Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cellar on Greene this Week

Tonight...Enjoy CHAMPAGNE TUESDAY half-price specials like $3 glasses of Clara C Prosecco, $4 glasses of Gruet Brut, $5 glasses of J. "Cuvee 20" Brut and a VERY SPECIAL offering of the famed Bollinger NV Champagne for only $10 a glass! Real Champagne drinkers will be all over that!

ALSO TONIGHT...join Mr. Michael Cramer anytime from 5-7 for a tasting of Washington State Reserve Wines for only $7! stop in anytime within the two hours and enjoy Hogue's Reserve Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon, the amazing Cadaretta Syrah, and the incredible Whitman "Narcissa" Red Meritage! no reservations.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Enjoy our usual BEERFEST WEDNESDAY offerings of half-off any and all brews OR take a stab at a very special New Belgium Brewery Beer Flight for only $5! This flight features three of New Belgium's best brews in the ultra-popular Fat Tire Ale, their killer Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Ale, and the always delicious 1554 Black Ale!

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT we'll kick off two fantastic Special Wine Flights! For only $6 enjoy a Chardonnays of the World Flight that features France's Larochette-Manciat "Morizottes", Australia's Wishing Tree, and Santa Barbara County's Three Saints Chardonnay!

Or dig into a Reserve Italian Wine Flight featuring the amazing Jermann Pinot Grigio, Rosa del Golfo's Primitivo and the newly released 2007 Dama Montepulciano for only $10! (both of these wine flights will also be offered on Thursday night)

THURSDAY NIGHT...it's another Pizza & Wine Night as you can enjoy any TWO PIZZAS and a BOTTLE OF WINE for only $25 total! Need I say more?

THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS enjoy three courses for only $19!
Add a personalized Wine Flight from any of our wines-by-the-glass for only $8 more with any three-course meal! All items are always available A La Carte

first course
-Carolina Shrimp Salad, dill, capers, artichokes, arugula salad, tapenade, grilled pita 7.
-Yellowfin Tuna Nachos, ponzu, watermelon-apple salsa, avocado cream, wontons 8.
-Summer Corn Bisque, lump crab, basil pesto 6.
-Mixed Green-Arugula Salad, roasted red pepper vinaigrette, cucumbe, tomato, manchego 7.
-Basil Hummus, roasted red peppers, italian olives, grilled pita, tapenade 6.
-Panko Crab Cake, corn coulis, arugula, basil pesto 8.

second course
-Pan Seared Scallops, parmesan creamed cauliflower, prosciutto, asparagus, arugula 12.
-Chile Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, applewood bacon-corn salsa, avocado cream, mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach & zucchini 13.
-Steak Roulade, apple-gorgonzola stuffed, wild berry bordelaise, mashed potatoes 13.
-Roasted Vegetable & Sweet Vidalia Onion stuffed Portobello Mushroom, parmesan creamed cauliflower, arugula, balsamic-truffle reduction 10.
-Citrus Seared Lake Victoria Perch, manchego-mushroom risotto, basil pesto 11.

third course
choose from any of the desserts on our regular menu!


Also don't forget to check out tomorrow's email that will include a MYSTERY CASE OF WINE featuring twelve fantastic value wines for only $95 TOTAL!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Terra to Host Wine Dinner With Lioco Winery, Wine & Spirits Magazine “2009 Winery of the Year,”

Terra will host a wine dinner with guest Matt Licklider, co-founder (along with Kevin O’Connor, wine director at Spago-Beverly Hills) of Lioco Winery named Wine & Spirits Magazine “2009 Winery of the Year,” on Tuesday, September 15. The dinner will feature Lioco wines and the opportunity to buy bottles for a bargain price. Seating will be limited and advance tickets are available for $60.

“Columbia doesn’t often get a chance like this,” said Chef Mike Davis, who is delighted to bring Licklider to Terra from Lioco Winery’s wild vines in California. “We always have a great time at the wine dinners, but this will be a special night. Lioco wines have such unique flavors that frame our food at Terra so well. Each course’s pairing will be interesting.”

Chef Davis and Terra’s Certified Specialist of Wine, Howard Jarrett, have sung the praises of Lioco Winery for over a year, lauding its hands-on winemaking process and their wines’ unique flavor. He plans to accompany these rich, unfiltered wines with a delicious menu, with the signature Terra twist – using as many fresh, local ingredients as possible.

Terra is located just over the Gervais Street bridge at 100 State Street in West Columbia. To learn more about Terra, visit www.TerraSC.com or call (803) 791-3443. See what’s for dinner – follow Terra @TerraSC.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Granville's- The Best Meal in Columbia in a while

This little nook that just opened in the space where Tiffany's Bakery used to be is truly fabulous. Granville's food is all local, organic, and exceptional. The atmosphere is minimalist with inviting lighting. The staff is nice, helpful, and they really believe and care about their work. But for me it was the quality of the food that made this place so memorable.

I had a salad with local butter beans, avocado, and greens that tasted sweet, earthy, and brimming with flavor. We also had a fish and chips with hand cut chips double fried for an added crisp coating. My father the had beef bourguignon. The flavors were impeccably close to the French dish that he fondly remembered from a visit to the country.

The prices are very inexpensive and the menu was short so that any ordering intimidation could be avoided. And if you recognize the name from the extraordinary caterers in Charleston, you'd be right on the money. These guys don't disappoint.

All and all (Best *****) (Price $$$$$)
Food ****
Service****
Atmosphere****
Drink List ****
$$$

Rosso

If you haven't been to Rosso yet, it should definitely be on your short list of restaurants. I liked the food at Rosso because I didn't lay awake all night long with a stomach ache as I have after having over-indulged while dining at Friendly's. The sauces are lighter and generally do a better job of featuring the flavors of the main ingredients.

Although there have been reports that Rosso is somehow affilliated with the group that owns Mr. Friendly's, Solstice, and Cellar on Greene, I have been assured that there is no connection.

The decor of the restaurant is inviting, while not the usual Trattoria atmosphere that one might expect, it was eclectic, opulent and maybe even a little posh. We started off with prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Each bundle of asparagus was wrapped in hunks of cured ham. It was a bit bulky, hard to eat, and typical. The taste was fine but that's about the extent of it. Next, I had a sea bass special with creamy polenta. This was tasty. The fish was fresh, cooked perfectly and seasoned in a way not to overpower the delicate fish but to compliment it.

Our waitress lacked knowledge to say the least. She talked too much and said too little. She knew little about the largely Italian wine list and admitted to it. But the food was good and I'll give the service the benefit of the doubt until it happens twice.

Oh yeah, and price is right. Very fair in terms of wine and food.

All and all (Best *****) (Price $$$$$)
Food ***
Service**
Atmosphere****
Drink List ***
$$

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bring Your Appetite to Viva la Vista, Columbia’s Largest Block Party

Viva la Vista, the second annual epicurean event in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, promises a full afternoon of tasting from the best restaurants in the Vista on Saturday, September 12, from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

At this year’s event, there will be no shortage of music. During Viva la Vista, two stages (one in the Liberty parking lot and another at Lincoln and Lady Streets) will feature several bands playing all afternoon. Viva la Vista has also joined forces with the popular Free Times Music Crawl, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and features several bands playing in venues around the Vista. Wristbands for the crawl will be sold during Viva la Vista. For more information on bands visit www.Free-Times.com.

“Who doesn’t love to sample different foods by great chefs and restaurants at lower prices? And with the wine tasting, beer tent and the local craft vendors we’ve added to the mix this year, and all of the music, there’s something for everyone at Viva la Vista,” said Deirdre Mardon, Director of the Vista Guild. “From sushi to steaks, taps to wine, we have it all. It’s a great afternoon and evening in the Vista with a block party feel.”

The Lincoln Street Canopy on both sides of Gervais Street will be lined with chefs preparing food and lots of tasty, affordable bites; family-friendly activities for visitors of all ages; and live music. Viva la Vista visitors this year will find crafts and goods offered by local vendors on Gervais Street, such as bottle cap art by local artist Marianne Huebner and Adluh Flour products – and more. Gervais & Vine Owner Kristian Niemi helped choose a sophisticated selection of wine for tasting.

Each restaurant will offer menu items ranging from one to five tokens. Tokens cost $1 each and will be available for purchase at several locations along Lincoln Street.

Sample menus include:

- Pimento-stuffed sausage with Adluh grits for $1 by 300 Senate
- Mini osso buco for $3 by Ristorante Divino
- Organic pizza by Z Pizza
- Ahi tuna with a balsamic glaze and wasabi crème fraiche for $4 by Sheraton Columbia Downtown hotel
- Kid-friendly candy apples for $2 and boiled peanuts for $3 by Cromer’s

There’s more! Also participating among the 27 restaurants are Gervias & Vine, Ruth’s Chris, Saki Tumi, Blue Marlin, the all-new Cupcake and many, many more.

Bring your children, bring your ID, bring your appetite. Plan for an afternoon of fun, great food at excellent prices and a full lineup of music.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and retailers, visit www.VivaLaVistaSC.com

For more menus, recipes or to schedule an interview, contact Riley Communications at (803) 227.0914 or info@rileycommunications.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pawley's Front Porch - If you're hungover it's a dream come true

Pawley's Front Porch is actually quite tasty all of the time but the reason I feel the need to add the hungover line is the largely fried menu. With fried pickles, onion rings, sweet potato fries, french fries, and fried green tomatoes, there are a wealth of deep fried choices on this abundent menu. Pawley's is known for their burgers, but I instead went for the pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich with french fries. This was only after the fried pickles which serves as our appetizers. Feeling up to my eyes in peanut oil, I thought why not top this heart attack on a plate meal off with a margarita?

The food was delicious however. While I over ordered with the best of them and probably should have attempted a marathon to compensate for the calorie intake, I did enjoy myself. The porch is large and airy though the view of Harden Street and Rite Aid across the street leaves little to be desired, we had a great time and will likely return.

The service and pleasant and the staff helpful though two margaritas deep, I 'm not sure how much I care.

All and all (Best *****) (Price $$$$$)
Food ***
Service****
Atmosphere***
Drink List ****
$$

This Week at Foxfire Grill

Monday nights 1/2 price wine list!

Every Wednesday Live Jazz starting at 6:00-9:00PM along with 1/2 price Martinis,!

Friday night live acoustic with Will Ericson starting around 8:00PM "Until"

Saturday, Live Music outside on the plaza Starting at 6:30PM - 9:30PM We will serve Icy Cold beer want something different our servers will gladly bring it to you and allow you to listen to some great Music, how cool is that?
Inside playing in the Bar is Live Acoustic with Dustin Brown Starting at 8:30PM "Until"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

News From Rosewood Market

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Repeat!

Did you see the movie?

‘Food, Inc.’ offers troubling view of US food industry

Let us know what you thought! Email your comments about the film to

rosewoodmarket@gmail.com with “Food, Inc.” in the subject line.

Basil's Green Tip of the Month

Jane Hiller of the Sonoco Recycling Education Center will take CLEAN and STACKED yogurt cups for re-use in school projects. You may contact her at (803) 779-0608 or jane.hiller@sonoco.com. Mailing address: Jane Hiller, Sonoco Recycling Education Center, 1132 Idlewilde Blvd., Columbia, SC 29201.

Cell phone recycling report: My cell phone has been received and evaluated as being in the condition I claimed. A check should be forthcoming.

Lost and Found

We have a myriad of items being held at register 2 that our dear customers have left behind or dropped in the parking lot. Among the items are a set of Volkswagen keys, other misc. keys, phones, re-usable bags… If you are missing something please check with us to see if we have it!

Raw Milk Delivery Days

Milky Way Farm's Grade A Raw Jersey & Split Creek Farms Goat Milk upcoming deliveries will be on August 19th and on September 2nd usually in the mid-afternoon.

Due to the high demand for Raw Goat’s milk look for additional delivery dates soon!

Fresh Bread Delivery Schedule

Crumbs Bakery - Wednesday

Rising High – Monday & Friday

Nova’s Bakery – Monday & Friday

Heather’s Artisan Breads – Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday

In-Store Local SC Produce – delicious and very fresh!

Wildflower Honey

Pecans

Eggs

Meat – Pork, Beef, Lamb, Chicken

Milk

Grits (Anson Mills and Joe Trapp’s)

Yellow Squash

Green Beans

Cucumbers

Blueberries

Blackberries

Tomatoes (Regular and Heirloom)

Watermelon

Figs

Cantaloupes

Okra

Peaches

Fresh, locally Shelled (grown in Florida) White-acre peas, Pink-eyed peas and Butterbeans!

In-Store Other Local SC Products

Palmetto Pepper Potions

Heather’s Bakery

Sweet Knee, baby natural care products

Grawnola (granola for raw food diet)

Bee Pollen

Carolina Plantation - Cow Peas, Aromatic Rice, Grits

Charleston Tea Plantation - American Classic Tea

Country Clear – Reverse Osmosis Bottled Water

Crispy Kat candy bars

Wellness

Thru August:

All NewChapter Products are 25% off (discount taken at the register)

New this month is NewChapter’s WHOLE Fish oil supplement – WHOLEmega – which is Nature’s Whole complement of sixteen Omegas, obtained from wild, sustainably caught Alaskan Salmon. These omega’s have numerous benefits for your health. Ask one of our knowledgeable Wellness staff for more information about this great product!

Grocery

Vidalia Onion Relish, Pickled Beans, and Pickled Beets--all homemade--from Yoder’s Country Kettle.

Non-Gluten and low-carb foods

Aged Parmesan Mini-crisps – no wheat, no sugar, no gluten!

GlutenFreeda’s pre-formed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $6.29

Sami’s Bakery – Low-carb 7 Grain Bread $6.19

Refrigerated/Frozen Items

Ciao Bella Gelato – Pistachio $4.99

Organic Prairie – Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, 2lb pkg $20.99

Wholesoy – Soy Yogurt, Peach $1.39

Siggi’s Icelandic style non-fat yogurt $3.29

Great for Grilling! Halloumi Cheese!

Halloumi cheese is made from Sheep’s milk. It tastes similar to Feta but is milder. Marinate it in your favorite vinaigrette, skewer it, and pop it on the grill!

Looking for a new way to give your children probiotics? Try Next Generation’s Probiotic Cheese Sticks! They come in Mozzarella, Raw Milk Cheddar, and Raw Milk Colby varieties.

Local pasture-raised, grass-fed beef and lamb from Ovis Hill Farm. Try Boneless beef or lamb kabobs, or pick up a handy 4-pack of burger patties. No antibiotics and no added hormones.

Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burgers – reg. $9.99 now on sale $8.59.

Deli

Start the weekend days right with Breakfast on Saturdays 9 – 11:30am and Brunch on Sundays 10 – 2pm

Make it easy on yourself, have your party or meeting catered by the Rosewood Deli!

Party and Sandwich Tray, Box Lunches, and full dinners available individually or family style. Call the Deli direct line (803-256-6410) for more details on how we can make great food for you and your guests.

Find the monthly deli menu at

http://rosewoodmarket.com/deli.pdf

New Products!

*Wonder Mill and Wonder Mill Junior – Get the freshest flour by milling your own grains and beans (as large as garbanzos)!

The Wonder Mill (electric) touts a patented surgical quality stainless steel, self-cleaning Microburst milling chamber with the advantages of old stone mills but none of the problems of gumming, jamming, or glazing. This power mill is able to grind over 100lbs of flour in an hour. ($259.95 which is $20 less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price)

The Wonder Mill Junior (hand crank) has an easy, 10” long ergonomic turn arm & grip and is able to hold over 1 quart of grain. Texture adjustment allows you to obtain super fine flour or course cracked grains. The unit will clamp or bolt to surfaces up to 2” thick. ($219.95 which is $30 less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price)

These mills are located in the produce area above the produce shelves so please ask for assistance to get one down. If you have questions, Nate in the produce area can help you or check out

http://www.9ghealthfoods.com/.