How is it time for November already? I feel like the students just arrived back in town, and here we are in Thanksgiving month! The holiday excitement is starting to mount, and the cold is taunting us by reminding us that she is coming to keep us freezing until May. Sounds like as good a reason as any to enjoy all of these events before we’d rather be curled up on the couch under a snuggie!

Nov 3 – Join the city boys and girls gettin’ down on the farm (City Roots, that is!) at the American Harvest 3rd Annual Bartender Charity Challenge! 10-11 restaurants will be bringing their best cocktails that include a local ingredient. LowCo BBQ, live music, and a cash bar will also be available. 4 p.m., $17 per ticket

Nov 7 – Learn about Holiday Beer Pairing with Girls Pint Out! Led by Matt Rodgers of the Old Mill Brewpub, this is a great time to strategize your meal plans with your drink plans at 7 p.m.

Nov 7 – If you’re not drinking with the ladies, Jamie Scott Fitness is teaching a Meatless and Gluten Free Thanksgiving cooking class at Charleston Cooks! in their Cross Hill Market location at 6:30 p.m. Cost, $50.

Nov 9 Five Points keeps up the tradition with its 27th Annual Chili Cook-Off in the 2100 block of Harden, beginning at 11 a.m. The event is free to attend, but bring cash to taste chili. All proceeds benefit the HOPE Center and Camp Kemo.

Nov 9 – Our friends at Charleston Cooks! are having an all-day one year birthday celebration! They’ll have product demos, tastings, sales, and a birthday cake!

Nov 11Make your own bacon workshop at Motor Supply Company. Read about Shanika’s experience here. Cost, $64.

Nov 12 – Join Katherine Shavo at Let’s Cook! Culinary Studio to learn how to make Mushroom Barley Soup, Veggie Quesadillas, Fall Fruit and Nut Cookies at 6:15 p.m to learn about the flavor of health. Cost is $35.

Nov 17 – Come on and have some more, you look so thin! Jewish or not, Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery takes place at the Beth Shalom Synagogue on Trenholm Road. If you want amazing food, go to there. Don’t miss the challah!

Nov 21 – Did you know that the colder it is, the more people show up for the Vista Lights party? In their 28th year, this time to roam the Vista and get festive with the rest of the city is always a merry way to kick off the season.

Nov 28 – Oh yeah. Thanksgiving. The Super Bowl for foodies, other than the actual Super Bowl.

Know of any upcoming food or drink events in Columbia? Let me know and I’ll get them on the calendar!