Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter hosts a chefs’ competition this week: The Sweet and Savory fundraiser pits local chefs against each other as each creates an hors d’oeuvres and a dessert.
Participants include familiar names like Ryan Whittaker of @116 State, but also some less familiar ones: Dave Grillo of Cantina 76; Vinnie Livoti of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (making mushroom-risotto cakes and beef tenderloin with basil-mint puree, and for dessert some pistachio-apricot bites — yum); Robert Stegall-Smith of Performance Food Group; Whittaker Williams of Chili Gourmet; Larry Platt of Let’s Cook Culinary Studio; Betheny Pelletier & Bob Burgess of Merchant Foodservice; Lawrence Wright of Southern FoodService; and Charlie Young of Young’s Hearing Aid Service. Drip Coffee will be there, too.
Judging the competition are Free Times contributor Jonathan Sharpe, contributor and food blogger April Blake, and Tyler Ryan from WACH Fox. The audience also gets in on the judging, so come hungry. There’ll also be live music and a silent auction.
The competition runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Tickets are $35 for individuals and $60 for couples. Visit palmettoplaceshelter.org for more information or to buy tickets. The event is a fundraiser for the shelter, which takes in abused and neglected children.
Eat on the Farm
Now that it’s spring, your thoughts are probably turning to farms and gardens, to little things sprouting from the earth, no? Yes. The Farm to Table Event Company hosts a Harvest Dinner at City Roots March 10, and the menu kicks off with a salad from City Roots topped with lardons, goat cheese crema, caramelized butternut squash; the menu also features a brisket, a risotto and a “fudge brownie jar with bourbon-sea salt caramel, hot fudge and espresso gelato,” according to the menu sent out Monday by Chef Kristian Niemi. Yes please. Tickets are $60 apiece; the dinner runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
While we’re talking Harvest Dinners, you should probably get tickets now for the first vegetarian Root to Tip Dinner (as opposed to Nose to Tail, get it?), scheduled for April 14. It’ll feature fine fare from Congaree Milling Co., the startup mill we featured recently in Chew On This; the produce will come from City Roots and surrounding farms; and chefs Kristian Niemi, Travis Rayle and Gordon Langston from Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon Columbia will do the cooking. Tickets are $60 each, which includes wine pairings and a cocktail.
Visit the Farm to Table Event Co.’s Facebook page for links to buy tickets to both these events.
New Indian Restaurant Opens
Shalimar Curry House is House is now open at 631 Main St., near the University of South Carolina campus. The quick-service Indian restaurant is run by a pair of brothers, one a USC graduate and the other a current student. Visit Free Times’ food blog, Nibbles and Sips, for more information on the restaurant, or check out curryhousesc.com.
$10 Spa Specials!
Join us for 60-minute facials, microdermabrasion, bikini waxing, and more for only $10! 823 Gervais Street, Suite 120. Text your appointment request to 803-468-4643.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Veteran Vapors now open!
Veteran-owned and operated, Veteran Vapors is located at 2308 Airport Blvd. in West Columbia. This month, 10% of all juice sales will be donated to Save the Ta-Tas. Special discounts available to veterans, military and public safety officials.
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