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

tomThursday, October 19 | 6 – 8pm | 4600 Forest Dr.

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.  

Columbia Restaurant Deals – September 2017

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Rioz Early Bird Special | Fridays in September

Fridays: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 5 – 6pm | 410 Columbiana Drive

riozzzVisit Brazil, via Columbia, at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse! If you’ve been waiting to try South Carolina’s Premier Churrascaria, September is the time to do it! Rioz always features hand-cut beef, poultry, pork and lamb (see descriptions here), cut and offered tableside by their Gauchos, and an extensive salad buffet of hot and cold seasonal favorites, including seafood and sushi. Fridays in September, you can treat yourself to all of this for only $29.95 (from 5-6pm), during their Early Bird Special promotion. Come experience Southern Brazilian-style cooking at an unbeatable

 

Sure Fire Tacos | Thirsty Thursdays

916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

sftBeer with your bowl? Yes, please! Get $3 drafts with purchase of nachos or a bowl on Thursdays only. Build Your Own Nachos are a huge portion of chips served with up to 5 toppings of your choice & topped with house-made queso blanco, and your pick of protein: Marinated Steak, Chicken, Seasoned Beef, Brisket, or Carnitas. A Bowl consists of your choice of Marinated Steak, Chicken, Seasoned Beef, Brisket, Carnitas, Mahi-Mahi, or Grilled Shrimp, combined with up to 5 toppings of your choice served on top of either cilantro lime rice or lettuce. More here.

100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

jerky100Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For September:

  • Day 24 (Sept. 8): Sweet-N-Hot
  • Day 25 (Sept. 9): Apple Wood Bacon
  • Day 26 (Sept. 10): Cherry Maple Turkey
  • Day 27 (Sept. 11): Sweet Bourbon
  • Day 28 (Sept. 12): Garlic Sausage Sticks
  • Day 29 (Sept. 13): Ostrich
  • Day 30 (Sept. 14): Cracked Black Pepper
  • Day 31 (Sept. 15): Jalapeno
  • Day 32 (Sept. 16): Slap Ya Mama Crawfish
  • Day 33 (Sept. 17): Biltong
  • Day 34 (Sept. 18): Bloody Mary
  • Day 35 (Sept. 19): Teriyaki Dehydrated
  • Day 36 (Sept. 20): Hot & Spicy Sausage Sticks
  • Day 37 (Sept. 21): Cherry Maple Beef
  • Day 38 (Sept. 22): Summer Sausage
  • Day 39 (Sept. 23): Peppercorn Beef
  • Day 40 (Sept. 24): Original Sausage Sticks
  • Day 41 (Sept. 25): Sweet Maple Bacon
  • Day 42 (Sept. 26): Reaper
  • Day 43 (Sept. 27): Cajun BBQ Brisket
  • Day 44 (Sept. 28): Wild Boar
  • Day 45 (Sept. 29): Fire
  • Day 46 (Sept. 30): Jalapeno Sausage Sticks

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with other specials. See more Days of Jerky Selections here.

New to the Menu: August 2017

New to the Menu

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!

 

 

New Breakfast Tacos

Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Crispy Castor Troy2Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!

 

The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies! The Crispy Castor Troy

You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

Columbia certainly has come a long way in terms of taco options! These days true taco-aficionados seek out restaurants where they are made with fresh and innovative ingredients, and there’s no greater example of this than Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, which Foodie writers Miriam and Sarah recently visited for lunch.  You may not have noticed the change in signage… Sure Fire is on Gervais Street near Motor Supply.  Look for the logo on their building: Sure Fire Taco Logo

Sure Fire Tacos originated in Texas, and calls its cuisine “Tex-Mex with a twist”. The menu is full of genuine, Texas-inspired items that are influenced by exotic flavors and inventive ingredients. Flour tortillas are rolled and baked at the restaurant daily, giving each dish a foundation of freshness. Then the Signature Tacos, Burritos, Nachos and Bowls are all assembled with various fixings that you’ll only find at Sure Fire, like al Pastor pork that’s been marinated in fresh pineapple juice and spicy chorizo seasonings, slow-cooked and tender chopped Brisket, their delicious Avocado Ranch, taco, and house Queso Blanco sauces, six different scratch-made salsas, sweet and spicy mango-habanero salad, flavorful cilantro lime rice, flame-roasted black bean and corn salad, zesty Mexican slaw, and Mexican Street Corn.

Sarah ordered both the Moby Dick and Big Hass tacos, while Miriam went with the La Playa and the Hen House for her meal. Sarah is a big fan of fish tacos, and this one did not disappoint! The fried, moist, flaky white fish was topped with Sure Fire’s own house-made, spicy Mexican slaw, avocado and crunchy tortilla strips, and some added hot sauce for good measure. The real star for her though, was the Big Hass. The fresh, crispy, fried avocado was wonderful, and made more so with the addition of black beans, pico de gallo and Queso Blanco! This taco was unlike any she’d had before.

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Miriam very much enjoyed the Hen House taco, with its perfectly grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and Queso Blanco, especially as it was topped with Sure Fire’s unique Avocado Ranch sauce. The La Playa ended up as her favorite, though. How could it not be, with plump, grilled shrimp, Mexican slaw, and Pico. Even the freshly fried tortilla chips and salsa bar were outstanding! The two also found the decor to be really pleasing; lots of open space, tastefully designed and with live plants adding a fresh, summery feel. The bar is an inviting one, and on warm days, Sure Fire also has outdoor patio seating available. Drinks are another thing Sure Fire does right; their signature drinks are hand made using no mixes, but instead fresh fruits and even house-made cane sugar flavorings for a sweet and refreshing taste with every sip!

The quality of the food is what you notice most of all at Sure Fire. Our tacos were a steal at $3.99 each, and easily filled us up. On Taco Tuesdays at Sure Fire you can get two tacos, small chips and their fabulous queso for just $8, and on Thirsty Thursdays they have $2 drafts with the purchase of Nachos or a Bowl. Plus, on Sundays, kids 10 years and younger get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of a Bowl, Burrito, Nachos or Quesadilla and drink!

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.1016 | Open daily 11am – 10pm | Visit website HERE

 

Recently Opened or About To:

Opening Open

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

2617 Devine St. | 803.465.4947

Having opened their doors about 4 weeks ago, we’ve been delighted by their DEVINE Cinnamon rolls ever since! What makes their cinnamon rolls so special, eh? Their dough is made in house everyday from a special Hawaiian sweet bread recipe and this combined with their special cinnamon sugar blend & vanilla butter whipped cream cheese icing makes this a treat you won’t forget! In addition to amazing cinnamon rolls, they offer chili, kids meals, grilled panini, specialty sandwiches and more. Take a look at their full menu here!

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Sunday: 7am – 2pm (closed Mondays)

Shrimp & OystersGolden Bay Seafood Restaurant

6164 St. Andrews Rd. | 803.851.6372

Located by the Seven Oaks shopping center, this two month (old) NEW restaurant serves all the seafood that you could imagine. From many kinds of fish to oysters, shrimp, crab, stuffed clams and more your taste buds are sure to be in heaven. They have 2 types of platters that come with an impressive spread, plus they offer daily specials. Sunday’s lunch special is Lemon Baked Chicken for $7.19 and they offer their baby shrimp special ALL day on Sunday’s for $7.49.

Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm

The Root Cellar logoThe Root Cellar

420 Columbia Ave., Lexington | 803.359.5436

Modern food, southern roots. That’s the Root Cellar’s mantra. The restaurant opened its doors in Lexington in mid-June, offering made-from-scratch dishes using the freshest ingredients from local growers and producers. They’re located in the same building on HWY 378 where Stefano’s was located. Signature items on their menu include Southern Egg Rolls (made with pimento cheese and pulled pork!), Pickled Shrimp, Deviled Eggs topped with bacon and green onions, a Blackened Catfish BLT, a Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a Double Cut Pork Chop and Banana Pudding Pound Cake.  Sounds like a recipe for success to us!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 2:30pm

The Lula Drake

1635 Main St. | 803.917.8107The Lula Drake

Opening this month in an Historic Main St. building, Lula Drake is billing itself as a Wine Parlour. They will be offering a varied menu of both food and spirits (with emphasis on the “spirits”.) Here’s what we can tell you: They are calling it Casa in Casa, or “House to House.” Think about discovering the small towns of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, or Austria, and then, suddenly, a wonderful villager invites you into their home to share what was brought in that day. For the Lula Drake, that means small plates, and a limited menu based on the wines and beers they’re pouring that day. Vegetarian options, of course, as well as Columbia’s base for the finest ham on earth- Jamon Iberico. Looking forward to seeing you soon.They will have a limited menu with small plates that are based on the wines and beers they are pouring that day. They will also have vegetarian options, as well as Columbia’s base for the finest ham on earth – Jamon Iberico (pictured on right). Their wine list will feature natural wines from small wineries. Why? Natural wines are family and farm driven with limited availability and the vineyards are organic, meaning these natural winemakers never use pesticides, added sugars, etc. Lula Drake will offer unique wines with history, as the basement at Lula Drake just keeps on offering riches from the past. They say that with “every glass, we drink in the shadow of where a wine has been, where it’s from, who made it and why.”

Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla GrillSure Fire Tacos

916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tex-Mex with a twist! This Texas chain opened their Columbia location on June 13th! All of their recipes and ingredients are prepared fresh daily, from their 5 signature salsas to their scratch-made tortillas. Offers a casual, inviting atmosphere with an open bar and outdoor patio seating. Build your own nachos for $8, savor more than 10 kinds of tacos!, and feast upon their hearty quesadillas & burritos.

Join them for their grand opening party July 9th starting at 11 in the morning until Close!! Live music, fun games, and great drink specials!

Hours of Operation:

Open daily 11am – 10pm

Caribbean Soul Grill

901 Holland Ave, Cayce | 803.851.7477 Caribbean Soul Grill

Pay market price for crab legs, red snapper, and doctor fish at Caribbean Soul Grill, Foodies. The restaurant opened up in May and offers dine-in seating, as well as take out. Over 5 entrees are dedicated to chicken and they have more than 5 sides. Variety, ingenuity, & new! With 10 sauces to choose from and  appetizers like mozzarella sticks to taste for just $5…your taste buds will be in heaven. Can’t decide on just one appetizer? Ask for their “dis & dat” appetizer that will have a little bit of this & a little bit of that! Branch out with their Curry goat, Ackee & Saltfish (made with real coconut oil) & oxtail specialty dishes. Featuring a bar and their might just be a Sweet Potato Pudding on their menu for just $2.50. Fun for all!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm