As the holidays approach and we prepare for our annual membership meeting on December 10, we have taken a look back at the many events that Slow Food Sacramento organized in 2012. From casual mixers to al fresco gourmet dining, from book club meetings to film festivals, and from soup swaps to bike tours–we had something for just about everyone and every budget. We are always looking for ways to get members engaged and involved, and we welcome your suggestions for future events! 

January 24:  It was standing room only for our first 2012 mixer at Masullo, a great Land Park pizza restaurant known for their Neopolitan-style pizza.

February:  Mixer at Snail of Approval awardee Taylor’s Kitchen.  We awarded the next slate of Snail of Approval winners and introduced our new categories of Producer and Supporter.

February 13:  About fifty people attended our membership meeting at the Grange Hall in Sacramento.  Everyone brought a food-related item to swap and a potluck item to share.  We reviewed the membership survey and solicited ideas for chapter activities and events.

February 8:  The book club discussed The Dirty Life:  On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball.

March 10:  Sacramento Food Film Festival at The Guild Theater in Sacramento.  Films included Dive, Farmaggedon, Lunch Line, The Last Crop, The Future of Food, Ingredients, and What’s Organic About Organic?

April 12:  The book club met to discuss Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton.

June 9:  4th Annual Urban Ag Fest fundraiser featured a school garden showcase highlighting eleven local garden programs; tours of the Rosemont High School Green Academy; keynote speaker Delaine Easton’s passionate support of the benefits of school gardens; a delicious take on school lunches by the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.  We raised $8,100 for the Rosemont High School Green Academy and the O.W. Erlewine Elementary School garden program.

June:  The book club discussed Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal, by Margaret Visser

August:  The book club discussed The American Way of Eating:  Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan.  For nearly a year, McMillan worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price really matters.

July 24:  The mixer at Cafe Bernardo featured fabulous farm to table foods and a great talk by Chef Shannon Berg highlighting all the local purveyors whose ingredients her staff had transformed into a great seasonal meal.

September 11:  This month’s mixer was a collaboration with GRAS’ David Baker, who organized a chenin blanc tasting for local restaurateurs, with the goal of encouraging them to add the endangered chenin blanc to their wine lists.

September 19:  Carol Duke hosted our DIY Food Swap in her lovely home on a warm summer evening.  The items to trade included pickles, raspberry shrub, figs in red wine sauce, Provencal shortbread, fig jam, and syrah.

September 30:  Sacramento Waldorf School hosted Back to School Gardens–A Celebration of Food Literacy.  Activities included a delicious lunch, tours of the garden led by the Waldorf students, and the official check ceremony to the Urban Ag Fest beneficiaries, O.W. Erlewine Elementary School and Rosemont High School’s Green Academy.

October 6:  Our bike tour of edible gardens in Curtis Park and Land Park included front yard veggie gardens, the Bret Harte Elementary School garden, biodynamic garden, a container garden.  The hosts/gardeners gave informal talks about biodynamics, beekeeping, soil structure and ideas for using your backyard bounty.

October 11:  The book club discussed The Reach of a Chef by Mark Ruhlman and enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner.

November 4:  The Harvest Dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L included the awarding of Snails of Approval to eight local restaurants, farmers, grocers, and artisan producers.  The B&L staff prepared a fabulously delicious meal and Corti Brothers donated all the wine, which was paired perfectly with each course.  Darrell Corti gave a short talk about each wine and even found a wine that paired well with ice cream (a notoriously difficult food to stand up to wine, we learned).