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19th Annual


Black Expo




March 10, 2018

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21st Annual


Black Expo




MAY 17-19, 2018

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June 21-22, 2018

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Celebrating Local Caterers, Chefs, and Restaurants

May 18th, 2018
South Carolina State Museum | 301 Gervais Street– Columbia, SC

The “Taste Of” is designed to allow our attendees the opportunity to savor the participant specialties whether they try a small “Taste” or a full entree. Each year, the taste aims to highlight a diverse selection of caterers, chefs and restaurants in our community.

Here’s your chance to get your specialties into the mouths that matter. This is a great marketing opportunity. Participants tend to receive a great bounce back with increased business and brand exposure immediately following the The Taste Of.

Although we want you to have a positive experience on site, our goal is to drive business back to your locations to expose our attendees to your complete menu and turn them into repeat customers.

Proceeds to benefit local charities.

There’s still time to register for the 8th Annual Taste of Black Columbia for your chance to win $500 in one of our “Best of Taste” categories.

Chef’s Registration

Columbia Taste Schedule of Events 

Set-up: 3:00PM

Doors Open: 7:30pm – 11:00p.m.

Featuring Live Food Demo by Celebrity Guest Chef

Chef Monica 2 (1)

2016 Taste of Black “Best Of Taste” Winners!

Exquisite Designs

Signature Cakes & Catering

Momma D's copy

2017 Taste of Black Participants!

2017 Columbia Taste Eblast 2

2017 Columbia Taste Eblast

CSCProduct_4cCertified SC Grown

The Taste of Black Columbia is proud to announce a new partnership of 2017 and we want

you to participate! Participation is easy and simple because you are already apart of the

Taste of Black Columbia.

It’s simple! Here’s what we need from you:

Utilize two (2) South Carolina grown products in your recipe for the dish you elect to

serve at the “Taste of “ event.

Please visit the South Carolina Department of Agriculture website

[] to review the list of certified products that you may use.

It is very important that you let us know if you desire to participate in this

category by selecting the option on the application. Please provide us with

a copy of the qualifying ingredients in order to demonstrate

your use of Certified South Carolina Grown approved products.

Additionally, chefs that participate will have table signage and be included in our marketing

campaign to promote the use of Certified South Carolina Grown products throughout 2017.

Chefs don’t miss out on this opportunity to enter a second category for the Taste of Black


The Certified South Carolina Grown Program serves as a platform for consumers to buy

“fresher”, “tastier” foods while supporting local farmers. So whether it’s from juicy apples to

creamy butter, this program prides itself on providing the best food with a total of One

Hundred and Twenty-Two Certified South Carolina Grown products.

“Food that’s local means food that’s fresher and tastier”

The winner of the Certified South Carolina Grown Program will receive a monetary award

of $500.00

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jessica Bell


SC Department of Agriculture

Taste Sponsorship Opportunities

Join us and be part of “Taste Of”- hosted by Thomas Media Group, LLC, publishers of South Carolina Black Pages and host of the Black Expo.

Taste Of is a fun-filled, flavorful evening featuring culinary delights and tasty libations served by some of the finest caterers, chefs, restaurants and beverage groups in our area.

Patrons, sponsors, friends and neighbors will recognize this as more than just a chance to sample fantastic food and enjoy excellent entertainment, it’s an opportunity to help an organization in the community.

Join us as we raise funds for a deserving charity by selecting a course below!

Become a sponsor today.

Third Course $2,500

  • Logo on website
  • Media promotions
  • Name printed in program booklet
  • Gift bag marketing
  • 6 Taste tickets
  • VIP Lounge Seating

Second Course $1,250

  • Logo on website
  • Name printed in program booklet
  • Gift bag marketing
  • 4 Taste tickets
  • VIP Lounge Seating

First Course $750

  • Name printed in program booklet
  • Signage near band
  • 2 Taste tickets
  • VIP Lounge Seating

Chef Sponsor $500

  • Name printed in program booklet
  • 2 Taste tickets
  • Signage at Chef’s station
  • VIP Seating


Friend of Taste $250

  • Name printed in program booklet
  • 2 Taste tickets
  • VIP Seating

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