Coming Soon

Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Doors opening Thursday, November 30 | 520 Greene Street | 803-799-6027

frank-luca-71973This exciting new Microbrewery and Taproom opens Nov. 30! CCBC will have a tasting room equipped with 12 taps of Columbia Craft Beer that you can enjoy inside or out on their patio. Flagship brews include a Famously Hop IPA, Columbia Craft Lager, Columbia Craft Red Ale and Pulaski Porter. Rotating Taps include Hop To Trot, Citrus All Pro, and Sour Line Up, with other offerings to be announced. More here.

New Brew: Merry Cinnamas | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co.

scmcSwamp Cabbage’s Merry Cinnamas Spiced Amber Ale is the brewery’s Amber Ale,  fermented a little longer than normal to achieve a Sour characteristic balanced with the sweetness and spice from cinnamon added. A wonderful Christmas Ale that doesn’t last long! More here.

New To The Menu

Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill

916 Gervais St. | 803-764-1016 | Open Daily 11am – 10pm

20170615_113815 (3) (2)Sure Fire’s new Breakfast Tacos are fabulous, and they’re served ALL DAY! Order from five different breakfast taco varieties including The Hatchback – eggs, beans, fresh pico de gallo, hand-cut cheddar cheese, and topped with a green hatch chilies sauce, or The Sunrise – features eggs with marinated steak and crispy potatoes, The Lil Hass – eggs with fried avocado, The Paradox – eggs and flame-grilled chicken, or The Desayuno – eggs with carnitas. You don’t have to wait until lunch to get your taco fix anymore! You can find Sure Fire’s menu here.

 

 

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Lane, Suite 4 | 803.788.6966

Honey-Thyme Fried Quail Medallions. Tempura Fried Atlantic Black Bass. 12-hour Braised Beef Short Ribs. Those are just a few of the recent amazing Specials being offered at Solstice! Do check out their website or facebook page for more daily specials, and plan your evening at Solstice accordingly. Reservations can be made here, but if you can’t make it to the restaurant, Bite Squad will deliver it to you!

Deals on Meals

Holiday Dining at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Hurry – deal ends November 30!

No plans for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Dine at Rioz! Rioz will be putting on a feast, with Dinner Buffets priced at only $29.95 for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23! Also, book your holiday celebration by Nov. 30 and receive 20% your entire party’s dinner buffet.

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Ruth’s Chris Black Friday Gift Card Promo

924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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This holiday season, give your friends and family the gift of great dining, with a Gift Card from Ruth’s Chris Steak House! Show them you care with a Ruth’s Gift Card, entitling them to a Ruth’s Chris dining experience anytime they like! Special Black Friday promotion begins Friday, November 24, 2017 from 10am – 6pm, when you’ll get $100 gift cards sold for $80/each! Valid for in-restaurant gift card purchases only, while supplies last. Limit 10 per person. More here.

Rioz Black Friday Gift Card Sale

Friday, November 24 | 9am | 410 Columbiana Drive

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Homegrown Hospitality Group Gift Cards

The Homegrown Hospitality Group family of restaurants includes some of the best dining establishments in Columbia: Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe, Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, Liberty at the Lake, Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse and Pearlz Oyster Bar. If you’re searching for a gift that will thrill the foodie in your life, consider an HHG Gift Card and let them choose where to eat! Purchase in-store and receive a bonus card for $25!

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100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

These are the final days of BJO’s 100 Days of Jerky promotion! These select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia!:

  • Day 98 (Nov. 21): Cajun BBQ Brisket
  • Day 99 (Nov. 22): Cherry Maple Beef
  • Day 100! (Nov. 23): Prime Rib

Don’t worry – you can still stop in anytime to purchase the Outlet’s wide assortment of fine jerkies, like beef, alligator, salmon, elk, turkey, kangaroo, ostrich, bacon, and more! See more Beef Jerky Outlet selections here.

Cheers!

Thanksgiving Mule at Twisted Spur Brewing!

Open Thanksgiving Day from 6 – 11pm with a limited menu! | 705 Gervais Street

milkovi-352499Twisted Spur is running different cocktail specials every week, and in honor of the holiday, this week they’ve created a Thanksgiving Mule! It is made with gin, house made cranberry simple syrup, a splash of lime juice, ginger beer and garnished with fresh rosemary and dried cranberries – yum, so festive! Read more about Twisted’s daily specials here, and see what’s currently on tap here.

Champagne Tuesdays | Cellar On Greene

2001-D Greene Street | 803.343.3303

two glasses of champagne ready for christmas celebrationChampagne Tuesdays is one of Cellar’s favorite traditions! Every single Tuesday, all night long, all of the bubbles on their by-the-glass list (ranging from Cava to Prosecco to Brut and everything in between!) are HALF PRICE. In addition to those on the list, they always feature an Extra Special that is also half priced, and is usually a special Champagne that is either from a smaller producer, or is unique/hard-to-find. The Extra Special gives you the chance to taste some of the best Champagne in the world, at an affordable glass price! Experience this awesome deal for yourself and head over to Cellar on Tuesdays! More here.

 

 

 

 

News Flash

Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, November 23 | 924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving! Join them for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides. You’ll even get leftovers to take home with you and enjoy the next day! The 3 course Turkey Dinner is $39.95 for adults, with a Children’s Menu priced at $12.95. Ruth’s is open 11am – 10pm on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, do it right – pre-order a Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes  or Creamed Spinach side as a complement to your turkey! They’ll love Ruth’s classic Sweet Potato Casserole – whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust, their velvety Mashed Potatoes with hints of roasted garlic, and Ruth’s original recipe Creamed Spinach – chopped spinach in a New Orleans-style cream sauce. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12. Sides to go are available for pick-up November 16 through November 22. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant directly, 803.212.6666, at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up. Full menu and more here.

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering

Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150

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Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love. From Sandwich/Wrap Trays to giant Chef, Caesar and Greek Salads, to soups, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies, East Bay has you covered for your party of up to 28 people! Or, treat your guests to something different – East Bay’s Baked Potato, BBQ or Hot Dog Bar – giant Baked Potatoes, pulled pork BBQ or premium Hot Dogs with ALL the fixins, so no one will go home hungry. More here.

Holiday Turkeys from Little Pigs Barbecue

4927 Alpine Road | 803-788-8238

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Serve your family an unforgettable Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey or ham this year by ordering it in advance from Little Pigs Barbecue! Little Pigs is known for its real Carolina barbecue and mouthwatering southern sides dishes, so you know their hams and turkeys will be just as delectable! Get a Small, Baked, Fried or Smoked Turkey, a Large Baked or Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, or a 1/4, 1/2 or Whole PIT Ham for your feast. Order by December 16, 2017. Call them at 803-788-8238 today!

Food Lover Events: November / December

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive | 803-782-9665

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Tombo Special: Cast iron-seared Striped Bass over fingerling potato and grilled corn hash

Looking for someplace special, but not fussy, for your next date night? At Tombo Grille, every Thursday is date night, where you can enjoy a 3-course dinner for two for just $49, plus $10 off any full bottle of wine! Dinner selections include a varied menu of tried and true favorites, like Shrimp and Grits, Grilled Meatloaf, and Braised Pork Shank, along with unique dishes, like their popular Lobster Pot Pie and Roasted Hen with Sweet Potato Gnocchi. You can’t go wrong with Tombo’s famous burger – a house ground, C.A.B. patty that features house bacon, grilled onion, smoked tomato aioli, and cheddar, gorgonzola, or smoked gouda, and Tombo’s daily changing specials give you even more delicious options! Reservations recommended. Call them, or reserve a table through their website.

Thanksgiving Farmers Market | City Roots 

Tuesday, November 21 | 1005 Airport Blvd.

brigitte-tohm-406942Stock up on SC Grown products to create a memorable feast with your family and friends this Thanksgiving! Come out to this special City Roots Farmers Market and enjoy a variety of farmers and vendors selling their signature SC-Grown items, along with craft beer and wine available for purchase from Craft And Draft, and live music by Bentz Kirby! Vendors include Mary’s Arepas, The Shrimp Guy, Wil-Moore Farms, Happy Cow Creamery, The Congaree Milling Company, Curiosity Coffee Bar and more! More here.

52nd Annual Chitlin Strut

Saturday, November 25 | 230 Pine St. NW, Salley, SC

The Chitlin Strut will include a Parade, variety of Food Vendors, Arts and Craft Vendors, Carnival, Entertainment, Souvenir Shop, Hog Calling Contest, Strut Dance Contest, Beauty Pageant, and lots and lots of Chitlins, boiled and fried! More here.

Country Christmas Celebration | SC State Farmers Market 

Sunday, November 26 | 1 – 5pm | 3483 Charleston Hwy.

Head out to the South Carolina State Farmers Market for the Country Christmas Celebration! Event will feature a Tractor Parade at 4pm, Christmas Trees, Christmas crafts, photos with Santa, and lots of Christmas treat vendors! More here.

Brunch At The Brewery | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Sunday, November 26 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Drive
batbEnjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette. The amazing menu will feature Purple Potato Waffle, Crab Cake, Fried Egg Julienne, White Chili With Warm Corn Salsa, Creamy Mac And Cheese, Poached Salmon, Pork Filet Medallions, and more, with vegetarian options as well. Beer pairing is available for $10/person. Reservations Required by Friday, November 24. This will be the last Brunch At The Brewery for the year, so don’t miss it! Tickets here.

Wednesday Wines, Paint and Sip | Gervais & Vine

Wednesday, November 29 | 620-A Gervais St. | Bar opens 4pm, Kitchen opens 5pm

Join your favorite Mediterranean wine and tapas restaurant for Wednesday Wine Tastings, where you’ll enjoy live music, and can try four wines and a small cheese plate for only $10! Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, join G&V for a fun Paint and Sip event at the restaurant! Indulge your inner artist while enjoying delicious wines. For more information, call them at 803-799-8463.

Wacky Balloon Twisting! | East Bay Deli West Columbia

Wednesday, November 29 | 108 Sunset Court

ebdKid’s Night occurs every Wednesday! On Nov. 29, join East Bay Deli West Columbia for Wacky Balloon Twisting Night with Emeralds Artistry! From 4-9PM, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), and from 6-8PM kids can indulge in balloon twisting fun! The creative folks at Emerald’s Artistry can make balloon animals, balloon wings, hats and more that your little one will love! More here.

Beer and Jerky Pairing | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Wednesday, November 29 | 6 – 8PM | 921 Brookwood Drive

bjSwamp Cabbage and Two Brothers Jerky are joining together once again for another unforgettable pairing! For only $16, you can get a flight of beer with a “flight” of jerky. This time a new jerky flavor made with a Swamp Cabbage brew will be introduced, and there will be a discount on bags of delicious, handmade, grass-fed Two Brothers Jerky. For reservations, please message Swamp Cabbage via Facebook here.

SC Pedal Parlor

Downtown Columbia | 803-302-7750

scpplogoThis season, give the gift of Pedal Parlor! Columbia’s favorite gigantic party bike company, the SC Pedal Parlor, is offering the perfect holiday gift for all of the fun-loving people in your life. Gift cards can be used at any time for any event, and they never expire! You can easily buy gift cards online – just go here, click Book Online, and purchase your choice of Single Seat Gift Certificates or Private Party Gift Certificates. When you buy, you will be emailed a confirmation code that can be used online when booking in the future.

 

Themed Trivia at Liberty Tap Room & Grill | Vista

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Visit Liberty every Thursday for trivia! This week’s theme is Hip Hop Trivia. Enjoy $8 pizzas all night from 5-10pm and $3 for most pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. December 7 will be “Friends” Trivia, and on December 14 Game of Thrones Trivia. More here. 

 A Starry Night | Five Points

Friday, December 1 | 4 – 8pm

unnamed (2)Five Points celebrates the season at the annual holiday event, A Starry Night! Stroll through all of your favorite Five Points stores to enjoy sales and specials during a night full of holiday cheer. The Gourmet Shop will hold a Champagne Bash with sushi, caviar, cheeses, meats, and more (tickets required), and Pawleys Front Porch will be offering  signature cocktails including The Rudolph, The Clark Griswold, The Yukon Cornelius, and The Cousin Eddie, along with $2 Miller Lite drafts and hot spiked apple cider! You’ll enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cider, a DJ spinning holiday tunes, face painting, roaming choral and dance performances, merchant sales & specials, and a chance to visit with Santa! More here.

Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, December 1 | The Market Tea Room and Country Store, 322 Little Brooke Ln.

This fun, holiday-themed event will feature delicious pairings such as Hot Toddy Tea with a Sugar Plum Truffle, Christmas Blend Black Tea with an Eggnog Truffle
Gingerbread Tea with a Gingerbread Truffle, and Candy Cane Tea with a Candy Cane Truffle! Teas and chocolate are available for purchase after the event – just in time for those holiday parties. More here.

St. Nicholas Festival

Saturday, December 2 | Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 724 Buff St., West Columbia

Visit with St. Nicholas, enjoy Russian food at the Russian Cafe, shop beautiful arts and crafts, and see choral performances during the annual St. Nicholas Festival! This annual offering from Holy Apostles Orthodox Church invites you to explore the history of the REAL St. Nicholas while enjoying a holiday craft fair, homemade cookies, authentic Russian and Ethiopian food, children’s activities, and more. Explore the Orthodox Christian book store and Myra Coffee Shop, offering home-roasted craft coffee, whole beans, jams and jellies, homemade soups, and more. A concert of ancient hymns will be performed by the choir at 11am and 1pm, a troop of Irish dancers will perform at 2pm, and at Noon enjoy the magic and humor of Sarah Dippity before meeting St. Nicholas! Free admission. More here.

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Sustainable Holiday Market

Monday, December 4 | 701 Whaley Street
Need holiday gifts for everyone on your list? Make plans to attend the 10th Anniversary Sustainable Holiday Celebration! The Sustainable Holiday Celebration is a party like no other, and encourages our community to think locally while they shop for their loved ones. Shop from over 60 local unique artisans and sample signature dishes from local favorites Old Mill Brew Pub, Michael’s on Main, Kaminsky’s, Lowe’s Foods and the SC Farmer’s Market Tea Room. Tickets are only $5! More here.

December Harvest Dinner | City Roots Farm

Monday, December 4 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 1005 Airport Blvd.
Enjoy a harvest feast at City Roots farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and F2T Productions Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. A welcome cocktail will be served by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings are by Advintage.
Tickets here.

Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner | Old Mill Brewpub

Tuesday, December 5 | 7pm | $40 per person | 711 E Main St, Lexington

Five beers and four courses! Delicious offerings include Pate de Campagne, Low Country Eggroll, Mussels & Duck Fat Frites and more! Seasonal IPAs and Ales to be determined! Get your tickets here.

Melodies on Murray | A Winter Wonderland Cruise

Friday, December 8 | Tickets: $69/person

solmMelodies on Murray combines several of Lake Murray’s favorite things; sailing the beautiful waters on Lake Murray’s Only Touring Yacht, live music, great food & lasting memories! During the holiday season, the Spirit of Lake Murray is an excellent way to spend time with friends and family. The Spirit is gorgeously decorated for the season and provides a fully heated dining experience as you sail comfortably on the beautiful waters Lake Murray. Melodies on Murray will feature live jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks, a fabulous dinner menu and cash bar. Tickets here.

Stay Tuned… we’ll bring you new food and drink events again on Dec. 5th!

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Cheers: Holiday Beers

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Holiday Beers

By Andrew Johnson, ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor

Let’s be honest. It’s never a BAD time to have a beer, but one of my favorite times of year to enjoy a few is when the leaves start to fall and the nights become much cooler. My beer taste buds seem to evolve in those autumn months from a desire to drink hop-forward beers and wheat beers to craving more malty and darker beers. It all begins in the middle weeks of September with the emergence of Oktoberfests and Marzens and continues through the Holidays with Stouts and Porters. If you’re out and about, be sure to try some darker offerings from some of our local bars and restaurants. Below are few of my favorites for some smooth cool-weather sipping.

Highland ClawhammerHighland Clawhammer Oktoberfest, 5% – Asheville: This is one of my favorite Oktoberfest styles because of its drinkability. Even if Oktoberfest is officially done, this beer can hold its own in the cooler months thanks to a malty backbone packed with a rich caramel flavor and a smooth, biscuit-like finish. Enjoy this beer as it was meant to be: in sessionable quantities. Thanks to the low ABV, it’s easy to down a few and not be over-served.

Swamp Cabbage Dunkelweizen, 4.8% – Columbia: Swamp Cabbage LogoNot many breweries brew a dark wheat beer that’s as good as this one. This beer has the banana and clove profiles of a traditional German-style hefeweizen, but there’s a significant boost in the malt character with the addition of caramel malts. It almost tastes like semi-sweet banana bread. Enjoy by itself or with roast chicken or pork.

Westbrook Dark Helmet Schwarzbier, 5.5% – Mt. Pleasant: Schwarzbiers are dark lagers Westbrook Dark Helmet logo(schwarz is German for “black”) that drink dark due to the specific malts used in the brewing process but also finish light because they’re lagers – this simply means they’ve fermented at lower temperatures. Westbrook does a fantastic job of striking this balance with some coffee and dark chocolate notes that finish crisp and clean with flavors that don’t linger. This one pairs well with hearty red meats fresh off the grill.

Backwoods BastardFounders Backwoods Bastard Barrel-aged Scotch Ale, 11.2% – Grand Rapids, MI: Founders puts their “Dirty Bastard” scotch ale in bourbon barrels to obtain the complex and non-traditional flavor profiles, but to also add a subtle hint of bourbon found in the finish. Notes of sweet caramel and roasted malts come through from the scotch ale and blend with the sharpness of oak barrel bourbon, and at 11.2% ABV, it is certainly a sipper.

Stone Xocoveza Stout, ;8.1% – Richmond, VA: This is the heaviest beer on this list, but alsoStone Brewing the most flavorful. Inspired by Mexican chocolate, which is created with a spice addition (usually a smoked pepper), Xocoveza boasts a complex flavor profile full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and spicy pepper. This is the perfect post-dinner dessert beer, but it also makes a sitting by a campfire even more enjoyable.

You can find most of these beers throughout the season in a variety of establishments, but you’re more than welcome to stop by Craft And Draft to enjoy even more varieties of seasonal offerings! (Shameless plug, we know). We hope you enjoy the Holidays better with BEER!

Andrew Johnson is co-owner of Craft And Draft craft beer store and growler shop here in Columbia.

Deals On Meals

Every Monday at Tombo Grille: Burger and a Beer $9!

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

If you have never experienced a Monday night at Tombo, you really should!  There is tombo burgeralways a crowd gathered there to listen to top local musical talent and everyone (or almost) is ordering their delectable Monday night burger and a beer for just $9! You will love it!  Check out their Facebook page each week to see who’s playing! Visit the Tombo Grille website here. 

 

 

 

Rioz: Black Friday Gift Card Sale

Friday, November 24 | 9am | 410 Columbiana Drive

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Ruth’s Chris Black Friday Gift Card Promo

924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

Ruth's Chris gift cardThis holiday season, give your friends and family the gift of great dining, with a Gift Card from Ruth’s Chris Steak House! Show them you care with a Ruth’s Gift Card, entitling them to a Ruth’s Chris dining experience anytime they like! Special Black Friday promotion begins Friday, November 24, 2017 from 10am – 6pm, when you’ll get $100 gift cards sold for $80/each! Valid for in-restaurant gift card purchases only, while supplies last. Limit 10 per person. More here.

Sure Fire Tacos :: Ofertas (“deals” south of the border)

916 Gervais St | Open 11am – 10pm daily

SUNDAYS:  Get one FREE kids meal with the purchase of a bowl, burrito, nacho or quesadilla & a drink! There aren’t any kids we know of who don’t love Sure Fire Tacos’ kids’ meals – they can order a cheese or chicken quesadilla or a soft taco each served with sides and a drink! Get a “hooray” from your little Jose’!Sure Fire Taco taco

 

TUESDAYS: 2 Tacos plus a small chips and queso for just $8! All their recipes and ingredients are prepared fresh daily, from five signature salsas to scratch-made tortillas. Their Vista restaurant offers a casual, inviting atmosphere with our open bar and outdoor patio seating (pooches welcome on the patio!)

THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Draft beer is $3 when you buy Nachos or a Bowl

Get details on the deals and lots of mouth-watering pics by clicking here!

Rioz: Book Your Holiday Celebration and Get 20% Off!

Hurry – deal ends November 30!

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100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

jerky100Love jerky in all of its varieties? These select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia!:

  • Day 84 (Nov. 7): Original Dehydrated
  • Day 85 (Nov. 8): Honey BBQ Turkey
  • Day 86 (Nov. 9): Jalapeno Sausage Sticks
  • Day 87 (Nov. 10): Cracked Black Pepper
  • Day 88 (Nov. 11): Bloody Mary
  • Day 89 (Nov. 12): Hot & Spicy Sausage Sticks
  • Day 90 (Nov. 13): Peppercorn Turkey
  • Day 91 (Nov. 14): Reaper
  • Day 92 (Nov. 15): Cherry Maple Turkey
  • Day 93 (Nov. 16): Honey BBQ Beef
  • Day 94 (Nov. 17): Original Smoked
  • Day 95 (Nov. 18): Teriyaki Dehydrated
  • Day 96 (Nov. 19): Apple Wood Bacon
  • Day 97 (Nov. 20): Original Sausage Sticks
  • Day 98 (Nov. 21): Cajun BBQ Brisket
  • Day 99 (Nov. 22): Cherry Maple Beef
  • Day 100! (Nov. 23): Prime Rib

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with other specials. See more Days of Jerky Selections here.

Liberty on the Lake Specials 

1602 Marina Rd, Suite D | 803-667-9715

Liberty’s Daily Features here.

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Tap Into Football with Liberty’s Game Day Menu here.

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News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering

Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150

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Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love. From Sandwich/Wrap Trays to giant Chef, Caesar and Greek Salads, to soups, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies, East Bay has you covered for your party of up to 28 people! Or, treat your guests to something different – East Bay’s Baked Potato, BBQ or Hot Dog Bar – giant Baked Potatoes, pulled pork BBQ or premium Hot Dogs with ALL the fixins, so no one will go home hungry. More here.

Thanksgiving Turkeys from Little Pigs Barbecue

4927 Alpine Road | 803-788-8238

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Serve your family an unforgettable Thanksgiving turkey or ham this year by ordering it in advance from Little Pigs Barbecue! Little Pigs is known for its real Carolina barbecue and mouthwatering southern sides dishes, so you know their hams and turkeys will be just as delectable! Get a Small, Baked, Fried or Smoked Turkey, a Large Baked or Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, or a 1/4, 1/2 or Whole PIT Ham for your feast. Order by December 16, 2017. Call them at 803-788-8238 today!

Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, November 23 | 924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving! Join them for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides. You’ll even get leftovers to take home with you and enjoy the next day! The 3 course Turkey Dinner is $39.95 for adults, with a Children’s Menu priced at $12.95. Ruth’s is open 11am – 10pm on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, do it right – pre-order a Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes  or Creamed Spinach side as a complement to your turkey! They’ll love Ruth’s classic Sweet Potato Casserole – whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust, their velvety Mashed Potatoes with hints of roasted garlic, and Ruth’s original recipe Creamed Spinach – chopped spinach in a New Orleans-style cream sauce. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12. Sides to go are available for pick-up November 16 through November 22. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant directly, 803.212.6666, at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up. Full menu and more here.

Rioz: Thanksgiving Day Feast!

Thursday, November 23 | 410 Columbiana Drive | 803-708-3151

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Beef Jerky Outlet’s Chili

Beef Jerky Outlet has a new contest, where you can win a $100 Beef Jerky Outlet Prize Pack! Just use their jerky in a recipe to enter, and for a chance to win.

Here we have chili made with Beef Jerky Outlet Honey BBQ Jerky

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**Ingredients **
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin.
**How to Make it**
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours. Then top it off with your favorite Beef Jerky Outlet jerky! Yum!

Food Lover Events: November

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Casual Pint Vista| Team Trivia and $2 tacos

Wednesday, November 8 | 7 PM | 807 Gervais St, Ste 100

You will love the upscale, yet casual Craft Beer-centric atmosphere at The Casual Pint beer garden! Get your team together and enjoy $2 tacos during this trivia event. More here.

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Craft And Draft | Devine Night Out

Thursday, November 9 | Craft And Draft, 2706 Devine St.

Craft and Draft will have a variety of specials on November 9th (Devine Night Out!), plus they will be featuring an all-Columbia beer lineup, 10% off merchandise and growler fills, and an “Early Bird Happy Hour” where every beer is $1 off before 5pm! There is not better place to sample ALL Columbia beers on tap than Craft and Draft! More here.

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Karaoke Night and Reverse Happy Hour | Casual Pint Vista

Friday, November 10 | 9PM | 807 Gervais St, Ste 100

Enjoy karaoke at your favorite beer garden in the Vista! Play to win and sample new beers during this fun event! More here.

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Arts & Draughts | Hosted by The Whig and Columbia Museum of Art

Friday, November 10 | 7 – 11pm | 1515 Main Street

Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from Golden Road Brewing, live musical performances, D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, and food from The Wurst Wagen, Real Mexico, The Belgian Waffle Truck, and treats from Curiosity Coffee. More here.

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90’s Bar Crawl in Columbia

Saturday, November 11 | 2 – 10pm

Go back to the 90s! This event will take place at several local participating bars (TBA), and in several different cities! Enjoy drink specials, 90s music, a “welcome” drink at registration and a signature bar crawl cup. More here.

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9th Annual Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery…A Jewish Food Extravaganza!

Sunday, November 12 | 11am – 3pm | Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Rd

Mark your calendars – Bubbie’s Brisket and Bakery is back! Enjoy delectable homemade, kosher foods prepared under Bubbie’s direction, right in the Beth Shalom kitchen. On the menu this year: Homemade Horseradish, Potato Knishes (for the very first time), plus favorites like Brisket, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Tzimmes, Matzah Ball Soup, Falafel, Stuffed Cabbage, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Kugel, Israeli Salad, Challah, Rugelach, Mandel Bread, and much more. Have guests coming for Thanksgiving or the upcoming holidays? Bubbie’s desserts and dishes are perfect for a crowd! You can even purchase her brisket and corned beef by the pound during this event. The day’s festivities will also feature an auction. More here.

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River Rat Brewery Dinner at Ruth’s Chris

Monday, Nov. 13 | 7PM | 924-A Senate Street

River Rat’s perfectly balanced, refreshingly bold and deliciously drinkable beers and Ruth’s Chris’ exceptional fall menu – the perfect pairing! Dinner event will feature a delicious, five-course meal served alongside some of River Rat’s most popular beers, anf for dessert – a Poached Pear Tart with House Made Maple Bourbon Ice Cream
paired with Hazelnut Brown Ale! Make your reservation today for this special dinner by calling 803.212.6666. More here.

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“No Lunch” lunch | Harvest Hope and Golden State Foods Foundation

Wednesday, November 15 | 12pm | 320 Senate Street

Join Harvest Hope and Golden State for the Feeding Hunger: “No Lunch” Lunch at the Hall at Senate’s End. All proceeds from the one-hour soup kitchen-style luncheon will benefit child feeding programs, helping to provide food for the 1 in 4 children in South Carolina who struggle with hunger. Tickets are limited, so please RSVP to Sarah Sipes at 803-254-4432 ext. 1143 or to ssipes@harvesthope.org. More here.

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The Casual Pint | Vista Lights 2017

Thursday, November 16 | 807 Gervais St, Ste 100

Join The Casual Pint Vista during the Vista Lights celebration! Casual Pint’s beer truck will be in front of 807 Gervais Street with $5 drafts. Also enjoy 15% off growlers and shirts, and buy a $50 gift card and receive a free $10 card! More here.

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Mindful Eating Workshop | St John’s Lutheran Church 

Saturday, Nov. 18 | 213 Saint Johns Church Road

Join certified dietician, Jeremy Ponds, for a two-hour workshop focusing on mindful eating! Learn more about what mindful eating is and how it affects us, as well as the physical, biochemical, and nutritional benefits of mindful eating. This is a free event, though monetary contributions to Harvest Hope Food Bank are appreciated. More here.

Keg Fest 2017 in Lexington

Saturday, Nov. 18 | 1-6pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main Street 

kegKeg Cowboy presents this inaugural grassroots craft beer festival at the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington! Featuring over 20 breweries including Holy City, Tradesman, Frothy Beard, NoDa, OMB, Highland, Founders, Stone, D9, Ballast Point, Unknown, Sierra Nevada, Freehouse and more, and live music from Lexington locals The Nick Clyburn Band and The Kenny George Band. Food trucks will also be on site. There are a limited number of tickets available, so get yours today by clicking here!

21st Annual SC Oyster Festival

Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11am – 6pm | Robert Mills Historic House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding St.

Plate of oystersColumbia’s largest outdoor oyster roast featuring steamed oysters for sell by the bucket is brought to you by Pearlz Oyster Bar. Also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo for purchase once inside the festival. Food vendors will also be on site, and there will be ice cold beer for sale as well as a wine garden! You’ll also enjoy live music all day on 2 stages, from local favorites like Prettier Than Matt, Reggie Sullivan Band and many more. Arts and Crafts vendors will be on hand displaying their creations, and kids will enjoy amusements, games and activities. Admission price does NOT include Oysters. Bring your appetite! Tickets here.

 

Stay Tuned… we’ll bring you new food and drink events again on Nov. 21st!

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New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista

807 Gervais St, STE 100

cpintJoin the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler fill each month, FREE pints (after purchase of 10), FREE growler fill (after purchase of 10), 10% off package beer, 10% off retail merchandise, and invitations to special promotions. More here.

East Bay Deli

Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court

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EBD’s new grilled Bratwurst

 The holidays can be so busy, who has time to cook? Stop in to East Bay Deli while out shopping and try one of their fall specials or order online from the main menu and take-out or have it delivered. EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall: Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them before they’re gone – these specials will only be around until February! More here.

Immune Builder Smoothies | Smoothie King

Smoothie King Locations: 4601 Forest Drive | 945-G Lake Murray Blvd. |  718 Fashion Drive | 1205 Lincoln St.

skingHelp support your immune system with SK’s Immune Builder Smoothies, available in Mixed Berry, Orange and NEW Pumpkin Spice! Pumpkin Spice smoothies are made with organic pumpkin, carrots and super grains. With more than 300% of your daily vitamin C, plus iron and calcium, you’re all set for fall. More here.

Openings

Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening

Friday, November 10 | 118 State St., West Columbia

q-aila-162475Catitude Cat Cafe is coming, and will be the first Cat Cafe in the Columbia, SC area! They have partnered with Pets Inc. in West Columbia, to provide 100% adoptable kitties! At Catitude, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a beer, or glass of wine while you hang out with the coolest cats in Columbia! This Friday, don’t miss your chance to come and welcome Columbia’s newest furry friends to State Street! Read more about Catitude here.

Openings

Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar

904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455

dptThis brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi Tacos, Pho, and Thai Sausage on a Stick! The Noodle Bar menu features selections of proteins, noodles and broths that you choose, to create your own custom-made soup! The Spice Level for the menu ranges from 1-5, so you can choose to bring the heat to your dish, or not. More here.

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

2736 North Lake Drive | 803.781.9814

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana is famous for Italian comfort food, fresh sauces and homemade pastas! The restaurant will open a second location on Main Street in Lexington, in January 2018. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery

Current location: 900 Main Street | 803-748-0540

The Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is a laid back pub with house-brewed beers and an exceptional menu, with ever-revolving specials. Now, after 22 years in business on Main Street, Hunter-Gatherer will be opening a second brewery in the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field very soon.  Hoping for a November opening. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more updates! Main Street location menu and information can be found here.

New To The Menu

Tombo Grille‏

4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | (803) 782-9665

tgTombo Grille has a great new fall menu that includes lobster pot pie! Tombo prides itself on using fresh, regionally-grown ingredients in their delicious dishes. Plus, As a compliment to the regular menu, Tombo offers specials that change nightly, showcasing their chef’s culinary creativity, updated daily around 5pm. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook for the latest and tastiest selections. Reservations are recommended 782-9665 or use Open Table. More here.

 

East Bay Deli

Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court

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EBD’s new grilled Bratwurst

EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall season! Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them today! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais St | (803) 764-0203

spTwisted Spur is updating all of their menus; brunch, lunch, and dinner! They now have half sizes of some of their most popular appetizers, like Tuna Pineapple Nachos, Soda City Market Dip, and Brewhouse Chips. They have also added an Oyster Po’ Boy to the lunch menu as well as a few other brand new additions to the dinner menu. Twisted Spur’s menu changes seasonally, to provide the freshest ingredients for each season. Did you know, Twisted Spur also offers a fantastic Tailgate Menu that features in house smoked pulled pork, Brats, Wings, lots of shareables and of course sweet tea! It’s available every weekend, so if it’s college or professional football that requires a spread, they can help! Twisted’s brewers are in Colorado right now at the Great American Beer Festival. Hundreds of breweries from all around the country go to compete for best beer in each category, and Twisted Spur brought their Fraulein Hefeweizen, Lemongrass Kolsch, Dead Head Red, and Wheat Fight to represent them, and South Carolina! Wish them luck! More here.

Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Wings BOGO, fish tacos, baby why don’t we go into Irmo, for nachos….*

Unseasonably warm temperatures (even for Columbia) had the Gardener Media team wanting to experience one last taste of summer for their Weekday Therapy outing. What could be more perfect than a big, shaded deck, sparkling blue water and cold drinks? The place for that is Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, where, they say, “The only thing better than our food is the view”!

Liberty’s Sunset Happy Hour drink specials include $3 Liberty Brews, $3 Domestic Drafts, and $2 PBR cans, as well as $1 off House Wines, $3 Sangria, and $1 off Well Liquors. With 48 beers on tap, unique draft beers and craft brews and Liberty’s own microbrews, they will always have a brew for you! Our server, Jessica, was very patient and helpful as we pored over the various menus and made our selections.

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Berry Sangria

Team member Carmen loves sangria, and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet Berry Sangria she ordered – a perfect summertime beverage! We chose several appetizers to share: Southern Fried Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Baked Pretzels, and Chicken Nachos. The shrimp were large, fresh, and crispy, with a tangy/spicy Bonfire Sauce that would work with just about anything!

The calamari were perfectly seasoned and breaded, and came with their own Citrus-Curry Aioli sauce. Team member Lynn was a huge fan of the Baked Pretzels we got, with their salty, garlic butter-basted flavor coming through. It came with both lager-grain mustard and cheddar-beer cheese for dipping.

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Southern Fried Shrimp

The Chicken Nachos didn’t disappoint either, the green-chile-and lime-marinated chicken deliciously complemented by black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos.

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Chicken Nachos

Miriam opted for an entree, Liberty’s Freedom Burger – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, lettuce and tomato.

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The Freedom Burger

We then did something we almost never do: we ordered dessert! Key Lime Pie and Bananas Foster Cheesecake were decadent, but we told ourselves we deserved it! All of this food illustrated to us what we already knew, that you really can’t go wrong ordering at Liberty!

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Bananas Foster Cheesecake!

Liberty on the Lake is always a fun time. In addition to their great Sunset Happy Hour specials, they also have some brand new Daily Specials you’ll want to check out that include BOGO Wings on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays (featuring Lowcountry Boil), Thursdays are Burgers and Brews, Fish Fridays, and for the weekend, it’s Tap Into Football game day fare and drink specials. Liberty’s Game Day Menu boasts Bleu Cheese Chips, Roasted Red Pepper Black Bean Hummus, Southwest Eggrolls, Big Pig Biscuits and much more. Do check it out!

 

*To the tune of The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo”

Beer Pairing Tips

Having the gang over to watch some football?

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Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)

Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light

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BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)

Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft

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Cheers!

Craft and Draft Pint Night Benefitting Jam Room Music Festival

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4 – 8pm | 2706 Devine St.

craftCraft And Draft Pint Night will feature an Oktoberfest celebration by Sierra Nevada, with a portion of every pint sale going to benefit the sixth annual Jam Room Music Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 14. Tap list and food trucks TBA. More here.

Great American Whiskey Fair

Thursday, September 28 | 5:30 – 9pm | 701 Whaley Street

The Great American Whiskey Fair is the largest celebration of American whiskey in the Southeast, with over 100 different distilleries and bottlers presenting over 500 whiskeys, bourbons and ryes! Taste from a variety of whiskeys, chat with distillery owners, master distillers, blending masters and brand ambassadors, and enjoy delicious eats from Bourbon and LowCo BBQ. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Assorted Chocolate pralines on brown backgroundFriday, September 29 | 6 – 8pm | 921 Brookwood Drive
Evolution through Chocolate will again host this pairing at Swamp Cabbage Brewery, where unique, delicious chocolates are complimented by Swamp Cabbage’s original brews. Check Facebook for upcoming chocolate pairing menu. Tickets are only $16, and seating is limited, so RSVP to 803.939.2589, or go here.

Sumter Oktoberfest on Main

Saturday, September 30 | 5pm | Downtown Sumter

For the eighth year in a row, Downtown Sumter will transform into the feel of an old German town! Featuring delicious German fare, drinks and live entertainment. More information here.

Soda City OktoberFest

Saturday, September 30 | 9am – 3pm | Main and Hampton / Main and Washington 

Enjoy two biergartens, German baked goods, face painting by Emerald’s Artistry, live music and much more at Columbia’s downtown street market! More here.

Aiken Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 30 | 6 – 10:30pm | Hayne & Pendleton St., Aiken

Man in traditional bavarian clothes with beer and pretzelsThis year’s event will feature craft and German beer, college football on the big screen, live music from the The Foothills Oompah Band, and German food, like amazing pretzels from The Brezelmann – Bavarian Pretzel Shop in Aiken! Don’t miss the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition going on all day as well! More here.

Pups & Pints | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Sunday, October 1 | 2 – 5pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

swamp pupJoin Swamp Cabbage for a great cause! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your cute canine family member(s) to the brewery for a pint, or three! Donate an item or two on the Humane Society’s Wish List and get $1 off your pints. More info and Wish List here.

 

Bold Rock Cider & Chocolate Pairing | Craft And Draft

October 5 | 2706 Devine St

Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this event will feature the following delicious pairings:

Premium Dry Apple Cider with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle
Pear Cider with a Pear Truffle
Orange Cider with a Blood Orange Truffle
Peach Cider with a Mango Peach Truffle

Tickets are only $16 and are available the day of the event. Seating is limited so, please arrive early. More here.

2017 Lexington Craft BeerFest

Saturday, October 14 | 6 – 10pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Lex Beerfest LogoSample regional craft beers and grab a bite from local restaurants at the 2017 Lexington Craft Beerfest, hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center! Featuring live music by Fantasy and food vendors Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Wolf Pizza Co, and the Lexington County Blowfish providing a cook-out style menu. See the huge list of participating breweries here. All food items will be priced at 5 tickets or less. Food tickets will be available in the festival at $1 each and can be used at any of our vendors listed above.. Tickets include a commemorative glass. Tickets here.

 

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Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sunday, October 15 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 924-A Senate Street 

Enjoy five perfectly paired courses during this latest in the Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners Series! Adding Italian touches to Ruth’s traditional steak house fare, this unique dinner pairs five decadent dishes with five luxurious Tuscan wines, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Guado al Tasso. See the mouthwatering menu of courses and pairings, and RSVP here.

Apple Pasties to Fry

Apple TurnoversHappy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation!  This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion.

This recipe is for a large crowd… or a VERY large family!

Pare and quarter apples, and boil them in sugar and water, and a stick of cinamon, and when tender, put in a little white-wine, the juice of a lemon, a Piece of fresh butter, and a little ambergrease or orange-flower water; stir all together and ’tis cold, put it in a Puff-paste and fry them.

Paste for Pasties

Rub six pounds of butter into fourteen pounds of flour; put to it eight eggs, whip the whites to snow and make it in a pretty stiff paste with cold water. (you might want to take those amounts down a tad… like 2 sticks of butter rubbed into 3 cups of flour and one egg instead of 8 – for that amount you should cut up 7 or 8 apples). Fry in hot oil at 375 degrees after filling.

Cooking Class: Good Life Cafe

Cooking Classes

Vegan Cooking Class w/Asian Flare | Good Life Cafe

Tuesday, October 10 | 6 – 8pm | 1614 Main Street, Ste A

glcIn this class, you’ll learn how to make delicious vegan foods with an Asian flare with David Wright, creator of many things vegan at the cafe. He will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and styles to live your very best life as well as show you how easy flavorful plant-based cooking can be! David will show how to make Sweet and Sour Tempeh over Udon Noodles with Grilled Veggies, Crisp and Crunchy Asian Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, Coconut Mango Spring Rolls, and Homemade Fortune Cookies. Seating is limited, so hurry and register here.

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Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft

Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St.
battlJoin Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food Truck! Begins at 4pm. More here.

 

New To The Menu: Twisted Spur

Special Tailgate Menu | Twisted Spur Brewing

Tailgating: Bratwurst or Sausage On The Grill At Tailgate PartyIt’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much more! Pre-ordering is required prior to game day. More here.

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850

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BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was once home to Romano’s Macaroni Grill near the corner of Harbison and Bower, in Columbiana Station.

BJ’s has a huge menu that includes everything from Handcrafted Burgers, to delicious salads, to sandwiches and tacos. They offer 11 award-winning signature beers and ciders on tap, and release seasonal beers throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information on this new dining hotspot! Click here to learn more about BJ’s.

New to the Menu: Kaminsky’s | Smoothie King | Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive Columbia | 803.782.9665

Salmon-tomboTombo Grille in Forest Acres, has a special Summer Menu you’ve got to try! Featuring fresh, seasonal Entrees like Grilled Salmon with Parmesan Risotto, Asparagus, Marinated Tomatoes and Salsa (pictured). Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Crab & Avocado Tower, Braised Short Rib, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon, and don’t forget about Tombo’s gorgeous Salads. Enjoy the perfect, summer’s-end meal at Tombo Grille! More here. 

Kaminsky’s

930 Gervais St | 803.550.9979

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe debuted new cocktail menus in August, with brand new floats, martinis and dessert drinks for you to try! Kaminsky’s has a selection of draft wines, along with Dessert Mule Floats (like Lemon Meringue, Framboise, and Apple Pie), Martinis (like Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Samoa Cookie and Starburst), Cocktail Floats (Limoncello Champagne, Not Your Father’s Root Beer), and Cocktails (Gin & Jam, Dragonberry Sangria). See even more new flavors at their Facebook page, here.

Smoothie King

1205 Lincoln St., 4601 Forest Drive, 945-G Lake Murray Blvd., 718 Fashion Drive

skSupercharge your day with one of Smoothie King’s new Hydration Smoothies! If you have an active lifestyle, you’ll love these new blends, made with naturally hydrating Zico brand coconut water and real whole fruit to help you power through your activities. Zico coconut water has five electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus) to help your body hydrate. It is naturally fat free and cholesterol free. With no added sugar and more than 5 times the potassium of the leading sports drink, SK’s new Hydration Smoothies will keep you hydrated AND energized. Choose from three delicious flavors: Dragon Fruit Lemon Green Tea, Lemon Green Tea Watermelon Hibiscus, and Watermelon Hibiscus. More here.

 

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse

3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070

ucUrban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out, and why it’s become so popular around here. Will told us that UC prides itself on everything being prepared from scratch and with care – from the dry rubs and sauces they use, to the hand-chopped veggies and meats they grill on their Big Green Egg (“Farm-To-Fire-To-Table”). In additional to being made to order, dishes are affordable, with most items priced under $10 to start with.

You won’t find fried food on the menu, but instead excellent sandwiches, salads, wraps and homestyle entrees. They have a few specialty items you’ll love as well, like the warm Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls served as sides, or the Half Baked Cookie dessert, which Will indicated was a definite customer favorite. In the coming weeks, UC will begin adding special, South Carolina favorites like Beaufort Stew/Lowcountry Boil to the menu.

Will said people particularly appreciate UC’s kid friendly details, like an area for children to play in and a children’s menu. Will has two daughters, and knows that anything that buys adults 7-10 minutes of uninterrupted dining time is a good thing. UC also has a wonderfully convenient drive up window, so you can call in an order from their Take It To The House menu (eventually order online), and pick up dinner for the whole family without leaving the car. They can also cater your special events, for 10 people or for 1,000.

In addition to serving great food, UC is all about promoting local businesses to benefit the community. A small merchandise area in the restaurant displays local wares, soaps, artwork and homemade dog treats, and next year, UC will coordinate and manage a farmer’s market to give local growers another venue in which to sell. Visit them soon and check out this excellent addition to our local dining scene. More here.

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From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $8 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

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Wednesdays | at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais Street)

Half priced wine by the bottle or glass every Wednesday at Liberty Taproom in the Vista.  And

Gervais & Vine: Wednesday Wine Tastings

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620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wines and a small plate for just $10. Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm. Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

 

Newsflash: 100 Days of Beef Jerky!

100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For August:

  • Day 1 (Aug. 16): Original Smoked
  • Day 2 (Aug. 17): Honey BBQ Turkey
  • Day 3 (Aug. 18): Australian Outback
  • Day 4 (Aug. 19): Sweet & Spicy
  • Day 5 (Aug. 20): Moonshine
  • Day 6 (Aug. 21): Original Dehydrated
  • Day 7 (Aug. 22): Alligator
  • Day 8 (Aug. 23): Teriyaki Smoked
  • Day 9 (Aug. 24): Fireball
  • Day 10 (Aug. 25): Venison
  • Day 11 (Aug. 26): Ol’ Smokey
  • Day 12 (Aug. 27): Prime Rib
  • Day 13 (Aug. 28): Duck
  • Day 14 (Aug. 29): Honey Peppered Bacon Sausage Sticks
  • Day 15 (Aug. 30): Roasted Garlic
  • Day 16 (Aug. 31): Cajun BBQ Brisket

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with another specials. More here.

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

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Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575

Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing: Three Year Anniversarybeer

Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly

Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!

The Casual Pint: Solar Eclipse PartySolar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.)  or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person

Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista locationGet your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.

 

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964

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Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled that their SECOND location opened last week!

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks: New Brunch Items

711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932

Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items….

The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns sandwiching our Signature Patty, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg

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Morning’ Poutine: Our “Everybody Wants Some” Poutine topped with 2 fried eggs and bacon

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Morning’ Poutine

Mimosa Carafes: 1 liter of Mimosa (6-7 glasses)

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If you find yourself struggling this weekend stop by Grill Marks for this amazing hangover cure, Foodies! Visit their full Brunch of Champions menu at grillmarks.com/food – you don’t want to miss it.
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NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia

East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers…

Chicken Caesar Salad – A bed of fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, & our special Caesar dressing.

Fabulous French Toast – A breakfast classic. House made French toast sprinkled with powder sugar. Served with a choice of breakfast meat; butter and syrup on the side.

Pete’s Famous Chili Dog – A Certified Angus Beef hot dog topped with chili, diced onions, slaw and mustard. Served with chips & a pickle spear.

 

Breakfast Sandwich – Build your own DELIcious breakfast sandwich! Two eggs scrambled or fried on your choice of bread with cheese. Add your favorite breakfast meat for a small up charge. Served with fruit.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Not your traditional buffalo wrap. Deli style buffalo chicken, diced romaine and blue cheese dressing on a sun-dried tomato wrap. Buffalo sauce served on the side.

Citadel – A house favorite. Oven Roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar cheese piled high toasted wheat.

Authentic Italian – A classic deli favorite. Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on French loaf.

Fried Chicken Wrap – Fried chicken, romaine, diced tomato, cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a sun-dried tomato wrap.

Shared Recipes: August 2017

Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink

620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463

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Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening
  3. 1/2 cup molasses
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 cup boiling water
  6. 3 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. Raisins and candied fruit add to the goodness!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream sugar and butter. Stir in molasses.
  3. Dissolve soda in boiling water and mix into butter mixture.
  4. Combine flour with spices and salt and sift into shortening mixture. Stir well.
  5. Beat eggs well and add to batter. Add raisins and candied fruit if desired. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan and bake about 35 mintues until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

 

 

NewsFlash: Tasty Tomato Festival Winners

Dear tomato loving Foodies,

Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners!

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Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee
Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson
Forest Jinkins Best Purple: Cherokee Purple
Connelly-Anne Ragley Best Unusual, Chocolate Amazon
Izzy Rich (four years old) Best Tomato Grown by a Child : Husky Red Cherry
Ashley Rich Best Small Other: Yellow Cherry Sun-gold
Carr Farms Best Small Red: Husky cherry

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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SC Pedal Parlor

Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com

The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun way…from the seat of a moving bar stool! Two-hour long pub crawls include visits to up to 2-4 bars or restaurants, based on your group’s preference. SC Pedal Parlor

Started in 2015, the Pedal Parlor offers tours through the Vista daily, at scheduled times, and Five Points tours can be accommodated as well. Tuesday nights are Prize Parlor nights, where Pedal Parlor swag is given away, and they also do special events! Take the Pedal Parlor for a spin the next time you’re celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, or have a corporate team-building event and your guests will not be disappointed!

Pedal Parlor Tours require 6 people minimum, however the Private Party option allows you to have the whole bike, which seats up to 16 people! Want a night of fun to remember? Reserve the bike for a special event of your own, at the daily rate of $1400 (includes travel and associated costs). Check here for special discounts and updates, and check the SC Pedal Parlor Facebook page for that, as well as amazing videos of past tours! To reserve your spot(s), click ‘Book Now’ on their website, or give them a call at 803.302.7750.

New to the Menu: August 2017

New to the Menu

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!

 

 

New Breakfast Tacos

Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Crispy Castor Troy2Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!

 

The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies! The Crispy Castor Troy

Recently Opened

Opening Open

Blaze Pizza

471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235

Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t beBlaze Pizza taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how it works: Pick one of Blaze’s Signature Pizzas, or Build-Your-Own artisanal pizza with their incredible selection of high quality toppings, then their Pizzasmiths go to work, heating it up for you in a massive, wood burning pizza oven for 180 seconds flat! This gives the pizza a crisp crust, the cheese and toppings a good flavor-melding. We tried the Meat Eater, the Red Vine, and a Build Your Own, and were not disappointed! The pizzas are the perfect size for one person, and you don’t feel full of dough at the end. That’s because it’s made from scratch in-house daily, with no additives or chemicals. blaze pizza1They offer gluten-free crust as well as vegan cheese options, and don’t forget about their colorful Simple Salads! They’re available in both Side and Entree sizes, and are full of healthily-delicious fixings like wild baby arugula, kale, dried cranberries, goat cheese, seasonal fruit and more, and can even be added atop a warm garlic pesto and parmesan crust, to make a Salad Pizza if you prefer!

 

In addition to soft drinks, lemonade, blood-orange lemonade, draft beer or wine, Blaze offers fruit-infused, all-natural Agua Fresca beverages. Both the Strawberry and Mango we tried were wonderful. Desserts include S’more Pie, Sea Salt Cookie, and Olive Oil Brownie, all of which, you’ll be thrilled to know, can be heated in the oven for a warm after-pizza treat!

The Casual Pint-Lexington

217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington | 803.358.233 Casual Pint Food Pic.jpg
Time spent at the Casual Pint is all about fun. Whether you’re there for Karaoke, Reverse Happy Hour, Puzzles and Pints, or a Tap Takeover, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself! And now there’s a Casual Pint open in Lexington! As of July 14, Casual Pint-Lexington’s “Beer-tenders” are ready to help you with craft beer by the pint, from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle. They limit the number of taps so their draft beer selections rotate quickly and always stay fresh, and you can see them all on Casual Pint’s Draft List on their website and App. You haven’t downloaded The Casual pint app yet? You could be missing out on all of the great benefits! If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Casual Pint-Lexington!

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

Monday mornings can be difficult, and to start the week off right, we decided a good

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breakfast was in order. As it was approaching Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, French fare seemed appropriate, so we stopped in to one of Columbia’s favorite continental restaurants, Crêpes and Croissants.

C&C’s owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, was happy to see us and show off some of the recent changes he’s made to his establishment. New Parisian-themed decor on the walls and European-flavored background music even further enhances the feeling you get while enjoying dishes from the menu, that you’re no longer on Sumter Street in downtown Columbia, but in a small cafe along the Seine, without a care in the world! Laurent’s menu features options that are perfect for any time of the day; sweet and savory crêpes, quiche, French toast, salads, sandwiches, omelettes and desserts, with flavors and combinations that you won’t see anywhere else.

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Princess Peach French Toast

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Spinach Brie Omelet

As a group with varied tastes, we all tried different things. Laurent, seemingly without effort, made each and every dish himself that morning, and quickly! After a very short wait, he was serving them all up. Kathy enjoyed a simple yet flaky-scrumptious croissant, Carmen ordered the #2 Omelette, with Brie, ham, tomato and spinach, Sarah opted for the #1, with bacon, cheddar and caramelized onion, Michaela road-tested the chocolate and strawberry crêpe, Sydney got  a classic sweet crepe, and Miriam made us all jealous with her Princess Peach Toast, which featured perfectly prepared French Toast surrounded by warm peaches, and topped with vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar. What a treat! The attempt by all of us to sample a range of items from the menu didn’t quite work out, as the intended sharing of dishes went out the window. For that reason, we each decided we would have to return to try each and every dish we did not get to taste! Croissant Lo Res

Merci beaucoup, Laurent, for giving us a wonderful beginning to our work week! Midlands bosses, if you want to treat your staff to an extra-special motivational meal, or your clients to a super impressive spread, check out Laurent’s catering menu, complete with breakfast and lunch options, and a mouth-watering selection of pastries!

Address: 1465 Sumter Street, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.462.4779

Hours:

Weekdays: 7am – 2pm
Saturdays: 8am – 2pm
Sundays: 10am – 2pm

News Flash: Tailgating Spots at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company Outdoor SeatingAre you looking for a Tailgate spot? Less than a mile from Williams-Brice Stadium, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is the perfect pre-game spot! Season parking is available for $285 and includes a growler with the home schedule printed on it, one fill of your favorite Swamp Cabbage brew at every home game, use of indoor facilities, and use of indoor and outdoor seating.  Two televisions will be showing the biggest games of the day! If interested, drop by the brewery or message Swamp Cabbage on Facebook.

921 Brookwood Drive | swampcabbagebrewing.com

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus

757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com

Trivia BattleBeat the summer heat on the Columbia Brew Bus as you compete for trivia supremacy!

You and your friends will be pitted against other teams in a traveling trivia battle through Columbia’s craft beer scene as you test your knowledge to win great prizes from local breweries, bars and restaurants.

Guests can compete in teams of four or less in Columbia Brew Bus’s six-round summer-themed trivia clash while tasting beer & exploring three different local breweries/bottle shops. The three top teams will win great prizes from some of the best breweries, bars and restaurants in Cola!

Sign up for the July 30 installment of the series here!

You Have To Try This Place: Good Life Café

Food Pic 2 - from FBOne of the only organic, raw, vegan restaurants in Columbia, but you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their absolutely amazing meals! Good Life Café’s executive chef, Sharon Wright, has been creating natural, nutritious and delicious meals, juices and smoothies for 24 years. Take a food world tour (every foodies dream!) right from your seat as Good Life Café features American, Italian, Indian, Thai and Mexican gourmet cuisines.

Good Life Café’s menu offers a range of mouth-watering starters, such as their Spicy Spinach Avocado DipFood Pic 1 - from website and Cajun Stuffed Portobello. Try the Asian Noodle Salad: kelp noodles and zucchini noodles with red pepper, candied cashews, jicama and mango served on a bed of greens with Asian dressing. In addition to acai bowls, a huge variety of craft beers, wines, cocktails, cold-pressed juice cocktails, & several colorful, fresh smoothies, Good Life Café offers tons of wraps, sandwiches, and “cooked” items, such as their incredible Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito.

Food Pic 3 - from FBFinally, Good Life Café’s raw menu includes customer favorites such as Manicotti (layers of zucchini stuffed with cashew cheese & topped with marinara sauce) and their hearty Portobello Steak (marinated, dehydrated, & stuffed with pesto, pimento-less cheese or hummus). Good Life Café even has a raw noodle bar, with a variety of noodles and sauces that will make your taste buds sing! Almost all menu items are gluten free or can be made gluten free upon request.

Food Pic 4 - from websiteIf raw eating is new to you, raw foods consist of unprocessed plant foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees. Including raw food in your diet can improve your body’s absorption of enzymes and nutrients, as well as help you to lose weight, feel great, and look younger. Raw, living foods are invigorating and full of life!

Looking for the perfect combination of delicious & healthy for your new weekend brunch spot? Good Life Café now serves their weekend brunch menu Saturdays from 8am – 2pm and Sundays from 9am – 2 pm, offering taste bud wonders such as Organic Tempeh Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Creamy Organic Local Grits, and Fresh Fruit, as well as Organic Vegan Waffles and Pancakes. View the full menu here.

Stop by and experience the wonders of cuisine that tastes incredible and is great for your body & soul. Live your best life at Good Life Café!

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm.  |  Offers catering & space to host private parties.

1614 Main Street | 803-726-2310 | goodlifecafe.net

Visit the SC State Farmers Market

flowers at the farmers marketThe South Carolina Department of Agriculture works hard to promote the business of feeding us. The agency aids farmers in many aspects of food production and marketing, and the State Farmers Market on US Highway 321 in West Columbia is a big marketing tool for South Carolina’s small farmer. Depending on what’s in season,  you’ll find truck beds, tables, boxes and baskets overflowing with melons, corn, squash, eggplants,  peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more. The farmers represent farms from as far as 100 miles away.  While there, they primarily sell their produce to people who operate produce stands, but they don’t mind selling a $5 small basket of tomatoes or peppers to an individual buyer. You can learn a thing or two about the food they grow by asking a question, and most love yukking it up with good nature and a smile.

 

In addition to the two open pavilions of farmers, there is a large nursery with shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, lovely bedding flowers, hanging baskets and a resident rooster that cockadoodle-doos a greeting regardless of the time of day!

Inside the Corbett Building you’ll find The Market Tea Room. Jennifer, the proprietor,  will gladly show you about and explain the offerings.   You can opt for a breakfast tea or afternoon tea (small meal) by reservation only, or stop in for a couple of freshly baked scones and a pot of tea anytime. Served on lovely china upon crisp table linens, the tea room can accommodate up to 30 guests. Perfect for a party!  The Market Tea Room also sells locally produced jams and jellies, jewelry,  home decor items and gift baskets.  The Tea Room is open from 10am – 4pm all week long.

 

Down the corridor in the Corbett Building is The Market Restaurant.  Owned by a popular Columbia caterer, the restaurant serves from 7am – 3pm everyday.  The kitchen prides itself on using the produce offered by vendors at the Farmers Market, creating their dishes from scratch daily.  Their menu includes regional favorites like shrimp and grits, corn and black bean salad, meatloaf, pork chops, and wonderful desserts.

Visit the SC State Farmers Market website here and enjoy your next visit!

NewsFlash: Get Free Chick-fil-A Today!

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A ChickFilA-ChickenSandwich

Tuesday July 11th, 2017 | open – 7pm

Chick-fil-A’s highly anticipated Cow Appreciation Day is Tuesday, July 11th this year. The rules are simple: wear anything cow-like and get a free entrée from open – 7pm! Guests in cow attire may select a breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée, and kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.

So don your cow-related items, and enjoy a free breakfast entrée such as the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or some delicious Chick-n-Minis.  But don’t remove your cow costume just yet! Return for lunch and dinner, and savor entrées such as the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap and the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich. Also, if you’re tired of chicken by the time dinner rolls around (impossible!) then your “entrée” can be a small hand-spun milkshake, Iced Coffee, Frosted Coffee or Frosted Lemonade. See full list of entrée choices here.

Even if all you can pull together is a cow hat, visit your local Chick-fil-A and enjoy the festivities & great (free) food! Get creative & don’t forget to snap some pics to commemorate your udder-ly amazing costumes!

 

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop 18892952_1677737098906334_7911057803289415859_nwith a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce!

Brain Freeze held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2nd and since then has been filling the area with a little more laughter & deliciousness. Brain Freeze has been serving Italian ice & ice cream from its food truck at events and festivals, and to the delight of its loyal and adoring customers has now opened a brick and mortar shop.

Serving incredible milkshakes in over 10 18921056_1684970231516354_1395388523352896066_oflavors, Italian ice, ice cream sandwiches, gourmet kettle corn, cotton candy, and hand-dipped ice cream, Brain Freeze is a delicious way to cool off in the summer heat & is the perfect ending to a fun date! Also offers tailored catering packages for schools events, corporate events, office parties, ice cream socials, and much more!

18920952_1683918948288149_8171541083542072044_oBring the whole family & check out this colorful addition to the Cayce area!

Hours: Tues-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 1-8pm, food truck available everyday

Wednesday: Discounts for Seniors

906 Knox Abbott Dr | 843-694-2723

NewsFlash: Brewmaster Mondays at The Casual Pint

The Casual PintEvery Monday is Brewmaster Monday at The Casual Pint ALL day for club members! For $20/month (3 month membership minimum), club members get $9 select growler fills every Monday! Club members also receive a free German or stainless steel growler when you join, a free Casual Pint hat or t-shirt when you join, one free growler fill each month, one free pint after the purchase of 10 pints, one free growler fill after the purchase of 10 growler fills, 10% off retail merchandise (hats, growlers, shirts, etc.), 10% off any packaged beer, and special promotions available only to Casual Pint Rewards members.

807 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 | thecasualpint.com

New Happy Hour at Rosso!

Monday – Friday 5 – 6:30 PM

Rosso fans will be delighted to hear that Rosso Trattoria Italia has a new Happy Hour! Happy Hour at Rosso features all menu wood-fired pizzas for just $10 (excluding the pizza of the day), delicious $8 House-made Meatballs, and $6 Roasted Olives. Also enjoy a $15 Meat and Cheese Board, including a variety of meat and cheese selected by the chef, house pickles, pepper jelly, mostarda, and grilled ciabatta. Calamari Fritti is available for $9, featuring mouth-watering fried calamari, preserved lemon-caper aioli, and finally topped with a calabrian chili “cocktail” sauce.

Rosso Trattoria Italia CocktailDrink specials during Happy Hour include $6 Aperol Spritz, $6 Caposoldo Pinot Grigio and Chianti, $5 well drinks, and $1 off all domestic and imported beers. The refreshing Rosso Martini, made with Smirnoff Citrus, PAMA, and Limoncello with a splash of Prosecco, is yours for just $7!

*Happy Hour served at bar, outside, and dining room. All orders must be in by 6:30pm.

August Cooking Class

Cooking Classes

Providence Cooks! Carolina Grown and Made

Tuesday, August 1 | 6 – 8pm | Providence Health Northeast, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd

An award-winning event that provides guests with a deliciously healthy multi-course meal, instruction and conversation. Each month, registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health host a themed healthy cooking class, with a sophisticated twist and varied special guests. The location alternates between Northeast and Downtown campuses. This month’s theme, Carolina Grown and Made, features our own state’s foods as the star ingredients. Space is limited and reservations are required. The event is $25 for members of the public. More here.

From the Vine: July 2017

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Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10

Gervais & Vine

620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

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Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm.  Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

Gervais & Vine also has a special white wine you’ve got to try, perfect for the summer, called Telmo Rodriguez Basa Verdejo, from Rueda, Spain. This medium bodied 100% Verdejo blend has a clean, refreshing taste you’ll enjoy on hot Columbia nights.

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Deals on Meals: July 2017

Deals on Meals

SC Pedal Parlor … Prize Parlor Tuesday! Bike w People

Come ride, help pedal and experience Columbia from the seat of a huge bicycle! Tuesday nights are PRIZE PARLOR nights, where Pedal Parlor swag including T-Shirts, coasters, cups and more will be given away during the 6pm and the 8:30pm tours. Bar crawl rides include visits to three bars or restaurants, based on the riders’ preference, at just $20 per person, or rent the whole bike (seats 16) for only $225 (that’s just $14 per person!). More here.

Save at Rioz this Month

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse is celebrating their 4th anniversary and want to share their good fortune with their customers! Come in for their magnificent all-you-can-eat savory meat selections and stupendous salad bar for just $24.94 :: Wednesdays this month – July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th!  Rioz July 2017 Offer

Mondays at Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais St |803.764.0203

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$1 House Oysters and 1/2 Priced Martinis at Twisted Spur Brewing Every Monday! Twisted Spur Brewing offers approximately 14 different varieties of East, West, and Gulf Coast fresh half shell oysters daily! Stop in and see what’s available.

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Photo: Bombay Sapphire Gin

Save $1.50 on Small Smoothies at Smoothie King

Pick up a copy of the Summer issue of Discover Columbia magazine (available at all CVS locations, Lizard’s Thickets, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and many other spots) and you’ll find a coupon for $1.50 off any small smoothie – good at all Smoothie King locations in Greater Columbia.  Look at page 17!

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Rosso Trattoria Italia: Manic Mondays & Wednesday Mussels!

4840 Forest Drive, Suite 7 | 803.787.3949

Rosso now has a cure for Manic Mondays, Foodies! wood fired pizzaTheir Wood-Fired Pizzas are just $10.00 each, all night long. Available for dine in only. Come in and enjoy the best wood-fired thin crust pizza around. This is a limited time special, so don’t miss out! More here. 
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Rosso also has a Wednesday night special from the sea – just $10 gets you a heaping portion of fresh-daily, delectable mussels prepared with a seasonal, special sauce chosen by their executive chef. Find out more here.

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916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tuesday: For $8 enjoy two delicious tacos, plus a small chips + queso
Thursday: $2 drafts ALL day!!! with the purchase of nachos or a bowl. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed on Thirsty Thursday! Cheers to $2 beers, Foodies!  More here.

Tombo Grille: $5 Pizza & $15 Wine on Tuesdays

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille is the tried-and-true hotspot for incredible food, new-favorite wines, high-gravity beers and desserts too good to be missed. Tombo Grille’s friendly, knowledgeable servers stand ready six days a week in a quiet corner of Forest Drive. It’s the ultimate neighborhood restaurant and they have great deals, too! Enjoy $15 wine/$5 pizzas on Tuesdays! Visit them online here!