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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

John Martin Taylor talks SC food at RCPL on Oct. 14, 2012

John Martin Taylor will be at Richland County Library, October 14, 2012 (Sunday). Great story focusing on SC food, Hoppin John and David Shields! (Did you see that great piece by David Shields in the Oct./Nov. 2012 issue of The Local Palate, with the breakout piece on Anson Mills? Very cool.)

Do consider attending. Should be great.

From The State:
Posted on Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2012

Food historian preserves Lowcountry cooking recipes

John Martin Taylor’s unlikely transformation into cookbook author and Lowcountry cuisine historian began in 1984 in, of all places, Newport, R.I., where he found himself combing through a pile of household items discarded on a sidewalk. From the trash, Taylor plucked “Old Receipts from Old St. Johns,” a cookbook with a hand-sewn cover and old plantation photographs pasted into it. It was probably assembled around 1919.
Although no author was listed, “Old Receipts” was written by Anne Sinkler Fishburne, whose family, like many prominent South Carolinians, probably vacationed in Newport. Their country residence, however, was the Belvidere Plantation, on a piece of property located near Taylor’s childhood home in Orangeburg. The plantation’s land now sits at the bottom of Lake Marion, a massive body of water created in 1941 as part of a dam project to bring hydroelectricity to the rural South. Fishburne apparently wanted to preserve a small slice of antebellum cooking before the long-promised floodwaters washed away all recorded evidence.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Terra Madre benefit for Slow Food this Sunday at City Roots!


We're proud that our board member, Eric McClam, Farm Manager at City Roots, has been selected as a delegate to Terra Madre, the big Slow Food International event in Turin, Italy.

Happily, thanks to City Roots farm, American Harvest and The Southern Greenie, proceeds from this event, below, will go toward his airfare to Italy! Slow Food chapters traditionally chip in to send their delegates to this prestigious event.

American Harvest Bartender Charity Challenge
City Roots Farm
1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia SC 29205
Sunday, September 23, 2012
$5 admission (will include samples from all bartenders and music)

  • Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels will be out on the farm for you to get some BBQ!
  • Live music by Jelly Roll and the Delicious Dish
  • Cash bar will feature 3 American Harvest Organic Spirit cocktails, as well as soda and tonic for mixers, plus Fetzer Wine and beer by Budweiser. 

Image: Forrest Clonts Studio, 2011

Each bartender will use a local ingredient from anywhere whether it is from City Roots, a local hot sauce from the All Local Farmers Market.....just needs to be local.

Image: Forrest Clonts Studio, 2011

Participating restaurants:

Terra (confirmed)
116 (confirmed)
Mr. Friendly's (confirmed)
Solstice (confirmed)
Rosso (Confirmed)
Motor Supply (Confirmed)
Tombo Grille
The Whig

Maria Wood, Sidney Frank Representative (confirmed)
Anne Postic, The Shop Tart (confirmed)
Jonathan Sharpe, Photographer and editor of Bite of the Week in the Free Times (Confirmed)
Eva Moore, Free Times News Editor (confirmed)


Image: Forrest Clonts Studio, 2011