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Best of Columbia: The Millstone at Adams Pond

Tucked away just outside of downtown Columbia, down a gravel road, and under oak trees draped in Spanish moss, you’ll find a hidden gem: the Millstone at Adams Pond.

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The Millstone at Adams Pond is an estate that dates back to the 1700s, that when visited, will make you feel like you’ve not only traveled back in time, but that you’ve left Columbia altogether. The estate is draped with history, southern charm, and natural beauty everywhere that you look. It’s an enchanting setting for elegant Southern garden weddings, receptions, casual gatherings, and other special occasions.

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It’s a venue that falls under our Southern Way Catering umbrella, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring our renowned culinary skills to each event along with our impeccable service. When combined with all that The Millstone at Adams Pond has to offer, it’s truly an unbeatable combination.

Photo by: Jessi Nichols Photography
Did you know that the Millstone at Adams Pond has been nominated as Best Event Venue in Columbia? We are thrilled that our venue has received this nomination because it means that you, our clients and guests, have truly enjoyed the time that you have spent out next to our pond. We would greatly appreciate your vote for The Millstone at Adams Pond for Best Event Venue.

Thank you all again for the nomination! We are so grateful to be able to bring you impeccable service at an incredible event venue.

Southern Summer Backyard Soirées

For many of us, Memorial Day Weekend ushers in the unofficial beginning to the summer season. The temperatures are hot, the days are long, and it’s the ideal time of year to host backyard cookouts and barbecues. It’s time to fire up the grill again and move the parties outside to the backyard.

If you’re planning to host a Southern summer soirée this season, we have pulled together a couple of recipes you can prepare for your guests.

Every southern host or hostess knows that the first rule of hosting is to greet your guests on a hot summer’s day with a cool, refreshing drink. Surprise your guests with this fun twist on prosecco when they arrive at your home.

Prosecco Pops
Prosecco, chilled
Fruit popsicle

Fill a glass halfway with prosecco and add in the fruit popsicle. Serve immediately.

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For dinner, we suggest this seasonal take on grilled pork chops that incorporates South Carolina’s state fruit, the peach.

Balsamic Marinated Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
4 boneless pork chops
4 peaches, halved & pitted
Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, and rosemary in a small bowl. Set aside 2 tbsp of the mixture. Add the pork chops to the bowl making sure they are submerged in the marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove pork chops from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Grill on a medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes on each side until pork is firm to the touch and the internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Grill peaches until tender and juicy, transfer to a plate, and brush with the reserved 2 tbsp of marinade.

What do you plan on serving to your guests at your next backyard barbecue?

A Week at the RBC Heritage

Like clockwork every year, in April, the Southern Way Catering team makes our annual pilgrimage down to Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament. This year was incredibly special year for the RBC Heritage as the tournament celebrated it’s 50th year.

We are one of the largest caterers and food providers on site as we cook and serve at 9 locations throughout the tournament. You can only imagine the size of the team that it would take to work such a large event! This year, we employed a team of more than 50 people down at the RBC Heritage—approximately half were our Southern Way Catering team and half were local Hilton Head staff.

It takes a true team effort from all of us to make sure that everything runs smoothly each year at the RBC Heritage. Tournament goers see the delicious, exceptional food, drink, and service that we provide during the tournament but what they don’t see are all of the systems that are in place behind the scenes.

There’s all the prep work that happens from cutting up catfish filets for the fried catfish bites to preparing 2,000 crab cakes and smoking and pulling 1,600 lbs of BBQ. There are transportation systems for bringing in food and supplies from Columbia to Hilton Head Island and to bring in fresh water daily to cook with and to clean dishes with. It’s a finely honed system that our team has perfected over the years to continually provide tournament goers with impeccable service and delicious food.

We take care in making sure that we’re using as many local ingredients as possible and that throughout the tournament, we’re minimizing our impact on the environment. Much of our produce came from local, Certified SC (link: farms like WP Rawl, Mccall Farms, Larso LLC, Perdue Farms, City Roots, Amick Farms, Allen Brothers Milling Company, Hickory Hill Milk, Bell Honey, CF Saver, and Columbia Meats. The produce and meat we purchased from these farms included BBQ, strawberries, Clemson Blue Cheese, chicken, corn, bacon, okra, tomatoes, grits, butter beans, green beans, collards, peaches, micro greens, and blueberries. All of the paper products that we used throughout the tournament were biodegradable and made out of sugarcane.

Chef Michael Stuckey does a wonderful job curating the perfect menu each year. This year’s menu included Chipotle-Lime Fried Shrimp Tacos, Braised Short Ribs over Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Fried Balsamic Brussels, Grilled Flank Steak with Chimmichurri and Roasted Corn Salad, Hand Breaded Whole Fried Okra, and a Bacon and Beer bar featuring a trio of peppered bacon. We crafted up speciality drinks to serve alongside the food including a Bloody Mary, the Owens Grapefruit Ginger Vodka drink and the Owens Lime Ginger Vodka Drink.

It was another wonderful year on Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage! We can’t wait for this event to roll around again next spring.
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