Need local grits? The Congaree Milling Company is now up and running. Owner Ken DuBard worked for prestigious Anson Mills for six years; he’s now on his own, milling grits, cornmeal and other products from white, yellow and blue corn.
“I want this to be the best grits you can get outside of owning your own grist mill,” DuBard says.
His company isn’t certified organic yet, but the corn he’s buying is. And he plans to switch out the products he supplies to retail outlets frequently — weekly, even.
“Fresh corn just really doesn’t last,” DuBard says. He likens it to coffee: “Crack a roasted bean — you’re breaking up a little preservative unit. You’re releasing all the oils out of that shell. The same thing goes for corn.”
Many mass-market corn products have had the oil-rich germ removed, DuBard explains. “For larger mills to sell shelf-stable corn product, they degerm the corn first,” he says. “When they remove those oils, they remove the potential for rancidity, but ... also remove the flavor, oxidize everything. It tastes the same six months later, but it doesn’t have much flavor.”
Provisions, the bulk/local food store at 2843 Millwood Avenue, is stocking Congaree Milling Company grits now. You can also order online at thecongareemillingcompany.com. If you order by noon, DuBard says, the product will be milled that day. The website also contains recipes and a blog. And if you’re looking for something specific, DuBard says, give him a call: Contact information is on his website.
Love Is In the Air
Here’s your annual reminder to make a reservation now if you’re going to try to dine out on Valentine’s Day. Since the holiday of love falls on a Friday this year, expect things to be extra, extra busy.
And where, specifically, should you go for the big day?
Well, Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House claims to have booked Elvis for Valentine’s Day. The King sings at 9 p.m. So there’s that.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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U.S. Security Associates
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Real Estate Spotlight
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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