Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Next Slow Food Columbia meeting: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hi everyone - just a quick post to let you know that our next meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 7. Ben and Kristen DuBard will share their experience at Terra Madre in October with all of us through stories and pictures. This will be a potluck event and as is tradition with Slow Food, the dish you make should be done with all (or nearly all!) local ingredients.

If you plan on attending this meeting, please r.s.v.p. via the commenting function of the blog or send an email to This will help us get a better sense of location for the event.

Happy Holidays to all and to all some good food!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Anson Mills Article in Free Times

Cheers to Anson Mills for the recent coverage in the Free Times.

Is South Carolina really the "secret" grits capital of the world, or has the secret been out for a while? For example, last month I was eating at a bar in NYC that only serves food one night a week called The Redhead and "Anson Mills cheese grits" were on the menu. We welcome your comments!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Local Beer Tasting - October 11, 2008

Please join us as we welcome beer expert Brian Cendrowski who will guide us through a tasting of local beers with small food pairings. This will be a casual event at the home of one of our members, Katie Reid.

Beers currently on the menu...

French Broad Goldenrod Pilsner
Highland Octoberfest
Green Man India Pale Ale
Blue Ridge Total Eclipse Stout

You can buy tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

When: October 11, 2008
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Home of the Reids in Olympia, Columbia, SC (please email us for exact address)

Monday, September 15, 2008

USC Launching a Farmer's Market

Slow Foodies - This just in:

The University of South Carolina is launching a "Healthy Carolina" farmer's market tomorrow. The market will run from 11 am to 2 pm on Greene Street in front of the Russell House University Union. According to the release it will feature 18 local vendors. Should be interesting to check out. More to come!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

DuBard Dinner at Terra a Success!

Many thanks to our sponsors and everyone who attended the fund raising dinner at Terra Restaurant in West Columbia on Thursday. Mike Davis prepared the lamb wonderfully and the contributions from Rosewood Market and Anson Mills were delish! Here are some shots of the meal as well as the fabulous people who came to support the DuBards.

We successfully raised enough money to cover the cost of the DuBards two airline tickets to Turin, Italy in October. Hooray!

Most of these photos (and all of the beautiful food shots) were taken by our convivium's treasurer and founding member, Jennifer Sipala.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Send the DuBards to Terra Madre - August 21 Fund Raiser at Terra!

Come one, come all! The local food event of the summer!

Help Slow Food Columbia send The DuBards to Terra Madre by attending a dinner at Terra Restaurant.

To pay by check, please send an email to with the number of tickets you plan to purchase. Then make a check out to "Slow Food Columbia" and send it to Jennifer Sipala / 105 Woodhaven Road / Columbia, SC 29203. We need to reserve your spot(s) so don't forget to email us first!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Fund Raiser at Terra Restaurant - August 21, 2008

Save the date! We're planning a "Send the DuBards to Terra Madre with Terra Restaurant" fund raising dinner at Terra on Thursday, August 21, 2008. More details on time and ticket cost to come, but please mark your calendars now.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Help us send the DuBards to Terra Madre

Kristen and Ben DuBard are two of our convivium's founding members. They are the owners and operators of Five Leaves Farm, a successful CSA farm located in Blythewood, SC. They are wonderful people who are sincerely dedicated to the Slow Food movement, so when they applied to attend the world food event, Terra Madre which takes place in Turin, Italy in October, they were of course accepted as delegates!

We are thrilled for them and now have some work ahead of us to develop a fund raiser to help send them to Terra Madre. Please consider making a contribution to the "Send the DuBards to Terra Madre" fund. Just click on the blue button over to the right and you can make a donation online.

Thanks very much for your support!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Carolina Gold Rice Accepted to Slow Food's Ark of Taste

More good news from The State - Carolina Gold Rice was accepted into Slow Food's Ark of Taste. Kudos to Emile DeFelice for spearheading this effort!

Heather in The State

Congratulations to Heather Digdon of Heather's Artisan Bakery for the recent coverage in The State newspaper! Check out the article, it includes the following recipe for Focaccia - yum.

Focaccia bread

1 loaf
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups water, at room temperature

• Mix all ingredients by hand for 12 minutes. The dough is very wet. Put in refrigerator overnight in a container that is three times the volume of the dough. The dough can stay refrigerated from eight to 36 hours.

• The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and bring to room temperature, which will take about two hours.

• Drizzle olive oil liberally on the inside of a 17- by 12-inch pan. Place dough into pan and gradually stretch dough to almost filling the pan.

• Again, drizzle olive oil liberally over top of dough and top with ingredients to your liking.

• After topping bread, let rise in warm place for 45 minutes.

• Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Slide bread from pan onto a cooling rack.

• Note: Due to imprecise serving size, no nutritional analysis was done.

— From “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” by Peter Reinhart and Ron Manville

Finding Local Produce in Your Area

We often get email requests for specific businesses - farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, etc. - that produce food or support the local food movement. Well, there's a great online resource that can easily answer all of your questions and it's called Local Harvest.

This website will hook you up with farms, CSAs (community supported agriculture farms) and events in your specific area.

Be slow!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Next Meeting and Slow Food Cola Buzz

We're looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 pm at Flying Saucer. I will aim to get there a little earlier in order to reserve some space outside so we can all hear each other talk! On the agenda:

* Regional leaders conference call on April 9 -- I'll report what was covered
* Our convivium's public event(s) in the Spring/Summer
* Ideas to start raising money to send Ben and Kristen to Terra Madre!
* Terra Madre 2008
* Anything else you'd like to address

Also, check out the Slow Food Columbia convivium coverage in The Daily Digress.

It was great meeting a bunch of new people at the All-Local Farmer's Market on Saturday. We hope you can join us on Wednesday for the meeting and help put our ideas into action.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Welcome, Slow Foodies of Columbia!

Hello fellow slow foodies - If you live in or around the greater Columbia area, and are concerned about sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, food education, supporting local farmers and being able to get more local produce and game, then we are the group for you. We officially formed the Slow Food Columbia convivium at the end of 2007 and have hosted one event, a turkey tasting, thus far. We have ideas for some new events in the works, but we'd love your help to put these ideas into action. Please refer to the links at the right to become a member of Slow Food and to contact us, the local convivium, for more information.

Yours, slowly,

Cerelle Centeno
Slow Food Columbia convivium leader