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.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival is Sunday, July 15, 2012

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 
presented by Slow Food Columbia and Sustainable Midlands 

Sunday, July 15, 2012
VIP tomato potluck 4pm
City Roots Urban Farm 
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205 

$5 super early discount tickets 
$10 advance / $15 at the gate
$20 Potluck + bring tomato dish w/at least one sustainable ingredient 
kids 12 and under free 

Tickets on sale soon at

 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2011 by Forrest Clonts
 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival 2011 - Image: Forrest Clonts Studio 2011

Want to volunteer?
Email with your interest in one of these areas. (We'll be putting up online registration for volunteers soon.)

Registration - paperwork and being a people person
Tomato Tasting - cutting, displaying + refreshing the heirloom tomato tasting
Setup - day before, day of, possibly days before
Cleanup - night of, day after
Event staff - working various stations like games, water, etc.
Potluck - help Karen Sundstrom keep the VIP tomato potluck neat and orderly
Entertainment - help Steve Gibson liaise with bands at event, help with load-in, etc.
Volunteer Hospitality - helping make sure there's plenty of water, etc. on hand in volunteer area
Recycling/Trash/Composting - helping make sure trash and recycling are under control at event
And more! 

Slow Food at Indie Grits 2012 Recap

Slow Food at Indie Grits 2012 recap and thank yous

The Slow Food at Indie Grits 2012 event was a delightful success! Thank you for all who contributed and attended.

We were thrilled to entertain the number of guests for which we had planned, roughly 200 between ticketed guests, festival passholders, media, chefs, sponsors and volunteers, and this year because the All-Local Farmers Market has re-organized their space to be more fluid and open, we had a lot more room to move around. It was a lovely event -- thank you, everyone! Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from attendees and media, too.

Slow Food at Indie Grits 2012 by Jonathan Sharpe

Here is a link to check out just some of the pre- and post-event coverage in the media:

One of our favorite quotes is by Teowonna Clifton, event reviewer and publisher of That Teowonna:

"By the time I left Slow Food, I had added at least 5 new Columbia restaurants to my dining list." 


Jonathan Sharpe's photos of Slow Food at Indie Grits:

Lindsay Lybrand's photos of Slow Food at Indie Grits:

Image: Jonathan Sharpe 2012

Obviously, this event is nothing without these chefs and their generous donations of time and product. Thank you from all of us for everything you did to make this event so special!

Slow Food at Indie Grits 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

(We were sad that Scott Hall could not physically participate due to unforeseen circumstances, but he was with us in spirit.)

We have a winner! 
Guests were entered for a chance to win a $1000 chair sponsorship at the New Nick, and the winner is...

Jacquelyn Bartley!

She will have her name, as the Slow Food Columbia honoree, on a nameplate on a theatre chair at the New Nick at 1607 Main Street.

A Few Thank-Yous:

Thank you to Emile DeFelice + Forrest Clonts of the All-Local Farmers Market, as well as Richard Burts + Tom Chinn of 701 Whaley, for the beautiful event space. Working with all of y'all is always a pleasure, and we are honored to be part of the community you have been building here in Columbia for such a long time.

Thank you to Phill Blair and his staff from The Whig, Morgan Westbrook of Westbrook Brewing in Charleston, Danielle Robinson of Advintage Wines, and Jason Snyder of Bud Columbia/Stella Artois for donating time and product to keep our beer + wine costs low and the quality levels high.

Thank you to Anne Postic, Publisher of The Shop Tart, for being our emcee. She makes a point of covering independent, locally owned brick-and-mortar lifestyle businesses here in the Midlands and in nearby travel destinations, and she is the one who has introduced a lot of us to the chefs who are walking the sustainability walk.

Thank you to the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul for spinning such great tunes. People were LOVING it.

Thank you to Andrew Stinson of WAS Designs for collaborating with Tracie on the florals and creating those killer, foraged greenery towers by the potluck and giant sprays above the DJ stand!

Big thank you to our volunteers at the event, in particular Karen Sundstrom for heading up the potluck, and Emily Thompson & Jessica Hemphill for running registration, with the assistance of terrific volunteer staff like Gayle Hazzard, Kate Wong, April Jones, Raiessa de Wein du Monde, Maria Sophocleus, John Clements, Brent Kossick, Randal Jones, Katie Fox, John Wilkinson, Ian Douglas Street, Bobbie Stevenson, Bri Farber, Kelly Goldberg, Catherine Phillips, Kate Fischer, Katherine Thompson, Christy Milhous, and Elizabeth Turner, among others.

Thank you to Slow Food Columbia Chapter Leader Kristen Dubard, Board Treasurer Nancy McCormick, and Board Member Eric McClam for their support and help, and thank you to Jenny Maxwell for helping with tweets and FB posts.

Thank you to The Nickelodeon's Executive Director, Andy Smith and his staff, Marketing Director Isaac Calvage, Office Manager/Sponsor Relations Mgr. Rachel Allen, Theatre Manager Andrew Stewart, Indie Grits Ticketing Mgr. Beck Brinson, and the fab Public Relations rep for the whole festival, Katie Alice Walker!

Next up: The 3rd Annual Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, Sunday evening, July 15 at City Roots!

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