It happened so quietly that almost no media outlets caught it — except the South Carolina Radio Network, that is. Last month, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control approved new restaurant guidelines making it easier for restaurants to serve wild, locally foraged mushrooms.
It took one key change: Before, restaurants could serve wild mushrooms as long as the shrooms were inspected by a mushroom expert — but the state didn’t define what made someone a mushroom expert.
Now, the Radio Network reports, the agency has defined an expert as someone tested and certified by a DHEC-designated third party.
Already, a man named Tradd Cotter of the Mushroom Mountain lab and farm in the Upstate is organizing certification courses for mushroom experts; he expects courses to begin in early August.
The change came more than a year after environmental groups and food folk launched a petition to change state mushroom regulations.
We’ve already seen wild mushrooms on some Midlands menus over the last few years — chiefly chanterelles, which grow around here during the warm fall months. But it’s unclear whether restaurants were offering those legally. Now, chefs and eaters will know for sure.
Interested in becoming a certified mushroom expert — or just learning more about foraging mushrooms? Visit mushroommountain.com to contact Cotter, and keep an eye out for other entrepreneurs launching mushroom ventures here in the Midlands.
Terra Celebrates Eight Years
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Terrrrraaaaaa
Happy birthday to you.
That’s one way to wish a happy birthday to a restaurant that, over the past eight years, has deeply influenced Midlands cuisine, setting a high bar for excellence that’s improved eating throughout the region.
You know what’s a better way to wish Terra a happy birthday? Dining there. From Aug. 1-8, Chef Mike Davis is offering a special eight-dish birthday menu “full of dishes by chefs he’s worked with, trips he’s taken and iconic cookbooks that have helped him form his cooking and restaurant philosophy over the years,” according to an email.
For example, Davis is making a wood-oven pizza inspired by his first job, which was at DePalma’s, an Italian restaurant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and baked grits with country ham and wild mushrooms, a favorite of Davis’ Birmingham mentor, Chef Frank Stitt. The regular menu will be available as well.
Reach Terra at 791-3443.
Beltline Lizard’s Thicket Closes for Remodeling
Fear not, Lizard’s Thicket fans: The Beltline location of the local Southern-food chain is closing, but only temporarily. Beginning Aug. 3, the restaurant will shut down to remodel, including adding a front porch, new floors, and new roof and new furniture. Stay tuned for a reopening date. In the meantime, the closest locations are at 7938 Garners Ferry Road and 3147 Forest Drive. Visit
lizardsthicket.com for more information.
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.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Free Times is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter to assist in gathering material from advertisers, coordinating between the sales and production departments, and handling routine clerical tasks. Must be proficient on a Mac, able to conduct business via phone, email, text, Dropbox, social media platforms and face to face while under deadline in a fast-paced, sometimes distracting work environment. The position requires the ability to multitask, excellent oral and written communication skills, and solid experience in quickly learning new computer programs. This is a full time position with benefits. Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to email@example.com.
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
Real Estate Spotlight
Mungo Homes. Celebrating 60 years of our family building for your family. mungo.com