Gwen Fowler



Sustainable Chefs Showcase filled with delicious bites

Posted 4/23/2013 11:49:00 AM

The Sustainable Chefs Showcase at the Indie Grits Film Festival gives some of Columbia’s outstanding chefs a chance to show how creative they can be using local and sustainable foods.

And lucky people like me get to sample those delicious morsels. It was held April 14 at 701 Whaley St., and Slow Food Columbia was the host.

Strawberries, just coming in to season, were one of the fruit stars of the show. Both Chef Tim Peters of Motor Supply Company Bistro and Chef Alex Suaudom du Monde of Baan Sawan Thai Bistro were serving berries from Cottle Strawberry Farm in Columbia. Motor Supply served a strawberry and ginger soda. Baan Sawan was serving a sparkling wine “jello shot” made with strawberries.

One of the most beautiful dishes was being served by Chef Blake Fairies and Sous Chef Clayton Ludwigson of Saluda’s. It was a cube of compound watermelon, served with Freshly Grown Farms curly Bibb lettuce, Happy Cow Creamery feta cheese, and dots of watermelon gel.

Chef Brian Dukes of the Blue Marlin was serving South Carolina monkfish with rice perlo, asparagus and arugula microgreens.

Owners Len Henderson and Gini Mason of Tombo Grille served one of my (many) favorites of the day: Freshly Grown Farms Bibb lettuce wrap with Palmetto Farms Cornish hen Thai salad.

One of the heartier dishes was served by Rosso Trattoria ItaliaManchester Farms smoked quail and GnomeGrown mushroom ragu with sheep’s milk gorgonzola.

The Terra team of Chef Mike Davis and Sous Chef Joby Wetzel were cooking something that brought back a great food memory for me: barbecue pork on little hoe cakes. Not only were they delicious, but they reminded me of how my mom made hoe cakes every day or so to eat with fresh vegetables from the garden.

One of the newest chef teams in town also participated. From the Oak Table was Executive Chef Joseph Jacobsen, Chef Charles Stricklin and Pastry Chef Charley Scruggs.

Slow Food Columbia members contributed their own potluck to share, including a scrumptious-looking baby lima and roasted corn succotash.

More than 60 films were shown during this year’s Indie Grits Festival.