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Sweet & Savory 2018 - A Success!

Sweet & Savory 2018 - A Success!

The Midlands’ top culinary masters and Columbia’s best foodies gathered on April 26 for Palmetto Place’s annual Sweet & Savory Chefs Competition and raised over $26,000.


The competition featured 10 chefs from across the state who brought their best dishes to the table. From savory southern dishes like Lamb Lollipops, to sweet treats like Chocolate Avocado Truffles, chefs and attendees enjoyed the growing food scene in Columbia while supporting abused and neglected youth and teens.


“We were so thrilled to see so many from our community come out to support the cause and enjoy great food,” said Jill Lawson, Executive Director for Palmetto Place. “We’ve created an event that garners community support for the increasing number of homeless, abused and neglected teens in the Midlands.”


This year’s competition included chefs Ben Perzan and Arie Shankar from the Mediterranean Tea Room, Brenda Perry and Yasmeen Bull from Southern Foodservice Management, Dave Grillo from Cantina 76 and Za’s Pizza, Robert Stegall-Smith from Performance Foodgroup Florence, Michael Giri from Embassy Suites, Lawrence Wright and Vinnie Livoti from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Jason Bruner from 1801 Grille, and Charlie Young.


“Teen homeless is an epidemic in South Carolina and the Midlands is working diligently to combat the issue.” Says Lawson, “Palmetto Place collaborates with other community agencies to bridge services and secure resources for each individual’s needs. Providing a roof over their head and food in their stomachs won’t end the epidemic. It takes a village – a vast village that consists of agencies, community members and groups, and volunteers who share our passion for the mission that we serve.”


Sweet & Savory is just one of the many events throughout the year that Palmetto Place hosts to raise money and gain supporters. The organization works closely with community partners like United Way of the Midlands and BlueCross Blue Shield to promote its fundraising efforts.

August 12th is International Youth Day!

August 12th is International Youth Day!

On International Youth Day and every day, we strive to recognize the vital importance of protecting some of the most vulnerable youth in our community from abuse, homelessness, and neglect.

June is National Zoos and Aquariums Month!

June is National Zoos and Aquariums Month!

Our kids have loved visiting the zoo in the past. From exploring the new exhibits to zip lining across the Saluda River there is something for kids of all ages. You can help us celebrate National Zoos and Aquariums Month by donating tickets for our kids. 

Midlands Gives

Midlands Gives

Save the Date: Midlands Gives is May 2nd and Palmetto Place is participating!

Palmetto Place Celebrates March Madness

Palmetto Place Celebrates March Madness

Spring is finally here and the teens at Palmetto Place could not be more excited! It might be the promise that spring break is around the corner and warmer weather is on its way, it might be the fact that our local college teams are in the NCAA Playoffs. For those who love basketball, spring is not just the season that follows winter. For them, spring marks a start of the March Madness and offers another shot at predicting the perfect bracket; a task that has remained unaccomplished throughout the entire history of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.The excitement and buzz of March Madness bonds communities together behind their favorite teams. Every year, millions of Americans make predictions for all 67 games included in the season and fill in their brackets; all hoping they have created the first ever, perfect bracket. This year the University of South Carolina is part of the big dance and we’re hoping to cheer them on at the championship game on April 3rd! We’ll be celebrating the championship game at the Buffalo Wild Winds on Devine Street in Columbia and hope you’ll join us for an Eat Wings, Raise Funds event! Tell your server that you and your friends are celebrating with us and Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of your meal to Palmetto Place. So, come out and see for yourself exactly how Palmetto Place celebrates March Madness. There’s not an easier way to support your championship pick AND the kids Palmetto Place than to enjoy Buffalo Wild Wings' legendary atmosphere and delicious gameday food! For more information regarding our celebration, visit our Facebook event. 

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Eat Wings, Raise Funds (2)

Sweet & Savory 2017


Save the Date for April 27th, 2017! 

SC State Museum- Planetarium Lobby, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201 6:00-9:00 PM

Help us celebrate 40 years of service at Sweet & Savory! Our annual chef's competition is the only event where you can find sweet treats and savory hors d'oeurves from the Midland's most talented chefs! Join us for a night of tasty treats, live music, and friendly competition. Let your inner foodie out and be the judge - vote for your favorite sweet and savory dish!


Tickets are $40 for individuals or $75 for couples. You can purchase tickets at the door or online. To purchase individual tickets click here. To purchase couples tickets click here.

Attire is everything from business attire to cocktail dresses, suits to khakis & polos.


About Palmetto Place

Palmetto Place has cared for more than 7,000 children and teens in the last 40 years. We are a safe haven for teens who find themselves living on the streets with no one to turn to and children who have been abused or neglected. We provide love and support and give our residents an opportunity for a brighter future. Despite the tragic stories, our home is filled with the laughter of new friendships. It's where teens learn to drive, get their first job, and go prom. It's where kids make the honor roll, play in the park and have the chance to just be a kid. Palmetto Place is home and family for many of the state's most vulnerable children and teens.

By attending Sweet & Savory, you're showing these kids the community they live in cares about them. You're showing them hope for a brighter future. Help us celebrate the last 40 years and 7,000 children and teens who called Palmetto Place home, and help us look forward to new possibilities and the next 7,000 children to call our house home.


Chef Lawrence Wright, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina- Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice Grits Cakes, Braised Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork Cheeks, Charred Tomatillo, Pickled Sweet Corn

Chef Vinnie Livoti, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina - Leg of Lamb over Crunchy Potato Cake

Chef Ben Perzan and Chef Arie Shenkar, the Mediterranean Tea Room - TBD

Chef Dave Grillo, Cantina 76- Braised Beef Short Rib Mini Taco topped with Fried Garlic Aioli and Pickled Red Onions

Chef Dave Grillo, Za's Brick Oven Pizza- Mini French Silk Pie

Chef Charlie Young, - BBQ Sliders and Slaw

Chef Yasmeen Bull and Chef Brenda Perry, Southern Foodservice Management - Fried Baby Back Ribs over Oriental Slaw

Chef Robert Stegall-Smith, Performance Foodservice Florence - Salted Caramel Truffles and Palmetto State Pork Belly

Will Lacey, Savvy Foods- TBD

If you are a chef interested in competing in Sweet & Savory please email for more information.


Gold Sponsors:





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Bronze Sponsors:

Hood Construction

Bar Sponsor: 

Sowell Gray

Haynsworth Sinkler and Boyd, P.A.


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Comer Distributing Company, founded 1971, in Rock Hill, SC by H. Leon Comer Sr.  Our initial products were from Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., but over the 45 years in business several other major domestic, imported, and craft brands have been added to the portfolio, along with additional territories.  Servicing several counties in the Upstate and Midlands, Comer Distributing takes great pride in service and excellence, and in exceeding all expectations of our customers and suppliers.


Topper’s Rhum- Locally Owned and Imported into the USA - Handmade in St. Maarten -  The World’s Best Tasting, Award Winning, Premium Rhum.


Banner Sponsors: 

First Citizens Bank


Our events are nothing without our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email for more information.

Our musical guests, Not Even Brothers, is Pat Phillips and Guy Workman. Their driving acoustic guitars, tight harmonies and unusual mix or original songs and obscure classics has set them apart from other “Top 40” style bands. They know when to be soft and mellow with acoustic guitar and flute or drive the dance floor with full percussion, LED Lighting, rhythm and lead guitars. For more info on Not Even Brothers visit:

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Special Guest Judges:

Jacquelyn McHugh - Jacquelyn is the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Edible Charleston & Edible Columbia. She received her degrees in Sports Medicine & Nutrition, all the while spending almost 10 years in the food & beverage industry. Her experience in Hospitality and Wellness paved the way for her to ‘make the world a better place’ through food and education. As a mother of two young boys, sharing the importance of sustainability and wholesome food has become her priority, and through Edible she embraces the opportunity to share this vision with the Lowcountry & Midlands.


Elizabeth McHugh - Elizabeth is the Director of Sales at Edible Charleston & Edible Columbia. Working in restaurants the past 5 years and growing up with a Greek mother, she adopted a love for food and all things tasty. Her background in psychology, neuroscience and health & wellness coaching fuels her passion for creating community, especially in regards to good food, understanding where it comes from, and creating the relationships to foster this.


Ron McHugh- Weighing in at 260lbs with over 25 years of eating experience, Ron brings an eclectic palate to the table (literally). With 10 years in the hospitality industry, he has had the opportunity to experience a variety of cuisines globally. As a former chef, Ron specializes in traditional American fare. His favorite dish to savor is a cheeseburger with crinkle cut fries. Currently, Ron spends time in his own kitchen while supporting Edible Charleston and Edible Columbia in various capacities.columbia-Black-Logo-square Charleston Black Logo

Let us know if you're attending by visiting our Facebook event page:

Pitching for Palmetto Place

Join TopGun Sports of the Midlands for "QUADRUPLE PERK WEEKEND" baseball tournament and donation drive for Palmetto Place November 5th and 6th!

For more information click here or email Renee Platt.


November 5-6

2016 Top Gun "Carolina's Showdown" Quadruple Perk Weekend

CLICK HERE for Palmetto Place Information


$1,500.00 in Free Paid Berths and $1,900.00 in Awards and Prizes

Three (3) Free Paid Berths to the Summer Nationals Championships, Winter World Series, and Winter National Championships.

No number of teams per bracket required from Top Gun for Award and Prizes. Bracket Maximum is 6 teams per Bracket, which means More Winners and More Free Paid Berths for our teams. Top Gun always gives Trophies to Champions and Runner Up Teams. Perk Prizes are always in addition to our Great Trophy Packages. 

This event will also be a Benefit Tournament for "Palmetto Place" to help abused and neglected children in our community.

Please bring a item from our wish list, Paper Products, Laundry Detergent, After School Snacks, Gallon Freezer Bags, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Deodorant, Plastic Utensils, etc.

Top Gun will donate 100 Top Gun Score Books to the first 100 Donations to the event.

Top Gun "Batting Gloves" to all Winning Teams, and "Phiten Necklaces" to all Winning and Runner Up Teams.

All teams entered will receive a Free Top Gun Coaches Bucket, and Three (3) Free Top Gun Coaches T-Shirts.

Extra Award for all Champion and Runner Up teams all Brackets all Ages A Top Gun  Commemorative Wooden Bat.

$1,500.00 Free Paid Berth to the 2017 Summer Nationals and 2016 Winter Nationals and 2017 Winter World Series. Spring Zone Activation Required for Summer Nationals Free Paid Berth & Fall Zone Activation Required for Winter Berths. Batting Gloves for all Winners, and Phitens for Winners and Runner Ups.
2 - Day Perk (4 Game)
Columbia, SC
Caughman Road Park - 2800 Trotter Road Hopkins, SC 29061
Renee Platt - 803-463-0246



We had such a great response at the September "Battle of the Bats" donation drive. We can't wait to finish up the season the same way! If you are interested in bring an item from our wishlist you can find it here.

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2016 Golf Tournament

Did you know that there are children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected living right here in your community? Last year, in Richland County there were almost 1,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. Some of those children may be living at Palmetto Place right now. As part of our community, we would like to invite you to show these children and teens your support by attending our annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Party on October 16th & 17th, 2016!

Save the Date

We hope you will join us on Sunday, October 16th at The Windermere Club for a night of music, food, raffle prizes and our silent auction. Come back on Monday, October 17th to participate in our annual golf tournament for the chance to win some great prizes!

Ticket information:

Tickets to Sunday night's party are $40 each or $75 for couples. To purchase individual tickets to the Golf Tournament Party, click hereTo purchase couples’ tickets to the Golf Tournament Party, click hereAttire for Sunday: For men, anything from khakis & polos to suits! Women – casual dresses to cocktail dresses – an array of everything!

Golf teams consist of 4 players You can register a whole team or each individual golfer at a time. To register for the golf tournament click hereParticipants will receive a golf shirt(or similar item), lunch, access to the open bar and will be eligible for great prizes.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, October 16, 2016 6 – 9 pm               Hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction at The Windermere Club featuring our musical guest Not Even Brothers

Monday, October 17, 2016 9 – 9:30 am         Range opens for practice 10 am                    Tournament begins (box lunches to be delivered along the course) 2 – 3 pm               Golfers finish; Awards presentation


Chef Vinnie Livoti - 50/50 meatball with Indian Spiced Yogurt Dip (half ground beef and mushrooms), Pork Bell with Bourbon Maple Glaze served with Poblano Avocado Slaw, and Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Flank Steak over Red Mashed Potato with Stout Demi-Glaze

Chef Ryan Whitaker - Gnocchi with local pork belly and butternut squash.

Chef Dave Grillo - Chipotle Chicken Salad Dip and Chocolate Ancho Brownies

Chef Chris Hyler- Shrimp and Grits


This event, and the work we are able to do in community, would not be possible without our generous sponsors.

Eagle Sponsors:

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Birdie Sponsors: 


Team Sponsors: 

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Hole Sponsors: 


Bar Sponsors:



For information on becoming a sponsor please email


Our musical guests, Not Even Brothers, is Pat Phillips and Guy Workman. Their driving acoustic guitars, tight harmonies and unusual mix or original songs and obscure classics has set them apart from other "Top 40" style bands. They know when to be soft and mellow with acoustic guitar and flute or drive the dance floor with full percussion, LED Lighting, rhythm and lead guitars. For more info on Not Even Brothers visit:

Not Even Brothers Band




Poker Run, Walk or Crawl Benefiting Palmetto Place

Are Harley Davidson bikes your passion? Do you enjoy playing poker? Do you want to help support the kids at Palmetto Place? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the Poker Run, Walk, or Crawl is for you!

Spend Saturday, June 4th at the Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson!

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Registration starts at 10:00 am and the last draw is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets are only $15 per person and can be bought at the door. Come early for door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, the silent auction and great music.

The 2016 food vendors include Ronnie's Ribs, Scottie's cafe, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Be sure to check our other stops sponsored by Quaker Steak and Lube!

Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition 2016

Thank you to everyone who was a part of Sweet & Savory.

Palmetto Place depends on this fundraiser to keep our doors open and allow us to serve abused, neglected and homeless children and teens. This year we were able to raise an incredible $35,000! We wouldn't have been able to do this without our sponsors, chefs, committee members and of course, donors like you.

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for. The winners of our 2016 Sweet & Savory Chef Competition!

From our special guest judges, the Best Sweet Dish winners are Chefs Ben Perzan and Arie Shenkar from the Mediterranean Tea Room with a Peach Mascarpone Jam and a Blackberry Mascarpone Jam on top of French Toast. The Best Savory Dish winner is Chef Robert Stegall from Performance Food Group with Cowboy Shrimp & Grits!

From the guests’ ballots, the Best Sweet Dish winner is Chef Robert Stegall from Performance Food Group with Chocolate Truffles and the Best Savory Dish winners are Chefs Vinnie and Daniel Livoti with a Potato Hash Trio with Tasso Ham Gravy, Pulled Duck and Raspberry Balsamic Drizzle!


Save the Date for April 28th, 2016! 

SC State Museum- Planetarium Lobby, 301 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201 6:00-9:00 PM

*Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Attire is everything from business attire to cocktail dresses, suits to khakis & polos. 

Our annual Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition is coming up! Join us for a night of tasty treats and one-of-a-kind auction items. Let your voice be heard by voting for your favorite sweet and savory dishes. Learn more about Palmetto Place and support abused, neglected and homeless children and teens throughout the state.

Introducing our 2016 Chefs:

Chef Charlie Young ~ BBQ Chicken Sliders with Slaw Chef Dave Grillo, Cantina 76 ~ Beef Brisket Tacos Chef Dave Grillo, Za's ~ Bruschetta Crostini Chefs Vinnie & Daniel Livoti ~ Potato Hash Trio with Tasso Ham Gravy; Pulled Duck and Raspberry Balsamic Drizzle  Chef Yasmeen Bull & Chef Brenda Perry, Southern FoodService ~ Chocolate Ravioli Chef Michael Stuckey, The Southern Way ~ Braised Short Rib, Parsnip-Chive Paree, Smoked Blackberry Demi Glaze Chef Lawrence Wright, Southern FoodService ~ Harissa Braised Pork Belly with Smoked Tomato and Pickled Collards Chef Ben Perzan and Chef Arie Shenkar, the Mediterranean Tea Room Peach Mascarpone Jam and a Blackberry Mascarpone Jam on top of Challah French toast. Chef Larry Platt & Chef John Militello, Let's Cook Culinary Studio ~ Spicy Sausage & Golden Grits Chef Robert Stegall, Performance Food Group ~ Cowboy Shrimp and Grits and Chocolate Truffles

Sweet & Savory Save the Date

Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters: 

Gold Sponsor

All Star Financial AllStar

Southern FoodService Southern Foodservice Mngmt


Chef’s Station Sponsors


Wells Fargo

Gibson & Associates


Bronze Sponsor


Gregory Electric

Bar Sponsor

Liquid Assets

Tito’s Vodka

Rex Goliath

David Rottman

Banner Sponsor

First Citizens Bank

Publix SuperMarkets

With Special Thanks to:

Not Even Brothers Band

Katherine Anderson, Decorator

Sheila Ernest, Program Designer

Charlotte Greenwood, USC Intern

Essence Jackson, USC Intern

Kaitlyn McLaughlin, USC Intern

Special Guest Judges:

Meaghan Norman, WIS

Midlands Gives

Thank you for being a part of the Palmetto Place community! For the third time, we are participating in Midlands Gives!

Each year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting annual Midlands Gives event -this year it will be May 3 from 12:00:01am until 11:59:59pm. Your generous support makes a meaningful difference to abused, neglected and homeless children and teens in South Carolina.

As you know, Palmetto Place is changing lives every day by providing a safe haven to the state's most desperate children.

On May 3, 2016, Midlands Gives Day, your $50 donation could purchase clothing for a child who was taken into care with none of their personal belongings. Or, it could be used to pay graduation fees for the senior who never thought they would walk across that stage. Without you and your donation, we may not be able to offer the small things that make a childhood great, like trips to the movies with friends or a night of roller skating.

Here’s the really exciting part: Every gift made through on May 3rd helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000! With more than $100,000 total prizes being awarded throughout the day, our chances to maximize your gift are great! Just imagine if we could send all of our residents to summer camp this year.

Make your gift on May 3rd by visiting the Midlands Gives site or visit our headquarters at Cantina 76 on Devine from 11-1!  With your help, we WILL reach our $8,000 fundraising goal on Midlands Gives!

Follow us on social media so you can share in the excitement of a day of giving and remember to give on May 3rd!

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Make your donation here!!