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!


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!


Sunday, September 18
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?

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)

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