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, October 30, 2009

Latest Issue of The Snail, Slow Food USA's Member Magazine

View the latest issue of the Slow Food member magazine, The Snail, online! Now with a new digital format, Slow Food USA's quarterly magazine is in its tenth issue, Fall 2009.

In this issue: Julie Shaffer, Slow Food governor for the southeast region, and Judith Winfrey, chapter leader for Slow Food Atlanta, discuss the four community gardens the chapter has chosen to support for one year.

You can check it out here!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Eat Local Mov't Hits S.C. State Fair!

Despite the regular sea of fried dough and mystery meat-on-a-stick vendors, the Slow Food movement is actually in effect at the South Carolina State Fair!

Blanche Weathers, wife of South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) Commissioner Hugh Weathers, gave a great "eat local" cooking demo in the Cantey Building on Friday.

Showing Love to the CSA Box
She focused on describing how she uses the produce in her Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box from Pinckney's Produce.

(You know, the weekly farmshare box you see at Rosewood Market. Kudos to Pinckney's; like Five Leaves Farm [which is organic -- even bigger kudos!], they're sold out for their Fall 2009 CSA season!)

Weathers had a nice little audience gathered to try her local shrimp and pasta salad. (Tasty!) Nice to see fellow South Carolinians interested in the provenance of what goes into their bellies, no?

What are your favorite "eat local" restaurants, merchants, chefs, farms, etc.? 

Use the comment form below to jot down your short list of Slow Food-ish businesses. We want to hear from you!

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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.
(Photos by author.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Urban Farm Crops up at Owens Field!

Been wondering* about that snazzy new urban farm next to Owens Field?

Here's the story! Architect Robbie McClam's exciting new venture, City Roots, as covered by The State newspaper writer Jeff Wilkinson:

"Part of Green Movement, Farm Sprouts in City"

A pond to raise tilapia, that most sustainable and eco-friendly of farmed fish? Excellent. Recycling the nitrate-rich pond water through troughs of micro-greens hanging above the fish pond? Brilliant!

*Want to share this story on Facebook or Twitter with others in Columbia, South Carolina and beyond? Click the "SHARE" box at the very top of this web page. Good news likes to get around!

photo from original article by TIM DOMINICK/tdominick@thestate.com
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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.

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!


FOOD WISDOM with ROXANNE KOTELES-SMITH
Author, The Cancer Cookbook 
FOOD COACH and MACROBIOTIC SPECIALIST

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: Roxanne@RoxannesRemedies.com

About Roxanne, from http://www.cancercookbook.com/:
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.

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

Normally $60 and up. A fabulous opportunity!


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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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slow Food Columbia on WLTX Tonight!

Watch WLTX Channel 9 in Columbia, SC tonight at 7:00pm EST -- the Slow Food Columbia community was interviewed by Ashley Yore.

If you watched the piece and are wondering how to get involved, we have good news! Through October 15, 2009, Slow Food USA is running a membership drive that is "pay what you can." Click on the following image to get started: