Slow Food Columbia Hosts Chefs’ Showcase This Weekend

1 Slow Food at Indie Grits by Jonathan Sharpe (800x533)

Jonathan Sharpe

How’s the eating in Columbia these days? An upcoming party hosted by the city’s Slow Food chapter could provide a chance to find out.

Slow Food Columbia’s fifth annual Sustainable Chefs’ Showcase and Potluck on Apr. 13 will feature more than a dozen chefs who’ve been tasked with preparing a dish showcasing a local ingredient. Restaurants represented include Terra, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro, Rosso Trattoria and Good Life Café, which publicist Tracie Broom describes as “a rad vegan place that finally opened on Main Street. Hello, nutmeat tacos.”

Tickets to the Showcase and Potluck at Indie Grits, 711 Whaley, are priced at $20. Broom warns the tickets typically sell out the day before the event. Slow Food USA members are eligible for a $5 discount.

And if the ticket price is still too steep, there’s a potluck option: Guests who bring a 20-portion potluck dish can buy a $10 ticket (like the chefs, the guests are required to keep their contributions local and sustainable, which means showing up with a KFC bucket doesn’t count.) In past years, the potluck has attracted dishes such as radish butter and free-range coq au vin.

The event runs from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit Slow Food Columbia’s website.

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