CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Vertical gardening workshopJames Coffman will present a free workshop on vertical gardening from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 at the West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd.W.Coffman is president of Future Growing LLC. He'll discuss the use of vertical garden systems to increase fruit and vegetable production. Future Growing is known for vertical food production using patented Tower Garden technology.To register for the workshop, call the center at 304-720-1401.Ice Cream fall flavorsStarting Oct.2, Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream at 225 Capitol St. will be selling Paw Paw ice cream.Only five gallons of this West Virginia favorite has been made, so it's likely to sell out within two or three days. Ellen's is also offering Pumpkin Ice Cream and Guinness Ice Cream during October. Festival of Food dinnerFive area chefs will prepare a five-course meal for the FARM2U Collaborative's third annual Festival of Food" dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Paterno's at the Park.The chefs and their courses are:Chef Dale Hawkins, Fish Hawk Acres, antipasto salad smorgasbord.Chef Tom Grant, Carver Career & Technical Center, appetizer.Chef Matt Grover, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, soup.Chef Michael Aiello, Paterno's at the Park, entrée.Chef Jeremy Still, Edgewood Country Club, plated dessert.Each course will be paired with wine.Seating will be tables of four, six and eight. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 7: p.m. Cost is $75 per person, $135 per couple.The Festival of Food is open to the public, but seating is limited to 100. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online at www.wvfarm2u.org, or at Paterno's at the Park. Checks should be made out to Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia.The FARM2U Collaborative is a grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to the culinary, cultural heritage and agri-tourism industries in West Virginia and the Appalachian Region.In-kind sponsors of this event include BUZZ Food Service, Corey Brothers, Mountain State Distributors and Capitol Beverage.Wine TastingThe Wine Shop at Capitol Market is holding an evening of sampling Austrian wines at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10.Klaus Wittauer of Select Wines will be on hand for the tasting of eight wines from Austria. Each wine will be paired with a small bite selection from Luisa DiTrapano of Cucina Luisa.Cost is $55. The event will be limited to 65 people. For reservations, call the Wine Shop at 304-343-9463.Blennerhassett Island brunch PARKERSBURG -- A morning cruise to Blennerhassett Island for a brunch at the mansion will leave at 10 a.m. Thursday from Point Park in downtown Parkersburg.Cost is $39.95 per person, and includes the round-trip sternwheeler ride, a guided tour of the Blennerhassett Mansion, brunch, a narrated wagon ride tour, a self-guided tour of the Blennerhassett Museum, and a program by an actress portraying Margaret Blennerhassett.Advance reservations are required. Call 304-420-4800. A golf cart with driver is available on the island to offer assistance.Shellfish Shell-a-bration at Tidewater Tidewater Grill at Charleston Town Center is holding a Shellfish Shell-a-bration at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Cost is $69.95, tax and gratuity not included For reservations, call 888-456-3463 Shell-A-Bration is a celebration of shrimp, mussels, oysters, clams, Jonah crab claws and whole Maine lobster. In addition to the seafood, salad, sides and dessert will be served along with an assortment of domestic bottled beers.