Free Times editor Dan Cook was surprised to hear Drip on Main’s first birthday is coming up — surprised, that is, that it’s only been open for one year. That’s how thoroughly the coffee shop has wormed its way into daily life on Main Street — and, in particular, the life of the Free Times editorial staff. Let’s just say we go there pretty frequently. So it is with particular personal joy and absolute partisanship that we wish Drip on Main a happy first birthday, and pass on the news that this Friday, Jan. 10, Drip on Main will give free coffee to its customers in celebration of this happy occasion. Your first cup is free. And tip those baristas anyway, yeah? They’re pretty nice to us. Happy birthday!
It’s Restaurant Week
By my count, this week sees the sixth go-round of South Carolina Restaurant Week, which launched in 2009. From Jan. 9-19 this year, participating restaurants will offer special deals, most of them in the form of a fixed-price meal. At Gervais & Vine, for example, $29 gets you a four-course meal, with several options for each course.
It’s no accident that the promotion takes place in January — typically a terrible time of year for the restaurant industry, as people cut back on discretionary spending after the holidays and embark on New Year’s diets.
Here in the Midlands, 29 restaurants are offering Restaurant Week deals. They range from fancy, like Terra, to more down-home, like Lizard’s Thicket and Yesterdays.
For $35, a person can eat from the Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant Week menu. (Note: online copy corrected. The Ruth's Chris Restaurant Week menu does indeed include a steak. See where it reads "Filet and Shrimp"? D'oh.)
Some other fine-dining restaurants in the area make a strong showing. Thirty dollars is a great deal for a meal at MoMo’s, Mr. Friendly’s or Oak Table; the same goes for the $35 meal at Saluda’s or Solstice. Midlands', one of Columbia’s newest restaurants, located in the Marriott downtown, offers a $25 three-course menu with some tasting-looking options. Figaro, a fine-dining place in Newberry, is participating, too — a decent reason for a road trip.
Visit restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com to search the full list of restaurants by region and cuisine. Menus are posted, too. Restaurant Week runs from Thursday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 19.
The Farm to Table Event Co. kicks off 2014 with a Harvest Dinner at City Roots urban farm on Monday, Jan. 13, featuring chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle. Given that it’s January, the dinner will be held in the toasty-warm greenhouse, and there’ll be a hot spiced apple cocktail to greet you when you arrive. The menu features a wood-roasted leg of lamb, among other dishes; Crust Bakehouse will provide some artisanal breads. And dessert is, ahem, Dark Chocolate and Almond Cake with Spiced Pear Compote and Sage-Goat Cheese Chantilly. Tickets are $60 per person. Visit facebook.com/farmtotableevents for more information and a link to buy tickets.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
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Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
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