Whole Food Grocery Bag

"Los Angeles, USA - March 03, 2013: A Whole Foods grocery bag isolated on a white background. Whole Foods Market is a foods supermarket chain which sells natural and organic products."

Columbia-area residents who have an Amazon Prime account now have access to free two-hour delivery services from Whole Foods. The service just became available on April 10. Prime members can go to primenow.amazon.com and enter their zip code to make sure that delivery is available in the area, then begin using the search bar or Popular Items section of the website to begin adding items to their cart.

The delivery area is fairly wide in the Midlands, spanning from Blythewood to Gaston, and even Eastover. One-hour time frames cost extra, but two-hour time frames are free — though tips are suggested and easy to add directly into the order.

A recent Saturday afternoon order was processed in an hour and fifteen minutes from website to doorstep. Deliveries come in brown paper bags and cold items are packaged in a silver reflective bubble wrap. The bubble wrap cannot be returned to the store for reuse, but may be recyclable in some areas, a representative from Whole Foods’ customer service line advised.

Charlotte-Based Chain Comes to South Carolina

The Le Peep at 701 Gervais St. just closed, but a new tenant has already been announced. Sabor Latin Street Grill, a Charlotte-based company, has 12 locations throughout the metropolitan area. This one will be the first South Carolina location.

Sabor focuses on “authentic menu offerings from the countries of El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia,” according to its website. This means arepas, burritos, tacos, empanadas, gorditas, elote and other Central and South American dishes.

The opening date is currently unknown.

Food Truck Festival Trucks Back In

The Food Truck Festival of America is once again rolling into town for a one-day food truck extravaganza at the State Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 27. The festival will feature food trucks from around the region including Columbia’s own Scott Benny’s and even the Macarollin’ truck from New York. There are currently 25 trucks in the lineup, and a large selection of craft beer will be available for purchase too.  

The festival, which has been coming to Columbia for five years, will run from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the gate. Advance tickets can be bought at foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com/south-carolina. Food and beer is a la carte.

Chef Onwuachi Headed to Columbia

CITY GRIT Hospitality Group (led by Sarah Simmons of smallSUGAR, 1649 Catering & Wholesale, and formerly Rise Bakeshop) and the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail & Sports Management are gearing up to feed the city’s mouths and minds with some events April 26-29.

Books & Bites brings Kwame Onwuachi, author of Notes From a Young Black Chef, a former Top Chef contestant and owner of Kith & Kin in Washington, D.C. He will be at the Richland Library main branch on Saturday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. for a book signing, meet and greet, and tasting.

smallSUGAR will also host Kugels & Collards, a food blog with events that explores the Jewish cuisine in the South, on Monday.

A full list of events can be found at feedthecity.us.

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