Food Lover Events & Foodie Fun: February

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Super Bowl Party Wings from Liberty!

It’s time once again for the Super Bowl! Eagles vs. Patriots, who will be the victor? More importantly, what food will you serve at your party?!? Impress your guests with Chicken Wing Platters from Liberty! Liberty’s famous wings are available as platters of 30, 50, or 100 wings, in hot, medium, mild, mojo, and honey sriracha flavors. Order in store at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, or call to reserve.

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Sure Fire Tacos will Bring the Nachos to You! 

sfsbHosting a Super Bowl party? Don’t miss a single minute of the game this year! Let the folks at Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill cater your bash and delight your guests. Choose from platters of tacos with all the fixins’, Mexican Cobb Salad, and Fruit Trays for 15-300 people and served buffet-style, or get individual Taco, Burrito, or Quesadilla meals. To order, call them at 803-764-1016 or go here.

Macarons for the One You Love!

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This Valentine’s Day, say “Je t’aime” with some sweet French macarons! A macaron is a delicious, meringue-based cookie-type confection. They are hugely popular in France, and becoming pretty ubiquitous here in the States, as well. They make a beautiful gift, and they’re available here in Columbia, at Crêpes et Croissants restaurant, located on Sumter Street. Owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, keeps them stocked in his store for all occasions, in 8 flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate/Orange, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon. More here.

Tombo Grille’s Weekly Specials

4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803-782-9665

tomboporkDid you know that Tombo Grille offers great specials every day of the week? Got a case of the Mondays? Pop in to Tombo for a burger and beer for only $9! Enjoy Tombo’s famous House-Ground C.A.B. burger and seasoned fries as you listen to live music. Had a tough Tuesday? Tombo’s $5 pizzas and $15 bottles of wine will make you feel all better! Hump Day is a great day to stop in to Tombo, with more live music, by local favorite Billy Sloan from 7-10pm. Thursday nights are for dates, and Date Night at Tombo is the best, with a complete Three-Course Dinner for Two for only $49! You can join Tombo any evening until 6:30pm for Happy Hour, for $1 off all beer, $3 house liquor, $4 house wine and $5 select small bites. More here.

Seinfeld Trivia at Liberty Tap Room

Thursday, February 1 | 828 Gervais St.

triviaJoin Liberty Tap Room in the Vista every Thursday for Themed Trivia! This Thursday is Seinfeld Trivia! Get your team together,  come play, and yada, yada, yada, you win fabulous prizes! Enjoy $8 pizzas from 5-10pm, and $4 for most pints / $2.50 for most half pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. More here.

Wings from Liberty Tap Room on the Lake

Need wings for your Superbowl Party? Yes, of course you do!  No place better on the northwest side of town to grab ’em and go than Liberty on the Lake!  Hope this picture doesn’t make you drool!  Order them today: (803) 667-9715

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Super Bowl, Home Team Style

Sunday, February 4 | 5122 Bush River Rd

DSC_0686.JPGEvery Sunday is great fun at Home Team Tavern Bar & Grill, but Super Bowl Sunday is going to be a party! Home Team’s delicious all-American food, full-service bar, friendly staff and huge TV screens make it the perfect establishment to watch the big game! Super Bowl Specials will start at 4, with 60-cent wings as well as drink specials, and last all night! More here.

Watch the Game at WG’s!

Sunday, February 4 | 736 St Andrews Rd, Ste H

DSC_0635WG’s Wings is the perfect place to get ready for some football this Super Bowl Sunday! WG’s is known for awesome wings and a great atmosphere. On Feb. 4, the game will be playing on all eight flat screen TVs, there will be a Tailgate Special going on, as well as all-day Happy Hour drink specials! More here.

Join Main Street Public House for the Big Game!

Sunday, February 4 | 1556 Main Street

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The lively atmosphere at this restaurant located downtown on Main Street, smack dab in the middle of everything, makes it a popular gathering place for sporting events, and the Super Bowl is no exception! Enjoy MSPH’s Super Game Menu, which includes Pub Chili, Clam Chowder, Beer Cheese, House Smoked Wings, Bratwurst, Honey Sriracha Chicken Sandwich, Lobster Roll, Philly Cheesesteak and more! Perfect game day food and a huge selection of game day drinks make MSPH the place to be this Sunday! More here.

Grand Super BOWL Party

Sunday, February 4 | The Grand, 1621 Main Street
Bowl your way through the Super Bowl at The Grand! Get off of the couch and enjoy bowling, drink specials, and tailgate themed food specials as you watch the Super Bowl on large projection screens and TVs. Before the game starts, put in your final score prediction and win prizes! More here. 

Sweetheart Dinner Cruise

Friday, February 9 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

slmmmmDuring the week of Feb. 9 – 16, The Spirit of Lake Murray is holding a very special Valentine’s Week of cruises and dinners! Boarding for the Sweetheart Dinner Cruise begins at 6:30pm, with sailing from 7 – 9:30pm. Enjoy live jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his “Sax of Love” as you are served a delicious dinner in a heated cabin, with cash bar for alcohol. Also available is “Couples Only” seating in the Admiral’s Room, where limited seating makes for a more intimate dining experience. Tickets here.

River Rat Oyster Roast

Friday, February 9 | 6 – 9PM | 1231 Shop Road

Join River Rat Brewery on the Patio for another fun Oyster Roast and BBQ, where you’ll enjoy fresh steamed Carolina selects and smoked pork BBQ with sides all evening! Your $40 ticket will include admission to the event, Oysters, BBQ, baked beans, slaw, shuckers and gloves. Cold beer will be on tap as well! Event will sell out quickly so make your reservations today! Tickets here.

Columbia Craft Beer Week

Saturday, February 10 – Sunday, February 18

Get ready for a whole week of non-stop craft beer fun! Your favorite craft brewers will be in town hosting 80’s parties, tastings, trivia and putt-putt tournaments! The week kicks off with Beer Wars on Feb. 10, where you can try 20 different IPAs and vote on your favorite, all while enjoying live music and food! It all wraps up with the World Beer Festival on Feb. 17 at the State Fairgrounds where there will be over 400 kinds of beer to try, and the Smoke and Beer Festival on the 18th. See all of the week’s events and more here!

Lake Murray Love Boat

Saturday, February 10 | The Spirit of Lake MurrayCouple on romantic date at sea restaurant

Love is in the air, and in the waters of Lake Murray! Take your special someone on the Spirit of Lake Murray this Valentine’s Season;  it’s the perfect place for couples to celebrate together – great food, a beautiful view and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks on the Smooth Sailing Sax. Looking for a more intimate dining experience? Limited seating in the “Couples Only” Admiral’s Room might be for you and your sweetheart! More here.

Valentine’s Oyster Roast in Ridgeway

Saturday, February 10 | Olde Town Hall Restaurant & Pub | 140 S Palmer St., Ridgeway

Enjoy this annual Valentine’s Day Shuck & Jive Oyster Roast in Ridgeway, with all you can eat oysters for $25 a person, local craft brews, Oyster Shooters and Chocolate Strawberry Amaretto Valentine’s Shots! Live music by D.B. Bryant and Vince McKinley. Ticket information here.

Take Your Valentine to Rioz this Weekend!

Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive 

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February Harvest Dinner at City Roots

Monday, February 12 | 6:30 – 9:30PM | City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd
Enjoy a harvest feast at City Roots Farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and Farm to Table Event and Catering Co. Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Enjoy a welcome cocktail by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings by Advintage. Tickets here.

House Made Beignets | Crepes & Croissants

Tuesday (Fat Tuesday), February 13 | 1465 Sumter Street

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Crepes & Croissants on Sumter St. in downtown Columbia is celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) with traditional house made beignets for the occasion. $1.40 each, 1/2 dozen for $8.00 and a dozen for $15.00. Visit the Crepes & Croissants website here.

Valentine’s Dinner at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Wednesday, February 14 | 2 seatings available – 5:30pm & 8pm | 921 Brookwood Dr.

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Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience? Reserve your spot at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company’s annual Valentine’s Dinner, where you’ll enjoy culinary delights by Chef Jean-Louis, and some of the best beer in Columbia! Four courses of amazing fare plus an exciting variety of “Strawberry Extravaganza” desserts will make this the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Event will sell out quick – get your tickets here. 

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Tuesday, February 14 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

slmLooking for something special to do this Valentine’s Day? The Spirit of Lake Murray’s Valentine’s Cruise is one of the most sought after public events all year! This relaxing dinner cruise includes a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu, and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his Sax of Love. An experience you won’t forget! More here.

Liberty Tap Room Vista

Tuesday, February 14 | 828 Gervais St. | 803-461-4677

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista is now taking reservations for their special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner with champagne toast! Reserve your spot here.

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Liberty on the Lake

Tuesday, February 14 | 1602 Marina Rd, Suite D | 803-667-9715

Liberty on the Lake has a special menu planned for Valentine’s Day, so make plans to be there! There’s nothing more romantic than a gourmet dinner with a spectacular view! More here.

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East Bay Deli Valentine’s Day Special

Tuesday, February 14 | 1426 Main Street & 108 Sunset Court

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Cake alert! Take your Valentine out to East Bay Deli on Tuesday, February 14, and get a FREE slice of your cake of choice with the purchase of two sandwiches and two fountain drinks. East Bay Deli always has an amazing assortment of gourmet cakes, like Mile-High Chocolate, Mile-High Carrot, “Carnegie Deli” Cheesecakes, and more, with slices big enough to share! Dine In ONLY. More here.

 

 

Good Life Cafe Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday, February 14 | 1614 Main Street

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Treat your sweetie to a unique, romantic dining experience at Good Life Cafe! Couples dinner for Valentine’s Day will feature a choice of Two Salads, Two Entrees and Two Desserts, as well as a glass of wine, for only $34.95 per person. Dishes will feature truly innovative vegan fare, like eggplant bacon, Porcini and gluten-free breadcrumb-encrusted seared Tofu, fresh made pesto ravioli, with desserts like Chocolate and Cherry Grenache Raw Cheesecake and Classic Vegan Strawberry Shortcake! More here.

Sweetheart’s Dinner Cruise

Friday, February 16 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

Red heart made of rose petals for Valentine's DayLet Cupid be your Captain on The Spirit of Lake Murray! Celebrate your love with a romantic and memorable dinner cruise aboard a yacht. You’ll love watching the sun set over the sparkling lake, enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz with Ken Cheeks on sax, dine from a sumptuous dinner buffet, and enjoy snuggling on the bow in the moonlight. More information here.

Valentine’s Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, February 16 | 322 Little Brooke Ln.

liz99-263671Tea for Two! This special post-Valentine’s Day event hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate will feature: Sweet Nothings White Tea with a Peach Mango Truffle, Rose Black Tea with a Blood Orange Truffle, Ripe for Romance Black Tea with a Black Raspberry Truffle, and Hugs and Kisses Rooibos Tea with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle! Get tickets here.

2nd Annual Smoke and Beer Festival

Sunday, February 18 | 11:30AM – 4PM | 1005 Airport Blvd

rhett-wesley-479644Come to City Roots Farm and see what happens when local chefs create a dish using craft beer as either the secret ingredient or as a dish pairing, then YOU get to decide the winner! Local Columbia chefs will be competing for a grand prize from KW Beverage. Breweries from the Carolinas and Georgia will be featured at cash bars, and there will be live music. More here.

20th Annual Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 24 | Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St.

Join Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society for the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off, and bring your appetite! This fundraiser features open beer and wine bar, live music by The Reggie Sullivan Band and Blocker, and all you can eat chili, as local cooks and restaurants compete for the best chili in town! Think YOURS is the best? The Palladium Society is looking for competitors! Deadline to enter is 5pm on Feb. 2. All proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Tickets here.

Shuckin’ on the Shoals

Sunday, February 25 | 4 – 7PM | River Center at Saluda Shoals Park

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The Saluda Shoals Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser is back! Enjoy delicious oysters, hot chili, chicken bog, beer, wine and more at this event! Cost is $65/Person for Foundation Members, and $75/Person for Non-Members. Call 803-213-2035 for tickets. More here.

Ruth’s Chris Prisoner Wine Company Dinner

Thursday, March 1 | 6:30PM | 924-A Senate Street 

Ruths Chris Prisoner Wine DinnerKnown for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards and appellations across California, The Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking team consistently produces unique blends that are both captivating and approachable. As part of this special evening that kicks off Ruth’s Chris’ 2018 wine dinner series, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-star lineup of wines from one of their favorite modern wineries. Make your reservation today! More here.

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Cheers! I’ll drink to that…

Love is in the Air!

By Andrew Johnson, Co-Founder of Craft And Draft and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor

Couple drinking beer.jpegI’m usually not a romantic person – ask my wife – but since I do enjoy a quality date night with her whenever possible, I view Valentine’s Day as a great excuse for us to enjoy some fine dining in our city. There is certainly no shortage of top-notch restaurants in Columbia, and there are several quality styles and options, which naturally brings me to make this about beer. There is some great beer being produced in this town at some fine establishments which are more than deserving of a V-Day visit. Here are some beer related dates that you and your Valentine are sure to enjoy.

“Valentine at the Brewery” at Swamp Cabbage, Wednesday, February 14th: Join Yvette and Jean-Louis, the fine folks behind the Belgian Waffle Truck, at Swamp Cabbage as they offer a four-course meal paired with beer for only $30 (beers extra). There are seatings at 5:30 and 8, so grab your tickets before they sell out!

“Romancing the Stone” at The Whig, Wednesday, February 14th all night: Low-lit? Check. Small and comfortable? Check. Great beer? Triple check. Not many folks do tap takeovers better than The Whig, especially when it comes to beers made by Stone. If you’re hitting Main Street or The Vista for dinner, do yourself a favor and stop by before or after (or both) and treat yourself!

“Pick a brewery, pick a flight,” any brewery in town: Have your date pick the brewery to visit, and once your there YOU pick the flight! Enjoy beers from Columbia Craft, Conquest, Hunter-Gatherer, Old Mill Brewpub, River Rat, Swamp Cabbage, or Twisted Spur! Most breweries allow at least four samples, which leaves the two of you plenty of room to try something new and exciting! Remember, flights are only four to five ounce samples, so don’t be scared to venture out of your normal flavor boundaries! You and your date will certainly appreciate it!

These are just a few suggestions I have to satisfy both you and your V-Day companion. If you’ve already made dinner plans, I suggest stopping by your local craft beer bar (I know a pretty damn good one on Devine Street) and enjoy a pint or two of your favorite before or after the big night and raise a toast to you and your Valentine! Cheers, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company | Pups and Pints

Sunday, February 4 | 921 Brookwood Dr | (803) 939-2589

scbppJoin Swamp Cabbage for a great time! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your furry dog family member(s) and have a pint or two! If you bring an item from the Humane Society’s wish list you will get a $1 off your pints! See Wish List and more here.

Yoga & Beer at Conquest Brewery

Sundays through June 3, 2018 | 947 S Stadium Rd.

Enjoy one hour of yoga at Conquest Brewery, with a pint to enjoy after, for just $10! Let yoga instructor Jean Boiteau help you relax and get your groove back. Extra yoga mats are available. Get tickets here.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Friday, February 16 | Liberty Tap Room Vista, 828 Gervais St.

Sponsored by Michelob Ultra and Bud Light, this First Annual Mardi Gras Bar Crawl will begin at Liberty Tap Room, then head to Moriartys Irish Pub, World of Beer and Tin Roof. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit, get your Mardi Gras beads and masks at check-in, and enjoy drink specials throughout the night! Raffles will take place throughout the event, with prizes going to the winners. More here.

Craft And Draft: Bold Rock Cider & Chocolate Pairing

Thursday, February 22 | 2706 Devine St.

bcHosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this Cider and Chocolate Pairing will feature decadent, handmade artisan chocolates paired with Bold Rock’s great craft hard ciders for a totally unique tasting experience! At Craft And Draft, Columbia’s premier craft beer store and growler shop. More here.

Onesie Bar Crawl

Saturday, February 24 | 2 – 10PM

toa-heftiba-176152Join hundreds of bar crawlers dressed up in their best Onesies, PJ’s, Sweatpants, or Snuggies! Your ticket to the event includes a Onesie Bar Crawl T-Shirt, Koozie & Map, and you’ll enjoy great drink specials during the crawl, along with DJ’s spinning tunes, a professional photographer on hand, Snapchat filters at every bar to help capture the moment, and an end-of-the-line epic onesie after party! Bars include Carolina Ale House – Vista, Vista Union, Flying Saucer Columbia and Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, with more to come! More here.

 

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!

 

New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

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Liberty Tap Room in the Vista and Liberty on the Lake have added some new, delicious menu items to their already wonderful menu.

DUCK BLT: applewood smoked bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato, garlic-rosemary aioli, Hawaiian bread

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CHICKEN FLORENTINE: (a house specialty small plate) grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, hot bacon & onion spread, Yukon gold mashed potatoes

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CHICKEN NACHOS: corn tortilla chips, green chile-lime marinated chicken, black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos

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SEARED ATLANTIC SALMON: (a house specialty small plate) roasted red pepper – almond romesco sauce, warm farro salad

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ROASTED  BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS PIZZA: goat cheese, garlic, truffle oil, herb puree, baby spinach & pickled onion salad garnish

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Liberty Tap Room (vista): 828 Gervais St. | 803.461.4677

Liberty on the Lake: 1602 Marina Rd., Irmo | 803.667.9715

Cellar on Greene has added three new bright and beautiful dishes to their already mouthwatering menu! They have been taste-tested and approved and our perfect for spring fever! Foodies, stop in and enjoy Margherita Flatbread, Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella” and Pan Seared Sea Scallops. Can you say delicious?

Margerita Flatbread
herb pesto, vine-ripe tomatoes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan
Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella”
Pan Seared Sea Scallops

Cellar on Greene New Menu Items April 2017

2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303