Located in the heart of down Columbia, Lula Drake catches the eye of anyone strolling down Main Street. It’s elegant entry and boasting windows are intriguing to all who pass. What lies inside is the most delightful wine bar that any city could offer. Smooth jazz comes from the speakers (or the band) and you feel yourself slip into a past time of what it was like to wear white gloves and pearls on an evening out. After all, their renewed space dates back to 1625.
Executive Chef Rosalind Graverson is known as a cheese guru, cheesepreneur, and cheesemonger. Basically that means she is a cheese expert and everything she touches turns to gold. Cheese gold of course. When creating the new menu in August, her inspiration was driven from the selection of wines chosen my Head Sommelier, Tim Gardner. With a Spanish influence on the wine front, dishes like the goat cheese croquettes and anchovy skewers have been added. In addition, Lula Drake is known for their pastas, gourmet grilled cheeses, and charcuterie boards. But don’t worry, their staff is exceptionally knowledgeable on the the perfect wine pairing for every dish.
“I create something that I would want to eat: or it starts out as a fairly traditional dish and then I’ll put my flair on it. Whether it’s adding a cool cheese or creating a new sauce, I love to see how just a small change can create and entirely new dish.”
-Chef Rosalind Graverson
Here’s a few things to look forward to at Lula Drake:
- Grilled Cheese Wednesday’s– each week Ros creates a grilled cheese masterpiece for one day only. The chef’s selection is announced every Wednesday on the Lula Drake Instagram
- First Thursday on Main- The first Thursday of each month, local businesses downtown celebrate by opening their doors and offering different specials along Main Street. Lula Drake offers live music on the patio with The Flat Out Strangers and delightful libations. Read more here.
- Live Music- On a weekly basis, you can enjoy live jazz every Tuesday with Amos Hoffman. This fall they will feature a rotating shift every other Wednesday between Catherine Hunsinger with John Vail and a Gypsy Jazz Drop In.
- Daily Specials- No evening at Lula Drake is the same. Whether its wines, beers, or a chef specialty you can always expect something new to try.
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