Eat for a Good Cause

By Eva Moore
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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 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

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