What it is about chili?

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By: Lauren Dillon, The Palladium Society

What is it about chili that causes temperatures to rise and elicits such passionate responses? Why do Americans from generation to generation have such a steadfast belief in what is the right and true way to make a proper chili? People throughout history have made their mark on the culinary evolution of this simple dish – from Lyndon B. Johnson claiming no one outside of Texas can make it, to Stephan Crane and O’Henry writing about it, to famous frontiersman Kit Carson exclaiming with his last breath “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”

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Join Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society Saturday February 11th at the Music Farm to continue the tradition of perfecting the ever elusive quintessential chili. While South Carolina might not be seen as the hotbed of chili creations it is known for its ability to think outside the box and come up with some creative concoctions. Local ingredients like the Carolina Reaper (the hottest pepper in the world) and a ‘famously hot’ temperament give Carolina chilis their own unique flair. The competition heats up every year as 20 to 25 local cookers compete for different categories – from best vegetarian to hottest chili there is an array of opportunities to show off that Carolina culinary pride.

While local celebrities will be on hand to judge all categories, the people’s choice award comes down to the voters. When you are done tasting and sampling stay around to listen to the live music provided by both the Kenny George Band and the Nick Clyburn Band. Enjoy the all-you-can-drink beer and wines that will be on tap that evening and learn more about the roll that HC plays in creating a stronger foundation for the City of Columbia and Richland County. And if your taste buds aren’t on fire by the end of all that then dig into a heaping bowl of the TPS famous house ‘Godzilla Chili’.

The Palladium Society is a dynamic organization of young professionals that supports the mission of Historic Columbia through educational, social and fundraising initiatives. Now in its 19th year, the Palladium Society’s Chili Cookoff has become one of Columbia’s most popular events, and by attending, not only do you get to enjoy delicious chili but you are also supporting the projects and programs of Historic Columbia, including the rehabilitation and reinterpretation of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. To find out more and to get your tickets online, please CLICK HERE.

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Congratulations to Our 2015 Chili Cook-Off Winners!

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On Saturday, February 21, The Palladium Society crowned the winners of the 2015 Chili Cook-Off presented by Music Farm Columbia! Out of the 26 cookers who competed in the 17th annual event, top chili honors went to:

  • The Blazing Main Award (1st Place): Chile Verde de Tiradores, Steve Price
  • The Flaming Wagon Award (2nd Place): Godfather’s Chili, The Slow Cook Mafia
  • The Smoking Embers Award (3rd Place): Rosewood Market
  • The Smoldering Cotton Bale Award (Best Vegetarian Chili): Nuclear Meltdown H-2, Jeff Hoskins
  • Scorching Sherman Award (Crowd Favorite): Hawaii 5-0, The Granary Hotel Winston Resturant

Thank you to everyone who came out and gorged on chili with us! Check out the event photos here, and make sure you like The Palladium Society on Facebook to stay up to date on other upcoming events and news about next year’s Cook-Off.

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Get Your Tickets to The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off Presented by Music Farm Columbia

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Bring your appetite to Music Farm Columbia on Saturday, February 21 for The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off, presented by Music Farm Columbia from 5 to 8 pm.

In conjunction with the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Columbia, The Palladium Society has encouraged cooks to use the 150th anniversary of this monumental event as inspiration for original pots of chili during this year’s event. The annual Chili Cook-Off features more than 25 chili recipes for tasting, judging by local celebrities and cash prizes for the winners. For the first time in 2015, the Cook-Off will include mobile polling sponsored by Modern Exterminating Co., Inc., for the people’s choice award. As always, the Chili Cook-Off is family-friendly; bring your little ones to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, a tour of a real fire truck and more. The Gift Shop at Robert Mills also will be on site with a selection of merchandise for sale, including official Burning of Columbia commemorative T-shirts and posters.

Chili Cook-Off tickets include all you can eat and drink—chili, wine and beer—as well as live music by the Capital City Playboys, Dave Britt Music and The Ruby Brunettes. Advance tickets are $15 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members and $30 for the general public, and all tickets sold at the door will be $30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at historiccolumbia.org, by phone at 803.252.7742 x 15 or by email at cobrien@historiccolumbia.org. Proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia’s upcoming reinterpretation of the Mann-Simons Site.

“The Chili Cook-Off is one of the largest fundraisers for Historic Columbia, and one of our favorite to host,” said Megan Plott, president of The Palladium Society. “We are particularly excited about our new partnership with Music Farm Columbia and to see what chili recipes our cooks can create inspired by the burning of Columbia theme.”

Historic Columbia is one of nearly 30 organizations comprising Columbia Commemorates, a multi-disciplinary coalition formed to plan and implement the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Columbia. For a full list of events and exhibits planned for the commemoration, visit BurningofColumbia.com.

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Enter The Palladium Society’s Chili Cook-Off!

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Test your chili-cooking prowess against the Midlands’ best at The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 21 at Music Farm Columbia.

In conjunction with the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Columbia, The Palladium Society invites cooks to use the 150th anniversary of this monumental event as inspiration for original pots of chili. The deadline to enter the Cook-Off is 4 pm on February 5, and the $20 entry fee covers one chili entry, plus two tickets (cook and one guest – a value of $60) for this famously hot event. Learn more and register as a cooker at historiccolumbia.org.

Hosted by The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia and presented by Music Farm Columbia, the Chili Cook-Off features a variety of chili recipes, judging by local celebrities, live music and prizes for the winners.

“The Chili Cook-Off is one of the largest fundraisers for Historic Columbia, and one of our favorite to host,” said Megan Plott, president of Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society. “We are particularly excited about our new partnership with Music Farm Columbia and to see what chili recipes our cooks can create inspired by the burning of Columbia theme.”

Ready to taste? Advance tickets are $15 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members and $30 for the general public. All tickets will be $30 at the door. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at historiccolumbia.org, by phone at 803.252.7742 x 15 or by email at cobrien@historiccolumbia.org. Ticket price includes all you can eat and drink chili, wine and beer, and all proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia.

Historic Columbia is one of nearly 30 organizations comprising Columbia Commemorates, a multi-disciplinary coalition formed to plan and implement the citywide commemoration of the Burning of Columbia. For a full list of events and exhibits planned for the commemoration, visit BurningofColumbia.com.

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Pick Up Some Last-Minute Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ Deals!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ this year! Click here to check out an album of photos from the event, and feel free to tag yourself and your friends.

In case you couldn’t attend or missed out on the bidding portion of the evening, we have one last opportunity for you to save big on a few of our exciting auction packages and deals. Keep reading for a list of items below, and contact HC Development Coordinator Caitlin O’Brien at cobrien@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.7742 x 15 to let her know what you would like to buy.

All items are first come, first serve, so don’t wait or you may miss your chance!

  • Mad Platter Package | Retail Value: $35 | Get it now for only $10!
    One $20 gift certificate with koozie and a small t-shirt
  • One-Month Membership to Carolina Crossfit | Retail Value: $300 | Get it now for only $80!
    Get fit with a free one-month membership to Carolina Crossfit, including a starter nutritional class.
  • One-Year Gym Membership | Retail Value: $708 | Get it now for only $100!
    Enjoy a single membership for one year to the Jewish Community Center, conveniently located a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Columbia.
  • Bright Smiles Package | Retail Value: $450 | Get it now for only $75!
    Just two visits to Devine Dentistry will put you on your way to a brighter and whiter smile!
  • Pedestal Table by Baker | Retail Value: $1,168 | Get it now for only $200!
    Donated by Westend. (See above for photo)
  • One-Hour Design Consultation with Ellen Taylor | Retail Value: $150 | Get it now for only $50!
  • Call the Experts Renovation Home Package | Retail Value: $450 | Get it now for only $150!
    Need an expert opinion on home renovation ideas?  This package includes a one hour architecture consult from Josh Bucher (The Boudreaux Group), an interior design consult by Katherine J. Anderson (Katherine J. Anderson Design and Interiors) and a garden consult from Jennifer Glass (Fine Gardening)
  • Garden Goodies Package | Retail Value: $350 | Get it now for only $75!
    Three Hours of Consultation with Jennifer Glass from Fine Gardening. Valid for two years, December 1- April 1. 15 miles radius of downtown ($400) and a $50 gift card to Woodley’s Garden Center.
  • Two Gift Certificates to The Acupuncture Clinic: The Art of Experienced Practice | Retail Value: $250 | Get it now for only $50!
  • Two-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton | Retail Value: $338 | Get it now for only $100!
    Includes breakfast for two. Valid until April 23, 2014.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Palmetto Compress Warehouse | Retail Value: $250 | Get it now for only $75!
    Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Palmetto Compress Warehouse – the last of its kind in the country. Recently threatened with demolition, this unique historic site, which once held between 50,000 to 60,000 bales of cotton, will be adaptively used to for a hotel, condominiums, restaurants and office space. This intimate evening tour (6 people) will be led by Fred Delk, director of the Columbia Development Corporation, and staff at Historic Columbia.
  • Security System Installation Package | Retail Value: $795 | Get it now for only $200!
    Residential/ Commercial Security System in Richland and Lexington County only. Service includes installation and following equipment: one Vista 15 Control Panel, digital touch pad, one rechargeable battery, one siren, four door contacts, one motion detector, and one smoke detector. The winner must sign a one year monitoring/ maintenance contract for $30.00 per month. Offer valid until April 23, 2015.
  • Janet Kozachek Mask & Custom Acrylic Stand | Retail Value: $600 | Get it now for only $150!
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  • LaRoque Original Handmade Catch All Bag | Retail Value: $38 | Get it now for only $15!
    Ideal for makeup, toiletries, jewelry etc. Can also double as a clutch! (See above for photo)
  • Circa-1900 Edwardian Style oak fireplace double-pier mantel with integrated, beveled mirror | Retail Value: $1,500-$2,000 | Get it now for only $450!
    Salvaged from a turn-of–the-century former residence on Pickens Street, this handsome piece is ideal for both restoring a vintage building or becoming a centerpiece in a newly constructed residence or building. Featuring its original finish, this remarkable survivor has never been overpainted nor experienced any restoration work, except for its mirror. At seven feet tall, this rarity is a must for those seeking the out of the ordinary.

These items and packages will only be available until Sunday, November 30, so contact us TODAY!

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The Palladium Society’s Renovation Rodeo Visits the Melrose Heights Neighborhood!

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Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society continues its Renovation Rodeo tour series on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 pm with a tour of a home in Melrose Heights.

Presented by Modern Exterminating, the Renovation Rodeo series takes us on a tour of old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. The tours give the homeowners, architects and contractors involved in the projects an opportunity to discuss their work and inspiration. Through these renovations, individuals are helping to preserve the historic character of the capital city.

“The Palladium Society is excited to offer tours of recent renovations in Columbia’s downtown neighborhoods,” said Megan Plott, president of the Palladium Society. “A lot of time, effort and love went into these renovations, and we are excited to show people the process and amazing results.”

The Palladium Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through education, social and fundraising initiatives. Members have the opportunity to network with other likeminded young professionals, volunteer at exciting Palladium events, hold leadership positions and attend social events such as happy hours, pub-crawls and more.

This tour is free for Palladium Society members and $5 for non-members and includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Advance registration is required – address and location details will be sent to registrants before the event. Reserve your spot at historiccolumbia.org, or by calling 803.252.7742 x 15 or emailing cobrien@historiccolumbia.org. For more information on The Palladium Society or how to join, please visit historiccolumbia.org.

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Get Ready to Bid…

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Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ will be here soon, and we’ve been hard at work finding exciting items, deals, tours, tickets and trips for The Palladium Society’s 11th annual silent auction! We’re particularly excited to have the first Behind-the-Glass tour of Hunter-Gatherer’s new brewery, complete with a private tasting, up for grabs during the event, keep reading for a small sampling of some of our auction items, and join us next Thursday to learn more about these and our other packages.

Explore the great outdoors without traveling far from home:

  • Columbia Famously Adventurous Package
  • Historic Fishing Adventure
  • Deer & Turkey Hunting on a 100-Acre Farm in Richland County

Get moving in the Soda City:

  • Get Fit! Package
  • Golf Day for You & a Buddy
  • Running into the Past with HC’s John Sherrer

Spend a night out on the town and explore the culture of Columbia::

  • SC Philharmonic Date Night
  • Nutcracker Ballet Basket
  • Ring in the New Year on Main Street

Sample some of the Soda City’s finest cuisine and learn to make your own tasty treats:

  • Raid My Pantry Private Cooking Event
  • Canning Dinner with Scott Hall & Mary Roe
  • Dine on Devine

Get out of town for a weekend and take a trip to:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Virginia Mountain Getaway
  • Washington, DC

Gamecock football tickets, beer, parking: tailgate done.

  • USC Gameday Package

Get your tickets to Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ and join us October 23 for your chance to win these and other exciting items and packages up for bid!

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Save the Date: The Palladium Society’s Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ Returns on Oct. 23

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Enjoy music, food, drinks and The Palladium Society’s 11th annual silent auction at Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ on Thursday, October 23 at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

Admission to Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ includes delicious food by Bourbon and Oak Table, specialty drinks, live music by The Mustache Brothers, and the opportunity to bid on items ranging from a night out at a local restaurant or performance to a weekend hunting expedition or a trip to Greenville, Mount Pleasant or Pawley’s Island. Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons Site.

Tickets are $15 for Palladium Society members, $25 for Historic Columbia members, and $30 for the general public. All tickets sold at the door will be $30, and advance tickets are available now at historiccolumbia.org.

Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ begins at 7 pm, and bidding in the auction ends at 9 pm. Located at 1705 Hampton Street, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia and Richland County will be open for complimentary tours from 7 to 8:30 pm during the event.

The Palladium Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through education, social and fundraising initiatives. Benefits of Palladium Society membership include:

  • 50% off advance tickets to Palladium-sponsored events, including the annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ Silent Auction in the fall and Chili Cook-Off in the winter.
  • Free admission to the quarterly Renovation Rodeos.
  • Participation in the Southeast Reciprocal Museum Membership Program.
  • Networking opportunities at happy hours and mixers with HC Board of Trustees and Board of Directors & Advocates
  • Education about Columbia’s significant past and involvement in its future.
  • Volunteer opportunities at exciting Palladium events, such as the annual Chili Cook-Off and the Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ Silent Auction.
  • Leadership possibilities on committees and the Palladium board.
  • Socializing with other young professional groups who are also striving to impact the community during social events such as happy hours, pub-crawls and other activities.

For more information on The Palladium Society or how to join, please visit historiccolumbia.org or contact Caitlin O’Brien at 803.252.7742 x 15 or cobrien@historiccolumbia.org.

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The Palladium Society’s Renovation Rodeo Visits the Brandon Acres/Cedar Terrace Neighborhood!

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Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society continues its Renovation Rodeo tour series on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 pm with a tour of a home in Brandon Acres/Cedar Terrace. Columbia’s Brandon Acres/Cedar Terrace neighborhood is located in the eastern part of the city, near the Target off of Garner’s Ferry Road.

Presented by Modern Exterminating, Renovation Rodeos take us on a tour of old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. Through these renovations, individuals have the chance to help preserve the historic character of the capital city, and these tours give the homeowners, architects and contractors involved the opportunity to discuss their work and inspiration.

“The Palladium Society is excited to offer tours of recent renovations in Columbia’s downtown neighborhoods,” said Megan Plott, president of the Palladium Society. “A lot of time, effort and love when into these renovations, and we are excited to show people the process and amazing results.”

The Palladium Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through education, social and fundraising initiatives. Members have the opportunity to network with other likeminded young professionals, volunteer at exciting Palladium events, hold leadership positions and attend social events such as happy hours, pub-crawls and more.

The tour is free for Palladium Society members and $5 for non-members and includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Advance registration is required – address and location details will be sent to registrants before the event. Reserve your spot at historiccolumbia.org, or by calling 803.252.7742 x 15 or emailing cobrien@historiccolumbia.org. For more information on The Palladium Society or how to join, please visit historiccolumbia.org.

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The Palladium Society’s Renovation Rodeo Visits Vino Garage July 17

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Historic Columbia’s the Palladium Society takes its Renovation Rodeo tour series to Cottontown on July 17 for a tour of the Vino Garage.

Presented by Modern Exterminating, Renovation Rodeos take us on a tour of old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. This month’s tour will include light hors d’oeuvres as well as beer and a wine tasting, and Vino Garage will also be offering 25% off all growlers during the event.

“The Palladium Society is excited to offer tours of recent renovations in Columbia’s downtown neighborhoods,” said Megan Plott, president of the Palladium Society. “A lot of time, effort and love when into these renovations, and we are excited to show people the process and amazing results.”

The Palladium Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through education, social and fundraising initiatives. Members have the opportunity to network with other likeminded young professionals, volunteer at exciting Palladium events, hold leadership positions and attend social events such as happy hours, pub-crawls and more.

Renovation Rodeo is free for Palladium Society members and $5 for non-members and includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. Advance registration is required, and the tour runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reserve your spot at online, or by calling 803.252.7742 ext. 15 or emailing cobrien@historiccolumbia.org. For more information on The Palladium Society or how to join, please visit historiccolumbia.org.

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