Food Lover Events: October 2017



Rent A Party on Wheels!

SC Pedal Parlor | 803.302.7750

ppDid you know, you can rent the hottest vehicle in town for your next celebration! Great for bachelor(ette) parties, birthday parties, work parties, family reunions, or just for fun! Call SC Pedal Parlor for rates and details. More here.



Soter Vineyards Wine Flights at Cellar On Greene

Wednesday, October 11 | 5 – 10pm | 2001 Greene St., Ste D

Sip on three varieties from Soter Vineyards! Featuring North Valley Vineyards Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, and Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, all at a crazy-low price! Hosted by Advintage Distributing and Cellar On Greene More here.

South Carolina State Fair

Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 22

It’s Fair time once again! Come to the fair October 11-22 for all of your favorite attractions, entertainment and of course, eats! See their newest culinary additions, like the Fried Bologna Burger and Southern Catfish Sundae, here.

Restaurant Week Columbia

Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 22

Restaurant Week Columbia is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best in Columbia cuisine! During October 12 – 22, restaurants offer meals featuring signature dishes, created by top chefs at reduced prices. See a list of participating restaurants and activities here.

Tea & Chocolate Pairing | The Market Tea Room and Country Store

Friday, October 13 | 6:30 – 7:30pm | 322 Little Brooke Lane, West Columbia

suhyeon-choi-193186 (1)This special event is hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate, and will be offering the following tea and chocolate pairings for your enjoyment: Cranberry Black Tea with a Cranberry Truffle, Pumpkin Spice Tea with a Pumpkin Truffle, Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea with a Cinnamon Truffle, and Spiced Apple Chai Tea with a Caramel Truffle. Tickets are only $14, but seating is limited! Get your tickets here.


Just Sweet Karma at Michael’s Cafe & Catering

Friday October 13, 2017

Enjoy fine dining and fabulous live music from Carlos and Sheila of Just Sweet Karma! From 6pm – 9pm.Michaels Cafe

BBQ, Bluegrass & Bluejeans | Benefit for Fairfield Memorial Hospital

Friday, October 13 | 6-9pm | The Farm at RidgewayBBQ+Bluegrass+&+Bluejeans

This benefit will feature dinner and bar, live and silent auctions, and live music by The Twang Bombers featuring Susan Douglass Taylor. Purchase tickets here.

Jam Room Music Festival

Saturday, October 14 | Main & Hampton Streets

jrColumbia’s premier music festival is back! Highlights include musical guests Guided by Voices and Hiss Golden Messenger, with food by Village Idiot Pizza, Drip on Main, Blue Ridge Island Noodles, Crepes & Croissants, The Wurst Wagen, Drake’s Duck In, Happiness Bomb & KC’s Hotdogs. Also featuring local beers from Palmetto Brewing, Catawba Brewing Company and Hi-Wire Brewing, plus a beer garden with Wicked Weed, Goose Island, Stella Artois and more. After Party will be held at Art Bar. More here.

2017 Lexington Craft BeerFest

Saturday, October 14 | 6 – 10pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Lex Beerfest LogoSample regional craft beers and grab a bite from local restaurants at the 2017 Lexington Craft Beerfest, hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center! Featuring live music by Fantasy and food vendors Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Wolf Pizza Co, and the Lexington County Blowfish providing a cook-out style menu. See the huge list of participating breweries here. All food items will be priced at 5 tickets or less. Food tickets will be available in the festival at $1 each and can be used at any of our vendors listed above.. Tickets include a commemorative glass. Tickets here.


Saturday, October 14 | 6:30pm | The South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro | 803.712.4135

SCRMAll Aboard the BBQ Dinner Train! View the countryside and enjoy the breeze from a beautiful open air car as you travel to Rion for a delicious BBQ dinner with your family. Be sure to mark your calendars for Pumpkin Patch Rides October 21 and 28, where each child can get off of the train at Greenbrier and select a pumpkin! Pumpkin Patch Rides sell out quickly, so act now! Tickets here.


Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sunday, October 15 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 924-A Senate Street 

Enjoy five perfectly paired courses during this latest in the Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners Series! Adding Italian touches to Ruth’s traditional steak house fare, this unique dinner pairs five decadent dishes with five luxurious Tuscan wines, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Guado al Tasso. See the mouthwatering menu of courses and pairings, and RSVP here.

Summerville Italian Feast

Sunday October 15 | 11am – 6pm |Hutchinson Square in Historic Downtown Summerville

davide-ragusa-2178Come and celebrate Italian Heritage in Downtown Summerville! Admission is free and there will be fun for the whole family. Experience authentic Italian cuisine from the Low Country Italian Eateries, and enjoy a wide variety of imported and local Italian wines. Let local artists entertain you while celebrating Italian Culture and Heritage throughout the day. More here.

Babysitter Night | Solstice Kitchen

Monday, October 16 | 841 Sparkleberry Lane, Suite 4

Enjoy an “Adults Only” dinner while experienced babysitters take care of your little ones in the Solstice private dining room! Kiddos will be fed & entertained for just $10 each while you relax in the main dining room. There is no age limit, but children must be potty-trained. Call 803.788.6966 to make a reservation – no online reservations are accepted for Babysitter Night. Reservations must be for between 5:30-7pm, and a credit card is required to hold it for you. Space is limited, so call today! More here.

Jameson Dinner

Wednesday, October 18 | Gervais & Vine, 620 Gervais St, Ste A

Hosted by Gervais & Vine, this fabulous event will feature a Jameson Irish Whiskey dinner and food pairing! From Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Jacob Benchoff and Andrew Thompson will lead you on a tasting journey of newly released Jameson Irish Whiskeys. Head Chef Jason Holowacz will prepare awesome pairings to the tune of live music from Jeff & Zeke! Call now for reservations. More here.

5th Annual HATS OFF to Cancer Survivors 

Thursday, October 19 | Tombo Grille, 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6

tomboPlease join Oh Salon, Tombo Grille, and friends in celebrating the “HATS OFF” event to benefit the SCOA CARES Foundation & SC Oncology Associates. This year, we will honor SURVIVORS of the Richland County Coroners Office. Event will feature musical guests and fabulous silent auction items, with an “After Party” at Tombo with music from Flat Out Strangers. Tickets are $25 at the door (food, wine & beer included). More here.

30th Annual Chili Cook-Off 

Saturday, October 21 | Five Points

chili con carneIt’s CHILI time! The Chili Cook Off will feature teams battling it out for Columbia’s best chili! Event takes place on Greene Street & Pavilion Avenue from noon to 6pm, and features over 30 awesome chilis, live music, children’s area, craft beers, cornhole, and more! Free admission. More here.

Kid’s Night! | East Bay Deli West Columbia

Wednesday, October 25 | 4 – 9pm | 108 Sunset Court

kidKid’s Night occurs every Wednesday! On October 25, join East Bay Deli West Columbia for a special, spooktacular Kids Night event! From 4-9PM, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), from 6-8PM kids can enjoy Face Painting by Emeralds Artistry, and at 7PM there will be a Costume Contest! Bring your little ghouls & goblins dressed in their Halloween costume! EBD will be handing out candy and selecting winners for the best costumes (ages 10 & under). More here. 

The Market Fall Festival

Sunday, October 29 | 11am – 5pm | SC State Farmer’s Market | 322 Little Brooke Ln, West Columbia

chris-lawton-154388Hosted by The Market Tea Room & Country Store and The Market Restaurant, this event will help you celebrate the fall season! Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, local artisans, and live entertainment at the SC State Farmer’s Market. Bring the kids in costume for trick or treating with the vendors! More here.

Brunch at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Sunday, October 29 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

scJoin Swamp Cabbage for another scrumptious Sunday brunch, and enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette. Tickets are $25 per person, with beer pairing available for $10 per person. Reserve your spot by Friday, October 27, 2017. More here.

Stay Tuned… we’ll bring you new food and drink events again on October 24th!

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Under The Foam: Craft and Draft


Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575

Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing: Three Year Anniversarybeer

Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly

Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!

The Casual Pint: Solar Eclipse PartySolar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.)  or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person

Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista locationGet your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.


Under the Foam: June 2017


Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589Rubrum IPA crop

Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

70TS brew5 Gervais St | 803.764.0203

Start your weekend off right! Twisted Spur’s newest brew is “Red Menace IRL” – an India Red Lager, conditioned for two months to ensure a crisp finish. Balanced with a touch more malt than a traditional IPA, at 5.5% ABV and 48 IBU, this IRL is a refreshing addition to any meal! Stop in tonight and try it!

You Have to Try this Place: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

This family-owned brewery and taproom is located just a stone’s throw from Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia South Carolina, and is one of the newest breweries on the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Swamp Cabbage likes to mix it up by using interesting ingredients like chipotle peppers Swamp Cabbage(just a whisper of heat) in their Chipotle Amber and pumpkin pie spices for their wonderful Harvest Amber (this writer’s favorite), as well as brewing excellent traditional ales. Try a flight to get a taste of the current offerings. Bring your growlers along ~ know you’ll want to get them filled! 

The taproom’s atmosphere is laid-back, relaxed, put-your-cares-on-hold. The staff is made up of two very friendly brewer-brothers and their wives – so, depending on the day and time of your visit,  you’ll find one or more of them pouring the beer, giving tours of the brewery, tending the tanks, sweeping up… each dedicated to the idea of providing an outstanding beer-drinking experience to their patrons. Bring your kids (games in the corner), bring your pups (large outdoor covered deck with tables) and bring your thirsty self.  Swamp Cabbage Logo.jpeg

Swamp Cabbage is the perfect place for your gatherings, like holiday parties. (our company is having a holiday drop-in this Sunday, December 4th from 3pm – 7pm… feel free to drop by with family and say hi! There will be a few specialty vendors offering unique gifts… Sip and Shop!)

Stay tuned for upcoming events, such as new releases, brewery brunches, and painting/ceramics parties and classes on their Facebook page. Click here.

921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201 |

Tasting Room Hours:

Wednesday: 5pm – 8pm
Thursday: 5pm – 8pm
Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

BEEP BEEP BURP: Here Comes the Columbia Brew Bus!


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.

Columbia Brew Bus logo

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 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?

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company logo

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.