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, July 16, 2010

Farm tour Sun 7/18, mtg 7/19, dinner party 7/26, tomato fest 8/8!


Greetings! Lots going on in Columbia this Summer for Slow Foodies!

Another Slow Food Columbia FARM TOUR!
There will be a farm tour this Sunday, July 18th, to Shadow Lane Farm in Wagener SC. Please go here for more information or email slowfoodcolumbia@hotmail.com

MONTHLY MEETING this Monday, 6:30pm at City Roots:
Remember we have a meeting next Monday, July 19th, at 6:30pm at City Roots Farm.

We hope to see you there! On the agenda will be our plans for the Doko Farms Heritage Chicken Dinner at Motor Supply on Monday, July 26th, and the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Sunday, August 8th at City Roots Farm:


buckeye SOLD OUT: Doko Farm Heritage Farm Chicken Dinner

[UPDATE as of 7.23.20: we have sold out all 50 tickets to the Doko Farm Heritage Chicken Dinner at Motor Supply on Monday, July 26th! 


Thank you so much to our Slow Food community for being so excited about this event! Motor Supply Company is already talking about hosting another similar dinner in the near future, so stay tuned!]


If you would like to be a part of this special farm-to-table event, please buy tickets here [tix are sold out]. Motor Supply publicized the event today, and a mention will be in the Free Times next week [thank you Eva Moore for the great Free Times write up! and thank you to the State Newspaper for the great shout outs in the Cook's Corner!].


We also have 1-2 volunteer server positions available if you would like a FREE ticket to the event! [These are filled, thank you!!] Please email slowfoodcolumbia@hotmail.com for more information.


Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
The first (and soon to be annual) Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival!
Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm.

Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands have partnered to create a festival which will showcase the taste of sustainably grown local tomatoes, explore the many varieties of tomatoes, and celebrate locally grown food and home gardeners -- all at City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm.

At the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, you will enjoy a side-by-side tasting of commercially bred vs. locally grown heirloom tomato varieties, a Homegrown Tomato Contest with local foodie celeb judges, live music, a cash bar, tomato bobbing, "Chuck the Commercial Tomato" skee ball, and a Tomato Recipe Showcase potluck supper*.

Homegrown Tomato Contest
Awards will be given for the best tomato grown by a:
1. Child
2. Church, School, Club or Community Garden
3. First-year Gardener
4. Home Gardener
5. Local Farmer

Best in Show awards will also be given for best small tomato, best red tomato, best yellow tomato, best purple tomato, and best unusual tomato. Don't be shy! It's all about having fun in the garden.



This just in: tomato contest entrants get 20% off Spotted Salamander goodies!

Festival Tickets: $5/advance, $10/door, children free. Buy tickets online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118638

 

more info at www.sustainablemidlands.org

How to Enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest:
After purchasing a ticket, each entrant should send, via email, their name, address, phone number, their city council district if applicable, and the contest category (see above, multiple is ok!) to ryan@sustainablemidlands.org. Ryan will then send you details for participating in the contest.


Contest entrants all get 20% off at Spotted Salamander catering. [Thanks, Brad!]

Special thanks to sponsors City Roots Farm, Earth Fare, Rosewood Market, and The Half and Half letterpress design + printing (how about that gorgeous poster, above, by designer + Mr. Friendly's chef Thomas Jennings?)


*As always, Slow Food Columbia uses only compostable utensils, drink cups, and dinnerware at its events!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tickets on sale for Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Aug. 8!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PR Inquiries: Ryan Nevius, 803.381.8747, ryan@sustainablemidlands.org

Columbia, SC’s First “Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival” Debuts on August 8, 2010
   
COLUMBIA, SC - July 1, 2010 - On Sunday evening, August 8, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm, the first annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival will debut in the capital city.


 



Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands have partnered to highlight the taste of sustainably grown local tomatoes, explore the many varieties of tomatoes, and celebrate locally grown food and home gardeners. 



It's all going down at City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm, one of the most talked-about new event venues in the Midlands.





At the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, you will enjoy a side-by-side tasting of commercially bred vs. locally grown heirloom varieties, a Homegrown Tomato Contest with local foodie celeb judges, live music, a cash bar, tomato bobbing, a “Chuck the Commercial Tomato” distance throwing contest, and share in a Tomato Recipe Showcase potluck supper.


The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival
Co-presented by Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia
at City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm
Sunday, Aug. 8, 6-9pm
$5 advance, $10 at door, kids under 13 free

*bring a dish for the tomato potluck or your own snacks*
cash bar (beer, wine & non alcoholic)
1005 Airport Blvd (by Owens Field)
Columbia, SC, 29205

Buy Tickets here: 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118638

EVENT DETAILS:

Homegrown Tomato Contest -- Prizes will be awarded for the best tomato grown by a:
1.  Child
2.  Church, School, Club or Community Garden
3.  First-year Gardener
4.  Home Gardener
5.  Local Farmer
Best in Show awards will also be given for best small tomato, best red tomato, best yellow tomato, best purple tomato, and best unusual tomato.

Confirmed local celeb judges thus far for the Homegrown Tomato Contest:

Belinda Gergel, Columbia City Council
Richard Burts, Historic 701 Whaley
Ann Timberlake, Conservation Voters of SC
Frank Knapp, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Amanda McNulty, Making it Grow
Rodger Winn, Heirloom seed maestro
Anne Postic, The Shop Tart
Eva Moore, The Free Times

Chef Tim Peters of Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Chef Mike Davis of Terra Restaurant
Chef Ricky Mollohan, owner of Mr. Friendly’s, Solstice Kitchen & Cellar on Greene
Kristian Niemi, owner of Rosso and Gervais & Vine Restaurants
Tom and Julie Hall, owners of SMOKE Southern BBQ Revival
Sean Hanley of MoMo’s Bistro
Julie Culclasure of Blue Cactus Cafe
Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde of Baan Sawan Thai Bistro
Chef Joe Turkaly of Doc's Gumbo Grille
Basil or Chef Benoit of Rosewood Market

How to Enter Contest
After purchasing a ticket here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118638, each entrant should send, via email, their name, address, phone number and the contest category (see above, multiple is ok!) to ryan@sustainablemidlands.org.  Ryan will then send you details for participating in the contest.

All-local Tomato Showcase Potluck --If you so desire, bring a local, tomato-based dish to share (with a little card noting name of dish, w/ingredients), or just bring your own snacks. We will provide compostable utensils, plates, and napkins, as well as corn-based PLA compostable drink cups.  A cash bar with local beer, sustainably packaged wine, water and non-alcoholic drinks will be on site. Parking is plentiful!  Picnic style seating bring blanket or chairs.

What is Slow Food Columbia? http://slowfoodcolumbia.blogspot.com/
The Columbia, SC chapter of the international non-profit organization, Slow Food, whose mission is to support "Good, Clean and Fair" foodways in our local communities.

What is Sustainable Midlands? http://www.sustainablemidlands.org/
A coalition of non-profit organizations in the Midlands providing education and facilitating communication among citizens and community leaders about creating communities that have clean air and water and support principles of sustainability.

What is City Roots Farm? http://www.cityroots.org/
The 2.8-acre urban farm, located next to Owens Field, produces sustainably grown products like farmed tilapia, microgreens and heirloom vegetables, while educating the community about the benefits of locally grown food, composting, vermicomposting and other environmentally friendly farming practices.

See y'all at the farm!

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