking camp for children July 30-August 1 (camp for kids with food allergies). Details: or to register for camps, see 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/members, $165/non-members; register one week before camp starts, price includes T-shirt and food. Ages 3-4 years: July 29-Aug. 2, Edible EdVentures; Ages 5-7: July 15-19 or Aug. 5-9, Eddie’s Cookbook, learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits, receive apron and cookbook; 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, French sauces; Thursday, grilling; Friday, Bastille Day; Saturday, knife skills; July 15, Caribbean cookout; July 17, herbs; July 19, couples picnic; July 20, cupcakes. For children, Charleston Cooks! Kids’ Summer classes: All classes are hands-on participation. Schedule includes: Kids Around the World Workshop for ages 8-12, July 22-July 25; Colors, Shapes and Sizes for ages 5-7, July 9; Teen Bootcamp: Sweet and Savory Fundamentals (ages 13-16), July 11; 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, pork chops; July 16 and 19, frog legs; July 23, 30-minute meal; July 26, Loire Valley wines; July 30 and Aug. 2, beef tartare. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Katherine Shavo hosts a series of Healthy Cooking classes: July 16, blueberries and peaches July 30, herbs; Aug. 6-Sept. 4, five-week series on healthy cooking and nutrition ($190 for all five classes, single classes available), register at; Friday, tapas; Saturday, French Bastille Day; July 18, Italian; July 19, couples Asian; July 24, Eye on Food; July 26, couples soup. 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


Win a barbecue with Spike Mendelsohn. Just pick up specially marked cans or bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and enter the five- or six-digit code for your chance to win a barbecue with Spike (of Top Chef Seasons 4 and 8) and eleven of your favorite friends. Contest ends Aug. 20


The State Fair is now accepting entries in the Home & Craft category (includes baked goods, canning amd special baking contests). Enter now through Sept. 1 with no entry fee; late registration Sept. 2-13 with $25 late fee. More information and online entry forms at

Flying Saucer celebrates 10th anniversary in Columbia 5-11 p.m. July 18 with four rare brew releases. Beer enthusiasts age 21 and over will learn a bit about the special brews from Brandi Allen, general manager and in-house beer guru. Flying Saucer is located at 931 Senate Street, (803) 933-9997,

The Tasty Tomato Festival is July 20, at City Roots urban farm in Rosewood, celebrating all things tomato. Tickets are $5 in advance. Start celebrating early during the Twelve Days of Tasty Tomato going on now at area restaurants. Check out special tomato-centric dishes on the menus at 116 State, Cafe Strudel, Cellar on Greene, Cock n’ Bull, Crust Bakehouse, DiPrato’s, Drip on Main, Il Giorgione, Jake’s on Devine, Mr. Friendly’s, Rosewood Market Deli, Rosso, Solstice, Terra, The Oak Table and Thirsty Fellow. Enter the Tomato Contest, bring your entries to one of these locations: July 13: City Roots tent at Soda City Market (9 a.m.-noon) or Vista Marketplace at Whaley (9a.m.-1 p.m.); July 14: Whole Foods Market at Cross Hill (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); July 15: Rosewood Market (5-7 p.m.). Judging will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 701 Whaley with winners announced at the Tasty Tomato Festival. Details:

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

Gervais & Vine hosts the Milonga Paracticum Argentinian Dance Troupe July 22. Enjoy a performance and mix and mingle with the dancers. On Aug. 6, the restaurant hosts a Sustainable Seafood Dinner featuring Danielle Robinson from Republic National Wines and a representative from the Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Make reservatons now. 620 Gervais Street, (803) 799-8463,

Inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival is Nov. 11-17. This first-time event will feature wine dinners at area restaurants, wine strolls and more throughout the week. Special guest is Rob Mondavi Jr., of Mondavi Family Estate in Napa, California. A Celebrity Chef Tour, benefiting the James Beard Foundation and featuring chefs Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings and Steven Satterfield, will be Nov. 13 at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. See for information, 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 are available now.

Market News

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

Seeds of Hope at Lourie Center 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, 1650 Park Circle Drive, (803) 779-1971

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.

North Columbia Community Farmers Market, opens 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27, then every Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. Corner of North Main and Newman streets

Vista Marketplace Online Farmers Market Orders delivered to downtown offices/locations. or email

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, 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.