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.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Organic, Macrobiotic Chef Lecture next Thursday, Oct. 22

A good referral is gold. If I need a doctor, lawyer, physical therapist or HVAC specialist, I want a proven all-star. Here's one for the books: a chef, author and nutrition coach who takes Slow Food principles to the next level.

How My Cousin Kicked Cancer without Pain
My elder cousin not only beat breast cancer last year after being referred to nutritional consultant Roxanne Koteles-Smith of Asheville, below -- she also went through chemo with zero pain. That's right. No pain. No nausea. Apparently, that's totally unheard of. All of her doctors and nurses were shocked.

Garden to Table: A Carolina Tradition
Although our family comes from long line of Kershaw County folk who, like many Carolinians, are well accustomed to eating local from the family garden plot or farmer's market, it's also totally unheard of to eliminate staples like gluten, sugar, and dairy, much less to incorporate "hippie food" like seaweed and umeboshi plum-flaxseed oil vinaigrette into one's diet. (No offense to hippies! We love hippies.)

A Very Strategic -- and Delicious -- Macrobiotic Diet
However, because my cousin took the Roxanne plunge and converted to a protein-rich, exclusively organic and local diet (with lots of macrobiotic bells and whistles), she accomplished what Western medicine couldn't. And deliciously! Roxanne's C.V. includes stints at The Breakers in Palm Beach and the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.

Get Schooled
Roxanne's giving a presentation next Thursday at a colleague's office space in Northeast Columbia, and starting the following Thursday, October 29, she's running a series of 6 weekly cooking classes in a private home, this time focused on achieving weight loss.

Although she does business through Greenlife Grocery in Asheville; Healthwise Foods in Montgomery, AL; The Village Cup in Laurens, SC; and The Pickwick Pharmacy in Greenville, SC, Roxanne hasn't really expanded into the Columbia market -- until now.

This is a great opportunity for Columbians to get up on some of Roxanne's food wisdom. See you there!

Author, The Cancer Cookbook 

Lecture and Cooking Series Preview
(menu samples will be served)

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Business Office Location, 110 Wildewood Park Dr, Columbia, SC 29223 (just off 77)
Price: Free
Advance registration by 5pm Monday, Oct. 19 is necessary, as space is limited. 
RSVP to 866-407-8031 or email:

About Roxanne, from
Roxanne Koteles-Smith is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and is a certified Macrobiotic Guide from the Kushi Institute of Becket, MA.  Roxanne's cooking experience includes the Breakers in Palm Beach and Ritz-Carlton Corporation in San Francisco. Her recipes combine fresh, simple foods with a Japanese influence for superior nutrition and taste...they contain no sugar, no dairy, minimal wheat choices, high protein and gluten-free solutions. [She uses] only certified organic products with the assistance of local organic farmers.


Not a Slow Food member yet?

A gift of ANY size gets you a membership through Oct. 15!

Normally $60 and up. A fabulous opportunity!

Post author Tracie Broom is a freelance writer/editor and South Carolina native, back in Columbia after 10 years as Food Editor at San Francisco, CA city guide SF Station. She publishes a foodie blog called The Yum Diary and is thrilled to rejoin the Midlands' flourishing progressive community.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi y'all! This looks interesting! Please always feel free to use the All Local Market Building if you need space to hold small events! Emile