Lexington Baker on Cupcake Wars; Get Harvesty

By Eva Moore
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In this week’s most random but cool Midlands happening, Nicole Storey, who runs Lexington’s Izzabee’s Confectioneries, will appear on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

And here’s how the network describes Saturday’s episode: “Four cupcake bakers fight to the finish for the chance at having their cupcakes at a concert and afterparty for the band Hanson and a $10,000 prize. To get there, they must win over three special guest judges: Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson!”

Storey laughs when asked about appearing on a show with Hanson — because as a preteen when Hanson hit it big, she was a big fan. (Her mother made sure to mention that to the Hanson brothers during the show’s taping.)

A recent transplant from California, Storey moved here in July and launched her small baking business.

Want to try some of these soon-to-be-famous cupcakes? Izzabee’s will be at the Town of Lexington’s Farmers Market on Oct. 19 and 26. The market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 206 N. Church St.

The Cupcake Wars episode featuring Storey debuts at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and airs again at 3 a.m. on Oct 20 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 23.

Get Harvesty

Twice a year, Motor Supply Co. Bistro invites its customers to meet the farmers and other local suppliers who create food for the restaurant. They call it Harvest Week, and the fall installment started Tuesday. Each night all week, new dishes featuring ingredients from these farms will appear on the dinner menu. But it’s not just about food: Head bartender Joshua Streetman has created a special bar menu of 10 specialty cocktails using local ingredients. Take the Dixie Meets Havana, made of Brugal Extra Dry Rum, Humble Farm pineapple sage, Berry Hill Farm blueberries and cinnamon syrup. Humble Farm is located in Gilbert; it grows heirloom veggies and heirloom vegetables and various herbs and flowers. And Berry Hill Farm is a 10-acre U-pick blueberry farm in Lexington.

Harvest Week runs through Sunday, Oct. 20. Call 256-6687 for reservations or more information.

So Much to Do

As happens every fall, there’s a lot to do in the Midlands, and some of it has to do with food. Here, some quick food highlights for the week.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society hosts Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ, a silent auction and fundraiser to raise funds to finish renovating the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. There’ll be food from Whole Foods and Scott Hall Catering, and booze from Conquest Brewing and Elmo Pio wines. Visit bluegrassbiddingbbq.eventbrite.com to buy tickets, which are $20 for Palladium Society members, $30 for Historic Columbia members and $40 for everyone else.

The folks at King Arthur Flour host several two-hour baking demonstrations in Columbia this weekend, which include expert advice, free recipes, coupons and a chance to win baking-related door prizes. They’ll be at the State Fair’s Moore Building Friday, Oct. 19 at noon for Perfect Pies & Savory Scones and at 7 p.m. for Baking with Yeast & Whole Grains. And they’ll be at the Holiday Inn at 8105 Two Notch Road on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The 11th annual Lake Carolina Food and Wine Festival is Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. For $35 ($30 in advance), you’ll get wine and food from such local establishments as Polliwogs, Earth Fare, Total Wine and Hudson’s Classic Catering. Visit lakecarolinawineandfood.com for more information.

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