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.
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.
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.
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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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