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!



Alive Again – The RAW Truth 2016

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



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:




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:




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:



RAW Mexican Class 03/19/2016

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

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.



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 ….



Magnify Magnolias Poetry 06/15/2015

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


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



RAW Italian Class 06/13/2015

Saturday Jun 13, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are sorry but this class has been cancelled.  We will have our next class in August.



We will have a RAW Italian themed class on Saturday June 13th from 10am-12pm.  Learn how to use those fresh herbs from your garden and incorporate in RAW Italian dishes that would make Mama proud.  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.  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.


When: Saturday, June 13th 10:00am-12:00pmScreen Shot 2015-05-30 at 1.55.10 PM
Where: 1614 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Cost: $30/person and includes what you learn to make!

To the right you can see the five items we learned how to make at our RAW 101 class on May 30th, 2015; Not Salmon Salad, Daikon Pesto Noodles, Beet Carrot Salad, Kale, and Chocolate Cheesecake.



Frothy Beard Tap TakeOver 06/10/2015

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


*** including … Beer Infused Vegan Food ***

The bearded ones from Frothy Beard Brewery are a jealous group.  They are moving in and taking over our taps on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for our first ever tap takeover at the cafe.  We are excited as the kegs will only be spewing their Zingiber Pale Ale,  A’ndale Pale Ale, Choconaut and the Sumter Street Amber.  Michael Biondi one of the three owners and brewers will be present to answer all your hops and grains related questions between steins.  cc7And yes last time we checked he had not got caught up in all the razor shaving mail order biz that seems to be the new internet ad wave.

To get the body hoppin, we are excited to bring back Chris Compton as our special musical guest who will play from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Chris will bring his own songs to our cafe in an ALT folksy rawking way.  K. Peterson from Free Times says this of Chris: “Compton is one of Columbia’s great, enigmatic singer-songwriters. In contrast to any number of conventional folk singers, Compton rarely relies on traditional structures or typical subject matter. Instead, melody-heavy guitar playing and a tendency toward unorthodox song structures prevail. Think Badly Drawn Boy and Harry Nilsson mixed with some indie rock band from the ’90s that you’ve never heard of.”  You can find out more about Chris here.

WANT more?  This is where it gets really exciting.  We will incorporate those beers into our food!  We will have some vegan beer cheese doused with the Jalapeno Cilantro Ale.  We will make our own vegan hot dogs steamed with the Ginger Pale Ale and then smoked (under 100 degrees).  Hot Dog choices will be:

  • The Mexicana covered with salsa, guacalmole, cashew sour cream, and beer cheese
  • The Chicagan covered with pickled cukes, peppers & onions, tomatoes, celery salt, & mustard
  • The GLC Slaw layered with BBQ slaw, onions, beer cheese, and Sumter Amber Vegan Chili

Complements will be Thai Tater Tots covered in Cashew Sour Cream, Beer Cheese, and Sweet & Spicy Chili Sauce, Jicama “Potato” Salad, Kale, Fruit, BBQ Slaw

Then there will be a dessert infused with the Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

Pints will be $4.00 and flights $8.00 all night long and during the five o’ clock shadow time of 5-6, food will be 10% off.

Looking forward to quaffing a stein with you, whether you have a beard or not!



First Thursdays on Main 06/04/2015

Thursday Jun 4, 2015 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


These First Thursdays on Main are coming around faster than we can blink an eye and we are happy about that.  This is the day for Columbia’s monthly art crawl and street fest that showcases the revitalized Main Street community with participation of many of the merchants from the Capital to Town Hall.

The Flat Out Strangers may need to change their name, because they are certainly no stranger to the cafe or to this first Thursday of the month street fest.  Like healthy RAW food, their music brings out in all an energy level that just can not be explained.  A four piece band of hobos crammed into the corner with dancers swinging where they can inside and out is an enviroment in Columbia, SC that would make New York City proud. Whether you can dance or not, you have got to come by and check out the grooves.  You can find out more about our special musical guest by clicking here.

All of  Main Street will be hopping in some way or another, so mark it down on your calendar and visit to see why Columbia, SC is famously hot.  You can see what all the other Main Street Merchants have in store for you here.

See the dancers and Flat Out Strangers perform “Lady Be Good” from our May, 2015 Edition of first Thursdays on Main.