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Let Someone Else Do Half of Your Weekly Grocery Shopping

I can’t say enough about the glory of making one quick stop on the way home and receiving a box containing about half of the food I’ll need for the week. That’s right, it’s a real thing, and it doesn’t involve a personal shopper or exorbitant amounts of money! It’s as simple as signing up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) share. Three years ago I decided to go for it and find a CSA to join and most of them had inconvenient pickup days or times, which would take some of the joy out of it. But then I found one that delivered to a business in the city of Cayce, a convenient option. I signed up and started getting my shares during a spring season. Coming up on my fifth season of shares, I’ve come to rely on it. I feel out of whack and strange when I have to go to the store and choose my own vegetables in the height of summer or the middle of winter when the farm doesn’t deliver. Check out the variety! And this is just from my small sized share, which is often plenty for me. Depending on the box contents, I’ll usually supplement with other produce from the grocery store, especially garlic or onions. The last day to sign up for a full share is April 9th. Click right...

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Food & Drink Calendar for April in Columbia

Finally, the frost advisories are probably over and everyone is coming out from under the piles of warm blankets to celebrate everything amazing about spring, from the first crops to the fact that a smoothie for dinner won’t freeze you from the inside out. But uh, if you go to all of these events you might also need to hit the gym with me. Yes, you. Apr 1 – Are you a fool for chocolate? Then perhaps the Foolish for Chocolate Affair is where you should find yourself instead of falling for office pranks. Held at Crescent Cacao at 3015 Millwood Ave, Evolution Through Chocolate, B is for Butter, K&K Gourmet Sweets and more of your favorite sweet vendors will be sweetening your day. 12-6 p.m. Apr 2 – Learn how to pair beers with healthy foods– really healthy ones!- with Girls Pint Out at the new Good Life Cafe location on Main Street. 7 p.m., event is free, food is around $12/plate and beer is around $5-6/pint Apr 3 – First Thursdays on Main should finally be warm enough to really enjoy the cold beers, or a glass of white wine while roaming the blocks on Main that are shut down to allow the community to explore what’s new and still happening in the heart of downtown. 6 p.m., free Apr 3 – Japan in the Jazz Age...

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SC Girls Pint Out: A Girls Club With a Drinking Habit

About six months ago the SC Beer Fairy, aka Ashley asked me to help her start a chapter of Girls Pint Out here in Columbia. Being a fan of both beer and socializing, I said YES let’s do this! With her insane hard work, connections, and brilliant ideas, we’ve been chugging along having events about every two weeks. We have a steady amount of attendees show up, express their excitement, and both learn about and drink beer. Some of our recent activities include brewing beer at the Old Mill Brewpub with head brewer Matt. We brewed both a lavender hefeweissen and a chocolate raspberry stout. Once they are done, we’ll have a tasting event and the winning one will be brewed commercially on the Old Mill Brewpub’s system. I’m rooting for the lavender. I’ll drink it ALL. We’ve also toured the brand new River Rat Brewery that opened just the other week, and WOW. They put some time, money, and serious commitment into their operation. I can’t wait to see what else they roll out in the future. Interested in joining future events? “Like” the Facebook page to keep up with the latest happenings, and for more, better photos from Stephen, our unofficial photog....

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March Food & Drink Calendar for Columbia, SC

Seriously how is March happening already? With this up and down, up and down weather we’re having here in South Carolina it’s hard to know what to plan for, but everyone’s hoping for the best and planning tons of great events both indoors and out in anticipation! All month long– Sign up for your Pinckney’s Produce share for the spring/early summer now! They need your early commitment to be able to know how big of crops to grow. Mar 1 – Eat all the chili you can handle at the Historic Columbia Foundation Palladium Society’s Chili Cook Off and support all of the cool old stuff around town. $30 at the door, 5 p.m. Mar 1 – Homebrewing 101 and Grand Opening at Old Mill Brewpub with Girls Pint Out. We’re communally brewing two amazing beers AND enjoying the tastes of the OMB’s new brews on their in-house system! Brewing starts at 11 a.m., we’ll be hanging through 5 p.m. Mar 1 – Party for the animals, like an animal at the Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival to benefit the Animal Mission of the Midlands. A parade, food, music, and more will be happening at City Roots. And yes, it’s pet friendly!  $10, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mar 3 – Good Life Cafe is set to open on Main Street, finally. Mar 3 – Bodegas Mayor 1619 Wine...

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February 2014 Food & Drink Calendar for Columbia!

So January was a little light on the events, everyone was staying inside and keeping warm and perhaps also trying to not lighten their wallets any more than necessary after the holidays. But bring on the month of love and of only 28 days and we’re back to packing the calendar, and oddly, its with a lot of “pairing” events. Coincidence? We think not! Feb 2 – Super Bowl day, obviously! Stock up on all of the chips and crackers you could ever want while they are on sale! Feb 3– Wine and chocolate tasting at First Citizens Cafe on Main Street, 5 p.m. Free but must RSVP! Feb 5 – Beer and Chocolate Pairings with SC Girls Pint Out! Beer? YES! Chocolate? YES! Learn the intricacies of pairing the two from Johnny Battles, the man behind Sweeteeth Chocolates at Keg Cowboy in Lexington, 7 p.m. Feb 7 – Arts & Draughts at the Columbia Museum of Art. 7 p.m., $8 for non-members. Feb 10 – February Harvest Dinner, meet the Bourbon team! At City Roots, $60. Feb 11 – How to Start A Food Business with David Roberts, at the Richland County Public Library Main Branch, 6:30 p.m., free. Feb 13 – Coffee and chocolate tasting at First Citizens Cafe on Main Street, 11 a.m. Must RSVP. Feb 15– Massage Your Mate workshop at Sun Spirit Yoga Wellness,...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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