February 2017 Food Lover Events

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Moriarty’s Super Bowl Li Party & Fundraiser

Sunday, February 5th | 5pm – 1am | at Moriarty’s Irish Pub (902-B Gervais St.) | $100 donation superbowl

Come party with the Professor and help raise money for St Jude/SCID! Moriarty’s will be holding a private Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb.5th to raise money for SCID research. Your $100 donation gets you: Buffet of pot roast sliders, bbq, subs and sandwiches and Bud Light Draft, plus free entry into raffles for a 50″ Smart TV, an Apple TV, as well as a free square on the big board where there are numerous ways to win big prizes! And you don’t have to be present to win prizes. Have fun Foodies!

The Casual Pint: Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Thursday, February 9th | at the Casual Pint (807 Gervais St.) | 6pm – 8pm | Tickets: $16 beer-and-chocolate-pairing

Evolution Through Chocolate is bringing the party to the Vista for another fantastic pairing. Here’s what’s on tap:

-Doc’s Cranberry Spiced Cider with a Rosemary Sea Salt Truffle
-Wells Banana Bread with a Banana Clove Truffle
-Victory Peppermint Stout with a Peppermint Truffle
-Kona Koko Brown Ale with a Coconut Almond Truffle

LADIES…If you stick around, you can also get $1 off all draft-Call (803) 832-PINT(7468) for more information.

Ride the Columbia Brew Bus

brew busThe Columbia Brew Bus is the best way to tour and taste Columbia’s craft breweries and distilleries! Enjoy their Wine & Spirits Tour or their Columbia Brew Tour…or both! 🙂

Wine & Spirits Tour: Every other Saturday from 2:30pm – 6pm! Current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. Tour begins at Bourbon, located at 1214 Main St. You’ll get at least 3 different craft spirit samples at distilleries and a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage.

Columbia Brew Tour: This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. Tours begin at Liberty Taproom located at 828 Gervais St. Friday: 5:30pm – 9pm, Saturday: 3pm – 6:30pm, Sunday 2pm – 5:30pm. Enjoy at least 16 oz. of beer samples at each stop.

The Palladium Society 2017 Chili Cookoff

Saturday, February 11 | at Music Farm Columbia (1022 Senate St.) | 5:30pm – 8pm | $35 for general public

Do you love a bowl of “Famously Hot” chili? Cold beer? Great live music? Then join Historic Columbia at Music Farm Columbia for The Palladium Society’s 19th annual Chili Cookoff! One of Historic Columbia’s most popular events, the CHILI COOKOFF is hosted by The Palladium Society and features a variety of chili recipes, judging by local celebrities, cash prizes for the winners, and live music. Ticket price includes all you can eat and drink chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Buy ticket(s) here!

Smoke and Beer Festival

Saturday, February 11 | 11am – 4pm | at City Roots Farm (1005 Airport Blvd.)

Kick off Craft Beer Week at City Roots farm! Enjoy small tastings by eight featured restaurants paired with craft beer from the Carolinas and Georgia (11:30-2pm). Cash bars for beer and for prepared food by Farm to Table (11:30-3:30pm). Live music by Ashes of Old Ways and Tom Hall and the Plowboys. Tickets are $15. Participating restaurants are Bourbon, The Oak Table, Ristorante Divino, Tallulah, The Kingsman, Keg Cowboy, The Whig, and Barnone. Get ticket(s) here.

Columbia Craft Beer Week

Saturday, February 11 – Sunday February 19 | Throughout Columbia

Check this out – celebrations throughout town where various craft beers are the stars!  You’ll get to try something new and discover a favorite – you won’t know until  you try!  The Casual Pint, Craft and Draft, Swamp Cabbage Brewing, Old Mill Brewpub, Nickelodeon, British Bulldog and many more local beer-sellers are participating!  See the complete schedule here.

Craft and Draft: Beer and Chocolate Pairing

Monday, February 13th | at Craft and Draft (2706 Devine St.)

Foodies, enjoy this beer and chocolate pairing featuring Brewery 85 and Bruges Chocolaterie on Monday, February 13th at Craft and Draft! Tina Miles, the owner of Bruges Chocolaterie, will be there and you’re sure to be in for a treat. She takes pride in hand-painting chocolates and filling them with fresh ganache and caramels (can you say delicious?), using the freshest, locally produced quality ingredients! When she first tasted chocolate in Bruges, Belgium…she found the BEST chocolate that she has ever tasted, so hopefully you will have the same reaction after this foodie event.

Enjoy these delicious pairings:
  • 864 Hefeweizen – Salted Caramel- It’s clean like the beer yet rich and loud like the description. Typically wheat beers carry a caramel tone and this will pair well with it.
  • Yeoman’s Brown Ale – Dark Chocolate/ Coffee- This will enhance the coffee tones of your beer
  • Howdy Dunkel German-style Dark Wheat Ale –  Almond Amoretto.  (Almonds and Bananas go great together, lovers!)
  • Runner Chocolate Stout & Rum Runner (Barrel-aged in rum barrels)  – White Chocolate Raspberry as suggested by you

Swamp Cabbage Brewery: Valentine at the Brewery

Tuesday, February 14 | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Dr.) | 5:30pm – 8pm | $30 per person (drinks not included)

Brunch at the Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is back, Foodies! Kick-off event is February 14th, featuring these five delicious courses:

First course: Smoked Gouda and Bacon Scone “in Love” with Homemade Sausage Gravy, Collard Greens and Fried Egg Julienne (Vegetarian option: Smoked Gouda Scone, White Gravy, Collard Greens and Fried Egg Julienne)

Second course“Duo” of Quiches: Spinach and Feta Cheese Quiche AND Leek and Sundried Tomato Quiche, Petite Salad Vinaigrette Crab Cake.jpg

Third course“Couple” of Cakes: Shrimp Cake and Crab Cake, Old Bay Tomato Aioli, Belgian Waffle Finger, Lemony Celeriac Garnish

Fourth course: Fresh Ground Coffee rubbed Beef Tender and MadagascarVanilla Cream Sauce “on a Date”, Sautéed Baby Carrots and Barley Pilaf (Vegetarian option: same with homemade vegetarian patty)

Dessert course: Dark Belgian Chocolate “Cupid” Pie with Strawberry Coulis

Yummy!! To reserve your seats for this scrumptious Valentine’s day dinner check out the Belgian Waffle Truck’s FB page, as it should be updated with the event soon. Stay tuned!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers | Grand Opening!

Tuesday February 14

fredhead-at-freddysFreddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers lands in Columbia on February 14, and will be located at 457 Killian Road. Freddy’s is famous for its Steakburgers – premium beef patties, pressed to create deliciously crispy edges and always cooked to order! Freddy’s menu offerings also include Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Fried Pickles, Chili, Frozen Custard treats, Malts, Shakes and much more! Check it out here.

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Thursday, Feb 16th | at SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.) | 6pm – 9pm  

ART(uncorked) is a monthly celebration of Columbia’sartuncorked local art scene. Every third Thursday, SakiTumi hosts a selected local artist to showcase their work for the month. At each opening, there is a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres from 6–8pm! Drop in. Meet the artist – Aaron Shaw. Buy some art! #ARTuncorked

Two Gals and A Fork Food Tours

Saturday February 18thTwo-Gals-And-A-Fork-1-inch, 2017: These tours include a history lesson along the way… learn the fascinating history of the Vista and its refurbished buildings. It will leave you stuffed with delicious food and full of fun historical facts!

  • Brunch & Munch: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM with tasting stops at Liberty Taproom, Blue Marlin, Mellow Mushroom, World of Beer & Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
  • Sites & Bites: 4:00 – 6:30 PM with tasting stops at Sure Fire Tacos, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Carolina Strip Club, SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar & Wired Goat

Only 16 spots available per tour, so get your tickets today!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Prisoner Wine Dinner

Thursday, February 23 | at Ruth’s Chris (924 – A Senate St.) | 7pm | $100 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

prisoner-winesKnown for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards across Napa, Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking team consistently produces unique wine blends that are both captivating and approachable.  As part of this special evening, guests will enjoy five wines – The Prisoner, Saldo, Cuttings, Thorn and Blindfold – alongside a beautiful multi-course menu inspired by the flavors California wine country. Call 803.212.6666 to make your reservation! Enjoy these five courses, Foodies:

First Course:

-Jumbo Lump Crab Salad (Champagne Vanilla Dressing, Baby Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes)
paired with Blindfold White Blend (Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Marsanne)

Second Course: 

-Devils on Horseback (Dates, Dried Plum and Apricot “Bound” by Bacon, Soy Ginger Glaze) paired with Thorn Merlot (Merlot with Syrah and Malbec)

Third Course: the-prisoner_pistachio-crusted-pork-noisettes

-Pistachio Crusted Pork Noisettes (Roasted Root Vegetables and Crispy Spinach with Black Cherry Demi-Glace) paired with The Prisoner Red Blend 

Main Course:

-Petite Filet Mignon, Horseradish Crust (Gratin Potatoes Romanoff, Green Beans Almandine) paired with Cuttings (Cabernet Blend with Petite Sirah and Syrah)

Dessert Course:

-Chocolate Bouchon (Vanilla Ice Cream) paired with Saldo Zinfandel

Mr. Friendly’s: Mardi Gras mr-friendlys-mardi-gras

February 27th – March 2nd | at Mr. Friendly’s (2001 Greene St.)

If you can’t make it to New Orleans, you can still make it to Friendly’s, Foodies! They will have you covered with hurricanes, sazeracs, po’ boys, jambalaya, etouffee, and lots more! Don’t miss it.

Columbia Brew Bus

Columbia Brew BusColumbia Brew Bus provides the only all-inclusive guided brewery tasting and tour bus experience in Columbia! Columbia Brew Bus is passionate about the service they provide and want to help see Columbia’s craft beer scene continue to grow.

Columbia Brew Bus offers two types of tours: the Columbia Brew Tour and the Wine & Spirits Tour.

The Columbia Brew Tour allows you to experience Columbia’s craft beer scene! This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. This is a 21 and over tour. At each stop you get at least 16 oz. of beer samples, a facility tour led by a brewery staff member, a Q&A with brewery staff, and the chance to buy brewery merchandise.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture

On the Wine and Spirits tour, experience the best way to visit and taste Columbia’s great distilleries and wine selection. The current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. At each distillery, you get to sample at least three different craft spirits, enjoy a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage, take a tour of the distilleries led by master distillers, and have a Q&A with the distillery and wine bar owners.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture-2

The bus will have PLENTY of coolers all iced down and ready to keep your growler and bottle purchases cool until you take them home. Light snacks and water will be given out between brewery stops. Enjoy the sight seeing, trivia, and prizes along the way!

Columbia Brew BusColumbia Brew Bus offers all kind of deals! Whether it’s a birthday party, bachelor(ette) party, office get away, reunion or just a night out with your friends, they offer price breaks for groups of eight people or more. Columbia Brew Bus also offers military discounts, student discounts, and senior discounts. If you are the designated driver of the group, Columbia Brew Bus will gladly take the price of the beer provided out of the overall ticket price.

Book your tour today or see Columbia Brew Bus’s Facebook page.

Hop on with some friends and let the good times and bus roll!

Columbia Brew Tour Start Location: Liberty Taproom {828 Gervais St}; Columbia Wine & Spirits Tour Start Location: Bourbon {1214 Main Street}  |  columbiabrewbus.com

Tour Times: Fri 5:30 – 9pm; Sat 3 – 6:30pm; Sun 2 – 5:30pm