A host of local restaurants are gearing up for the Tasty Tomato Festival this Saturday at City Roots by including tomato-themed specials (Tomato Feast!) on their menus this week. For this week’s Bite, Free Times checked out Rosso’s beautiful insalata caprese, with beefsteak tomatoes from Lexington County layered between fresh, delicate mozzarella from North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Creamery, along with fresh basil (including some tiny basil sprouts) and mixed greens in a blood orange vinaigrette. It’s no secret that basil and tomato belong together. Italian cooks figured this out intuitively centuries ago, but now there’s some evidence to support it. Recent research by the University of Florida on the chemistry of tomato flavor has shown that the tomatoes most people prefer are the ones with higher levels of certain aromatic compounds, which just so happen to resemble those present in basil. Pictured in the background is a perfect-for-summer pairing of a chilled glass of 2012 Fratelli Allessandria Verduno Pelaverga ($9). — Jonathan Sharpe
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.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
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.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
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.
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Cupcake now hiring a closing manager. Must be outgoing, customer service focused, able to work evenings and weekends. Apply in person. 1213 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201. freshcupcakes.com
Local business is searching for new associates who are looking for a fun environment to earn great wages. Great position for college students/recent graduates. Must be well-mannered with excellent customer service skills/work ethic/ability to lift heavy items/must have valid Driver’s License. Call 803-376-4884 or email resume: email@example.com.
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