Bored this summer? Tired of cooking the same dishes? You might try a cooking class.
Charleston Cooks! offers several courses, including an intriguing-looking one this coming Monday called Meatless Monday, during which you’ll learn to cook some worthwhile veggie main dishes; the two-hour participatory class costs $50. Kids’ and teen classes are also available, in case your kids are bored, too. Visit charlestoncooks.com/columbia/classes for more information and to register.
From what we’ve heard, Fleur de Lys cooking classes are something like a classical French cooking show put on by chef/owner Francois Fisera. Upcoming classes include deer loin in a grand-veneur sauce this Friday, June 13; a class called The World of Pink Sparkling with Carolina Trout, Cream, Morels and Wild Mushrooms on June 27; and duck/chicken liver mousse on June 30. Visit fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com for schedule and registration instructions.
Let’s Cook Culinary Studio offers a range of class topics, from healthy meals to cooking for couples. The June 24 class, costing just $35, is targeted at women; bring your girlfriends and a bottle of wine, and learn to make a chilled spicy gazpacho; a summer trio of salads (chicken, shrimp and Asian noodle) and a pecan blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream. Visit letscookculinary.com for schedules and registration.
New Chicken Salad Restaurant Opens
Chicken Salad Chick opened its second Columbia location this week. The chicken salad chain — yes, really — is now open at 252-Z Harbison Blvd. Like other Chicken Salad Chick locations, it features 15 different chicken salad varieties, plus soups, salads and desserts.
Viva La Vista No Es Vivo
After six years, the Vista Guild has called off Viva La Vista, its annual food and music festival celebrating the Vista’s many restaurants. The reason, according to The State? The thriving area wants to hire yellowshirts like the ones that tidy up and patrol Main Street under the auspices of the City Center Partnership. The Vista Guild has requested hospitality tax funding for six yellowshirts, a request Mayor Steve Benjamin tells Free Times he supports. The Guild usually requests H-tax funding for Viva La Vista, but “partly to soften the impact of its request” for yellowshirts, The State reports, the Guild is dropping the festival. “The event last September, which for the first time charged an entry fee, cost $130,000 and provided insufficient revenue to cover that cost, according to records filed with council’s committee and the committee’s chairman.”
Will another festival step into the Taste of Columbia gap? We’ll see. In the meantime, Viva La Vista is dead; long live Viva La Vista.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info