The Gourmet Shop’s Annual Champagne Bash is 6-8 p.m. Friday. There will be bubbly and sushi, cheese, caviar and more. $30 per person, $50 per couple, at The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Ave. Reserve space by calling (803) 799-9463 or sign up online at .

One fish, two fish, Catfish Stomp in Elgin! The Blaney Fire Department and local volunteer firemen cook up and serve some of the best catfish stew you’ll ever eat. Try some stew or fried catfish with all the fixings 10 a.m. until dark Saturday at the Elgin Town Hall, 1200 Rose St., Elgin.

6th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour in Hopkins is noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Experience an old-fashioned Christmas in the historic Village of Hopkins and walk through Norfolk Southern Corporation’s Exhibit Car, a restored 1926 Pullman passenger car that has been converted into a mobile museum.

The Market at Whaley is kicking off with a Porch Party featuring brunch and various vendors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 701 Whaley.

The Last Harvest Dinner of the Season at City Roots will be 7 p.m. Monday. This dinner is special as it will feature the very first harvesting of City Roots’ tilapia since a storm destroyed the original fish pond. Ryan Dittman of @116 State will prepare American Harvest Organic Spirit cocktails, desserts by Pink Magnolia and dinner by @116’s executive chef Ryan Whittaker. City Roots is at 1005 Airport Blvd., (803) 254-2302, Tickets $55 per person, available at http://dec3harvestdinner.

Thanks and Giving for St. Jude at The Melting Pot now through Dec. 31. This charity campaign asks patrons to “give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not” by raising funds for cancer research. Donate $10 or more to St. Jude at The Melting Pot and receive a Fondue for the Kids card that offers $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more. The Melting Pot, 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., (803) 731-8500, melting kids

Want to know if your freshly caught fish is safe to eat? DHEC’s “Fish Smart, Eat Smart” campaign provides you with a statewide map with the latest advisories, information and other materials to help anglers determine whether to keep or release the fish that they catch in South Carolina waters.

Market News

Soda City Market, 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street

Vista Guild Farmers Market 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Lincoln Street in front of Blue Marlin Restaurant

Farmers in the Forest,

Rosewood Market Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, 2803 Rosewood Drive, (803) 256-6410

Northeast Farmers Market at Lake Carolina


Columbia’s Cooking! Ask about cooking and nutrition classes for home schoolers, colacook . Information, registration, Katherine Shavo (803) 576-5636, , /classes

Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Saturday, Beaujolais Nouveau; Dec. 4 and 5, Carolina trout; Dec. 11 and 12, fillet of beef; Dec. 18 and 19, pumpkin bisque; Dec. 27 and 28, sparkling wines; Jan. 2 and 4, pork. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio events: Friday, couples; Dec. 6, gluten-free Italian; Dec. 7, tapas; Dec. 10, Eye on Food with Larry Platt; Dec. 10 and 11, Food Wisdom RX with Roxanne Smith; Dec. 13, German holiday; Dec. 14 couples appetizers; Dec. 17, Artichoke Members Christmas cookbook exchange. Detailed listings at . Let’s Cook is at 1305 Assembly St. (803) 348-5874

McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. See complete schedule and sign up for classes at http://webapps McCutchen .

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