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Learn More About the Kitchen from a Cooking Class

By Eva Moore
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 |
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.

Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

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