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, December 1, 2016

Join us for our monthly mixer: Dec. 6 at Terra

Slow Food Columbia is back to hosting a board meeting, followed by a public, Happy Hour-style mixer, each month!

Join us on Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. at Terra [100 State St., West Columbia, SC] to learn more about joining Slow Food, mingle with fun folks and sip some delicious cocktails. 

If you're a member of Slow Food – or if you choose to join at the mixer! – you can enter to win a gift certificate for food + drink at Terra. 

RSVP on Facebook here.

We'll see you Tuesday at Terra!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meeting: November 21 at Bourbon

WHAT // Slow Food Columbia's November meeting [with a specialty cocktail on-tap!]

WHEN // Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 pm

WHERE // Bourbon [1214 Main St, Columbia, SC] 

WHO // Open to all who are interested in slow food, local eats + drinks and meeting new people!

Join us! 

Click here to RSVP on Facebook. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

New Board Announcement!

Slow Food Columbia has new Board members! Help us in welcoming Vanessa Bialobreski, Chloe Rogers, Bryan Tayara and Katie Welborn.

Vanessa grew up in Columbia, SC and although she left for a time to spread her wings, always felt the pull of home. After living in Brevard, NC, Boone, NC and out west she returned home to finish her degree at USC. Post graduation she moved in 2005 to take a job in Asheville, NC, at a national green events company, but dreamt of coming home to Columbia to promote the burgeoning local food community and sustainability efforts there. Her vision finally became a reality in 2011 with the creation of the Farm to Table Event Company, a partnership with City Roots, Columbia's only in-town, sustainable and organic farm, and Owner/Chef Kristian Niemi of Bourbon Columbia. From the very first farm dinner at City Roots, Vanessa has worked with her partners to tirelessly connect local farmers and chefs in her community through sustainable event production, highlighting the natural hospitality her hometown exudes. Vanessa has always been proud of Columbia, and she loves orchestrating events to support the inextricable links between farm and table. Vanessa joins Erin Eisele as Co-Chair.

Chloe Rodgers is an Integrated Communications Manager at Flock and Rally: Integrated Communications for a Brave New South in Columbia, S.C.; a full-service, women-owned public relations, marketing and event planning agency. At Flock and Rally, Chloe specializes in public relations, branding and inbound marketing for multiple client accounts. She holds a degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. In her downtime, you can find Chloe volunteering for causes she is passionate about, exploring new restaurants, creating things, booking her next travel adventure and enjoying the vibrant music & arts scene in Columbia.

Bryan Tayara is the owner of Rosewood Market and Deli, Columbia's original health food market. Bryan is a founding member of Slow Food in SC's Pee Dee region, where he helped forge the connection between local farms and the table by hosting regular potlucks at restaurants throughout the region. Now living in Columbia, he takes the helm at Rosewood, carrying on the legacy created in 1973, that people can take an active, hands-on approach to their own wellness through delicious food. Bryan recently met one of his idols, Alice Waters!

Katie Welborn is South Carolina Policy Coordinator at  the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Katie is a South Carolina native and graduate of Clemson University with a background in political and nonprofit organizing. Working with the Square Foot Gardening Foundation and WWOOfing in North Carolina, California, and China originally exposed her to the many layers of our food system. She has worked in the political, nonprofit, and agricultural realms ever since. Farmers are the nicest, most giving individuals she’s ever met (the original entrepreneurs!), and she’s stoked to advocate for local and organic agriculture in South Carolina.