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Bruce Rivera brings Greer a taste of his cultural heritage
JUL 26, 2012

Bruce's plating of this tomato salad exhibits the vibrant colors and tasty appeal of the dish.

Bruce and Lucinda Rivera, in 2008, followed their dream to open a restaurant that featured the food of Bruce’s Puerto Rican cultural heritage, and Greer was lucky enough to be the location they chose to build Rivera’s.

I’d go to Rivera’s just to look at the food. Bruce is an artist, designing gorgeous plates that catch your attention before you even take a bite. The colors, textures, and structures set the food apart as something special. Then when you bite into one of their burgers (Rivera’s burgers are famous), or taste a catch-of-the-day dish (they have fresh-caught seafood flown in from Miami and Hawaii), you experience flavors like you can’t find anywhere else.

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Blue Ridge Brewing Co. wears oldest brewpub title with distinction
JUL 24, 2012

The Blue Ridge Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in South Carolina, opened by Bob Hiller (right) in 1995 right after the law allowing brewpubs – a law Bob worked and lobbied for – was passed. Johannes Baddorf is the brewmaster.

The Blue Ridge Brewing Company knows more than a little about good beer and good food. It’s the oldest brewpub in South Carolina, opened by Bob Hiller in 1995 right after the law allowing brewpubs – a law Bob worked and lobbied for – was passed.

I’d been to Blue Ridge Brewing before and knew about their fantastic beer and delicious, made-from-scratch food. I wanted to learn more about the story behind South Carolina’s oldest brewpub and how they have kept their tradition alive while continually serving up new brews and dishes.

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Walmart Neighborhood Grocery, Greer Plaza facade upfit filed
JUL 20, 2012

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has begun on the Greer Plaza parking lot and facade work is getting underway.

The building permit for the $768,500 upfit of the Greer Plaza and Walmart Neighborhood Market façade has been filed with the city. Work has already begun on the buildings. Belk is not included in the new façade project. Sherman Construction of Piedmont has the contract.

The parking lot is undergoing a complete renovation with islands, new lights and landscaping.  Greer Plaza is owned by a Miami, Fla., firm.

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Peek gives thanks for an angel gardener looking over her plot
JUL 20, 2012

Michele Peek was watering her community garden plot during milder temperatures this afternoon. Peek said the availability of water and a garden angel named

Michele Peek, an professed amateur gardener, said she figures  her garden has survived the record-setting heat wave and dry weather that plagued the area during the first part of July.

“We were out of town during the heat wave (all-time record high 107 degrees on June 30) and I believe there was an angel named “Joe” watching out over my garden,” Peek said.

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Blue Ridge Corps of Cadets Band holds pancake fundraiser
JUL 18, 2012

The Blue Ridge Corps of Cadets Band will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 28 from 7:30 – 10 a.m. at Fatz at 1361 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.  Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to assist funding for travel and equipment expenses.

Tickets for Short Stacks for Big Change, a pancake breakfast fundraiser, are $7 and can be purchased by contacting Shannon Good at 864-350-9994.

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Free groceries to first 50 customers at Greer Food Lion
JUL 18, 2012

Food Lion launched today its new brand strategy in Greer and its 269 stores in South Carolina and North Carolina. The grocery chain will hold a grand re-opening at its stores providing the first 50 customers at each location a bag of free groceries today through Saturday.

The company also plans to donate $30,000 in store brand food products to local charities, including $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, N.C.; $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem, N.C.; $5,000 to MANNA FoodBank in Asheville, N.C.; and $5,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank in Greenville.

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'Son of a Peach' put RJ Rockers on the craft beer map
JUL 17, 2012

RJ Rockers brews nine beers besides Son of a Peach, its signature brew.

Laura MacPherson is a beer connoisseur and writes a beer blog each week for GreerToday.com. Contact Laura at [email protected].

If you like beer and you like peaches, chances are you love RJ Rockers’ Son of a Peach, a fresh peach-infused wheat ale. Son of a Peach shot RJ Rockers into the spotlight, but the Spartanburg-based brewery makes several other tasty brews as well. Tucker and I went up Highway 29 to tour its facility and meet the makers of the famous Son of a Peach.

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Bill Davis was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool
JUL 12, 2012

Bill Davis stands with his dog, Porter, during my visit with him and a tour of the Thomas Creek Brewery.

When I walked into Thomas Creek Brewery on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, I was greeted by co-owner, Bill Davis, a man who could be Santa Claus’s brother with his great smile and full white beard.

Bill was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool. He fell in love with craft beer when he tasted the delicious brews he discovered on the West Coast, an area he traveled during his career with Craig Gaulden Davis when microbrewing was getting its start.

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Architecture and color as important as taste at BIN112
JUL 10, 2012

Jason Clark is the master of the art and science of food at BIN112.

When a conversation is about the best food in the Upstate, Jason Clark’s name usually comes up early in the discussion. Foodies come to BIN112 and The Strip Club 104, restaurants resulting from the collaboration of Jason and his friend Jeff Dye, from all over. Greer just happens to be lucky enough to be their home.

Jason is famous for not only his delicious food but also for his beautiful presentation and plating design. I wanted to find out how Jason got where he is, what drives him, and see if I could get a few tips for aspiring chefs or hobbyists like myself, so I met with Jason Monday at BIN112.

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Hot weather tips to keep garden nourished and flourishing
JUL 7, 2012

Cindy and Frank Brandeis take a welcome rest after attending to their garden plots at the Community Garden in GreerToday. The Brandeises are producing a watermelon patch with one plot and vegetables with another. They are from Illinois. 

By BUDDY WATERS
Master Gardener

I went by the Community Garden Saturday morning.  The new signs would indicate someone helped themselves to another person's vegetables.  I hope not.  The spirit of the Community Garden has been to provide folks with a place to plant and harvest their own vegetables and flowers.

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