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Certified Barbeque Judging Class Coming to Greenville

The South Carolina Barbeque Association (SCBA) will hold a one-day seminar in Greenville to train new barbeque judges. The seminar is July 15, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Project Host, located at 525 Academy St. 

Registration for the seminar is open to SCBA members and costs $50 per person, which includes a catered barbeque lunch. Non-members must join SCBA prior to or while registering for the seminar to be eligible to attend. SCBA annual membership dues are $45 for an individual or $60 for a family. 

The seminar is the first step in becoming a SCBA-certified barbeque judge. After completing the class, potential judges will continue their training with hands-on experience as novice judges at four SCBA-sanctioned barbeque competitions. Competitions are held around the state at festivals and fairs, as well as other community events or stand-alone BBQ contests. 

Those interested in becoming SCBA-certified judges and attending the July 15th seminar should visit to register for the seminar and/or join the SCBA. 


Soda City Certified™ App to List All Local Companies Open During COVID-19

In the event that you live in Columbia, SC or surrounding cities, I thought I would share this with you.

Effective July 1, Soda City Certified™ (SCC), Columbia’s only mobile application that aims to help residents and visitors explore our Capitol City, will include all local companies open during COVID-19.

Open businesses in the following areas are encouraged to participate: Downtown Columbia, Forest Acres, West Columbia, Cayce, Harbison, Chapin, Northeast Columbia, Southeast Columbia, Lexington, Blythewood, Elgin, Irmo, St. Andrews, and Pontiac.

“The impact of COVID-19 has devastated all industries in the Columbia metropolitan area. By featuring restaurants, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, users will gain real-time access to businesses by encouraging everyone to shop local,” said Khali Gallman, Soda City Certified™ app creator. “Our main goal is to stimulate Columbia’s economy while practicing social distancing. Be safe and let’s stay connected.”

Since the official launch of SCC in January 2020, the app has reached 1100+ downloads and averages 5,000-8,000 social media views weekly. For more information or add your business on the app, visit Call 803.922.5310 or email for more information.

About Soda City Certified™ Mobile App

Founded in 2019, Soda City Certified™ is a mobile application formatted for Apple iTunes and Google Play smartphones that allows users to receive incentives for frequenting Columbia, South Carolina’s most notable events, venues, restaurants, historical sites, and attractions. The app is available for free in both app stores. All rights are reserved. Visit for details.
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Home Team BBQ Columbia Launches Daily Specials MON thru WED

Meatloaf, Pastrami and Prime Rib…oh my! Home Team BBQ is kicking things up a notch by introducing daily specials every Monday through Wednesday, effective immediately. The ongoing specials showcase what Home Team BBQ does best — juicy, smoked meats with out-of-this-world flavor packed in every bite. Guests are invited to make their trip to Home Team BBQ Columbia a three-day affair and get a taste of each finger lickin’ special for themselves. Home Team BBQ looks forward to seeing you every Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday!).

- Daily Specials –

Mondays @ 4 p.m.
Smoked Meatloaf
Gravy + 2 Sides
Tuesdays All Day
As a Platter or Reuben
Wednesdays @ 4 p.m.
Smoked Prime Rib
Au Jus + Horseradish Cream + 2 Sides

WHAT:   Home Team BBQ Columbia Launches Daily Specials MON thru WED

WHEN:   Mondays at 4 p.m.
              Tuesdays All Day
              Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Home Team BBQ Columbia
               700 Harden Street
               Columbia, SC 29205

Check out the full menu here.

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7 Festivals In The Columbia Area This September That You Won't Want To Miss

There are so many events going on in the Midlands for the upcoming fall and I want to share some of the happenings going on this September.

September 16, 2017
Presented By: Blythewood Lions Club
Location: Doko Meadows Park
Address: 171 Langford Road, Blythewood, SC 29016
Phone: (803) 315-0236
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Free admission


September 16, 2017
Location: Mann-Simons Site
Address: 1403 Richland St., Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-252-1770 x 23
Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Price: Free & Open to the public


September 29, 2017
Recurrence: 0
Address: 7507 Eastview Dr, Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: 803-781-7050
Time: All Day
Price: Free admission


September 14, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Address: 1931 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 461-0248
Time: Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM | Sunday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free admission


September 30, 2017
Location: Soda City Market
Address: 1400 & 1500 block of Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: Free admission


September 14, 2017
Presented By: City Roots - Your In-Town Sustainable Farm
Location: City Roots - Your In-Town Sustainable Farm
Address: 1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: (803) 254-2302
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Price: Free admission


September 9, 2017
Location: River Rat Brewery
Address: 1231 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Time: 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM

I hope if you live in the Columbia area that you can make it out to some of these events!
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Kimchi Korean Cuisine in Columbia, SC Review

I was out a couple weeks ago with my husband and we stumbled across a new Korean food place in our area called Kimchi. I love, love, love all Asian cuisine so I knew it wouldn't be long before we headed over there to give it a try. This place is very cozy and you are immediately greeted as you walk in the door. The sweet lady who greeted us welcomed us and said, "come on, come eat". She was everything you would expect from a Korean mom or grandmother. So warm, sweet and ready to feed you. We previewed the menu beforehand so we already knew what we wanted to order. We had William with us and he went with the vegetable fried rice. Me and the hubby got the Bulgogi (Korean barbecue) which came with the most perfect sticky rice.

Of course you can't have an authentic Korean meal without all of those glorious vegetable side dishes (which comes with your meal). You get everything from kimchi, pickled daikon radish, coleslaw, bean sprouts and the most ridiculously delicious potato salad I have ever had. I wonder if I can order a pint of it? I'm serious, it's just that good. 

This was the lunch special and it was only $7.99! Oh and I promise, you will be stuffed! The food was so delicious and fresh. William's veggie fried rice (not pictured) was made with all fresh vegetables including tiny pieces of zucchini. He loved it and only got half way through his meal because he was getting very full. They have soft drinks and sweet tea for $1.50 and have a wide variety of delicious offerings on their menu. They have plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes for those who don't eat meat. We plan to return again to try out some other items. Their prices at lunch run about $7.99 for an entree and you can even get a lunch or dinner box to go. Their dinner prices range from about $10-$30 depending on what you get since they have many specialty dishes.

Kimchi Korean Cuisine is located at 1807 Decker Blvd #6 in Columbia, SC near the Hyundai Oriental Market. Their phone number is 803-790-7778. You can place a take-out order.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I simply wanted to share the good experience I had in case you are local and looking for something new to try. Please consider sharing this post with a friend!

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