Cooking for One, a Lunch and Learn session at the Lourie Center will demonstrate healthy recipes for the solo cook 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 people to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (803) 779-1971, ext. 12. The Lourie Center is located at 1650 Park Cirle. www.louriecentersc.com
Wine tasting at The Gourmet Shop, 6 p.m. Friday, March 13. Sample six distinct vintage champagnes from the 2004 and 2006 vintages with Cassondra Hall from Moet Hennessey. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call to reserve (803) 799-9463 or online at thegourmetshop.net The Gourmet Shop is at 724 Saluda Avenue.
Fritz Winery Wine Dinner at Loft 201 by Rosso, 6:30 p.m. March 17 at 701 Whaley. Three course dinner and dessert (featuring S.C. clams, warm panzanella salad, Heritage Farms Pork osso buco and dark chocolate mousse) paired with wines from Fritz Winery, California. Tickets $64 per person (includes tax and gratuity), call (803) 787-3949 for reservations.
BBQ, baby! The S.C. Department of Agriculture is seeking cooking teams for the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off & Festival to be held March 20-21 at the State Farmers Market. Sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network, grill masters and backyard enthusiasts will compete for the title of State Championship in the following categories: Boston Butt, Pork Ribs, Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and People’s Choice. Information at agriculture.sc.gov or contact Elizabeth Shuler at email@example.com
Grocery store tours every Monday in March. Dietitians from the Columbia-Midlands Dietetic Association will lead tours through the Gamecock BI-LO (4464 Devine St) and the BI-LO on North Main (3900 North Main) beginning at noon. First ten participants will recieve a free $10 BI-LO gift card and reusable shopping bag. More information, (803) 898-0263.
Beer vs Wine Dinner at Loft 201 by Rosso, 6:30 p.m. March 23 at 701 Whaley. Taste how beer and wine pair up with certain dishes during a four course dinner (example: first course house charcuterie plate with house pate, sausage, artisan cheeses, homemade pickles, roasted garlic-goat cheese spread and tarragon mustard is paired with Schneider Weisse beer and I’Ostal Cazes Rose, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France 2014 wine). Tickets $64 per person, call (803) 787-3949 for reservations.
Tickets are now on sale for Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase. This popular event, 3-6 p.m. April 19, is part chef showcase, part potluck with local home cooks participating in the community feast. Every dish will highlight at least one local, sustainable ingredient. Music by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul; cash bar with S.C. beers by The Whig. Participating restaurants include: Juniper, Rosso, Bourbon, Motor Supply, Terra, Baan Sawan, Spotted Salamander, Rosewood Market, Scott Hall Catering, The Oak Table, Whole Foods, Saluda’s, Good Life Cafe, Our Local Catch, Risorante Divino, 116 State, Charleston Cooks! and more. Event location, 701 Whaley. Tickets at www.indiegrits.com
Hilton Head Wine + Food Festival at Sea Pines Resort through March 14. Now in its 30th year, the festival celebrates the culinary culture of the Lowcountry as well as international wines. New additions this year: Par for the Cork, a pro-am-guest golf tournament on the Ocean Course; Guest Chef Vintner’s Dinners; and Barnyard Ruins Pig Picking with guest chef and local craft beers. New to Sea Pines, the festival’s Grand Tasting moves to the 18th lawn of Harbour Town Golf Links and the Public Tasting around Harbour Town Yacht Basin with chef demos at Sysco Outdoor Gourmet Pavillion. www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com
We all scream for FREE ice cream! Dairy Queen celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Free Cone Day March 16. Participating locations of Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill will serve free small vanilla soft-serve cones, limit one per customer. The DQ system will also be requesting donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More information at DairyQueen.com
Celebrate St. Pat’s at the Thicket! All Lizard’s Thicket locations will feature a special St. Patrick’s Day lunch menu of corned beef and cabbage and corned beef sandwiches. Also, if you plan on attending the St. Pat’s Five Points celebration, check out the Thicket’s booth selling Reuben sandwiches, chicken strips and combos. www.LizardsThicket.com
Uptown on Main presents A Taste of South Carolina. Celebrate the first days of spring with an in-store sampling of South Carolina food products 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20 and 21. Get ready for the season’s big events (Carolina Cup, baseball tailgating, wedding showers, etc) and learn how to prepare, use and pair some of the state’s yummy offerings. Uptown on Main is at 1204 Main St., (803) 661-7651, www.uptownsc.com
S oda City Suds Week is a new, independent week-long celebration of local craft brews presented by Midlands Craft Beer Supporters March 21-28. Scheduled events include: March 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Soda City Suds & Spuds, a party at Soda City Market; March 21, 2-10 p.m., Meet the Brewers, get up close and personal with brewers from River Rat, Conquest, Swamp Cabbage and more at River Rat Brewery along Shop Road; March 26, 4-8 p.m., Thomas Creek Night at Craft and Draft on Devine Street; March 26, 5-7 p.m., Rare Keg Night at Green’s on Piney Grove; March 28, noon-5 p.m., Cream of the Crop Beer Fest at City Roots featuring S.C. and N.C. breweries and food from Bourbon, Rosso, The Oak Table and Low Co BBQ. Tickets to this event are available at eventbrite.com For more information, follow @sodacitysuds and @FarmToTableCo or check out their Facebook pages. More info at sodacitysudsweek.com
Sign up time for City Roots Spring CSA! Choose a small (perfect for one or a couple) or large (for about 4 people) share and enjoy locally grown veggies from City Roots. The Spring CSA runs April 23 through June 11 and planned crops include carrots, beets, collards, broccoli, kohlrabi, purple and green cabbage, radishes, turnips, spinach, arugula, bok choy, swiss chard, mizuna, tatsoi, lettuce, kale and tomatoes. There are three eight-week programs each year. Learn more and sign up at cityroots.org. The farm is located at 1005 Airport Blvd, (803) 254-2302.
Greenville Small Plate Crawl, presented by Six & Twenty Distillery, is March 24-26 Featuring 19 restaurants in downtown Greenville and five in Travellers Rest, participants are encouraged to check out each restaurant’s special small plate offering, ranging from $3 to $8, made to highlight the skills of the resident chef. Details and participating restaurants at greenvillesmallplatecrawl.com
Oyster Roast and Silent Auction to benefit Communities in Schools of the Midlands will be 6 p.m. March 27 at First Citizens Courtyard at Main and Lady streets. Enjoy fresh oysters, Beaufort stew, herb-roasted chicken, cocktails and more. Tickets, $50 per person, are sold in advance only and are available at www.cism.org
America Loves Bacon Tour hits Columbia, 11:30-7 p.m. March 28 at Carolina Walk (900 S. Stadium Road). Meet Chef Brian Duff from Bar Rescue and enjoy live music, sign up for the bacon-eating contest, and sample lots of, well, bacon-centric dishes. General admission tickets $25 (covers entry 1-7 p.m., 5 sampling tickets, entertainment, cooking demos) or VIP tickets $75 (early 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. entry, 10 sampling tickets, official t-shirt, poster, laminate pass). Information and tickets at americalovesbacon.com
South Carolina Cornbread Festival 8 a.m-8 p.m. March 28 at 2800 block of North Main and Newman streets. Participate in the Cornbread Cook-off, cornbread eating contest or the SC Cornbread Festival Pageant. Enjoy classic and contemporary car show, live entertainment and the Corn Muffin Playland. Admission $5, kids ages 12 and under get in free. More information at www.sccornbreadfestival.com
The 68th annual St Katherines’ Ladies Philoptochos Society Luncheon and Bake Sale is April 2 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter Street. Enjoy authentic Greek foods, pastries, Easter bread and Easter baskets. Frozen pans of spanakopita and more will be available for sale.
Columbia Vegan Vegetarian Macrobiotic Potluck, a monthly gathering is 6 p.m. the first Sunday of the month (April 5 is next) at Unitarian Universalist Church. Bring a vegan dish or dessert that will serve eight to ten people. Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 2701 Heyward Street. More information at www.meetup.com/Columbia-Vegan-Vegetarian-Macrobiotic-Meetup
PJs & Pearls Brunch to benefit local domestic violence victims, Sistercare and Epworth Children’s Home, 10:30 a.m. - noon April 11 at Southern Occasions, 137, North Oak Street in Batesburg-Leesville. Hosted by the Women’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville, participants are asked to wear their best pajamas and pearls while enjoying a beautifully prepared brunch and inspirational entertainment. Tickets $10 per person, information call Lois Black, (803) 413-2437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Days of Wine and Peonies 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Columbia Museum of Art. Explore the Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal exhibit followed by a floral arranging class with Cricket Newman, wine and hors d-oeuvres will be served. $60 per person, $50 for CMA members. 1515 Main Street, (803) 799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org
Wine for Water Earth Day event is April 22. Enjoy local food and wines from around the world while helping to support and preserve the Gills Creek, Rocky Branch and Smith Branch watershed associations. Details to come at sustainablemidlands.com
Mark your calendars! Farm to Table Event Co. has released dates for 2015. Highlights include: April 26, Dinner on Main: dine in the middle of Main featuring food from The Oak Table, Bourbon and The Whig, $125 per person. Also, for the first time, Harvest Dinner Season Passes are available. More information at www.farmtotableevent.com and www.eventbrite.com
Charleston Insiders’ Weekend, May 1-3, celebrates the Holy City’s culinary scene, rich history and gracious style of living with events hosted by editors of Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Southern Living, Coastal Living and Departures, local chefs, musicians and artisans. Check out tickets for single events and packages at www.travelandleisure.com. Don’t miss the May 2 Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Lowcountry boil, pig roast and outdoor concert at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
Bovinoche is back baby! And this time, there’s yak! Jeff Bannister, a specialist in whole-animal roasting, is doing it again May 16 in Simpsonville. Every year Bannister tries to surprise with one exotic item on the menu. This year, he will roast a whole yak on a custom rotisserie, 12 asado goats, 10 asado and smoked lambs, a wild boar, a 7-to-9-foot whole stuffed alligator, numerous pigs both smoked and cooked Cuban style in La Caja China boxes and chickens cooked in clay and in coal-fired Orion cookers. Chef Liz Bardsley will demonstrate wild mushroom risotto (in a 36-inch pan). There will be beer, wine, live music and entertainment and a children’s bouncy house. Tickets, $45 online at https://bovinoche.eventbrite.com include all food. Beer and wine extra. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. at Simpsonville City Park (next to the Police Station). See archived story at http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/01/2750339_as-seen-from-space-bovinova-the.html?rh=1 More information at www.bovinoche.com
A three-ring culinary circus: Asheville Wine & Food Festival, Aug. 20-22. The event opens with Elixir on Aug. 20, a competition between chefs and mixologists. Then comes Sweet, the largest gathering of pastry chefs on the East Coast. The weekend ends with the Grand Tasting at the US Cellular Center. Information and tickets at ashevillewineandfood.com
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns Oct. 30 and 31 at Epcot Resort Area Hotel. This outdoor event will feature 40 stations of culinary selections, wine from more than 30 wineries and a beer garden featuring local and seasonal brews from around the world. Event details and ticket packages available at www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or www.facebook.com/swananddolphin or call 1-800-227-1500
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft. Each Wednesday 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 Street, (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours, led by Gloria Freeman and Janet Jordan, take you on a 21/2-hour walking tour of the Vista, visiting five of the area’s top restaurants. Information, www.twogalsfoodtours.com or (803) 260-7992 or (803) 360-0578. Ask about customized tours or Vista Crawls for you and your friends.
Columbia Food Tours, owned by Kristin and Brian Cole, take you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the Capital City. Sign up for a tour, gathering at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia’s finest restaurants and sample items from the menu. Tours last 21/2-hours, rain or shine. More information and ticket reservations at www.columbiafoodtours.com
Columbia Brew Bus offers tours of Columbia’s growing beer scene. A standard tour, $50, includes pickup at one of the partner restaurants (Flying Saucer, Liberty Tap Room or World of Beer) and stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop you get at least 24-ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and and all-SC music playlist curated by Scene SC. Information and booking at www.columbiabrewbus.com
Greenville Brew Tours offers Saturday tours of breweries, an overview of the brewing processes and tastings of craft beers with a final stop at The Greenville Growler Station, a leading craft beer tavern in Greenville. Participating breweries include Thomas Creek, Brewery 85, Quest Brewing and Swamp Rabbit Brewery with occasional excursions to Charlotte, Asheville, and Athens. Tickets are $55 per person. Private tours available. Information, schedule and ticket reservations at greenvillebrewtours.com
Recipe search by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The publication is searching for the best recipes by home cooks, and the stories behind them. Submit your story and recipe by 5 p.m. April 1 and be eligible to win prizes. Recipes must be the property of the submitter, original and unpublished. No limit to the number of entries per person. Submitted entries become property of Yankee Publishing Inc., winning entries to be published in a new cookbook coming out in 2017. Rules and information at Almanac.com/favoriterecipe
Southern Peanut Growers PB My Way Recipe Contest is looking for your all-time favorite peanut butter recipes. Recipes can be of any type: holiday treats, snacks, desserts, main dishes, breakfast bites, etc. Top four contestants get one year supply (one case) of peanut butter and the grand prize winner will get a classic KitchenAid stand mixer. Deadline for entries is April 15. For more information or to submit an entry, go to www.peanutbutterlovers.com
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi. Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5-8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays between 5-5:30 p.m., 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 Street.
Providence Cooks! Providence Hospital’s award-winning cooking class teaches how to prepare flavorful, heart-healthy food. Taught by Providence chefs, registered dietitians and special guests. April 7, 6-8 p.m. Providence Orthopedic Hospital, Main Lobby, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd. Class $20 per person, preregistration required. Call (803) 256-5381 or toll-free (877) 256-5381.
Charleston Cooks! at Cross Hill. Thursday, March 12, seafood; March 13, couples Cuban; March 14, (10 a.m.) kid’s brunch, (5 p.m.) tacos; March 17, St. Pat’s Irish; March 19, wine workshop; March 20 & 21, couples tropical getaway; March 24, one-pot winders; March 25, gluten-free gourmet. For information or to register, call (803) 509-8111 or www.charlestoncooks.com
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday & Saturday, March 13 & 14, lobster thermidor with Mumm Champagne; March 16, 17, Maryland crab cakes; March 20, Spanish wines and paella Valencia; April 7, 10 & 11, duck a l’Orange; April 14 & 17, swordfish Grenobloise-style. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Thursday, March 12, Italian-American; Friday, March 13, couples French; March 17, Irish; March 19, French country; March 20, couples raclette; March 24, Wild Women; March 27, Italian. Detailed listings at letscookculinary.com. Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874
McCutchen House at USC. Chef du jour classes (9 a.m.-1 p.m.): March 21, basic sauces; April 4, basic knife skills; April 25, sausages. Wine classes: March 17, 10 for $20; March 31, Dinner with Conquest Brewery; April 14, wines of Australia and New Zealand; April 28, wines of Oregon Culinary Institute Certification: a yearlong series of classes designed to support your success by including lectures and hands-on application of each skill set. Classes begin March 24 with graduation on March 14, 2016. Registration for all classes at http://www.hrsm.sc.edu/mccutchen-house or call (803) 777-4450