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, September 16, 2011

Slow Food Potluck @ Indie Grits party this Sunday 9/18!

What's next? MORE EATING SLOW, OF COURSE!

Let's celebrate our repeat partnership with The Nickelodeon's 6th Annual Indie Grits Festival! The 2012 festival dates are April 20, 2012 - April 29, 2012 here in Columbia, SC. The festival is 10 DAYS LONG this year!

Save the date: 2nd Annual Slow Food at Indie Grits event Sunday, April 22, 2012!

This Sunday, Sept. 18, 4-7pm: 
Indie Grits Festival Partner Launch Party!

BUY TICKETS FOR SEPT 18 

Sunday, September 18
4-7pm
Five Points Pub
$15 admission
$10 for members of Slow Food Columbia, The Nickelodeon, The SC Philharmonic
Devine St. at Harden, across from Goatfeathers
Columbia, SC 29205

To Slow Food Columbians, Indie Grits pre-launch party means POTLUCK!

We kinda like to go all out with the potlucks. Did you see Susan Ardis' fabulous article in The State about our event?

http://www.thestate.com/2011/09/07/1960787/throw-down.html




This Sunday, potluck dishes will be Slow Food Columbia's contribution to this event. If you aren't up for cooking, no worries! Just come to the party.

To participate in the potluck, simply prepare a dish to share that could serve a full portion to 10-20 people, and bring it with you to the event, 4-7pm 9/18/2011.


The cost per portion, on your end, should aim to be less than $5 per person. Ideally, your dish would have at least one major ingredient that was sourced locally. Even better if it was produced sustainably, no?



In addition to a shared potluck by Slow Food Columbia:

Filmmaker Roger Beebe, showing his short films on multiple projectors
Live music
Select Crafty Feast vendors (event date April 28, 2012)
Puppet Slam preview with Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda
and more! 

Indie Grits festival elements this year also include partnerships with these esteemed entities: 

Morihiko and the SC Philharmonic
The ConvergeSE technology conference, April 26-28, 2012
701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, Sat. + Sun. April 21-22, 2011




A 2012 Indie Grits Festival Pass will be awarded to one lucky attendee at this Sept. 18 party, so hop on the bus and party with us!

And, dear convivium colleagues, this affair is timed perfectly to coincide with Slow Food USA's huge, national $5 Challenge! Read up on it at the Huff Post:



Jerusha Klemperer

Take Back the Value Meal: Slow Food for the Price of Fast Food

Posted: 8/25/11 02:17 PM ET
"Earlier this summer, as I was hauling a bag of farmers' market produce home 15 blocks and up four flights of stairs, sweating bullets, cursing my choice to buy a melon (they're heavy!), I stopped mid-step.
"Does it really have to be this hard?" I asked myself.

My story is particular to me, of course, but all over the country there are people trying to put food on the table and asking themselves "does it really have to be this hard?" (...Read more at the Huffington Post)

(Continued...)
The economy is tanking. We're all stressed about money and we're all stressed about time. And yet. Every day there are people all over the country who find a way -- despite the challenges of access, affordability, and time-to cook healthy food on a budget. It's not easy -- especially at first -- but they've developed tips and tricks for stretching their food dollars, and decreasing the amount of time it takes to make a fresh and delicious meal. This campaign seeks to learn from those people, to share their wisdom -- and then work together to make eating this way a reality for everyone every day.

So, on September 17, take the challenge: get together with family and friends and cook a "slow food" meal for less than the cost of fast food. Know how? Teach others. Want to learn? This is your chance. You can host a potluck where nothing costs more than $5. You can cook for a crowd and charge $5 at the door. You can cook with your family for less than $5 per person."


At Slow Food Columbia, our potlucks, for the most part, really can feed a crowd for well under $5 per person, when it comes to buying (and growing!) and preparing ingredients.

Let's get together and celebrate the independent spirit of the Indie Grits Festival, and let's Take Back the Value Meal together on Sunday, September 18!














The potluck food will be our group's contribution to the party.












Everyone knows that the food at a Slow Food party is usually the tastiest in town!








More details as they coalesce; have a slow weekend and congrats to the new Wednesday Night Market at the All Local Farmers Market at 701 Whaley!

Now Columbia, SC has two All Local Farmers Market shifts from which to choose: Wednesdays, 4pm-8pm, and Saturdays, 8am-12pm! The opener on August 24 was tons of fun, with lots of Saturday am regulars, plus a whole new crop of marketers sipping cold PBR, buying Good Life vegan wraps, snarfing down Bone-In's latest specialty pork sandwich, plowing through braised beef-stuffed potatoes w/blue cheese at the Rosso booth, and sipping wine almost directly from the lovely Eme Crawford's hand. WLTX TV came out and did a live remote every half hour from the #NightMarket, and Capital Pedicab was on hand to give bicycle rickshaw rides. What a time!

(A big Slow Food welcome to professional photographer, fountain expert, and Mise en Place Knife Sharpening owner Forrest Clonts, who has been brought on by market founder Emile DeFelice as the new market manager! Forrest is going to rock as the market manager. We've worked with him on numerous projects and he rocks!)

Farewell to the amazing Erin Curtis -- we wish you well on your new adventures in Washington, D.C., but sister, you will definitely be missed!)


Yours Slowly,
Tracie Broom
Events Manager
Slow Food Columbia
415.235.5718

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival Recap!

Hi, Slow Food Columbia!


Well, the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival was an enormous success, y'all.


And by enormous we mean HUGE!!!











Just dazzling! Thank you to everyone who came out to support GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways and sustainability in our communities!



















When our Slow Food Community gets together, it really is a little bit magical.














And very tasty.















We were expecting maybe 500-700ppl, and with a few quirks and such, City Roots farm was able to accommodate 1200 guests!













It was a glorious day enjoyed by all.





















































Friday, July 1, 2011

Tasty Tomato Festival Design by The Half and Half!

We are loving all of the gorgeous designs being created for our marketing campaign by designer Thomas Jennings of The Half and Half.

Check out these rack cards! You'll be seeing these around town soon. Click on them to visit www.tastytomatofest.org for info, or just click right here to buy your tickets now!

http://bit.ly/TastyTomato









Monday, June 27, 2011

Look ma, we've got a QR code!


It's official. We are big time nerds.

Don't feel like downloading a QR scanning app for your smartphone (or going out and getting a smartphone to start with)?

No worries. Just click here and you'll get the same exact result, without the dots and loops:

http://www.tastytomatofest.org

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Homegrown Tomato Contest Deadline is Sat., July 9, 2011!

Are you growing your own tomatoes? The 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival wants YOU!

Be recognized for supporting local food and being a successful home gardener in our Homegrown Tomato Contest, helmed by the awesome folks at Sustainable Midlands!

Entries will be collected at the All-Local Farmers’ Market at 711 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201 from 8AM till noon on Saturday, July 9th, 2011.

The tomatoes will be judged that afternoon, and the results sealed until the festival on Sunday, July 17th at City Roots farm!  You can enter multiple categories.  To qualify for a category, bring enough for 5 judges to taste for each entry.

All participating gardeners will be recognized at the festival and on the website!  Email us a picture of your garden today, and feel free to post photos, links, articles, and more on our Facebook pages (links below)!


Homegrown Tomato Contest categories:
  • Best Big Red
  • Best Big Yellow
  • Best Unusual Tomato (striped, purple, etc)
  • Best Small
  • Best School/Community Garden


Any questions?  Send an email to ryan@sustainablemidlands.org!

Let's get friendly on Facebook!

INVITE GUESTS via Facebook event invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165425863520257

LIKE the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival fan page: http://www.facebook.com/TastyTomatoFest

JOIN the Slow Food Columbia group page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_16629285309

LIKE the Sustainable Midlands fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Midlands/198327726878200

Buy discount advance festival tix now: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417
 

Attack of the Tasty Tomatoes, Sunday, July 17!

Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia present: 

The 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival

Sunday, July 17, 6-9pm
$10 advance, $15 at gate, children free
Special tomato potluck 4:30-5:30pm w/$20 "Supporter" ticket and a covered dish
Venue: City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm
1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia SC 29205
Free parking
Bring cash for the bar, tomato games, and select artisan food vendors!

Cash bar by The Whig w/SC-brewed beers
Organic basil lemonade and Bloody Marys sponsored by the new organic spirit, American Harvest
Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels
Spotted Salamander Catering
Heirloom tomato sandwich bar


Thanks to overwhelming success last year, local nonprofit organizations Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia are again co-presenting the 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at City Roots urban sustainable farm.

Let's celebrate our famously hot local tomatoes, shall we?

Special Tomato Potluck for "Supporters" at 4:30pm
Also available (in advance only) is a special Supporter Ticket for $20.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417

Supporters have the option to participate in a pre-festival Tomato Potluck Dinner from 4:30 - 5:30PM. Supporters bring a potluck tomato dish to share! Pre-sales for these tickets will end on Friday, July 15.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Attack of the Tasty Tomatoes, Sunday July 17!

Thanks to overwhelming success last year, local nonprofit organizations Sustainable Midlands and Slow Food Columbia are again co-presenting the 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at City Roots urban sustainable farm.

Let's celebrate our famously hot local tomatoes, shall we?

(Images by Kara Shavo unless otherwise credited.)

Want to volunteer at the festival? Click here to sign up for a shift and a job:

http://tastytomatovolunteers.eventbrite.com/


Heirloom Tomato Tastings
The event will feature side-by-side tastings of commercially bred and raised tomatoes vs. locally grown heirloom varieties. Tasting is free and open to all ticketholders!
















Image: EDonohue

Tasty Food & Drink by Top Artisan Producers
We'll also have music, food (including the Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels truck!), a cash bar with SC-brewed beer and more, a special early potluck, compostable party supplies wherever possible, games (see below), a Homegrown Tomato Contest and more! 
















The fabu kids art area courtesy of S & S Art Supply on Main St. returns!

Love S & S like we do? Join them in their emergency fundraising efforts!












The Return of Tomato Bobbing and Tomato Skee-Ball!
Tomato bobbing was a huge hit with the kids (and some adventurous adults) last year, and we were blown away by the popularity of the Chuck the Commercial Tomato Toss (a.k.a. Tomato Skee-Ball)!










Advance Discount Tickets
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Supporter tickets for 4:30pm tomato potluck are $20 (advance only; see below). Children under 12 free. We do expect pre-sale discount tickets to sell out, so hop on it today!

Tickets available online here:
 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417






Special Tomato Potluck for "Supporters" at 4:30pm
Also available (in advance only) is a special Supporter Ticket for $20. Supporters have the option to participate in a pre-festival Tomato Potluck Dinner from 4:30 - 5:30PM. Supporters bring a potluck tomato dish to share! Pre-sales for these tickets will end on Friday, July 15.








Enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest!
We'll be giving prizes in categories like "Best Red Tomato," "Best Non-red," "Best Unusual," "Best Small Tomato" and "Best Grown by a School/Church/Community Garden." To enter the Homegrown Tomato Contest, email or call Ryan Nevius at 803-381-8747 or ryan@sustainablemidlands.org.








Free 9pm Film Screening: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
Bring your camp chairs and picnic blankets; when it gets dark, we're going to show the legendary cult film, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Screening is free and a very casual affair.
 


The Venue: City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm!
We have once again rented City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm, located at 1005 Airport Blvd Columbia, SC 29205 (adjacent to the Hamilton/Owens Downtown Airport). Come see the chickens and pesticide-free vegetables growing right in our city! 






Join us!
Do you love tomatoes, music, good food + drink and old time festival fun? Passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle here in the Midlands and beyond? Come celebrate local food and the TOMATO, champion of the home garden!

Buy your tickets, you famously hot tomatoes, you. Why not?
 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179417
See you there!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 701 Whaley, Wed. April 27

Huge thanks to everyone who made our first-ever "Slow Food at Indie Grits" kick-off party such a smashing success!

Feast your eyes on Jonathan Sharpe's GORGEOUS event photos:

http://www.facebook.com/?tid=2022094236496&sk=inbox#!/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150158997272707.301583.613107706

Thanks to all the new attendees at last night's monthly meeting! The energy was electric in our discussions about heirloom produce, Southern Foodways, ETV radio possibilities, even more upcoming event & partnership possibilities, and more!
  • MEANWHILE: Our next event is next week! 
     
    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 701 Whaley, Wed 4/27
      
    A VERY cool film & food event next week, of which Slow Food Columbia is honored to be a big part!

    Wild and Scenic Film Festival

    Wednesday, April 27
    5:30pm - 10:00pm
    701 Whaley Street
    Columbia, SC
    Hosted by the Carolina Green Fair, Eventbrite

     
     
     
    Founded in Nevada City, CA, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is being brought to Columbia by Vanessa Driscoll (The Southern Greenie, V Events) and the Carolina Green Fair. Slow Food Columbia has been selected as one of the 7 local, green nonprofits to receive a sponsorship AND we got to pick one of the films!

    More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152953051434629

    Join the Columbia Green Fair, Half Moon Outfitters, Conservation Voters of South Carolina and Sustainable Midlands in recognizing 41 years of Earth Day at this celebration of films at 701 Whaley Street. CPAC, PalmettoPride, The Nature Conservancy, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Slow Food, Conservation Voters of South Carolina and Sustainable Midlands will present seven short films.

    Order $10 advance tickets via Eventbrite:
    http://wildand...sceniccolumbia-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

    Tickets will be $15 at the door!

    Silent Auction items will be available for bidding until 9:45
    Drawings for gift bags from our national sponsors!
    Doors will open at 5:30PM and Close at 10:00PM

    6:35: “One Percent of the Planet” (15 min) - Conservation Voters of SC
    1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.

    7:00: “Brower Film Awards” (30 min) Sustainable Midlands
    Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, Varsha Vijay7:03:


    7:30: “Witness” (18 min) The Nature Conservancy
    Notable anthropologist Jane Goodall, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Michael Nichols, and International League of Conservation Photographers president Cristina Mittermeier, among many others, share candid thoughts on the power of photography and its value as an effective conservation tool. The narrative is accompanied by stunning photographic contributions from over 40 conservation photographers to illustrate the convergence between the conservation and photography realms.

    7:48 Intermission

    8:00 “The Majestic Plastic Bag” (4 min) Palmetto Pride
    Follow a plastic bag from supermarket to its final migratory destination in the Pacific Ocean gyre. Jeremy Irons narrates this mock nature documentary.

    8:10 “Better Bones and Garden” (25 min) – Slow Food
    Dan Phillips and Kipp Nash are remaking the common house and garden in wildly imaginative ways. They use cattle bones, wine corks, DVDs, and bottle caps as building materials, and lawns are transformed into lush, nutritious gardens. A whimsical story of how a little strife and change in attitude can lead us all to better homes and gardens.

    8:40 “The Story of Bottled Water” (8 min) City of Columbia Climate Protection Advocacy Council
    Why do Americans buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap? The film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

    8:48 “Slow the Flow” (27 min) - The South Carolina Wildlife Federation
    Follow a landscaper who shocks his neighbors by putting in native landscaping. Discover a school district that goes green. Meet a non-profit, which puts gardens in the city. The projects and approaches highlighted are very low-tech, cheap, and beautiful, making a good argument for kicking back


    Food provided by LowCo BBQ and 116 State. Snacks provided by Annie's Naturals and Clif Bar. Cash bar for beer and wine will be available as well.

    Special thanks to our Sponsors:

    The Nickelodeon
    Half-Moon Outfitters
    Columbia Free Times
    LowCo BBQ
    116 State
    Annie's Naturals
    Sierra Nevada
    Patagonia
    Klean Kanteen
    Clif Bar
    Osprey
    Grist

    Order $10 advance tickets via Eventbrite:
    http://wildand...sceniccolumbia-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

    Tickets will be $15 at the door!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Slow Food at Indie Grits kickoff party, April 13!

Join us for a very special sustainable* chefs' tasting party and hosted potluck w/beer, wine, and a critical mass of Columbia, SC's hottest food and sustainability luminaries! 


[Plus: tix on sale now for Columbia SC's first-ever installment of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, April 27, 2011 at 701 Whaley!]


Slow Food at Indie Grits
Sustainable Chefs' Tasting Party & Hosted Potluck
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
6:30-9pm
Logo by Stitch Design
711 Whaley Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201
The All-Local Farmers Market building and veranda

$20 Slow Food and Nickelodeon members
$40 General Admission
Become a Slow Food member 
$125 Festival pass w/6pm VIP entry (Festival Pass includes chance for a $500 chair sponsorship donated by Slow Food Columbia in your name at the new Nick!)

NEW TICKET LEVEL! 
$50 members/$60 general
6pm entry and chance at $500 chair sponsorship!






To buy Indie Grits Festival Passes: http://bit.ly/ihBUJa

Our best, most conscientious restaurant chefs will serve up tastes of dishes made with at least one major ingredient that is not only locally -- but also sustainably -- produced: 
Chef Mike Davis of Terra Restaurant
Chef/owner Kristian Niemi of Gervais and Vine and Rosso Trattoria
Chef Tim Peters of Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Chef Henry Griffin of Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse 
Chef/owner Ricky Mollohan of Mr. Friendly's, Cellar on Greene and Solstice Kitchen
Chef/owner Alex Suaudom du Monde of Baan Sawan Thai Bistro
Chef Andrew White of MoMo's Bistro
Chef Benoit St. Jacques of Rosewood Market and Deli
Chef Blake Faries of Saluda's Restaurant 
Chef Ryan Whittaker of 116 Espresso and Wine Bar
Chef Steven Blitch of Tombo Grille

To round it all out: a hosted, sustainable potluck will be provided by our wonderful host committee:

USC's First Lady, Patricia Pastides
Free Times News Editor, Eva Moore
Caw Caw Creek and All-Local Farmers Mkt owner Emile DeFelice
Spotted Salamander Catering Chefs/owners Brad Weeks + Jessica Shillato
Jenks Farmer, plantsman
El Burrito/Suzi Cooker Catering Chef/owner Suzi Sheffield
Chef Joe Turkaly of RB’s Bodacious BBQ
undefined Magazine editor Cindi Boiter
Ryan Nevius, leader of Sustainable Midlands
Ann Timberlake, leader of the Conservation Voters of SC
Sugar Mama's Vegan Treats for the Soul owner Ivey Kaiser
Jenny Maxwell of Skirt! Magazine
Paul Grant of Freshly Grown Farms
701 CCA caterer Linda Phillips
Amanda Jones, co-owner, Doko Farm
Heidi Johnson, Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Renee Johnson of Terra Restaurant
Carrie Draper, community gardening advocate
Lucy Willms, PASOs Program
Claudia Seeger, art teacher + expert hostess
Scott Hall, Executive Chef, Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels
All-Local Farmers Market manager Erin Curtis

Sara McGregor, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands
Bill Lane, American Red Cross
Eric McClam, Farm Manager, City Roots Urban Farm
Slow Food Columbia members


The evening will be emceed by the one and only Anne Wolfe Postic, a.k.a. The Shop Tart -- she's been promoting sustainably produced foods, and the restaurants who serve them, for going on 3 years here in Columbia. Thanks, Anne!

Joining Anne as our Mistress of Ceremonies: ABC Columbia's wonderful anchor, Alicia Barnes!

Plus: A silent film made specifically for this event by USC students Karis West and Brittany Paul about our local, sustainable food community, 

Live music will be served up by the Old Growth String Band, an assemblage of Americana enthusiasts with their fret-pressing fingers on the pulse of old time Appalachian music. 

And: SC-brewed beers on tap, bargain-priced by our friends at The Whig!

AND: Bubbly tastings and wines courtesy of Barefoot Wines!


FURTHERMORE: LARRY'S CHAMPAGNE ROOM!
Get your 7 minutes in heaven with Larry Hembree.
Just $100 to enjoy a glass of bubbly with the butchest ED in town! (Champagne money goes straight to The Capital Campaign to Move the Nick to Main Street.)  You know you want to.
 
Get your tickets fast, and spread the word to all of your Slow Food and Nickelodeon-loving friends. 

Tickets will definitely sell out quickly!

*How do we define sustainable? 
The first question: does the producer, chef, host or business entity follow Slow Food's mission of promoting "Good, Clean and Fair" foodways? 
For this event, we define sustainable as meaning one or more of the following: as close to organic as possible; as little impact on air and water systems as possible; short transport routes; fair wages to workers; a passion for high quality ingredients with excellent flavor; and practicing conservation on a day-to-day level.
http://www.indiegrits.com

Huge thanks to the All-Local Farmer's Market; Richard Burts, Tom Chinn, and 701 Whaley; The Shop Tart; ABC Columbia's Alicia Barnes; as well as Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork and Barefoot Wines! 

And big thanks to Doko Farm's Amanda Jones for connecting restaurateurs with farmers for this event, as well as big thanks to Vanessa Driscoll of V Events/The Southern Greenie and the Carolina Green Fair (Oct. 22) for donating thousands of compostable, cornstarch tasting cups! Thank you to Rosewood Market and Deli for helping us get our compostable drink cups, forks, plates, etc, too!





Historic 701 Whaley




p.s. Bring donations for The Food Boutique to the party if you can!


The Food Boutique serves as a haven, welcoming  clients  for return visits as long as they have a need, but believes if you “give a woman a can of soup she’ll eat for a day, but teach a woman extreme couponing and she’ll feed her family for a lifetime.“  At the core of Food Boutique’s mission is to empower clients to move past one’s difficult situations. After several visits, return clients are required to provide proof they have participated in an “Extreme Couponing 101” workshop and give back a small amount of “sweat-equity.”  The Food Boutique is currently located at the Shoppes at Woodhill near Target off Garners Ferry Road and can be contacted at fbcolumbia@gmail.com or at www.healthyfoodboutique.com.
 
BRING: Non-perishable healthy food items (especially- low-salt, low-cholesterol, and/or low-sugar foods, anything nonperishable that is “all natural,” anything that can suit diets for folks with allergies, as in, gluten, wheat, or dairy-free foods; and healthy staples such as: rice, pasta, couscous, quinoa, (and any other grains), dried and/or canned beans, tomatoes, corn;  flour, sugar, salt,…etc.), paper products, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, baby food, baby diapers and baby wipes.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Eat, Drink & Be Local and BuySC!

We've partnered on a free action campaign with the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce called Eat, Drink & Be Local!

Lots of dining holidays are coming up, including Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, and Father's Day, and we want to help encourage diners to choose restaurants that are independently and locally owned. Spread the word!

(Did you see us in Eva Moore's Free Times "Chew on This" column? So excited that the word is spreading!)

Any restaurant or business who would like to participate can simply download this poster*, print it and put it up. You can also add it to your website, Facebook page, etc. -- anywhere you like!


Poster design: Karen Williford Scurry


*How to download this poster image:

1. Click on the poster; this will take you to a page with just the poster image.

2. Right click on the poster and select "Save image as" or "Save as" to save the image file (it is a .JPG file) into the file of your choice on your hard drive.

3. Now it is yours to upload, print, blog, post on Facebook and distribute as you like!

FOR A HIGH-RES PDF (best for printing on paper or enlarging to 2' x 3' poster size; thank you Lynne!):

It's easy! Visit http://www.buysc.org to download the .PDF version there!

Note: Please do not alter the image file in any way beyond simple resizing. Thank you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Save the date! The 2nd annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, July 17, 2011!

The 2nd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is ON for a midsummer night's tomato-ey dream. Along with our presenting partner Sustainable Midlands and our venue partner City Roots: Your In-Town Sustainable Farm, we here at Slow Food Columbia have set a date to get our 'mater on!

Save the date:

     Sunday, July 17, 2011!

We're so excited about this year's festival! It'll be on Sunday evening July 17, 6-9pm, so our chef and restaurant friends can come!

What kinds of heirloom tomatoes will you be growing this year for the Homegrown Tomato Contest?

What locally-grown tomato recipe are you going to make for the tomato potluck?

You gonna do some tomato bobbing this year? Play Chuck-the-Commercial-Tomato skee ball?

Got ideas for event elements we should include?









Want to volunteer in exchange for free admission?


Know partners/vendors with whom we should be working?


Leave a comment and let us know!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

City Roots farm now offering CSA boxes!

Happy new year to our Slow Food community here in the Midlands!

Have you heard that City Roots urban sustainable farm is offering a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box this Spring?

Spots are filling up fast, apparently, so we wanted to put the word out! For more info, call or email the farm:
1005 Airport Blvd • Columbia, SC • 29205 • 803.254.2302 • cityroots@cityroots.org






2011 CSA Seasons:

Spring: April 27-June 15

Summer: June 29-August 17

Fall: September 7-October 26