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

lpThursday, November 30 | 828 Gervais St.
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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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!

 

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.

 

 

Weekday Therapy: Gervais & Vine

Recently, the Gardener Guides team again crossed the Congaree River into the Vista in search of some Weekday Therapy. With clocks turned backward and dusk rapidly approaching, we were eager to find someplace warm and cozy to unwind. Found it: Gervais and Vine Mediterranean Wine and Tapas Bar!
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From left to right: Virginia, Sarah, George (Kathy’s husband), Kathy, Miriam, Carmen & Tina

We parked in the spacious back lot and headed in. The setting was exactly what we needed: a warm, intimate-yet-open dining room with soft lighting, The Beatles (and Restaurant Picsolo John) in the background, with savory smells of a faraway place emanating from the already busy open kitchen.
We were warmly greeted by the owner, Roberta Prioleau, and shown to our seats. Roberta is the kind of hands-on owner who gives you the feeling that she genuinely wants you to sit in her dining room and try all of the food she has to offer, and wants you to love it! The waitstaff has a similarly friendly and positive countenance, checking on us often and assisting us with our drink selection. G&V is known for its wine list, but they also have a variety of micro brews, specialty cocktails and classic martinis that are also worth trying. If you are a wine enthusiast however, expect to find a very nice collection of bottles to choose from.

cheese-platterThe menu is made up of Ensalada & Sopa (Salads and Soups), Tapas Calientes (Hot Tapas), Tapas Frias (Cold Tapas), Spreads, Pizzas and Otros Acompanantes (Other Sides). The selection seemed daunting, but the great thing about the smaller tapas portions is that you can order twice (or even three times) as much food as you normally would. With that in mind, we ordered several items from each category: the Combo Platter with Three Spreads including Costa Brava (Blend of Smoked Gouda, Shrimp and Bacon), She Crab (Crab, Garlic and Sherry with Cream Cheese and Parmesan), and Warm Almond Brie, the Eggplant Fries with Honey Yogurt and Romesco Sauce, the Beef Paillards with Gorgonzola and Demi-Glace over Grilled Ciabatta, the Greek pizza with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mediterranean Olives and Feta with Herb Infused Olive Oil, and the Amantes de

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la Carne pizza with Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Ham, Bacon, Mozzarella and Marinara Sauce.

Gervais and Vine is the perfect place for a group to eat. Our large table, with its bounty of delicious foods and drink, looked like it could have just as easily been the remains of a festive evening on the Amalfi coast. Everyone was able to find a favorite dish; the Beef Paillards were a hit with everyone; about the eggplant fries Kathy assessed, “how to take a pretty tasteless veggie and turn it into something wonderful!” They were THAT good, and the Romesco sauce served alongside was just as delicious on the chewy, crusty leftover bread from our spreads

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platter. About the spreads – though things started off civilly, with each in our group taking only a spoonful of the different dips to try, by the end of the meal it became haphazard and covetous, all of us all vying for the final bit of the spreads, especially the She Crab with its velvety texture and tang. Kudos to the waiters for keeping up with our bread and cracker needs. The two pizzas, one for the meat-lovers and one for the veggies in the group, were just enough for us to share as a sort of main course. G&V makes their pizzas in a 700° stone oven, with a plethora of premium toppings to choose from, the option to Create Your Own Pizza, and even a Pizza of the Day. Gervais and Vine may not specifically conjure “pizza” when you think about it, but it is just as good as the other tapas, and Sarah said they paired really well with the wine.

 As the night wore on, even as the dining room began to fill, we stayed. At this point it was totally dark outside but still felt pretty early inside. The mellow vibe, the well-placed lights and tables – you are among others, but can still hear your party – all lent themselves to this evening of simple pleasures and complex tastes.

 

Address: 620 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday: Open until 10pm
Friday & Saturday: Open until 11pm
Bar opens at 4pm, kitchen opens at 5pm
*Closed on Sundays

Phone Number: 803.799.8463

Check out their Facebook Page

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Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you choose to order. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com

From the Vine :: Let’s Wine Down

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From the VineSavor this summer one sip at a time with great wine deals here in Greater Columbia at some of your favorite restaurants! There are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world, so it’s time to get tasting.

Mediterranean Cafe

 Wine Down Wednesday327 West Main St. | 803.356.6294

Wine Down Wednesday every Wednesday at Mediterranean Cafe! Enjoy 1/2 priced house wine all night, as you complement it with your meal of shrimp scampi or something unique like eggplant pizza.


Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille Tuesdays!

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

Every Tuesday at Tombo Grille enjoy great pricing. $15 for a bottle of wine & $5 for a gourmet pizza (that goes great with the wine!)

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

930 Gervais St. | 803.550.9979

During Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. from 5-8pm, their house wine is $4 by the glass and wine flights are $10 (4 draft selections of pour choice).

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2001 – D Greene St. | 803.343.3303 

Their next GIANT Wine Sale & Tasting falls on Saturday, July 9th from noon – 2pm. $5 per person (waived with the purchase of at least 2 bottles!). They always have at least 30 wines open for you to taste that are marked down at the lowest prices possible for you to custom build a case (or two!). Best part – this wine lover event is free, that is if you buy at least two bottles! It’s sure to be a fun time.
*Tuesdays: 1/2 off champagne
*Wednesdays: Wine Flights! (Usually 3 different wines each week)

Moriarty’s Irish Pub

902 Gervais St. | 803.888.6462

During Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. 4-7pm they offer $1 off house wine!

Liberty Tap Room

828 Gervais St. | 803.461.4677

1/2 priced house wines during happy hour Mon. – Fri. 4-7pm.

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620 Gervais St. | 803.799.8463

Wine tasting EVERY Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Only $8 for a cheese plate & 4 wines to try! Enjoy Foodies!

Rioz Brazilian Steak House

410 Columbiana Drive | 803.708.3151

$3 House Wine (Canyon Road Chardonnay, Canyon Road Pinot Grigio, Dark horse Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cellar no. 8 Merlot) available Mon. – Fri. 5-7 pm in the bar only.

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Ln #4 | 803.788.6966 Solstice Kitchen

During Happy Hour Mon. – Thurs. from 5-7pm (at the bar) enjoy $2 off glasses of wine
$20 bottle list at dinner Mon. – Thurs.
Mon. – Fri. at lunch enjoy glasses of wine for $4

Liberty on the Lake

1602 Marina Rd. | 803.667.9715

$4 house wines Mon. – Fri. 4-7pm! Ever Wednesday enjoy half-price wine night by the glass and bottle.

City Bar Martinis & Fondue

700 Gervais St. | 803.764.6125

During their Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. 4-7pm :: Wine special – $3 House Wine by the glass (Vista Point Vineyards — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel)

Happier Tuesdays :: Happy hour all night long – $3 house wine, $2.50 bottled beers, $1 off all martinis, craft cocktails and liquor selections.
Wine Down Wednesday :: 25% off all bottles of wine.

Mr. Friendly’s

2001 Greene St. | 803.254.7828

Tuesdays: 1/2 off champagne
Wednesdays: Wine Flights (usually 3 different wines offered every week!)

Pearlz Oyster Bar

936 Gervais St. | 803.661.7741

During their Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. 4-7pm :: $4 House Wines and $3 Champagne