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, 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
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!)

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

To buy Indie Grits Festival Passes:

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!

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.

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 or at
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.