Events


10

Oct

Vegan Cooking Class 10/10/2017

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

veganAsianClass

 A Vegan Cooking Class w/an Asian flare

We will have a Vegan cooking class with an Asian flare on Tuesday October 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  David Wright is the creator of many things vegan at the cafe and now he will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and styles to live your very best life as well as show you how easy flavorful plant-based cooking can be!  As is the case in all our classes we hand out recipes and make the dishes covering the process and variations that can be applied to those recipes.  In this class David will show how to make: Sweet and sour tempeh over udon noodles with grilled veggies, crisp and crunchy Asian salad with sesame ginger dressing, coconut mango spring rolls and homemade fortune cookies.  Afterwards we enjoy the fruit of our labor. The cost is $30.00 and seating is limited, so please fill out the form below to register and pay.

When: Tuesday, October 10th 6:00pm-8:009m
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $30/person and includes what you learn to make!

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We are sorry but this class has been filled and closed.  We will have more classes in the future.  Please check our events on this web page and in the event section on our facebook page.
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27

Sep

Meditation & Essential Oils

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

yogaEssential Meditation and Essential Oils

We are excited to have Yoga Instructor, Mary Reames come to the cafe and teach us all some meditation/relaxation positions while incorporating essential oils that can enhance focus and centering of the mind and body.  When it comes to yoga and meditation, there is no shortage of health benefits. For everything from the body to the mind and soul, the perks are endless. These benefits can range from improved flexibility of the body to clarity of mind and a powerful sense of purpose. Combining both physical exertion and meditation, yoga can even be a natural health alternative to the traditional “solutions” of the modern world.

Some oils we will talk about:

  • Lavender: What some might label the “starter oil,” lavender is an all-around oil that promotes relaxation.
  • Sandalwood: Often used for relaxation, sandalwood can enhance focus and mental clarity.
  • Frankincense: A treasured oil used back as far as Bible times, frankincense can help with many forms of stress and anxiety.
  • Ylang ylang: Popular in a range of different fragrances, ylang ylang promotes and reduces tension.
  • Orange: Containing a citrusy scent, orange is a great oil for improving mood, while boosting focus and concentration.
  • Peppermint: Often used for its respiratory benefits, peppermint will clear up the airways to improve breathing.

And when the session is over we can use essential oils for cleaning  our mats before and after use. Citrus oils like lemon and orange can drive off germs and bacteria, while providing a pleasant after-scent.

About Mary:  Mary’s Facebook Page

The cost is only $10.00.  Seating Twisted is limited, so please fill out the form below to register and pay.

When: Wednesday, September 27th 06:00pm-07:00pm
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $10

13

Sep

RAW 101 Class 09/13/2017

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

RAW 101 Class

 RAW 101 Class

We will have a RAW 101 Class on Wednesday September 13th from 06:00pm-08:00pm.  In our RAW 101 classes we talk about various equipment including blenders, dehydrators, food processors and juicers, and the ingredients we use or recommend covering; where to purchase, nutritional benefits, and why we choose to use them.  As is the case in all our classes we hand out recipes, make the dishes, covering the process and variations that can be applied to those recipes.  In this class Sharon will show how to make: kale/avocada/grapefruit salad, cashew herb cheez and crackers, alfredo sundried tomato pesto over zucchini noodles, and snicker-ish bars.  Afterwards we enjoy the fruit of our labor.  The cost is $25.00 and you can bring a friend for only $5.00 extra.  Seating is limited, so please fill out the form below to register and pay.  Below the form you can see pictures from a previous class.

When: Wednesday, September 13th 06:00pm-08:00pm
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $25 and bring a friend for only $5.00 more, includes what you learn to make!

This Class is Full, we have another class on Tuesday 10/10/2017.

28

Jan

RAW 101 Class – 01/28/2017

Saturday Jan 28, 2017 9:30 am - 11:30 am

RAW 101 Class

 RAW 101 Class

We will have a RAW 101 Class on Saturday Jan 28th from 09:30am-11:30am.  In our RAW 101 classes we talk about various equipment including blenders, dehydrators, food processors and juicers, and the ingredients we use or recommend covering; where to purchase, nutritional benefits, and why we choose to use them.  As is the case in all our classes we hand out recipes, make the dishes, covering the process and variations that can be applied to those recipes.  In this class Sharon will show how to make: kale, jicama pad thai, cashew cheese with crackers, salted caramel brownies, and crab cakes.  Afterwards we enjoy the fruit of our labor.  The cost is $25.00 and seating is limited, so please fill out the form below to register and pay.  Below the form you can see pictures from a previous class.

When: Saturday, Jan 28th 09:30am-11:30am
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $25/person and includes what you learn to make!

23

Apr

Alive Again – The RAW Truth 2016

Saturday Apr 23, 2016 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Lere Robinson, a nutritional consultant, living well coach, and founder of Alive Again and The RAW TRUTH will lead a wellness morning on clean and lean eating on Saturday April, 23, 2016 from 8:30am-1:30pm.

This will be the 5th year of this event and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger because of Lere’s passion about helping people change their eating lifestyles so they can be healthy and happier.

This year’s theme is, “The Roots of Great Health” which zeroes in on the five avenues you can use – food, exercise, environment, protection, and mental attitude – to improve the overall quality of your life.

The morning will feature valuable door prizes, healthy snacks and refreshments, powerful health related testimonies, and a variety of popular vendor booths. There will also be two optional breakout lunch and learn sessions for those attending and we are proud to be offering the “lunch” part of those sessions which include:

  • Caesar Kale and Romaine Salad w/Caesar Dressing
  • Pad Thai with a Small Side Garden Salad/Tahini Ginger Dressing (This is a mixture of zucchini, sweet potato, daikon radish, and kelp noodles with our house Thai sauce)
  • 1/2 Eggplant Bacon Wrap with a Small Side Garden Salad/Tahini Ginger Dressing (This is crispy eggplant bacon with cucumbers, cashew mayo, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and served in a flax wrap)

You can find out more information about this healthy event by clicking here, and from this event page you will find links to order and prepay for your food from Good Life Cafe. Register soon as this event fills up quickly.

On line with Lere:

WebSite
www.aliveagainonline.com
Facebook
facebook.com/AliveAgainLLC
  Twitter
twitter.com/lererob

13

Apr

Freehouse Brewery Tap Takeover 04/13/2016

Wednesday Apr 13, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

taptakeoverdogsIts April and we are welcoming the spring, the nice weather, outdoor activities, good times with friends and … vegan healthy homemade hot dogs.  Yep these dogs are already barking and wagging their tails cause they are coming back to the cafe on Wednesday April 13th, 2016.  At the other end of the leash?  A match made in HOPven.  Yes we are welcoming Freehouse Brewery from North Charleston who will be taking over all our taps for the evening to pet, scratch, and complement those dogs as well as tantalize your taste buds. HOPven? Freehouse Beers are USDA certified organic (by some local university called Clemson) or as Arthur Lucas, head brewer and owner says:

Our beer is VEGAN, as well as organic and of course GMO free. We do not use fish bladders or anything outside the plant kingdom in our beer.

Plant Kingdom too? Well that will really make those dogs happy 8:)

As you know for all tap take overs we take each beer and mix it into our food.  The beer Freehouse Brewery will be tapping as well the descriptions from their website are:

Folly’s Pride  :   Crisp, quaffable and flavorful grapefruit blonde session ale. An American blonde with a mild bitter citrus finish.  Like the beautiful beaches of the low country, this easy drinking brew keeps you coming again and again.

Ashley Farmhouse Saison  :   A dry Belgian-style saison. Hazy golden hue in the traditional farmhouse brewing style.  Yeast-driven fruit and tartness with mild spiciness from the flaked rye and ginger in the background. Lightly hoppy with a slight bitter finish from the bitter orange peel.  Easy drinking.  Great for pairing with Lowcountry cuisine, especially seafood and fried foods.  The Ashley Farmhouse reflects the tradition of rustic, farmhouse brewing that inspires Freehouse Brewery today, and is named for the Ashley River where the brewery is located.

Green Door IPA   :  Generous additions of organic American hops – citrusy, grassy, and herbal – combine with organic malts to strike a perfect balance with our house ale yeast. A crisp and fresh hop-flavored IPA. Open the Green Door.

Amber Farmhouse  :   Slightly darker and wilder sister of the Ashley Farmhouse.  Light, fruity, easy drinking amber ale, brewed with a house blend of our Farmhouse, British, and local SC wild yeasts, as well as local lacto and traditional Brett Lambic. The perfect copper-colored saison for the warm days and cool evenings of spring. Moderately acidic with notes of mild cherry funk on the finish.  *Enjoy the draft fresh this spring – bottles of the aged version will be released this fall*.

So we will be mixing the Green Door in our beer cheese and steaming the dogs with the customer favorite Ashley Farmhouse.  We will leave it up to Sharon on whether she takes that mild cherry funk flavor from the amber and makes some sort of dark chocolate dessert or maybe she will do something with the grapefruit flavors from the blonde to make some sort of cream dream?  What we do know is we’re looking forward to this match made in HOPven that won’t be totally complete unless you bring all your senses.  Oh … one more sense to add for the evening!  Matthew Dickerson the 2012 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion will be doing just that … hammering on the dulcimer.  You got to be kidding … Freehouse Beer, Vegan Homemade Hotdogs, and a Dulcimer all in one evening.  Check out Matthew here:

 

19

Mar

Salsa Saturday 03/19/2016

Saturday Mar 19, 2016 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

salsaDance Salsa Saturday with the Palmetto Latin Jazz Band

The Palmetto Latin Jazz band will be back to serenade you into doing the salsa whether you know how to or not.  These guys are great and they provide an extremely fun evening for all whether you got the groove or not.  Horns, Congas, Guitars, sometimes they are 5 members stbeansriceplantainsrong and other times they could be 6 or 7.  No matter the number though, the beat can be heard up and down Main Street.  We will be open an extra hour this evening so that your night can be complete and we will be serving Black Beans and Rice, Fried Plantains, and Salad to complement the evening.  On top of that you can make the entire day a Latin Fest as Sharon will be leading an ALL RAW mexican class earlier in the day and you can find out more about the class by clicking here.

Location: Good Life Cafe
Date: Saturday March 19, 2016
Time: 9:00pm – 12:00AM

A little Santana:

A little Dancing:

A bit of everything:

19

Mar

RAW Mexican Class 03/19/2016

Saturday Mar 19, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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We will have a RAW Mexican themed class on Saturday March 19, 2016 from 10am-12pm. In our RAW classes we talk about various equipment including blenders, dehydrators, food processors and juicers, and the ingredients we use or recommend covering; where to purchase, nutritional benefits, and why we choose to use them. As is the case in all our classes we hand out recipes, make the dishes, covering the process and variations that can be applied to those recipes. In this class we will be learning how to make Mexican Lasagna, Empanadas, Spanish Rice, Horchatas and a dessert. Afterwards we enjoy the fruit of our labor. The cost is $25.00 and seating is limited, so please fill out the form below to register.

18

Jun

Bluegrass Thursday 06/18/2015

Thursday Jun 18, 2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

blueiguanascleanpicBluegrass is

  • 1. a bluish-green grass that was introduced into North America from northern Europe. It is widely grown for fodder, especially in Kentucky and Virginia

… and we like it RAW, but for this event we will use this definition:  2. a kind of country music influenced by jazz and blues and characterized by virtuosic playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals  … and we do this RAW.

Join us Thursday June 18, 2015 from 7p-9p for a night of Bluegrass featuring The Blue Iguanas.  A down home local goodie specializing in Columbia, SC bluegrass, newgrass and Americana and influenced by such gems as Bill Monroe, the Newgrass Revival, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Flatt and Scruggs, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Eva Cassidy, The Allman Brothers, and Del McCoury!

Good times indeed and to top it off we have a special or two:

  • RAW 2 Tacos and a draft ….. $9.95
  • COOKED Meatless Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Summer Squash and a draft ….. $10.95

Bluegrass, Main Street, Mashed Potatoes and local craft drafts are your ticket to get out of the heat.  Bring your washboards ….

15

Jun

Magnify Magnolias Poetry 06/15/2015

Monday Jun 15, 2015 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The third Monday of the month means another “Magnify Magnolias” Poetry and Music night at the cafe.  The guest poet for the evening will be long time Columbia area poet and educator, Jane Zenger.  The Juniors, an indie-folk acoustic trio from Columbia, SC specializing in rich harmonies and solid songwriting are the musical guests.thejuniors 

They just start the evening, so after those performances then you can take stage and share your poetry, for it is a nice language open mic night.
Specials for the evening:
Coffee & Muffin …………….. $4.00
Wine & Spring Roll ……….. $6.00
Craft Beer & Guacamole … $7.00
Craft Draft Pint …………….. $4.00
Wine ……………………………. $6.00
Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” ― George Bernard Shaw