And wow: the foodies, the locavores, the urban farmers -- it's all so cool! I love it.
I've had the pleasure of meeting a great many bright, quirky, truly interesting people through organizations like 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Slow Food Columbia, and the Nickelodeon Theatre, not to mention through my friend Anne, whose wildly successful local blog encourages the upper crust to shop local, eat local, and basically live like a hippie -- albeit in (local) designer dresses. (Brilliant, right?)
Progressive work is so desperately needed here (in order to balance out all those education + arts cuts, and the bigots, and the narrow-minded right wingers, and the...blah blah blah). You'd think any effort would just be a drop in the bucket.
But the impact of volunteer work is really magnified here in Columbia. It truly supports an exciting, vibrant, growing community of people who care! The volunteer efforts in this town make an enormous difference in the local cultural landscape, thus influencing public policy and even progressive legislative action. Which lord knows, we need.
That in mind, here's a lil dispatch on an event I'm co-planning later this month with Slow Food Columbia.
Staff from a new local acoustic venue, The White Mule, is running the bar, and Tom Hall's locally famous bluegrass band, The Plowboys, are going to play live!
I'm also happy to report that all of the cups + utensils will be made of compostable corn resin instead of plastic -- which are regrettably impossible to find in any Columbia retail establishment I've contacted, so I'm ordering online. (UPDATE as of 2/15/10: Rosewood Market has transitioned their deli takeout containers to a compostable variety. They plan to accept them back here at the store for inclusion with our other compostable items.)
I'm also very thrilled about the location of the party -- it's local architect Robbie McClam's new sustainable urban farm, City Roots. (Maybe you read about it in The State or The Free Times?)
I was really excited to start volunteering last year with Columbia's chapter of Slow Food. As some of you know, I struggle with chronic repetitive strain injury from a past FT writing job, but I do what I can! You probably know this, but Slow Food is an international non-profit geared toward promoting "good, clean, and fair" food practices -- basically it's all about locally-grown and/or organic food, fair wages, environmentally conscious methods, and that sort of thing.
Rosewood Market, the All-Local Farmer's Market, Caw Caw Creek pastured pork, Anson Mills grits, and Columbia restaurants like Terra, Motor Supply Co., and Gervais & Vine epitomize the Slow Food movement here. 'Tis a lot of yummy going around, in general.
Here's the event flyer and ticket link, and if anyone needs reasons to relocate to the South (beyond the incredibly inexpensive, spacious Craftsman-style homes for one thing), hit me up!
p.s. My parents are AWESOME for already buying 5 tix to this event! Love you guys.
p.p.s. Terra Madre Day was back in December, but we are a lil sloooooooooooow down here so we're celebrating at the end of February, yo!