Food Lover Events: Mid-September 2017

Food Lover Events

 

SC Pedal Parlor: Sunday Funday!

Pedal Parlor logoSundays in Sept. | $20 per person | 2 hours long 

Party on a Sunday with SC Pedal Parlor! All passengers must be 21+ and are asked to bring along your photo ID. Their Sunday Funday! tours begin at 12pm noon or 2:30pm…visit their website here to book your public or private tour today! It’s the best bar crawl in town! Bike can fit up to 16 people, so gather your friends, co-workers, club members, neighbors and reserve your spot today! scpedalparlor.com

 

Columbia’s Greek Festival

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 17 | Thurs. – Sat: 10am to 10pm, Sun: 12 to 8pm | 
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1931 Sumter Street

This annual four day event is hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Columbia. Experience Greek culture in food, dance and music! Enjoy specialty Greek cuisine like Greek chicken, pastitsio, peasant shrimp, keftedes (meatballs), and roast lamb, Greek salad, dolmades and spanakopita, gyros and souvlaki, mezedaki, calamari, and more! For something sweet, be sure to visit the pastry shop for a delicious variety of desserts. The festival will also have shopping, art, music, and different types of traditional dancing demos. More here.

Ride the Columbia Brew Bus

Columbia brew bus tourThe 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. Enjoy at least 16 oz. of beer samples at each stop, a Q&A with brewery staff, a facility tour led by a brewery staff member, and a chance to buy brewery merchandise. This is a 21 and over tour.

All Aboard the BBQ Dinner Train!

Saturday, September 16 | 6:30pm | South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro

SCRMAll Aboard the BBQ Dinner Train! View the countryside and enjoy the breeze from an open air car as you travel to Rion for a delicious BBQ dinner with your family. The Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad is owned and operated by the South Carolina Railroad Museum. Tickets here.

Tombo Grille Mondays: Burger, Fries, Beer and Live Music for $9

Every Monday Night 5:30 – 10pm | 4517 Forest Dr | 803-782-9665tom

Life doesn’t get much better than this, folks. A fabulous Tombo Grille burger, fries, frothy beer and some of the best live music in the Midlands!  Music plays from 7pm – 10pm. Check out their musicians each Monday on their Facebook page here.

Gervais & Vine: Indian Summer Rose Dinner

Wednesday, September 20 | at Gervais & Vine (620-A Gervais St.)

Celebrate the passing of summer at G&V! This dinner will feature 4 different wines, and delicious food to pair with each. The evening will start with cocktails at 6:30pm and wine, food and cheer at 7pm. Cost is $32 per person. Call 803.799.8463 for reservations. More here.

Sweet Tea Festival

Thursday, September 21 | 4 – 9pm | Downtown Summerville

matt-hoffman-310311​​Enjoy this annual event that takes place throughout downtown Summerville! Featuring plenty of sweet tea and food, unique shops and boutiques, and live music throughout the historic downtown area. More here.

Gervais & Vine: Jameson Whiskey Dinner

Friday, September 22 | at Gervais & Vine (620-A Gervais St.)

jamesonWith Jacob Benchoff of Southern Wine & Spirits. These events are always a lot of fun, as the Gervais and Vine folks create a party atmosphere, and help guests learn and enjoy spirits they may or may not know a lot about.  More information here.

Midlands Farm Tour | Sustainable Midlands

Saturday, September 23 | 11am – 6pm

IMG_5731New date!  Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of sustainable farms in Richland and Lexington counties! Learn about modern farm practices and methods, like aquaponics, experimental heirloom cultivation, hyperlocal wine production, “360 method” composting, rainwater harvesting, and use of alternative energy sources.

IMG_5738Meet the local producers who are practicing farm stewardship and sustainability, and hang out with some farm animals! See a list of participating farms here. Cost is only $10, and kids under the age of 10, along with WIC, SNAP, and EBT beneficiaries are admitted to the entire tour free of charge with proof of eligibility. Get your tickets here.

Giant Wine Sale and Tasting | Cellar On Greene

Saturday, September 23 | 12 – 2pm | 2001-D Greene Street

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Cellar On Greene is THE place to go to get your wine fix in Columbia! Cellar’s Wine Shop has hundreds of wines from around the world to choose from, with dozens of them open and ready for you to taste before you buy. Their Giant Wine Sale & Tasting takes place every other Saturday, and features deep discounts on bottles, ranging in price from $8 to the low $20s, so you can custom build a case while you’re there! Plus, you’ll get an extra 10% off when you purchase a case or more! On Sept. 9, spend your Saturday sampling from over 30 of their newest wines from 12-2pm (bubbles, pinks, whites & reds), plus try a reserve bottle that is often either limited allocation or a special release, from 12:30-1:30pm. Cost is $8 per person (but it’s FREE with a 2 bottle purchase!). More here.

Brunch at the Brewery | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co.

Sunday, September 24 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

Another scrumptious Sunday brunch at the brewery! Enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette. Make your reservation by Friday, Sept. 22. Don’t wait, this will sell out quickly! Tickets here.

Kid’s Night! | East Bay Deli West Columbia

Wednesday, September 27 | 4 – 9pm | 108 Sunset Court

kidKid’s Night will occur every Wednesday, from 4 – 9pm! On Kids Night, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), there will be an event guest, and plenty of kid-friendly fun! Tonight’s event guest is Emerald’s Artistry Entertainment. They will be on site doing Balloon Art and Face Painting. 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 domestic whiskeys, as well as whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Japan. Chat with distillery owners, master distillers, blending masters and brand ambassadors, and enjoy delicious eats from Bourbon, Columbia’s premiere whiskey and cocktail bar, and LowCo BBQ. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Assorted Chocolate pralines on brown backgroundFriday, September 29 | 6 – 8pm | at Swamp Cabbage Brewery (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.

44th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival

Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30 | 7507 Eastview Drive

neha-deshmukh-107352017 marks the 44th year of family fun, live music and Okra, in all of its glory! The Okra Strut is packed full of fun events over the two day festival, including live music, Adult and Kids Okra Eating contests, Okra Strut Festival Parade, rides, food and plenty of vendors. Fun for all ages all day long. Close off the day with more live music. Come join in on the best summer festival this side of the Mason-Dixon line! More here.

 

Oktoberfest on Main | Sumter 

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.

Coming up in October:

 

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Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris

Sunday, October 15| 924-A Senate Street, At the Hilton Hotel

Part of Ruth’s Chris’ TasteMaker Dinner Series, the Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner will feature an exceptional 5-course dinner. More details to come in the October edition of Foodie News!

5th Annual HATS OFF to Cancer Survivors | Tombo Grille & Oh! Salon

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Join Oh! Salon and Tombo Grille for this event to benefit the SCOA CARES Foundation & SC Oncology Associates. Tickets are $25 at the door (food, wine & beer included), and there will be an “After Party” at Tombo Grille. Musical guests and silent auction items TBA. More here.  

From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Mark your calendars…Cellar on Greene’s next GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING is Saturday, August 19th! 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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Beef Paillards

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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Eggplant Fries

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