Sign up for a CSA! Community Supported Agriculture shares are available for purchase from area farms. Each farm site will have different prices/sizes/drop-off sites, so check them out to see which is best for you. Typically, a share will consist of a box of vegetables and/or fruit grown on site, but other forms of farm products (meats and cheeses) might be available. Here are some local CSAs: City Roots, cityroots.org/csa/; Pinckney’s Produce (also delivers to USC-Columbia campus), www.pinckneysproduce.com/csa/; Brown Box Veggies (gathers from area farms), www.brownboxveggies.com; and Gruber Family CSA Farm, gruber-csa-farm.com.
Tiki Week at Bourbon: through Feb. 6. Check out “Bourbon Oasis,” with island drinks, pu-pu platters and kitschy cocktails replacing the usual food and cocktail menu. The downtown restaurant will take on a Tiki theme with bamboo, grass thatch, Tiki masks and more. Classic cocktails will include mai tais, zombies, Navy grogs and painkillers. Sip one while dining on jerk chicken with banana curry, roasted pork, sweet and sour shrimp and more. 1214 Main St. (803) 403-1404, www.bourboncolumbia.com
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church annual “Rose Wilkins’ World Famous Chicken Bog” 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 29 at 403 Park Road, Lexington. Tickets are $7 adult, and children 12 and under $3; take-out dinners available. More information, (803) 359-2444 (8 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F).
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EdVenture FROST: A Winter Gala to Benefit EdVenture Children’s Museum, 7 p.m. Jan. 30. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and cuisine prepared by chefs Kenny Smith and Ashley Hutto & EdVenture’s Cooking Lab, live music and silent auction. Tickets to this black tie event $125/person with proceeds to benefit Yes, Every Child, available at www.EdVentureFrost.com or (803) 400-1152.
33rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31 at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. Live music, wine and beer, oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, children’s area and more. Rain or shine, no pets or coolers. Tickets $17.50 in advance, $25 at gate; VIP tickets $100 in advance, includes access to VIP lane at entry and VIP tent; available at www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.
Little Black Dress Wine & Cheese Affair, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 6 at Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, hosted by the Women’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville. Tickets $25, includes drinks, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction, dancing and music by DJ Ronnie Lane. Proceeds to benefit local scholarships and community improvement projects. Tickets and information: (803) 413-2437 or email email@example.com.
Good Catch Oyster Fest, 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 5 at South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Warf, Charleston. Early Bird tickets $40/person through Jan. 22; $45/person after Jan. 22. All-inclusive ticket includes local craft beer from Tradesmen Brewing Co., Cooper River Brewing Company and Holy City Brewing; sustainable seafood dishes from The Lot, Middleton Place Restaurant, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar and Screen Door; oysters from Hiser Sea Farms and St. Jude Farms. www.scaquarium.org.
A lesson in charcuterie, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6 at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mount Vernon Church Rd., Chapin. Culinary Arts Department Chef Patrick Duggan and Chef Henry Griffin, of Ristorante Divino, lead a demo and sampling of cured and processed meats. Menu includes beet-cured salmon, sausage, cured bacon, chicken liver pate and bacon jam and pickled onions. $40 per person, call (803) 476-8601 for registration.
Cork Shuckin’ Festival 1-5 p.m. Feb. 6 at Firefly Distillery and Deep Water Vineyards, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island. Admission $5 per car; oysters, wine and Firefly spirits, and food truck items extra. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs for relaxing and enjoying live music from Don Merkle and the Blacksmiths. (843) 559-6867, www.deepwatervineyard.com.
Historic Happy Hour at Mann-Simons, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 19, hosted by Historic Columbia. Take a sneak peek at new exhibits and participate in hands-on activities while enjoying adult beverages and light refreshments. $15 Historic Columbia members, $20 non-members, must be 21 or over. www.historiccolumbia.org or (803) 252-1770, ext.23, firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening with Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Columbia’s Cooking kitchen, 915 Greene St. Enjoy a menu of Mediterranean cuisine including shrimp saganaki, spanakopita, zucchini frittata, cabbage walnut cranberry salad, sauteed greens with garlic and cannelloni beans, roasted carrots, green beans with ginger, medirterranean pastak and fruit tart with marscapone and almond paste filling. $45/person, register by 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at www.columbiascooking.org
The Palladium Society’s Chili Cook-Off, Feb. 27 at Music Farm Columbia. In its 18th year, the annual Chili Cook-Off features a variety of chili recipes from regional cooks, judging by local celebrities, cash prizes for the winning cooks, and live music from local bands. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The $25 entry fee covers one chili entry plus two tickets (for cook and one guest). Limited spaces for cookers, so register soon at historiccolumbia.org or contact Lauren Mojkowski at email@example.com Want to taste, rather than cook? Advance tickets $20 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members, $30 for general public; all tickets $40 at the door. Ticket price includes all you can eat chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds will benefit Historic Columbia. Tickets available at historiccolumbia.org/chili, (803) 252-7742, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leap Into Whiskey Dinner at Gervais & Vine, 7 p.m. Feb. 29. Celebrate Leap Year with a pairing of Irish whiskeys with a four course dinner presented by guest host Jacob Benchoff of Southern Wine & Spirits. Reservations, (803) 799-8463. www.gervine.com.
Speaking of Whiskey... Tickets for the 2016 Great American Whiskey Fair are on sale now. The event, scheduled for Sept. 29 at 701 Whaley, is the largest whiskey tasting in the United States. Early bird admission is $50/person and $100/person VIP, tickets available at eventbrite.com. More information at ExperienceWhiskey.com or email email@example.com
Have Lunch at Old McCaskill’s Farm begins at noon every Friday. Served buffet style, first come, first served, $10 per person. Check out the farm store while you’re there for farm-raised meats, cheeses and more. 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert, (803) 432-9537, www.oldmccaskillfarm.com.
Take a trip, see a farm: The South Carolina Agritourism Association has created a Passport Program for farms in order to educate folks on what the agriculture industry means to the state. Participants can get a passport from any of the 44 farms on the tour and the more stamps collected in the passport, the more chances to win prizes, with one winner taking home $100 in Certified SC products. https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-services/agritourism/.
Speaking of farms ... Ag+Art Tour seeking participants for the June program. Farmers in Horry, Chesterfield, Darlington, Lancaster, York, Fairfield, Kershaw, Cheraw and Union counties are asked to participate as hosts to a self-guided tour featuring farms, local artists and farmers markets. The farm recruitment site has been set up at www.agandarttour.com/farms and has information about the tour, county chairperson contact information and a link to the online Google-doc application. There is no fee to participate as a farm site. Deadline for interested farm sites to apply is 5 p.m. Feb. 12.
Learn to become a farmer 1. Incubator Farm plots available at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Road in Columbia. Participants in the Agriculture Incubator Program will have access to up to a 1/2 acre of irrigated land, a packing shed, equipment use, access to technical assistance, access to markets and training opportunities. Fee of $350 per year for up to three years, plus required safety and operation training. Contact Harry Crissy, firstname.lastname@example.org (use “Columbia Incubator” in subject line) or call (843) 730-5211.
Learn to become a farmer 2. Applications are being accepted through March 14 for the Growing New Farmers Program, a partnership between Lowcountry Local First and College of Charleston’s School of Professional Studies. This 6-month program offers a Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture and an optional apprenticeship, providing introductory agricultural production and business education while also incorporating hands-on training in the field. lowcountrylocalfirst.org/gnf-apprentice-program
Charleston Wine + Food tickets are on sale (some events are sold out!). Events are scheduled March 2-6 at locations in and around Charleston. charlestonwineandfood.com.
Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, Feb. 29-March 5 at various locations. Highlights include: Lowcountry Seafood Experience on the Water, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. daily from Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, $50/person, (843) 304-2878; Beefsteak All-You-Can-Eat, 5 p.m. March 3, Sunset Landing at Skull Creek Boathouse, $125/person, (843) 681-3663; Sunset Lowcountry Boil on the Tammy Jane, 5:30 p.m March 3, Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, $50/person, (843) 384-7833; Oyster Roast + Pig Picking, 5:30 p.m. March 4, Honey Horn Plantation, $35/advance, $45/door, (843) 681-2772; Seafood Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Shelter Cove Community Park, $6/person, kids under 10 free. hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com or www.facebook.com/hhiseafoodfest.
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, March 11-12, Harbor Town Marina. Tickets on sale now for all events (beginning March 7) leading up to the Grand Tasting, $125 per person, March 11 and the Public Tasting, $60 per person or $90 VIP per person, March 12. www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com.
Cream of the Crop Beer Festival, noon-5 p.m. March 26 at City Roots. In conjunction with Midlands Craft Beer Supporters Beer Week (Soda City Suds), sample and enjoy craft beers from North and South Carolina. Tickets $45, sold in advance only, includes tasting glass and beer guide, at eventbrite.com. Available for sale will be food from Bourbon, The Oak Table and Wurst Wagen, pints of beer and attendees will be able to fill their growlers at the end of the event for a fee.
Asheville Wine & Food Festival tickets on sale for the Grand Tasting at reduced prices until midnight on Jan, 14. Save 15% off regular tickets ($65 per person) and VIP ($100 per person) by using the password AWFF16 at checkout on Ticketmaster. More information at www.ashevillewineandfood.com)
Wednesday Wine Tasting at Gervais & Vine: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, sample a few while enjoying live music; or check out the Happy Hour Wine Flights, 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, three 2-ounce glasses for $8. 620 Gervais St. (803) 799-8463, www.gervine.com.
Wine Wednesdays at Craft And Draft 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 St. (803) 764-2575, www.craftanddraftbeer.com
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours and Historic Columbia partner for Vista food tours Feb. 27. Choose your time: 11 a.m. or 4 p.m., tours last 2 1/2 hours. Guests will visit five Vista restaurants for a tasting of their specialties while hearing about the history of Columbia and the Vista. Tickets start at $30, available at www.twogalsfoodtours.com or call (803) 360-0578.
Columbia Food Tours takes you on a walking tour of downtown Columbia to experience the culture and cuisine of the capital city. Sign up for a tour, gather at the State House steps, and visit six to eight of Columbia restaurants and sample items. Tours last 2 1/2 hours, rain or shine. Details and ticket reservations, $42 per person, at www.columbiafoodtours.com
Columbia Brew Bus offers tours of Columbia’s beer/wine and distilling scene. Choose the Brewery Tour: includes pick-up/drop-off at Liberty Tap Room, stops at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. At each stop you get at least 16 ounces of beer samples, brewery tour, Q&A with brewery staff and opportunity to buy brewery merchandise. Choose the Wine and Spirits Tour: pick-up/drop-off at Bourbon Columbia, stops at Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and Vino Garage. Distilleries will offer tour and tasting session. Vino Garage will have a custom tasting hosted by owner Doug Aylard. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing, light snacks, trivia and prizes, coolers to keep purchases cold and an all-S.C. music playlist curated by Scene SC. Tickets $45/person, $20 designated driver. www.columbiabrewbus.com
FoodShare Columbia connects families and communities with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers. The partnership of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Richland Library, USC School of Medicine, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Columbia Housing Authority provides boxed food that can be ordered twice a month, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bellfield Cultural Arts Center at 2611 Grant St., (803) 255-8161. Cost is $20; $10 for SNAP participants. Cash and EBT accepted.
Calling all chefs – current, retired and experienced: Cooking Matters, a new cooking and nutrition education curriculum, will offer cooking and nutrition classes for adults and is looking for volunteers to share their skills. Email Shorus Manning at email@example.com
Juniper cooking class with Chef Brandon Velie, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 28. Prepare delicious gluten-free dishes everyone can enjoy. $40 per person includes recipes, tasting and glass of wine. Reserve a seat, (803) 685-7547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Juniper is at 640 East Main St., Ridge Spring.
Learn to make sushi at SakiTumi: Wednesdays by appointment, 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 St.
Ballentine Community Center: Flavors of the World cooking class series, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Classes, $15 per person. Charlene Lyles, (803) 781-2031.
Cocoa Lab cooking school at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte: Early 2016 classes include: Feb. 6, Romantic Sweet Treats (pomegranate poached pears, Lady Baltimore cake, Grand Marnier truffles, chocolate chili souffle with vanilla Anglaise); March 19, Favorites from the Punch Room (S’mores torte with milk chocolate mousse, and yogurt-mint panna cotta with hand-blended granola and roasted pineapple); April 9, Elegant Springtime Desserts (honey carrot cake with candied carrots, blueberry lemon tarts, cheesecake mousse with strawberries and rhubarb, and rosemary apricot scones). All class times 8:30 a.m.-noon, $100 per person includes apron, recipe collection and hotel parking. Register by calling (704) 547-2244. The Ritz-Carlton, 201 East Trade St.
Chef Francois Fisera: Join cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Classes $39 per person, wine extra. Schedule includes Jan. 29, duck breast flambe w/Grand Marnier orange sauce; Feb. 2 & 5, individual Beef Wellington with foie gras; Feb. 8 & 9, pork stroganoff Absolut Vodka flambe; Feb. 13 & 14, crackling salmon; Feb. 21, French Cooking Goes to the Dogs (dinner for you and your four-legged friend). Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio: Prices per person unless noted. Jan. 29, small plate Italian ($40); Feb. 5, tapas ($40); Feb. 14, Valentine’s Dinner ($90/couple); Feb. 16, Wild Women ($50); Feb. 19, Asian dinner ($85/couple); Feb. 26, Lowcountry small plates ($40). 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.): Jan. 30, laminated doughs (extended class time, 6 hrs, $85 per person); Feb. 20, Holiday Dinner Made Easy ($50); March 5, Bread 101 (extended class time, 6 hrs, $85); March 19, jams & jellies ($60); April 2, Fish & Seafood 101 ($50); April 16, gourmet pizza on a budget ($50). Wine classes ($50/person): Jan. 26, Wines from Chile; Feb. 2, 10 for $20; Feb. 16, BBQ & Beer; March 1, For Red Lovers; April 12, Picnic Wines. Registration for classes through McCutchen House or call Becky Moran (803) 777-8225, email@example.com
Rosewood Market Farmers Market: 4-7 p.m. every Friday, 2803 Rosewood Drive. (803) 256-6410 www.rosewoodmarket.com
Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street; mini-market every Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Marriott on Main. www.sodacitysc.com
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