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.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Southeast SlowFood Lovin'

Greetings slow foodies! In alliance with our Slow Food USA family, we want to share with you some events happening down here in the Southeast worth checking out.

July 31st:
Slow Food Upstate, SC - Roost! Birds of a Feather Break Bread Together
In an effort to support local farms and school gardens, the Upstate folks are gathering at Roost Restaurant to enjoy a honey-tasting bar and themed dinner. A real "birds and the bees" meeting we may say.

Aug 3rd:
Slow Food Atlanta, GASave Your Seeds & Share
Down in Georgia, the Slow Food community in Atlanta are hosting a free event in the Oakhurst Garden to learn how to share seeds and food tradition.

Aug 25th:
Slow Food Charlotte, NC - Heck No, GMO Cookoff
Nine local Charlotte chefs are finalists in this recipe cook-off contest! All attendees are able to sample - that is spreading the love right there!

And as always, we'd love to hear from you and any event ideas you may have for our Columbia chapter! Shoot 'em our way.

If you are not yet a member with us, come on and join. We're always looking for more folks to spread the joy of good, clean and fair food.

Monday, July 15, 2013

As the Old Saying Goes...

"You are what you eat." 

If that is the case, would you rather be a genetically-modified hormone-induced beef patty from 1,000 miles away, or a juicy, acorn-fed heritage pork chop from a farm 30 miles away?

Do yourself a favor and take advantage of these last few weeks of summer and slow down before your hectic work lifestyle pulls you back to the excuse we all love to hate - "I'm too busy to cook." Eating sensibly doesn't require as much time and money as one may believe, but it does require a conscious effort and decision to do so.

Let's face it - we're constantly reminded of how fast food is damaging, yet we're trading a healthier body and mind for convenience and ease. Slow Food wants to reintroduce you to the holistic values of food and bring back good, clean and fair food to your table.

Become a member at your local Columbia chapter today!

Break free of the fast food nation and become part of the slow food movement.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

With Liberty, Justice and Slow Food For All

Ah, the 4th of July. The moment has come to embrace vacation time off work, light up the grill and blow stuff up in our yard to celebrate the independence of America. With this comes tradition to gather and spend time with family and friends, so what better time to incorporate and rejoice the pleasure of food?

Red, White & Bruschetta

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This appetizer dish is a great way to incorporate summer's freshest ingredients with tomatoes, berries and feta cheese. Take a look at the recipe!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/ Corn on Cob

Image credit: Food Network

It wouldn't quite be the 4th of July without having a savory grilled dish.  Caw Caw Creek and Wil-Moore Farms are two of many local farms that provide sustainable fresh pork from their farm to your table. And as always, summertime is veggie time so don't forget to incorporate those green beans, corn and peppers from your farmer's market.

Recipe here.

Peach-Raspberry Pie
Image credit: Eatingwell

Do a twist on an all-American favorite - the apple pie - and use peaches and raspberries, both fresh in season throughout the summer and early fall months. Check out the recipe here!

What slow food dishes are y'all bringing to the table this Thursday?