The South Carolina Women’s & Gender Studies conference kicks off Thursday, and its keynote address may be of interest to some of you food nerds. Marcie Cohen Ferris presents “Edible Moments in Women’s History: The American South” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium.
Cohen Ferris, an American studies professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, used to be president of the board of directors of the Southern Foodways Alliance. She studies Jewish Southern history and “the foodways and material culture of the American South,” according to her bio.
Her current work involves “expressive power of food in narrative and material culture from the plantation South to the struggles of the civil right movement” — and it sounds like Thursday’s lecture is going to involve some of that. Admission is free and open to the general public; the conference is sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the Institute for Southern Studies.
Beer and Tapas
Get your tickets now for a three-way beer dinner collaboration to be held next Thursday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Conquest Brewing Co. is teaming up with Flying Saucer, Columbia’s original beereteria (I think I just made up that word) and The Mamas and the Tapas, a Vista tapas restaurant that opened last year.
The menu looks pretty solid. The second course, for example, is a chickpea salad with cumin vinaigrette on spring lettuce and mint, paired with a saison. There’s bulgogi involved, and a cheesecake, and you’ll get to try Conquest’s insanely high-gravity The Finisher, an imperial stout that clocks in at 17.5 percent ABV.
Forty bucks gets you a ticket; call 933-9997 or stop by Flying Saucer to buy one. (If you’re a member of Flying Saucer’s UFO Club, tickets are just $35.)
The event is at Flying Saucer.
Wine and Dinner
If beer’s not your thing, there are a bunch of wine dinners clustering on the horizon; they sell out fast, so make arrangements now.
@116 Espresso and Wine Bar hosts a wine dinner Monday, March 3, in conjunction with the Spanish winery Bodegas Mayor 1619. On the menu are such exciting items as grilled octopus and braised oxtails. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; tickets are $100.
Terra hosts a wine dinner Tuesday, March 4, in conjunction with Arcadian Winery. Tickets are $125; call 791-3443 to reserve one.
Soda City hosts a pop-up Mardi Gras dinner the same night, March 4, at Oak Table, with Columbia native and food world rock star Sarah Simmons. Simmons runs the “culinary salon” City Grit in New York City. The dinner is sold out, but maybe if you throw yourself on Oak Table’s mercy they’ll put you on a waiting list or something. Or you could just eat there another night: call 563-5066 for reservations.
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