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.

Our Board and Advisory Board

As of November 2016, our all-volunteer board of Chapter Leaders is comprised of the following Slow Food Columbia community members:

Erin Eisele, Communications and Programs Manager at City Roots, graduate of the Slow Food-affiliated University of Gastronomic Sciences program in Italy - Co-Chair
Vanessa Bialobreski, Managing Partner, Farm to Table Event Co.- Co-Chair
Jenny Maxwell, editor, Skirt! magazine, public speaking consultant - Vice Chair
Karen Sundstrom, nursing professional, UU Coffeehouse co-manager, and overall excellent community member - Keeper of the Edits and Potluck Chair
Mike Davis, owner, Terra restaurant - Chef Liaison
Kristian Niemi, owner, Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon restaurants - Chef Liaison
Gnome Wildt, owner, GnomeGrown Mushrooms and professional cook - Chef/Farmer Liaison
Katie Welborn, SC Policy Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Bryan Tayara, owner, Rosewood Market and Deli
Chloe Rogers, Integrated Communications Manager at Flock and Rally


Joining our board is a newly created Slow Food Columbia Advisory Board, comprised of the following members (in no particular order):

Tracie Broom, Co-Founding Partner, Flock and Rally: Integrated Communications for a Brave New SouthMary Roe, Eat Smart Move More Richland County, City of Columbia Bicycle Pedestrian Action Committee (BPAC)
David Shields, McClintock Professor of Letters at USC, Chair of Carolina Gold Rice Foundation
Ariel McClain, Proprietor, Humble Farms
Ginger Cassel, Producer, Good Eats
Katie Welborn, Midlands Local Food Collaborative
Doug and Karen Aylard, owners, Vino Garage
Billy Guess, professional visual artist, gardener, maker
Anna Redwine, USC Honors College, professional visual artist


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