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Slow Food Columbia Is Anything But Slow

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Slow Food Columbia Is Anything But Slow
Photos by Jonathan Sharpe

Slow Food USA is one of my favorite grassroots organizations, but often local chapter events can be … slow. However, at Sunday’s Slow Food Columbia Sustainable Chefs Showcase + Potluck, I could not find a parking place.

There was a line at the door and no seat to be found at the tables. After parking a block away, I walked into the bustling crowd with an expectant smile.  Sustainable food is strong in Columbia.

This event was filled with skilled chefs, but home cooks got a chance to show off too, and more than ten took the potluck opportunity for a discounted ticket. There was a whole table of homemade food, including one of the most festive plates of deviled eggs I’ve ever seen (Have I mentioned how much TLP loves deviled eggs?)

My Top Three Tastes

  • Our Local Catch’s Linguine con Vongole e Bottarga / Clammer Dave’s clams, a beautiful presentation, and sustainable bottarga grated on top of each one.
  • Deconstructed Carrot Cake from The Oak Table / Pastry chef Charley Scruggs’ goat cheese frosting. Two helpings were not enough.
  • River Rat Brewery Hazelnut Brown Ale / This sudsy sip was balanced and as perfect with pork belly and kale offerings as it was to my double helping of dessert.