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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Slow Food at Indie Grits 2012 tickets on sale now

Slow Food at Indie Grits
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 4pm-7pm
All-Local Farmer’s Market at 711 Whaley
Host: Slow Food Columbia
Cash Bar by The Whig, wines by Advintage, beer by Westbrook Brewery in Charleston
Emcee: The Shop Tart!
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$20 Potluck Host Tickets (Lower rate for your potluck contribution!)
$30 Slow Food and Nickelodeon members
$35 General Admission
$300 All-Festival Pass ($275 for Nick members)

10 chefs from Columbia's top farm-to-table restaurants including Mr. Friendly's, Motor Supply, Terra, Rosso Trattoria, 116 State, Rosewood Market, Saluda's, Baan Sawan, MoMo’s, Scott Hall Catering & Spotted Salamander Catering serve epic tastes at a "Sustainable Taste of Columbia" party on Sunday, April 22, from 4-7pm at the All Local Farmers Market at 711 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 


Last year was a sold-out success!

The goal? Bringing Columbia’s sustainable food community together to celebrate the Slow Food motto of promoting Good, Clean and Fair foodways. Slow Food at Indie Grits is an official partner event of the 6th Annual Indie Grits Festival.

Each chef's dish must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient, and the chefs really go for it in trying to outdo each other with innovation and quality. The green community flocks en force to this annual event; the food + socializing are some of the best you can get in the Midlands, in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Last year’s event was a sold-out success. A "don't miss" for foodies!

The Whig will run a cash bar with wines by Advintage and beer by Westbrook Brewery in Charleston; there'll be groovy soul tunes spinning by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul; candid photographers Jonathan Sharpe and Thomas Hammond will be on the scene; and the event emcee will again be local, sustainable cuisine advocate Anne Postic, publisher of The Shop Tart.

For a lower-priced ticket, guests are invited to bring a potluck dish to contribute. At this ticket level, guests should bring roughly 20 taste portions of a dish made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient. Slow Food Columbia potlucks are a place where resourcefulness, simplicity and creativity shine! Past Slow Food potluck favorites include dishes like radish butter, tomato-chocolate truffles, and free-range coq au vin. Other ticket levels are available for those who do not opt to bring potluck dishes.

Image: Jonathan Sharpe,, Slow Food at Indie Grits 2011

2012 Sustainable Chefs:

Chef Ricky Mollohan, owner, Mr. Friendly's/Solstice/Cellar on Greene
Chef Mike Davis, owner, Terra
Chef Tim Peters, Motor Supply Company Bistro
Chef Kristian Niemi, owner, Rosso Trattoria
Chef Benoit St. Jacques, Rosewood Market & Deli
Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde, owner, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro
Chef Ryan Whittaker, owner, 116 espresso & wine bar
Chef Blake Faries, Saluda's
Chef Jessica Shillato, owner, Spotted Salamander Catering
Chef Scott Hall, owner, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels

Chef Carlos Brown, MoMo's Bistro

This year, EVERYONE who buys a ticket to Slow Food at Indie Grits will be entered for a chance to win a chair sponsorship at the New Nick! The winner will have your name, as the Slow Food Columbia honoree, on a nameplate on a theatre chair at the New Nick at 1607 Main Street. Last year's winner was Betty Benns. Congrats, Betty!

Huge thanks to our sponsors, the All-Local Farmer's Market and 701 Whaley, as well as Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork, The Whig, The Shop Tart and AdVintage Wines!

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Festival attendees will enjoy 10 days full of engaging cultural events unmatched in the Southeast, featuring the original Indie Grits Film Festival as well as official festival partner events, including the following:

-Kick-Off Party at Indie Grits: Thursday, April 19, 7-11pm at 701 Whaley, $8/$10

-Films at Indie Grits: Thursday, April 19-29 at the Nickelodeon AND the new Nick! $8/$10

-"Make" at Indie Grits: Thursday, April 19-29

-Live Music at Indie Grits, April 20-27 at The Whig, Hunter-Gatherer, Conundrum, New Brookland Tavern, & 5 Points Pub, $5-$18

-The Olivia Tremor Control at Indie Grits: Friday, April 20, 7pm at New Brookland Tavern

-Spork in Hand Puppet Slam at Indie Grits: Friday, April 20 & 21, 7pm at Tapp's, $10/$12

-701 CCA Columbia Open Studios at Indie Grits : Saturday, April 21 & 22, Free!

-Slow Food at Indie Grits: Sunday, April 22, 4-7pm at the All-Local Farmer's Market, $30/$35

-Quintron & Miss Pussycat at Indie Grits: Tuesday, April 24, 8pm at Five Points Pub

-SC Philharmonic at Indie Grits: Wednesday, April 25, 7pm at USC's Drayton Theater, $15/$25/$30/$60

-ConvergeSE Interactive Conference at Indie Grits: Friday, April 27 & 28 SOLD OUT!

-Crafty Feast at Indie Grits: Saturday, April 28, 11am-6pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, $2 includes drink ticket

In its sixth year, The Indie Grits Festival, hosted by the nonprofit art cinema, Nickelodeon Theatre, in Columbia, SC, has expanded dramatically and will be held all over the Midlands April 19 – 29, 2012.

The Indie Grits Festival empowers all levels of Southern filmmakers with an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope. Over the last few years, the festival has expanded to include the best in progressive cultural life in South Carolina’s capital city.

BTW: In 2010, Indie Grits was named one of the world’s 20 coolest film festivals by Movie Maker magazine.

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