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Slow Food Columbia Is Anything But Slow

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.

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