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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BEEP BEEP BURP: Here Comes the Columbia Brew Bus!

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The craft brewery business is booming in Columbia, and it didn’t take long for enterprising folks to capitalize on it.   Columbia Brew Bus follows in the footsteps of other brew bus services in the Southeast.  It’s a shuttle service that will take riders from brewery to brewery, allowing them to sample beers at each and learn about the process of making the brew at each stop. The bus will begin taking people on tours of River Rat Brewery, Conquest Brewery, and the newly opened Swamp Cabbage Brewery just as soon as they get their vehicle approved for use by SC DOT. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy a night out with friends and sample hand-crafted brews from each brewery as you learn how each facility makes their beer. The Brew Bus offers entertaining games and sightseeing as you travel from place to place, as well as a safe traveling option from brewery to brewery.   Here is some insider info from Cam Powell, one of three business partners behind the Columbia Brew Bus.

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Cool logo, eh? Love the beer tap on the back of the barrel!

What goes on at the breweries? How long will the tours of the breweries last? Will you be giving the tours, or will someone from each brewery be giving the tours?
Someone from each brewery will be taking our guests on the tours. Basically, each stop is going to be about an hour. When you get to each brewery, you’re going to spend the first 20 minutes or so tasting the beers while one of the brewery staff talks about the beers you’re tasting.  You’ll get about 24 ounces of beer at each stop. Depending on where we are, you’ll get a flight (4 or 5 small glasses of beer that are usually drunk in progression from light to dark) and a 10oz pour to take with you on the tour, or you’ll get a bigger flight and you can buy a pint if you want to take something with you. After the tasting, one of the brewers or one of the head bartenders will take you into the brewery itself and talk a little about the equipment and how they got started and what makes their beers unique. It’s a full-on facility tour. At the end, there will be 10-15 minutes where you can ask questions or buy some more beer, if you want to. We’ll have coolers on the bus to help keep your beer cold throughout the duration of the tour.

What sort of activities can your passengers expect once aboard the Brew Bus?

We’re going to have some snacks while in transit to make sure everyone has something in the stomach while we are going between these places. I’ve lived here for almost 7 years and Mike’s lived here his entire life, so we are going to pick up and drop off in the Vista and do a bit of sightseeing while we are on our way to each brewery. We are going to take you down by the State House and through the campus a little bit. For anybody who’s from out of town, you’ll get to see some of the major Columbia landmarks. While we’re riding along we’ll be playing some trivia games and things like that. Each tour will have a prize, like a nice big bottle of beer from one of the local breweries, or something else that a beer lover would like.

What days are you going to be offering the Brew Bus tours?

Starting out, it’s going to be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hopefully, there is a big enough market and we’ll be able to expand to different days. For the first few months, we are just going to do those three days.

Will you sell tickets online and what is the projected fare?
Our full website isn’t up and running yet, but when it is, it’s going to be columbiabrewbus.com. We will sell tickets online. Right now we have the tours priced at $50. When you book online, there will be a 99 cent booking free through the company we use. If you were to book one tour, it will be $51. 

River Rat Brewery will be on the Brew Bus tour!

River Rat Brewery will be on the Brew Bus tour!

You mentioned you were going to three breweries (Conquest, River Rat, and Swamp Cabbage), as your destinations.  There are other brewers in town like Old Mill Brewpub and Hunter Gatherer.  Will you add places to your itinerary?

We will…  Being so close to when we’d like to open, we really had to narrow our focus and make sure we can achieve everything we want to. We didn’t want to do too many things and not come out to the public with a big impact.

There are a few tours like this around the coast of SC, but nothing like this here. How do you plan on drawing people into your tours here in Columbia?
We’ve contacted and worked a little bit with the Columbia Visitor Bureau and the Convention Center. Once our website is up and fully functional, they’ll be promoting that on their websites. Hopefully, we can get into some of their promotional materials. We want to get in with the hotels. We work with Theodore and Associates Insurance downtown and the guy who’s my agent used to be a hotel manager at Staybridge Suites over by Fort Jackson. He said that they have families coming in all the time there with the graduations at Fort Jackson and the military coming in. The first thing they say is “What’s there to do around here?” There are plenty of things to do here, but after you’ve been here a while, it turns into the same thing. We want to do something that’s outside of the mold.
The craft breweries are definitely breaking through and that’s something new to do here. Unless you want to shell out the money for a fare in between each place, or you want to have a designated driver, there is no safe way for everybody to get from brewery to brewery and be able to try craft beers at each one. It becomes a dilemma for a lot of people because sometimes you end up staying at these places longer than you planned to and you have to have the have the money for a cab or you have to find some other way home. For anybody going down to these craft breweries, this will eliminate any of that risk for them. 

Have you done anything else, like starting a business, or is this your first business?
No, it’s my first business. My friends and I in college started a weekly online magazine that we had published a couple times just for fun. We posted it around all over Facebook and twitter and got solid readership and did that for about a year. That’s something I helped create, but as far as owning something, this is the first thing.

Brew Bus passengers will be stopping by Conquest Brewing Company!

Brew Bus passengers will be stopping by Conquest Brewing Company!

What has been your biggest struggle with getting the Brew Bus up and running?

Insurance was our biggest hurdle until recently. Getting commercial insurance for this type of business isn’t easy. The big boss insurance companies don’t write these kinds of policies. You get redirected to the major national insurance people that do life insurance and other major policies. You can’t deal with them directly. They just write policies through brokers, so we’ve been going through brokers in town. They then go to their bosses and say that these guys are 24-25 years old and are going to be driving the bus with alcohol involved and their bosses won’t touch that. Getting someone to write a policy was our biggest struggle at the time. We got through that and have our insurance policy in place. The biggest, other than that, has been the legal aspect of it with the government licensing. The licensing for the bus has to go through three different departments plus the police have to check to make sure all the safety measures are on it. We’re still waiting on all that to get finished up, but hopefully it will be done soon.

What kind of modifications are you going to make to the bus you’re using?

Actually, to be legal to drive it, we had to take out 10 seats. It’s a 25 passenger bus, but to be able to drive it without a commercial drivers license, it can only hold 14 passengers plus the driver. The max tour group is going to be a 14 person tour group. We are going to drive it ourselves. The main accent color on the bus is probably going to be blue, and the logo and the name is going to be all along the side. We’re going to have the sponsored breweries’ logos on the side as well.

What is your ultimate goal once you start your tours? Where do you see all of this going in the next couple years?

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The newly opened Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company will also be a stop on the Brew Bus route!

We definitely want to expand with it. After six months or so, if things are going well, we would like to put those extra seats back in and hire people with commercial driver licenses to conduct the tours so we can bump our tour maximum up to 20 people. Once we have our Brew Bus business model in hand and feel very comfortable with it, we are going to try to contract out our bus as a business shuttle for different hotels. We would take business people to and from the airport or if they have a large group at the hotel, we could take them out for the evening. Along the side of the bus we are going to have our regular logo but have the ability to put another sign on top of that so we can put a secondary logo for the shuttle service.

Personally speaking, if I can get paid the same amount doing this as I did at my previous job, while having fun and talking about beer to other people, that’d be great. I just want to promote beer tourism and help to enhance the craft beer scene in Columbia. Columbia has beers that are just as good, if not better, than beers being produced in other cities. There are people that travel to Asheville to try their beers, and there are people who travel to Atlanta to go to SweetWater to try their beers. I think Columbia could be like that (a beer-drinker’s destination) and I want to be a part of it.

For more information about the Columbia Brew Bus, click here for their facebook page.