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, March 4, 2014

Slow Food at Indie Grits tickets on sale now!

It's on! Sunday, April 13, 2014, do join us for a fun, relaxed soiree to celebrate the Midlands' great sustainable chef community:

Design by Jen Ray

Slow Food at Indie Grits sustainable chefs showcase
Date + Time: Sunday, April 13th, 2014, 3pm-6pm
Location: Market Building at 711 Whaley (next to 701 Whaley)
Host: Slow Food Columbia and the Indie Grits Festival
Tickets: $20 general; $15 Slow Food and Nickelodeon members; $10 potluck bringers

Slow Food Columbia and the Indie Grits Festival are partnering again to present the popular Slow Food at Indie Grits “Sustainable Chefs Showcase,” potluck and party on Sunday, April 13th, from 3-6pm at 711 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. While tickets will go on sale March 1, festival passes are available now at

Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres by the Midlands’ most sustainable chefs, in a casual setting with lively tunes by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul and a cash bar by The Whig featuring South Carolina-brewed beers and carefully selected wines by AdVintage.

2014 Sustainable Chefs:

Chef Mike Davis, owner, Terra
Chef Wesley Fulmer, Motor Supply Company Bistro
Chef Travis Rayle, Rosso Trattoria
Chef Gordon Langston, Bourbon
Chef Benoit St. Jacques, Rosewood Market and Deli
Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde, owner, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro
Chef Blake Faries, Saluda's
Chef Jessica Shillato, owner, Spotted Salamander Catering
Chef Howard Stephens, The Oak Table 
Chef Milo Klos, Charleston Cooks!
Chef Brandon Reese, Whole Foods Market
Chef Asa Collier, Jake's
Chef Bryan Tayara, Our Local Catch
Chef Branson Stafford, Tombo Grille
Chef Sharon Wright, owner, Good Life Café
Chef Scott Hall, owner, Scott Hall Catering

Each chef’s dish must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient.

For a lower-priced ticket, guests are invited to bring a potluck dish to contribute. At this ticket level, guests should bring roughly 20 small portions of a dish made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient. Join us!

Image: Jonathan Sharpe

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Midlands Farm Tour in Columbia, SC

Saturday and Sunday April 5-6, 2014, 1-5 pm
The second annual Midlands Farm Tour, happening Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 PM both days, will feature 10 local, sustainable farms. This self-guided tour features working farms and gardens in Richland, Lexington, and Kershaw counties and taps into the Midland’s growing passion for local food and farming.

Midlands Farm Tour 2013 photo
Midlands Farm Tour 2013
Some of the unique things to see and do on the tour:
  • See lots of cute baby farm animals, including baby chicks, pigs and goats
  • Learn gardening and growing techniques such as Square Foot Gardening, Permaculture, Hydroponics, and Raised Vegetable Beds
  • Check out how they grow vegetables, fruits, flowers, mushrooms and more without harmful pesticides
  • Learn more about what it really means to “eat like a pig’ and why farm animals love pasture
  • Enjoy a farm-fresh picnic or snack with food and treats sold at the farms
  • Teach your children where their food comes from, play fun farm games, and more!

“So many children have read story books about farms and farm animals, but have never actually seen a farm. By touring, children learn where their food comes from and what a real farm is,” said Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director. “It’s a great way to see how food is produced on sustainable small farms and support the local farmer who grows it!”

Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance. Tickets are available for purchase during the tour for $30 or you can also choose to pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Groups of cycles count as one vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online now at at Whole Foods Market and City Roots in Columbia closer to the event date.
The tour is self-guided. Choose the farms you want to visit on the interactive map or downloadable brochure at to plan your tour. Visit any farm in any order. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can bring home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms! No pets allowed. The tour is rain or shine. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
The 10 farms and gardens on the tour, all within a about a 40-mile drive from Columbia, are:
  • City Roots, Columbia
  • University of SC Farm & Garden, Columbia
  • NOMA Community Garden, Columbia
  • Terra Kotta Farms, Leesville
  • Humble Farm, Gilbert – NEW!
  • Doko Farms, Blythewood
  • Crooked Cedar Farm, Blythewood
  • Paradise Acres Farm, Elgin
  • Wil-Moore Farms, Lugoff
  • Carolina Bay Farms, Hopkins


We hope to see lots of you on the spring tour. And don’t forget that we need lots of on-farm volunteers. Volunteering on a farm is a great way to support the cause!


Vanessa Driscoll – CFSA’s Midlands Farm Tour Coordinator, (919) 542-2402

Proudly presented by: CFSA
Proudly sponsored by: Whole Foods Market