Gwen Fowler



Chefs cooking their best for Indie Grits Festival

Posted 4/4/2013 4:56:00 PM

A dozen of Columbia’s finest chefs are serving tastes of their specialties at a sustainable chefs showcase and party 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at 711 Whaley St. in Columbia

Part of the seventh annual Indie Grits Festival, Slow Food at Indie Grits will bring together chefs from some of Columbia’s top farm-to-table restaurants.

Participating chefs and restaurants are: Mike Davis, Terra; Tim Peters, Motor Supply Company; Kristian Niemi, Rosso Trattoria; Benoit St. Jacques, Rosewood Market and Deli; Alex Suaudom du Monde, Baan Sawan Thai Bistro; Blake Fairies, Saluda's; Jessica Shillato, Spotted Salamander Catering; Brian Dukes, Blue Marlin; Joseph Jacobson, The Oak Table; ( Sean McCrossin, Drip Coffee and Drip on Main; Andrew White, Tombo Grille; and Scott Hall, Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels and Scott Hall Catering

Each chef must prepare a dish featuring at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient.

The Indie Grits festival is hosted by the nonprofit art cinema, The Nickelodeon Theatre. Slow Food Columbia is one of more than 200 Slow Food chapters nationally. The group supports local foods, regional farmers and chefs, and works to educate the public about where our food comes from.

Admission is $20 for the chef showcase or $15 for Slow Food or Nickelodeon members. For a $10 ticket, bring a potluck dish to share. It should include at least 20 taste portions and be made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient.

The Indie Grits festival offers 10 days of opportunities to watch the work of Southern filmmakers. During the festival, 51 short films and 12 feature films will be screened at will screen films at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St., and at Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St.

One film sure to interest South Carolina food lovers is “Pride & Joy,” an hour-long documentary directed by Joe York for the Southern Foodways Alliance. It includes interviews with Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway and author and peach grower Dori Sanders of Sanders Peach Farm in Filbert. It also features members of Bernard Colleton’s family of McClellanville, who specialize in Gullah cuisine, and talk about squirrel stew as a family Thanksgiving tradition. “Pride & Joy” will screen at the Nickelodeon Theatre at 6 p.m. April 19.