If we're being perfectly honest, Hunter Gatherer is one of my very favorite spots in our city. I've celebrated more than one birthday there, taken more than 5 out-of-town friends by for happy hour, & spent countless summer nights on their patio, enjoying the view of Main Street downtown. Their food, which is hand-crafted and cooked using local ingredients with fantastic service that serves it up in the most gracious, southern hospitality-soaked style for lunch and dinner nearly every day of the week, is inarguably some of Columbia's best. The prices are beyond reasonable, and their self-proclaimed "pride & joy" beers, brewed on site and with tons of love, are a testament to the artistry the place holds in every sense of the word.
And if that were not enough to make you a fan for life, they're also an establishment with a conscience for their local arts community. They'll be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Arts Commission Fundraiser this Friday, April 13th on site with a silent auction-which began its bidding on pieces from talented local artists Kevin Taylor, Woodie Wentworth, Thomas Crouch, and Bob Doster, to name a few-this past Monday. Bidding on the Silent Auction ends at midnight this Friday, the 13th. The fundraiser will also hold a live auction hosted by HG's infamous Buck Stanley with an array of goods up for grabs that are true Columbiyeah treasures.
Audience members can bid on any of the following items:
-$25 gift certificate to The Whig
-Lunch for two at Immaculate Consumption
-An autographed copy of The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
-Passes to The Nickelodeon's Indie Grits Festival
-Framed artwork from The Half and Half
-Tickets to the SC Philharmonic
-A tree from local landscape artist Jenks Farmer
-Merchandise from ColumbiYeah!
-Gift certificate from Cty Yoga
-Gift certificate to The Mad Platter
-Gift basket from Sid Nancy
You've also got great tunes played live by local favorites The Post Timey String Band backing up the auction action all night long. Admission is only $5 at the door, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the non-negotiably important and crucial cause, The South Carolina Arts Commission , who works hard to continue on the unique culture of arts in the Soda City that continues to grow every year.
The best folks, the finest cuisine, & the most fun-all supporting a most worthwhile cause. Friday night, 900 Main Street, 10 pm, & just $5 small dollars at the door. For more information, check out the Facebook event page, go ahead and click that "join," button, too-right here.