Andrea Mensink
Director of Communications for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism in Columbia, SC.

Recent Posts By Andrea Mensink

Expand Your Palate in Columbia, SC This Year

  You get the feeling that Columbia, SC is hitting the ‘thriving metropolis’ threshold by the number of acclaimed chefs and restaurants popping up around town. Case in point, Sarah Simmons of NYC’s Birds & Bubbles and City Grit now has two Rise Bakeshop and Gourmet Goods locations. Soon after Sarah opened her first location in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood, […]

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Chef Mike Davis and Bobby Williams

Every year, Chef Mike Davis of West Columbia’s Terra, sits down with his father-in-law, Bobby Williams, CEO of the beloved Lizard’s Thicket meat-and-three restaurants, to plan out their annual Christmas Eve dinner. Trained by the likes of James Beard Award-winning chefs Susan Spicer and Frank Stitt, Mike always prepares a signature beef cut that is accompanied by sides from the […]

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Dinner with a View

  Imagine an alfresco Sunday supper atop a historic bridge at sunset with the fall foliage gleaming. Music and laughter surround you. Glasses are filled with great wine and craft beer. You’re seated with a thousand of your newest friends and the very best the fall season has to offer. This is the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner above the Congaree […]

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Tomatoes, Peanuts and Okra: Festivals that Celebrate Summer’s Bounty

From peach festivals to peanut boils, we celebrate the best of the South’s homegrown produce all summer long. One of my favorite festivals is an ode to the humble yet delicious tomato. The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival in Columbia, SC celebrates heirloom varieties and the talented gardeners and chefs who grow and prepare them. Despite mid-summer heat and humidity, locals […]

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Drink Pink!

New rosé festival kicks off in Columbia, SC on May 15 Perhaps the best pairing for a good rosé is not a food but a season. I’m a fan of enjoying it all year round (a bit taboo, I know) but there is a reason rosé is traditionally reserved for warmer months. A light wine with fruity notes and a […]

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Celebrate Black History Month: Columbia Museum of Art’s REMIX Exhibition Opens This Weekend

The South is known and beloved for many things, including its hospitality, food and style. But perhaps the region’s best attribute is its storytelling and the varied mediums used to share those stories. This weekend, the Columbia Museum of Art opens REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art (Feb. 5 – May 3, 2016). As the name suggests, REMIX highlights […]

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Famously Hot Fashion for the New Year

  It happens every year. I get so busy preparing appetizers, seeking out the perfect hostess gifts and rushing from one holiday party to the next. Then all of a sudden, it’s December 30 and I realize I don’t have anything to wear for New Year’s Eve that hasn’t already made an appearance (or two) this holiday season. This year, […]

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New ‘Southern Boulangerie’ Opens in Columbia, SC

What happens when a successful restauranteur, homesick for the South, and a rising pastry chef team up? The answer: only good things. Specifically, a bakeshop that celebrates what is delicious in Southern and French cuisine. Sarah Simmons, a Carolina native and the mastermind behind New York City’s City Grit and Birds & Bubbles, is partnering with Charley Scruggs, the notable […]

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