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Full Week of Farm-to-Table Dishes and Nightly “Meet the Farmer” Happy Hours for Harvest Week at Motor Supply, November 15-20, 2011
Oct. 7, 2011 (COLUMBIA, SC) - Motor Supply Co. Bistro ups its longstanding reputation as the state capital’s pioneer of “New World, made-from-scratch cuisine” with Harvest Week at Motor Supply, November 15-20, 2011. This week-long happening highlights Executive Chef Tim Peters’ personal passion for working with small-scale, sustainable farms like Caw Caw Creek, Doko Farm, City Roots, Freshly Grown Farms, and Wil-Moore Farms.
A unique, farm-to-table dish featuring ingredients from a different local, sustainable farm will be added to Motor Supply’s a la carte dinner menu each evening Tuesday, November 15 through Saturday, November 19, and at brunch on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Barman John G. Daly will be creating artisan cocktails with seasonal ingredients to pair with each special, including drinks with American Harvest Organic Spirit, which most recently sponsored the Carolina Green Fair and the Nov. 6, 2011 American Harvest Bartender Charity Challenge at City Roots Farm.
In addition to each night’s farm-to-table special, Motor Supply will host a “Meet the Farmer Happy Hour” each evening from 5:30pm-7pm with the owner of the corresponding farm. This is a very casual component to Harvest Week; local food fans can pop in for a drink and chat with the featured farmer, who will be noshing and taking questions at the new communal table & bar.
For example, on Tuesday, November 15, Executive Chef Tim Peters will prepare the holy grail of artisan pork cookery, porchetta of suckling pig, sourced from Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork. Farm owner Emile DeFelice will be on hand at the bar from 5:30-7pm should anyone care to have a cucumber martini and chat with the farmer!
The schedule is as follows:
HARVEST WEEK AT MOTOR SUPPLY, NOVEMBER 15-20, 2011
Note: Harvest Week at Motor Supply is not a ticketed event. Patrons are encouraged simply to come and have dinner at their leisure and/or pop in for Meet-the-Farmer Happy Hour! Reservations can be made by calling 803-256-6687 or by visiting www.motorsupplycobistro.com to make online reservations.
Tuesday dinner, November 15, 2011
Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7pm: Emile DeFelice, Owner, Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork, St. Matthews, SC
Featured Dish: Porchetta of Caw Caw creek suckling pig, stuffed with Sky Top Orchard apples & turnips, finished with a cider-infused demi glace
Wednesday dinner, November 16, 2011
Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7pm: Eric McClam, Farm Manager, City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm, Columbia, SC
Featured Dish: Handmade, rustic raviolis filled w/a ragout of seasonal City Roots vegetables, tossed Pauper-style with whole egg, olive oil & Parmigiano Reggiano
Thursday dinner, November 17, 2011 (as part of Vista Lights!)
Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7pm: Amanda and Joe Jones, Owners, Doko Farm, Blythewood, SC
Featured Dish: Doko Farm heritage Buckeye chicken breast topped with a spiced pumpkin sausage, finished with a natural jus
Friday dinner, November 18, 2011
Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7pm: Paul Grant, Owner, Freshly Grown Farms, Columbia, SC
Featured Dish: Freshly Grown Farms greens tossed with a roasted garlic-sherry vinaigrette, topped with a slab of house-cured, Caw Caw Creek bacon
Saturday dinner, November 19, 2011
Meet the Farmer Happy Hour 5:30-7pm: Keith & Robin Willoughby, Wil-Moore Farms, Lugoff, SC
Featured Dish: Wil-Moore Farms lamb three ways: roast lamb saddle stuffed with collard greens; braised lamb neck, barbecued Southern-style; & smoked leg of lamb
Brunch Sunday, November 20, 2011
Featured Brunch Dish: Wil-Moore Farms eggs in handmade brisee (pie crust made with veal renderings), w/housemade mustard, Freshly Grown Farms arugula and oregano, & autumn vegetables from City Roots (NOT vegetarian. Also, the restaurant is open, as usual, on Sun. Nov. 20 for dinner.)
A Commitment to Good, Clean and Fair Foodways
Having spent a year working on The Green Grocer organic farm on Wadmalaw Island, near Charleston, SC, Executive Chef Tim Peters understands well the extra effort required of farmers who avoid spraying pesticides on their produce and who forego using antibiotics and hormones in their poultry and livestock operations. He has experienced how hard it can be for the small, organic (or near-organic) farmer. “I weeded, cleaned eggs, planted onions, you name it,” recalls Peters. “I had taken some time off from cooking to refocus; it was a really great year.” He continues, “I saw first-hand how hard it is for the small farmer, so I have a lot of empathy there.”
Motor Supply owner Eddie Wales agrees. “It’s just something we want to do. It’s not easy,” he notes. “We spend a lot more on brands like Wil-Moore Farms eggs, Heather’s Artisan Bakery bread, Freshly Grown Farms greens, and such, but every day our customers confirm that it’s 100% worth it.”
Chef Peters concurs. “If we don’t support these guys,” he notes, “who will? We feel that if we stick with these sustainable products, then it will pay off for everyone in the long run.”
Reservations can be made by calling 803-256-6687 or by visiting www.motorsupplycobistro.com.
About Motor Supply Co. Bistro
Motor Supply Company Bistro has been serving its “New World, made-from-scratch cuisine” to a devoted, regular clientele of local artists, legislators, literati, and business leaders in the heart of the Congaree Vista District since 1989. The chef-driven menu changes daily for both lunch and dinner, offering patrons something new and delicious with every visit.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MotorSupplyCoBistro
Facebook Event for Harvest Week at Motor Supply: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=266301673410819
About the Menu
Executive Chef Tim Peters and his staff utilize an eclectic blend of Contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian culinary techniques, employing fresh, seasonal ingredients procured from local farms and artisans, via direct relationships with farmers and frequent trips to the SC State Farmers Market. Most everything on the Motor Supply menu is made in-house, including stocks, sauces, dressings, smoked meats, charcuterie and desserts, all the way down to Chef Peters’ housemade mustard and pickled okra.
About the Building
Just one block down Gervais Street from the SC State House, Motor Supply is housed in a circa-1846 brick building that once served as the original “Motor Supply Co.,” one of several independently owned warehouses supplying motor parts throughout Georgia and South Carolina from the 1930s—1960s.
Today, the 90-seat restaurant blends existing historic brick walls, exposed wood beams and industrial iron elements with warm hues, large windows, cheerful contemporary artwork and sophisticated accents to create a unique and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy dining al fresco on the covered outdoor patio and browsing through the adjacent Carol Saunders Gallery and gift shop.
Lunch: Tuesday—Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday—Thursday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday—Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday Dinner: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays, except for private functions.
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