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Published on March 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


New Chefs Join 5th Annual “Slow Food at Indie Grits”

Columbia, SC – Even more progressive, eco-conscious chefs will bring their A-game to the 5th annual Slow Food at Indie Grits “Sustainable Chefs Showcase,” potluck and party on Sunday, April 19, from 3-6pm at 711 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. Hosted by Slow Food Columbia and the Indie Grits Festival, the event sells out each year; tickets can be purchased at

The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul will provide guests with groovy tunes, while The Whig’s cash bar will feature top-notch wines by AdVintage and South Carolina-brewed beers. The Midlands’ most environmentally friendly chefs will be on hand to serve an array of complimentary hors d’oeuvres; each chef’s dish must feature at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient. For a lower-priced ticket, guests can put their creative minds to work and create a potluck dish to share with others.

2015 Slow Food Columbia Sustainable Chefs

One asterisk indicates new chefs; two indicate those returning after long hiatus:

Chef Brandon Velie*, owner, Juniper

Chef Frank Bradley*, Bourbon

Chefs Henry Griffin** and Bertrand Gilli*, co-owners, Ristorante Divino

Chef Ryan Whittaker**, owner, 116 State

Chef JT Simms*, Tombo Grille

Chef Wesley Fulmer, Motor Supply Company Bistro

Chef Mike Davis, owner, Terra

Chef Travis Rayle, Rosso Trattoria

Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde, owner, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro

Chef Scott Hall, owner, Scott Hall Catering

Chef Blake Faries, Saluda’s

Chef Howard Stephens, The Oak Table

Chef Jessica Shillato, owner, Spotted Salamander Catering

Chef Benoit St. Jacques, Rosewood Market and Deli

Chef Kim Stone, Charleston Cooks!

Chef Gabrielle Watson, Whole Foods Market

Chef Bryan Tayara, owner, Our Local Catch

Chef Sharon Wright, owner, Good Life Café

Since being founded in 2011, “Slow Food at Indie Grits” has been a sold-out “laid-back,” “fun,” and “family-friendly” celebration that is recognized as “a must for foodies in the Midlands.”

Slow Food Columbia potlucks are a place where resourcefulness, simplicity, and creative juices shine all the way to plate presentation. Past Slow Food potluck favorites include dishes like radish butter, tomato-chocolate truffles, and free-range coq au vin.

For a lower-priced ticket, guests are invited to bring a potluck dish to contribute. Guests should prepare roughly 20 small portions of a dish made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient. Other ticket levels are available for those who do not opt to bring potluck dishes.

Part of Slow Food Columbia’s mission is to bring together the sustainable food community in recognition of “food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet.” Slow Food at Indie Grits is an official partner event of the 9th Annual Indie Grits Festival.


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Slow Food at Indie Grits sustainable chefs showcase

Date + Time: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3pm-6pm
Location: Market Building at 711 Whaley (next to 701 Whaley)
Host: Slow Food Columbia and the Indie Grits Festival
Tickets: $25 general; $20 Slow Food and Nickelodeon members; $10 potluck bringers


Join or renew your Slow Food USA membership here:

Email your membership receipt to, and we’ll send you your discount code for the member rate!

Festival pass sales, which include Slow Food at Indie Grits admission, are available at, or visit the Indie Grits Box Office at The Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, 803.254.8234,

About Slow Food Columbia

Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways. We host workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year that celebrate local + seasonal flavors; showcase the culinary talents of our region’s chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and educate the public about the importance of knowing where their food comes from.

About the 9th Annual Indie Grits Festival

What started as a DIY festival for a tight-knit and dedicated audience, Indie Grits has grown into a staple of the city’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making, while also giving thousands of visitors and locals access to a progressive cultural life unmatched in the Southeast. The festival is hosted by the non-profit art cinema, The Nickelodeon Theatre. For full festival info, visit


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