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Frosé all day

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams founder Jeni Britton Bauer, a James Beard Award winner and pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, is making appearances in Greenville this weekend, and that means FREE samples of the newest flavor – frosé. While she’s here as a keynote speaker at the Maker’s Summit on March 16, she’ll also stop by Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to give out free samples. On March 17, Jeni’s Sweet Treats Truck will be at Hampton Station’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And, more good news: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is also launching at Publix this spring in Greenville and flavors will include frosé, brambleberry crisp, supermoon, salty caramel, brown butter almond brittle, and darkest chocolate.

Luck o’ the Irish

All day at Tupelo Honey on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, guests will receive a Tupelo Honey pint glass for a penny with the purchase of any beer and small plate. Also, (and who knew this crucial celebration existed?) on National Chip and Dip Day – March 23 – all guests who make any purchase will receive their choice of a free Kickin’ Carolina Dip, Pimento Cheese Nachos, or a Mason Jar Dip. Update: received word the chip and dip promo has been cancelled.  

Rise and shine

Rise Biscuits Donuts officially opens its first Greenville location on March 21 at 1507 Woodruff Road. An award-winning concept from Durham, N.C., Rise Biscuits Donuts serves sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options. A grand-opening celebration will be held March 24, during which 10 percent of that day’s sales will be donated to Mauldin Elementary School. “We are thrilled to be bringing the best dang biscuits, donuts, and righteous chicken to Greenville,” said franchisee Peter Cotter, who leads an experienced ownership group. “Community-building is at the heart of Rise’s mission, and we’re proud to be giving back to the neighborhood by raising money for Mauldin Elementary.” Store hours are 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Worth the wait

You’ll have to wait a little longer for the Pelham@85 food event that was supposed to be held March 24 in the parking lot in front of Bacon Bros. Public House, Chicken Salad Chick, Tazikis, The Lost Cajun, and other restaurants on Pelham Road. The Saturday afternoon food festival featuring the “restaurant row” residents has been postponed until May with the new date TBD.

This one’s for the girls

Although the second annual FAB Workshop event is held in Charleston, it’s 100 percent worth a trip for any woman in the hospitality industry looking to level up, and especially for women in our growing foodie destination. For roughly 48 hours, June 10-12, some of the top female chefs (James Beard nominees and award winners included), restaurateurs, authors, and executives in food and bev will impart their knowledge to attendees in seminars and panel discussions, which even include a hands-on business plan boot camp. Tickets are still available, but a March 30 deadline looms for two specific options: applying for a scholarship to attend (still many more available) and applying for Pitch It!, a Shark-Tank style presentation of attendees’ business plans to a panel of FAB experts. Got to thisisfab.com for more details.

ICYMI from UBJ

The multicolor shipping container food hall, Gather GVL, planned for the West End at 126 and 128 Augusta St., has signed its taproom operator – Greenville Beer Exchange (GBX). Think 20 brews on tap — including local, regional, national, and international selections, and possibly a craft soda, cider, or kombucha — to pair with some super tasty grub. Gather GVL now has five of the planned 13 units under lease with commitments from six more, which are in various stages of lease negotiation. The four other signed tenants are concepts by Asheville, N.C.’s fried chicken and doughnut shop HenDough, which, along with its flagship concept, will include a Roman-style pizza-by-the-slice shop, stacked griddle burger joint, and one yet to be announced.

After 16 years as Soby’s on the Side, the made-to-order breakfast and lunch spot at 22 E. Court St. has been rebranded as Table 301 Catering & Kitchen. It reopens this week after closing at the end of January for renovations. The streamlined menu that allows the catering operations to continue uninhibited throughout the day includes two hot breakfast items with cheese and protein options (grit bowl and breakfast sandwich), a daily rotation of pastries, three seasonal sandwiches and a daily special, soup of the day, and various salads and snacks in the grab and go case. All of the sandwiches, salads, and snacks will be premade in the morning and available until they sell out. Follow @table301kitchen on social media for a daily list of menu options.

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