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S U M M E R 2 019 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community

City of

Columbia The Food & Drink Issue


A winning team dedicated to your success

W R O N G F U L D E AT H | C ATA S T R O P H I C I N J U RY WO R K E R S ’ C O M P E N S AT I O N At Goings Law Firm, you’ll feel like you’re part of the family from the moment that you walk through the front door. Their team is always there for you when it comes to guiding you through the legal process, answering all of your questions, lending a hand when you need it the most, and making sure that you get back on your feet. Attorneys: Robert F. Goings, Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding, and Christian E. Boesl 1510 CALHOUN STREET 803.350.9230 GOINGSL AWFIRM.COM


Columbia's tastiest

sips & bites

The culinary scene is ripe for the picking this season—whether you’re in the mood for classic Italian, healthy dinners to go, or a delicious cocktail, take a look through our pages to find where to eat and drink in Columbia this summer.

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kale yeah!

authentic

Tasty recipes for your greens from WP Rawl Farms

Bringing out the best in UofSC’s athletes through nutrition: Ramone Dickerson.

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wine down in Cola

social mission

Follow the recommendations of a local sommelier and discover your new favorite vintage in town

Learn more about our 2019 Social Mission Partner: Serve & Connect.

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great shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and services— as always. KEEP READING

events

a taste of Italy

Explore our incredible city this summer—make your plans with Fig.

Community Sponsor Spotlight: Apizza di Napoli

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A NOTE FROM FIG

There’s nothing quite like summertime in Columbia. The first signs of summer arrive in late spring with synchronization of the fireflies at Congaree National Park (a phenomenon that only happens in a handful of locations throughout the world) and the sound of home runs being hit by the Columbia Fireflies Baseball team at Segra Park. From there, it’s a whirlwind of a season that never seems to last long enough. The season is filled with al fresco dining, 4th of July celebrations on Lake Murray, festivals celebrating our favorite fruits, lazy days drifting along the Congaree River, and evenings spent socializing in our favorite districts across town. As much as we love to see the arrival of the Purple Martins when they begin roosting on Lake Murray in August, we know it means that our summer adventures are coming to a close as we prepare for fall. Our state has an abundance of sunshine, warm weather, and summer rainstorms that make it a wonderful place for produce to be locally grown and harvested. We’re lucky to have the access to so many fresh fruits and veggies that are grown right here in town! This summer, we invite you to support our local farmers, restaurateurs, and food trucks by eating local. From the vendors at Soda City Market to the farms that grow our produce to the local and highly creative restaurants that we are fortunate to have in Columbia, we believe that Columbia rivals any city with our vibrant culinary scene.

Photo by Joshua Aaron Photography

Flip through these pages and be introduced to those who are bringing the best and freshest ingredients to our town—whether it’s ingredients to prepare an incredible dish, the ingredients to craft the perfect Southern soirée, or the ingredients to being impeccably dressed for the occasion—there are some amazing entrepreneurs right down the street from you who you should meet (if you haven’t yet!)

Cheers! B RY N L E Y FA R R F I G C O LU M B I A D I R E C T O R

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A perfect pairing of expertise & style Like pairing fine wine with a dish, Brent Skinner and his team pair the finest European fabrics together with specialty linings, threads, buttons, and felts for a custom, one-of-a-kind garment for you. Let their expertise guide you through the process to a garment that suits you and your lifestyle perfectly.

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With over 35 years of experience, the team at Sound & Images can outfit your space with the exact audio and visual technology that will suit your needs. No project is too big or too small—they can outfit everything from athletic venues to schools, corporate offices, and churches.

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C O R P O R AT E S E M I N A R S , W E D D I N G S , R E C E P T I O N S , R E H E A R S A L D I N N E R S

Savor every moment Let the magnificent backdrop of downtown Columbia over the Congaree River and the Gervais Street Bridge set the stage for your next event. Whether you’re marrying your sweetheart in the pavilion surrounded by your friends and family, or hosting a corporate meeting in the main hall, Stone River will give you and your guests an unforgettable view to enjoy.

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CUT & COLOR

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Celebrating a year of sparkle and shine

Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm Saturday 9am - 4pm Sunday closed

One year ago, co-owners Chaz Ellis and Lex Moore set out to bring something new to Columbia. They opened up Parlour 818 on Devine Street where you can experience comfort and luxurious pampering as they work their magic to bring a new look to you that’s perfect for summertime.

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3215 DEVINE STREET

803.764.3992

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Serving up your next home in Columbia

T H E B R O K E R S AT W O L F E & TAY L O R have been bringing the secret ingredient for success to the table in Columbia’s real estate market for over 70 years. Whether it’s professional property management or buying and selling a home, their brokers, agents, and managers are ready to meet all of your real estate needs. Let them serve up something exceptional for you this summer!

Left to right: Jack Wolfe, Dana Wolfe, Steve Taylor

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A TAST E O F CO L U M BI A I N O U R S O U T H E R N C A P I TA L C I T Y, FOOD BRINGS US TOGETHER . We wake up early on Saturday mornings to get to Main Street and to our weekly Soda City Market where we stock up on fresh produce, order breakfast (and lunch!) from the local food trucks, and enjoy locally brewed cups of coffee with a friend. Each fall, we sit down to a sunset supper along Columbia’s iconic Gervais Street Bridge with over 1,000 of our neighbors and break bread together. We celebrate the momentous occasions in our life with family at grand celebrations where we serve delicious catered meals and the best handcrafted cocktails. Where do you dine in Columbia? What’s your go to date night spot? Where do you love to catch up with a friend over lunch? Within these pages, we’ll introduce you to some of the most talented chefs, restauranteurs, and entrepreneurs who are ready to serve you up a dish of something wonderful this summer.

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LUNCH & DINNER

Wednesday–Friday 11:30am–10pm

DINNER

Tuesday & Saturday 5:30–10pm

HAPPY HOUR

Tuesday 5:30–7pm Wednesday–Friday 4–7pm

BRI NG I NG S U M M E R F L AVO RS TO T H E TA B L E Settle into il Giorgione's outdoor courtyard on a warm evening this summer with a crisp cocktail as you dine on one of their seasonal menu items or one of their classic takes. Chef George has crafted a divine menu filled with authentic Italian flavors for you to experience! 2406 DEVINE STREET

803.521.5063

ILGIORGIONE .COM


B E YO N D B R E A K FAST

Stop by Original Pancake House for lunch or dinner and order up one of their delectable salads. Each one is made-to-order with the freshest ingredients that will leave your mouth watering and have you craving their light, crisp salads all summer long.

Mon–Fri 6:30am–9pm Sat–Sun 7am–9pm

TRENHOLM PL A Z A, 4840 FOREST DRIVE 803.782.6742 ORIGINALPANCAKEHOUSENCSC .COM

A LWAYS I N S E AS O N From the Lemon-Basil Seared Atlantic Salmon to the Skillet of Smoked Gouda-Bacon Mac & Cheese, Chef Alan Boyle serves up incredible seasonal dishes that will make you want to relish every single bite. Monday 5–9:30pm

Tuesday–Thursday 11:30am–2:30pm | 5–9:30pm

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Friday 11:30am–2:30pm | 5:30–10:00pm

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CO N T I N U I N G A 4 0 Y E A R L EGACY O F H OS P I TA L I T Y Meet Amy Beth Franks, the new owner of The Gourmet Shop in Five Points. Open on Saluda Avenue since 1979, The Gourmet Shop has been a longtime staple in a community with which Amy Beth is well acquainted. Having spent the last six years as the Executive Director of the Five Points Association, Amy Beth knows and loves Five Points and looks forward to carrying on the iconic legacy that former owners, Dennis and Linda Hiltner, instilled in their business -purveyor of fine foods, wines, and wares.

Whether you're looking to dine al fresco for brunch or lunch, trying to put together the perfect gift basket, or wanting to build custom cheese and charcuterie boards for your next event, The Gourmet Shop can help! Open seven days a week, you're invited to enjoy their selectively curated wares and wines with the same gourmet experience as always!

724 SALUDA AVENUE

803.799.3705

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A G RE E N TH U M B F O R G R E E N S

Getting your greens has never been easier, thanks to WP Rawl. This family-owned farm grows their greens—kale greens, collard greens, mustard greens, and turnip greens—right down the road in Pelion, SC before harvesting, cleaning, packaging, and delivering to your local grocery store. Triplewashed, these greens are ready to cook and serve right out of the bag. You can add them to a dip, to a smoothie, or even a fun summer salsa. The options are endless!

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F I N D N AT U R E ’ S G R E E N S L O C A L LY IN THE PRODUCE S E C T I O N AT: Bi-Lo BJ's Wholesale The Fresh Market Harris Teeter IGA KJ's Lowes Foods Sams Club Save-a-lot Walmart Whole Foods


CO L LARD D I P WHAT YOU NEED:

1 6oz Nature's Greens ® Collards 1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise 1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix 1 cup Vidalia onions, chopped 8oz size container sour cream 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

WHAT YOU DO: 1. Pour collards into a pot and fill 4. Cut the cold collards into fine pot with enough water to cover pieces. the collards. 5. In a medium bowl, combine 2. Bring water and collards to a the cut collards with remaining full rolling boil. Lower heat to ingredients. medium-high and cook for at 6. Cover and chill at least 2hrs to least 20 minutes or until collards blend flavors. Serve with scoops. are of desired texture. SERVES 24 PREP TIME: 10 MINS 3. Once collards are cooked to desired texture, drain well and COOK TIME: 20 MINS cool thoroughly.

C H IA , MANGO , G R E E K YOG U RT & G R E E N S S M OOT H I E WHAT YOU NEED:

1 cup Nature’s Greens Kale 1/4 cup Chia seeds 1 large mango ®

1 cup Greek Yogurt 1 tablespoon honey 2 ice cubes

WHAT YOU DO: Grind Chia seeds in food processor. Peel, seed and slice mango. Combine Chia seeds, mango, yogurt, kale, honey and ice cubes in blender container. Blend until smooth. SERVES 2

PREP TIME: 5 MINS

COOK TIME: N/A

Z E ST Y M U STA R D G R E E N S WAT E R M E LO N SA L SA WHAT YOU NEED:

1⁄2 medium cucumber, peeled & diced 1 tablespoon red onion, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced 1 teaspoon diced jalapeño Juice from 1 fresh squeezed lime 1 cup cubed or balled seedless watermelon 1/2 cup Nature’s Greens ® Mustard Greens 1/4 cup avocado, diced

WHAT YOU DO: Toss cucumber, onion, cilantro and pepper in lime juice. Stir in watermelon and greens. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with avocado just before serving. Recipe courtesy of New York Times best-selling author and registered dietitian, Cynthia Sass. SERVES 1

PREP TIME: 10 MINS

COOK TIME: N/A

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A N E X P L OS I O N O F CO LO R & F L AVO R Make everyday a sweet summer soirée with a homemade treat from Ally & Eloise Bakeshop. The only thing brighter than the rainbow colored sprinkles and macarons? The flavor that’s bursting from within each treat! 1626 MAIN ST 803.726.23478 / 5209 FOREST DR 803.708.2982 ALLYANDELOISE .COM

CAKE POPS & MORE


Monday–Saturday 10am–6pm Sunday 12pm–5pm

FA M O U S LY HAU TE Shop at Scout & Molly’s where owner Amanda Gunn and her team will help you curate a style that not only fits your lifestyle, but will keep you looking refreshingly cool all summer long. A P PA R E L , ACCESSORIES & SHOES FROM Black Halo Hutch Marie Oliver Mignonne Gavigan Misa Los Angeles Parker NY Sheila Fajl Show Me Your Mumu Susana Monaco Twine & Twig

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A TA B L E AT T H E CO R N E R O F MODE RN & SO U TH E RN CU ISI N E Grab a seat on the rooftop overlooking Main Street to enjoy a lively evening with friends or gather around a table in the restaurant—either spot is the perfect place to sip a smoking cocktail or devour a handcrafted dish by Chef Javier Uriarte. Main Street’s newest restaurant and rooftop bar is nothing short of pure magic.

Tuesday–Thursday 4pm–Midnight Friday 4pm–2am Saturday 10:30am–2pm | 5pm–2am Sunday 10:30am–2:30pm Monday CLOSED 1649 MAIN STREET

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TH E MAI N DISH E X P L O R E T H E F L AV O R S O F M A I N S T R E E T T H I S S U M M E R Whether you’re craving a rooftop cocktail with an appetizer made from locally sourced ingredients at Hendrix, the finest steak in town accompanied by a glass of wine from the extensive, award-winning wine list at Halls Chophouse, or a fine Italian dinner from Columbia’s oldest Italian restaurant, foodies are flocking to Columbia’s Main Street District for the best dining in town. Did you know? This 36-block district offers over 50 different dining options for you to enjoy. Grab a cup of coffee to go in the morning from Indah, or settle in with a cup coffee and a pastry from Blue Flour Bakery. Take a quick lunch break at Good Life Cafe, a restaurant that focuses

on organic, raw, and vegan cuisine that will absolutely delight you. On a hot summer day, you can even cool off with a scoop of small batch ice cream from Sweet Cream or with fresh, cold-pressed fruit juice from Southern Squeezed. Make plans to meet up with friends after work at Lula Drake for a glass or two of wine before choosing where to eat dinner. Do you opt for tacos and queso at Cantina 76 or something with a cajun-creole flair from Bourbon? End your evening at The Grand where you can bowl a game in their boutique bowling alley and sit down with a late night appetizer or meal. You don’t have to take a seat inside of a restaurant or coffee shop to enjoy the 1201 MAIN STREET, SUITE 150

delicious flavors of Main Street, either. Soda City Market—a 4 block produceronly market that has called Main Street home since 2014—is open 9am until 1pm each Saturday morning. Locals and visitors alike can walk through and shop with 150 vendors, many of which are serving up incredible food from pizza and BBQ to avocado toast, paella, and arepas. In the fall, let the savory smell of traditional Grecian foods entice you to walk to Sumter Street where you’ll find Columbia’s Annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. No matter what flavor you’re craving, Main Street has it!

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Chimichurri, blackberry blossom

Pickled watermelon radishes, red veined sorrel

Pickled ginger, salmon roe, ponzu Shallot and chive mignonette

Tabasco granita, lemon zest, crispy pancetta

Pomegranate mignonette, pomegranate seeds, purple pepper flower

Drive just beyond downtown Columbia and down the tree lined, gravel road towards The Millstone at Adams Pond where you’ll find a historic estate overlooking an enchanting pond. Once a working grits mill, this venue provides a beautiful backdrop for events from weddings and receptions to oyster roasts, intimate dinner parties, and family celebrations. The team at Southern Way Catering, led by Executive Chef Michael Stuckey, brings their culinary expertise to the table with every perfectly presented plate that they serve to you and your guests. Using only the best ingredients, their delicious dishes will send your tastebuds soaring.

ADAMS POND 803.783.5732 MILLSTONEATADAMSPOND.COM | SOUTHERN WAY 803.783.1061 THESOUTHERNWAY.COM


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C R E AT I N G H E A LT H Y L I F E ST Y L E S The personal trainers at Anytime Fitness on Devine Street are here for you and your fitness goals this summer. They’re passionate about guiding you through the process of adopting healthy lifestyle habits from how to best fuel your body to what workouts would benefit you the most. 2808 DEVINE STREET

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CLUB LOUNGE

BROAD RIVER BALCONY

CONFERENCE ROOM

B AT T I N G C A G E S

P L A N YO U R N E X T GRAN D SLAM

When it comes to catered events, the team at Segra Park is batting a thousand for their clients. They are ready to step up to the plate to ensure that your event—from the perfectly curated menu to the views overlooking the baseball field—is one that your guests will always remember. 1640 FREED DRIVE

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THE CRESCENT OLIVE

Taste test dozens of oils and vinegars at locally owned Crescent Olive and purchase your favorites to take home to enhance your home cooked meals. thecrescentolive.com

PALMETTO WINE SELLERS

Stop by for a personal education on wine from owner Rocky and afterwards, sample and purchase your favorite vintage in the shop. palmettowinesellers.com

EPWORTH ICE CREAM

As you delight in a sweet scoop of Epworth Ice Cream’s Original Peanut Butter at Urban Cookhouse, you can enjoy the fact that 100% of all profits go towards Epworth Children’s Home. epworthicecream.org

#DEVINESTREET

T H E TAST E O F D E V I N E Stroll down Devine Street this summer and let the heavenly aromas drifting out of your favorite restaurants and bakeshops entice you to sit down and experience the unique flavors that can only be found on Devine. DEVINESTREETCOLUMBIA .COM


CROSBY GAL MEETS GLAM GIGI NY LELE SADOUGHI MARIE OLIVER TYLER BÖE

Monday–Friday 10am–6pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 1pm–5pm

A BRIG HT A N D BO L D SUMMER Cool as a popsicle and fresh as a vine-ripened watermelon, Monkee’s has the look from head to toe that you need this summer to make a fashionable statement at any event from a chic wedding to an outdoor soirée.

3211 DEVINE STREET 803.764.2890 MONKEESOFCOLUMBIA .COM


PROFESSIONAL BARTENDING & BEVER AGE C AT E R I N G F O R : Weddings Galas Corporate Events

PO U RI NG F R E S H S I PS OF SUMMER With one part exceptional service and one part beautifully presented drinks, Danny Nodine and the team at Black Tie Bartending can mix together the perfect bar service experience for your event. Their professional bartenders will keep the lines at the bar short and the drinks flowing so that you and your guests can enjoy the evening.

803.237.3999

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With a second location as fresh as the local ingredients they use to create their customized individual meals, Primal Gourmet is preparing to introduce West Columbia to their healthy and affordable meal options.

YO U C A N E N J OY PRIMAL GOURMET 3 D I F F E R E N T W AY S : Dine in on Meeting Street Grab prepared food to go at both locations Sign up for their weekly delivery service

CO O K I N G U P S O M E T H I N G N E W M E A L PA C K S : Carnivore Chef’s Choice Paleo Slim Vegetarian Vegan Keto Little People 6903 ST. ANDREWS RD, STE 3

COMING SOON: 725 MEETING ST, WEST COLUMBIA

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FOOD C O C K TA I L S P O RT R A I T S WEDDINGS EDITORIAL

F E AST YO U R E Y E S

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Is your mouth watering yet? Wielding a camera and an exceptional eye for detail, light, and color, photographer Forrest Clonts captures every last drop of flavor.

Styling: Izzabee's Confectioneries

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B R I N G I N G TAST E A N D F L AVO R TO L I F E T H RO U G H D E L E C TA B L E D E S I G N You’ve harvested and washed, roasted and taste-tested, mixed and baked, and you’ve created a scrumptious treat for someone to sip or devour: now what? Make your product stand tall on the shelf with irresistible packaging design from the team at ByFarr.

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AUTHENTIC Leading the way through innovation and example.

Authentic: Ramone Dickerson “I was 4, and my granddad used to let me come into the kitchen to cook with him,” said Ramone Dickerson, Executive Performance Chef at the University of South Carolina. “And when I was 9, my dad started letting me fry fish for him and my uncle when they would play chess together on Fridays. It went from there.” Locals who have been around Columbia for a while may recognize Ramone from his popular food truck, 2 Fat 2 Fly, which served up wings with a twist: they were stuffed with anything from mac’n’cheese to fresh buttered baked potatoes. The food truck had a dedicated following around town, too. Customers would flock to wherever the truck would set up shop and the truck would sell out of all of the food within hours.

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Now, Ramone is out of the truck and at the University of South Carolina working with the athletes in the Athletic Village. “I’m the Executive Performance Chef which is someone who cooks specifically for the performance of an athlete,” Ramone said. “I write the menus for the athletes and work closely with the nutritionist. She focuses on the nutritional value while I handle the flavor of the food.” He’s currently working with a variety of teams at the University including baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, equestrian, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, and volleyball.

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“The athletes are always asking about the wings,” Ramone said. “I tell them that when y’all win the SEC, I got you!” Ramone’s culinary skills extend beyond just wings—he has a wide repertoire of talent in the kitchen. He has ingredients that he loves to cook with and savory dishes that he enjoys preparing for family and friends. “My favorite ingredient to cook with right now is a combination of parmesan and honey,” Ramone said. “I love the depth that you can get besides just sweet from honey and the savoriness you can get from parmesan. But I think that probably right now my favorite dish to cook is beef short ribs over cream cheese grits. That’s just where it’s at.”


MEET. SHARE . DO . On the Table, powered by Central Carolina Community Foundation, is a one-day opportunity to gather over mealtime conversations and build personal connections while exploring how we can work together to make our communities stronger.

2 0 18 R E S U LT S :

• 250 conversations held in one day • 1,500 participants made their voices heard • 71% spoke with at least one person they did not already know • 89% said they will likely take specific action on an issue they discussed at On the Table

Gather together your family, neighbors, colleagues, and friends –old and new. Pull up a chair, share a meal, and discuss the ways in which we can, and do, make our communities great.

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Your voice matters. It simply takes a conversation.

On The Table will be held on October 22, 2019!

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W I N E YO U N E E D TO STAY I N C O L A TH IS S U M M E R by Fig contributor Erlinda Alexandra Doherty With the recent explosion of the wine scene here in our state’s capital, there’s no need to head to the hills—or the beach—for your summer sips. With a hip hotel lounge, an exuberant steakhouse, a convivial butcher shop, and new iterations of two legacy establishments, Columbia wine lovers have even more reasons to drink local.

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Hip Columbians already book their stays for guests—and their own staycations—at Main Street’s “unique boutique” Hotel Trundle, but it’s also the buzzy scene for happy hour, pre-dinner, and post-event gatherings. Those in the know seek out their curated wine offerings which reflect proprietors Rita Patel and Marcus Munse’s passion-driven, hand-crafted, hyper-local philosophy for hospitality. Enjoy a glass of Peramo Spumante Rosé in their lobby while admiring creations from local artists and photographers. As the exclusive lodging purveyor of this rich, luscious bubbly, Hotel Trundle is the quintessential locale to absorb and appreciate Columbia’s soul, grit, and energy. (hoteltrundle.com, 1224 Taylor Street).

Tucked away in quiet Forest Hills is an unexpected Columbia neighborhood watering hole with an ambiance more akin to a cozy wine cellar than a specialty meat and fish market. While locals seek out this well-respected Southern chain for gourmet foods, others come just for thoughtfully-selected wines, which general manager Jay Anneaux is happy to present and open on premise if customers desire. It’s a relaxed and intimate wine experience with soft lighting and wine barrel tables and décor. Tapas and charcuterie small plates are offered to customers to complement the mostly New World-focused wine selection. Familiar varietals and styles will delight, but with regular wine tastings and a members-only wine club, there are plenty of opportunities to explore new wines. (nybutchercolumbia.com, 1500 Woodrow Street).


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Columbia wine lovers who have been patiently awaiting the evolution of the Vino Garage will be greatly rewarded when it reopens in its new Elmwood location early this summer. The move to this locale will anchor the historic neighborhood and serve as the gathering spot for Columbians from all parts of the city. Owner Doug Aylard plans to reinvent this local fixture as a wine bar complete with small plate offerings and retail. The new concept will introduce guests to a threetier wine-by-the-glass format that will educate and satisfy all tastes and budgets. With space behind the new building for food trucks and pop-up catering, he envisions melding his wines with the culinary creations of local chefs. Stay tuned and stay local as you won’t want to miss the Vino Garage’s summer debut. (thevinogarage.com, 2501 Main Street). G O U R M E T S H O P 2 .0

New ownership of the beloved Gourmet Shop has only stoked the excitement of locals and visitors to this market, café, and wine shop in the bustling Five Points neighborhood. What has been a legacy of international and domestic specialty food and wine is being reinvigorated by owner Amy Beth Franks and wine manager Bryan Della Volpe. While the shop is revered for its diverse selection of Old World and New World wines, Bryan this summer hopes to introduce wine enthusiasts of all palate profiles to “new” California styles of wine. More restrained with a terroir-driven philosophy, explore the Time and Place Wine Co. offerings which reflect the essence of California’s vineyard sites through single varietals. A CaliPalmetto State mash-up of sorts, the winemaker originally hails from South Carolina. And with wine labels that are impressionistic renditions of Low-Country sunsets, there is no need to leave Columbia for your beach bottle fix. (thegourmetshop.net, 724 Saluda Avenue).

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Local oenophiles held their collective breath in anticipation of the opening of the Columbia outpost of Charleston’s Halls Chophouse and exhaled into their wine goblets last winter when the steakhouse officially opened. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy what has become the new standard for wine programs in Columbia. Under the scrutiny of wine director Bryan Hogue, the wine list is at once approachable yet aspirational. Wines reflect the great wine regions of the world with a particular focus on structured reds to pair with the gourmet steak-driven menu. But as Columbia has proven more global-minded than originally anticipated, the wine list has evolved to meet guests’ worldly demands. If your wallet allows, don’t pass up the chance for conspicuous wine consumption, Halls is the only establishment in town to offer a 2014 Domaine de Romanée-Conti Marey-Monge. No need to visit Burgundy when a wine of this legendary stature is available right here. (hallschophouse.com, 1221 Main Street). at Hotel Trundle

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After Kassy Alia Ray’s husband, Forest Acres Police Officer Gregory Alia, was killed in the line of duty in September 2015, Kassy began looking for a way to recognize how police and citizens work together to build stronger communities through their acts of compassion and kindness. Together, with friends of her husband, Kassy developed the idea of Knight of Honor, an evening devoted to celebrating excellence in community policing and honoring the ways that police and citizens work together to make our communities safer, healthier,

Knight of Honor, now in it’s 4th year, is a one-of-a-kind event that transports guests back to the days of lords and ladies in a Renaissance Erathemed evening. The night includes fellowship and merriment with an open bar, a medieval-themed feast, and entertainment fit for a king. There’s an official Knighting Ceremony for officers who have been nominated to join the Round Table for going above and beyond the call of duty, and one officer will be honored with the Officer

Late September was selected as the time of year for the annual event as a way to remember the sacrifice that Officer Alia made and a way to remember how both police and community rallied together following the 2015 flood. This year, the event will be held on Friday, September 27th at the South Carolina State Museum.

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Let’s Glow! Head out to the ballpark this summer with your friends for an evening of Fireflies baseball, delicious new menu items, and a pint of River Rat Brewery’s Luminescent Lager. milb.com/columbia D I N O S A U R S A R O U N D T H E WO R L D N OW T H R O U G H O C T O B E R 3 1 R I V E R B A N K S ZO O & G A R D E N

Discover dinosaurs like never before as you travel back in time to the supercontinent of Pangea this summer. riverbanks.org/dinosaurs/ F I R S T T H U R S D AY O N M A I N J U N E 6 , J U LY 4 , A U G U S T 1 MAIN STREET

Enjoy extended shop hours, food & drink specials, live music, and more on the First Thursday of each month this summer. firstthursdayonmain.com TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN J U N E 1 4 , J U LY 1 9 , & A U G U S T 1 6 R I V E R B A N K S ZO O & G A R D E N

Spend an evening in the Botanical Gardens as you cool off at Waterfall Junction and, once sun sets, enjoy a movie in the garden. Featured movies this summer include Mary Poppins Returns, The Little Mermaid, and The Good Dinosaur. riverbanks.org/events

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Hit the water for the largest annual gathering of spectators and wakeboarders in SC this summer at Weekend With The Pros. The weekend includes lessons & riding exhibitions from pro-wakeboarders and a huge boat raft up. scroughriders.com

Art, drink & be happy after hours inside the newly renovated Columbia Museum of Art and outside on Boyd Plaza. columbiamuseum.org/events/artsdraughts-june

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Take a trip back to the 80s this summer with Trustus Theatre as they present Heather, The Musical on their Main Stage. Are you in, or are you out? trustus.org

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition is partnering with Serve & Connect and the Town of Springdale Police Department for this annual 5K that celebrates the important role of fathers in families. serveandconnect.net/daddy-me-5k/ S O U T H E A S T E R N P I A N O F E S T I VA L JUNE 16-23 UOFSC SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Budding pianists, educators, and music aficionados from across the nation will come together this summer at the UofSC School of music for a festival featuring rigorous training, nightly concerts, and musical inspiration. sepf.music.sc.edu

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Sit back and enjoy unique musical and visual experiences in the State Museum’s 55 foot digital dome planetarium. The shows will be set to music from Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Phish, and Pink Floyd. scmuseum.org/events A N N U A L L A K E M U R R AY 4 T H O F J U LY C E L E B R AT I O N J U N E 2 9 | L A K E M U R R AY

By boat or by land, you won’t want to miss Lake Murray’s annual Independence Day Celebration! lakemurraycountry.com


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Celebrate the 4th of July in style at this family-friendly festival that features live entertainment, fresh peach treats, the Peach Parade, and fireworks. lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com

This festival brings the low country coastal heritage of cooking fresh seafood outdoors to Columbia with all you can eat fresh blue crabs, music, and a family friendly environment that everyone can enjoy. eventbrite.com/e/southeast-crab-feastcolumbia-sc-tickets-58529987769/amp

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Join the South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club for an evening out at the brewery that includes an informal talk with museum astronomers and local experts as well as a telescope viewing of the moon. scmuseum.org/calendar C I R Q U E D U S O L E I L : C O RT E O J U LY 1 0 - 1 4 C O LO N I A L L I F E A R E N A

Get carried away with life with Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, a festive parade that entertains and the perfect accolade for an artist whose life was dedicated to revelry and making merry. cirquedusoleil.com/corteo TA S T Y T O M AT O F E S T I VA L J U LY 1 3 | C I T Y R O O T S

If you love a fresh, vine-ripened tomato, you won’t want to miss this afternoon festival dedicated to all things tomato and featuring live music, local food and drink, and plenty of family fun. tastytomatofestival.com

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Featuring over 80 vendors that are focused on empowering, educating, and nurturing women, this free event includes a variety of activities that women of all ages can enjoy. eventbrite.com/e/midlands-womensfair-tickets-51538191117 B R E W AT T H E ZO O AUGUST 2 R I V E R B A N K S ZO O & G A R D E N

Stroll through the zoo, sample brews, and enjoy one-of-a-kind animal encounters at the coolest suds sippin’ safari in town. riverbanks.org/events/brew-at-the-zoo D E V I N E S T R E E T S I D E WA L K S A L E AUGUST 2 - 4 | DEVINE STREET

Your favorite local stores and boutiques will have great clothing, home decor, beauty products, and more on sale. devinestreetcolumbiasc.com

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Celebrating young artists ages 6 to 17, this festival is a gathering of summer art camps in Columbia that features performances from local arts organizations and craft stations where children can create new works of art. 701cca.org M A I N S T R E E T L AT I N F E S T I VA L AUGUST 14 | MAIN STREET

Be immersed in the culture of Columbia’s Latin Community when this festival comes to Main Street. Experience Latin culture through food, art, dance, and music. mainstreetlatinfestivalsc.com L A B O R D AY 5 M I L E R SEPTEMBER 2 | DEVINE STREET

Before heading out to the lake for a day on the water or your family cookout, kick off your Labor Day right with a 5 mile run through the heart of Shandon. strictlyrunning.com L A B O R D AY F E S T I VA L & PA R A D E AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2

Spend the long weekend celebrating Labor Day in Chapin with live music, a Classic Car Show, a Labor Day Parade, and a festival featuring over 100 vendors and a children’s play area. chapinsc.com


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Community Sponsor Highlight: Apizza di Napoli Apizza di Napoli, located on the Southside of Aiken, South Carolina, is well known for serving up some of the best true Neapolitan pizza in the state. The pizzeria was opened in 2012, but the history of the restaurant extends back over several decades with owner and pizza enthusiast, Cliff Garzillo. For nearly 25 years, Cliff was in his kitchen at home studying, making, and perfecting his pizza recipes. He built a wood-burning brick oven in his backyard that allowed him to hone his craft even further, but Cliff knew he would need to travel to learn more about how to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza. He hopped on a plane and flew to Italy for extensive training and education to become a certified pizzaiolo.

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Cliff and his wife Wanda then set out to create a pizzeria that used only the finest ingredients—including some imported straight from Italy—to craft their incredible pizzas. They didn’t stop there, either, in their quest for an authentic Italian experience. Apizza di Napoli was honored with the prestigious and distinct Certification of True Neapolitan Pizza from the Association Versace Pizza Napoletana in Naples Italy. This certification means that the pizza Cliff and Wanda are baking in their restaurant is made under the strict guidelines set forth by the Association and is true to the pizza of Naples. They are the only pizzeria in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia to have been honored with this certification.

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While you can find plenty of appetizers, salads, and speciality pizzas on the menu, Apizza di Napoli might be most well known for their New Haven Pizza. This pizza is a style of Neapolitan pizza that is common around New Haven, Connecticut, where Cliff is from, and is known as apizza (pronounced “a-BEETS.”) It features smoked provolone, mozzarella, garlic, oregano, basil, and a perfectly charred crust. Their authentic Italian atmosphere, from the traditional Neapolitan pizzas to the Italian-inspired service, is well worth the drive to Aiken, South Carolina to experience.


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