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vanessa driscoll bialobreski

Founder/Managing Partner

Slow Food Co-Chair, CFSA Board Member, The Charitable Plate President

Vanessa grew up in Columbia, SC. After graduation, she went to Brevard College, then proceeded to travel and live in various places, while consistently returning to Columbia in between. After a time spent living in Asheville, where she worked with a national green events company, Vanessa decided to focus on highlighting the local goodness where she lived instead of highlighting other cities' products. Eventually, she discovered her true passion when she created Farm to Table Event Company, a partnership with City Roots, Columbia's in-town, sustainable, organic farm. Working with local chefs and farmers, she helps orchestrate dinners and events that bring a community together over locally-grown food. Vanessa has always been proud of her hometown community and the natural hospitality it shows everyone, and she loves continuing that tradition with events supporting traditional farming, talented chefs, and local businesses.

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Eric mcclam

Partner

Eric is co-founder and owner of City Roots, Columbia's only in-town organic and sustainable farm, which provides the idyllic farm venue for many of Farm to Table's events. Situated on roughly 3.5 acres in the Rosewood neighborhood, the farm grows over 125 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers using environmentally friendly farming practices. City Roots produces a variety of high-quality ingredients that grace the plates of top chefs across the southeast, including seasonal produce, micro-greens, culinary mushrooms, and edible flowers. Using an aquaponics system, micro-greens grow year-round. 

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kristian niemi

Partner

Owner of Bourbon on Main St.

Kristian came to Columbia in 1993 and quickly made his mark by opening one of the first restaurants to focus on local farms, Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe, and has continued that theme through his other restaurants, including Rosso Trattoria and Bourbon. He opened Bourbon in 2014, a bourbon-centric cocktail bar and Cajun-Creole kitchen in the historic Brennen Building on Main Street. His love of farm-to-table cuisine comes from working under Chef Ken Goff at the Dakota Bar and Grill in St. Paul, Minnesota, where every menu was crafted from local farms. In addition to cooking, Kristian enjoys traveling the world, playing hockey and making cocktails. "Seriously, I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up."

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frank bradley

Event Chef & Chef Liaison

Bourbon Executive Chef

Chef Frank Bradley a native of Columbia, SC joined Bourbon's team as Sous Chef when it opened. Growing up, the culture of food played an important part in his family life, which owned a 2nd generation farm. Besides growing produce, the farm served as a hunting and fishing retreat where they held regular fish fries, as well as oyster and pig roasts. Bradley started in Columbia's culinary scene in both the back and the front of the house at Garibaldi's, from the line to the bar. From there he decided to pursue a career in the culinary field and head to Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta where he graduated with honors while working for the Iberian Pig under Chef Chad Crete and James Beard Nominee Chef Landon Thompson. Bradley then went to Charleston and worked under Chef Don Drake and Kelly Franz at Magnolias before moving back to Columbia to work at Bourbon.

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Lou Hutto

Pit Master

Owner of LowCo BBQ & Catering

Hutto grew up in historic Georgetown, South Carolina, where he loved watching generations of family and friends master the art of lowcountry cuisine. He learned that taking time to cook fresh, regional ingredients always made the mouths he was feeding satisfied. Specializing in slow, pecan smoked, hand-pulled pork, sliced brisket, ribs, and chicken, seasoned with a homemade rub and complimented with a special family recipe vinegar based barbecue sauce. Also offering multiple homemade, tasty southern sides. We love to do oyster roasts, gumbo, lowcountry boil, pig pickins, and local seafood cooked the way you like it! We cater small gatherings to large parties and everything in between! Business lunches, full service catering, outdoor events, festivals, and even by the pound smoked meats.

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Ola helsing

Farm To Table Event Co. Resident Chef

Ola is a graduate from The International Culinary Institute in New York where she then proceeded to gain invaluable experience from places like Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barn, Columbia’s Terra, and Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey. Just before she joined Farm To Table Event Company she was the team leader and chef at Capital Café and Bakery but her passion for local food and sustainable practices brought her here to become the resident chef of Farm To Table where she will be responsible for preparing catered lunches and dinners, festival food, and our harvest dinners among much more.

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Nikos Pavlis

Food Logistics and Events Coordinator

Nikos grew up in Northern Virginia and came down to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business where he graduated in December 2016 with a degree in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management. Nikos travels to Greece almost every summer to visit his family and also check-in on his farm in the Peloponnesse which has olive and lemon trees. He attributes his appreciation for good cooking and quality, local ingredients to his parents who have always strove to find the best ingredients and Mediterranean recipes to cook at home. Nikos is also an intern for Slow Food Columbia, a member of USC's Sustainable Carolina where he is a member of the Hydroponics, Food4Thought, and Garden Guide Teams. He is also a youth soccer coach for South Carolina United FC. Nikos wants to apply his passion for sustainable food and agriculture to improve the food system and make local food more accessible to consumers. 

caroline black

Director of Marketing, Venue, and Catering Sales

 

 
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Joelle Snyder

Private Events Manager