Garibaldi Café chef Nathan Whatley, formerly of Anson (Garibaldi’s sister restaurant in Charleston), took over the kitchen at the Five Points institution late last year. The new menu he rolled out about a month ago features creative, attractively plated first courses like beef carpaccio with smoked olive oil, horseradish cream and lobster “cracklings” made from dehydrated tail meat ($13). This week’s Bite is pan-seared, farm-raised North Carolina trout, set on a romesco sauce with a summer vegetable panzanella salad with fresh silver queen corn, haricot verts, grape tomatoes and croutons dressed in a bacon vinaigrette. Manager Richard Mackey stopped by my seat at the bar to ask if I’d noticed anything new; to be honest, I was so rapt with the menu changes I didn’t notice the interior was no longer pink. (It’s gray with white trim now.) He also recommended I try a glass of Daou Vineyards Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($10), a delightfully complex, full-bodied cab.
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.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: