Slow Food Sacramento

A Chapter of Slow Food USA

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by Rick Kushman
Wednesday, June 23 2010

One of the good things about the Sacramento restaurant community is that it really is a community. And the cooperative spirit is showing up in that most elegant of items: compost.

I know. How romantic. It’s why people go to culinary school.

Seriously, what makes this a cool story is that 10 of the big-name restaurants on the local scene have joined in a handful of environmental programs, and the biggest effort – the composting project – wouldn’t have worked without most of them playing along.

That’s because to make compost, you need a certain amount of, you know, garbage.

And not just any garbage. We’ll get to that… Read more »

The Food Movement, Rising
by Michael Pollan
June 1, 2010

It might sound odd to say this about something people deal with at least three times a day, but food in America has been more or less invisible, politically speaking, until very recently. At least until the early 1970s, when a bout of food price inflation and the appearance of books critical of industrial agriculture (by Wendell Berry, Francis Moore Lappé, and Barry Commoner, among others) threatened to propel the subject to the top of the national agenda, Americans have not had to think very hard about where their food comes from, or what it is doing to the planet, their bodies, and their society.

Most people count this a blessing. Americans spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than any people in history—slightly less than 10 percent—and a smaller amount of their time preparing it: a mere thirty-one minutes a day on average, including clean-up… Read more »

Published Monday, May. 17, 2010

The peeling paint, chain-link fences and abandoned lots in central Oak Park belie what’s beyond a modern wood fence at the end of a driveway on Seventh Avenue.

Through the gate is a backyard oasis where two rows of seed potatoes have just been nestled into the ground. Sage, oregano and thyme grow in pots. And a two-story chicken coop houses five hens who don’t seem to mind that their eggs continually disappear.

This is the yard of Paul Towers, state director of the nonprofit Pesticide Watch, illicit chicken owner and grass-roots activist who believes everyone should be able to eat fresh food and drink clean water… Read more »

waterboyrestaurant.com
2000 Capitol Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 498-9891

We’re a cozy restaurant in Midtown Sacramento providing really great service and cooking delicious food since 1996. We feature a monthly changing menu, inspired mostly by the beautiful cuisines of northern Italy and southern France. We also feature a terrific wine list with lots of interesting options and a full bar featuring classic cocktails and aperitifs.

tulibistro.com
2031 S Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 451-8854

Since 2007, Tulí Bistro is a neighborhood restaurant which provides guests an ever-changing variety of seasonal dishes under the leadership of Chef/Owner Adam Pechal. In a modern yet casual atmosphere, Tulí’s skilled chefs engage and educate diners from behind the exhibition line as they cook, always happy to discuss the ingredients, techniques, and sources of food involved in creating every meal. Not only are Tulí’s ingredients high-quality and ecologically sound, but Tulí takes pride in making nearly every component of a dish in-house: from handcrafted pasta, to rich stocks, savory sauces, and fresh salad dressings. Tulí’s menu highlights Sacramento Valley produce; indeed, to Chef Pechal it is unthinkable to not eat seasonally and from local farms in an area as agriculturally rich and diverse as the Central Valley. Tulí’s beef, pork, and chicken suppliers have been carefully chosen by Chef Pechal as well, and are what he considers the very finest available: humanely raised, certified organic, less-processed, and non-GMO. Beyond the restaurant, Tulí often takes its cuisine on the road as well, either providing services as Tulí Catering with its mobile smoker and wood-fired oven, or donating its food and time to the community.

taylorsmarket.com
2924 Freeport Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-5154

Both Taylor’s Market and Taylor’s Kitchen are committed to the fundamentals of the Slow Food Movement. Since its inception Taylor’s Kitchen has focused on serving meals prepared from the freshest local sources available. Chef Robert Lind creates his menus weekly focusing on the freshest most sustainable meats and produce our vendors offer. A few of the local vendors we use are 5 Dot Ranch, Superior Farms, Faurot Ranch, Del Rio Farms, and Vega Farms. All these vendors share the same philosophy and commitment as Taylor’s when it comes to freshness, sustainability and minimizing the impact upon our environment.

sellands.com
5340 H Street,
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 736-3333

Open since 2001, Selland’s Market Café is a neighborhood gathering place serving handcrafted foods made with love by the Selland Family. Many tried and true, home-style family recipes grace the menu with its wide array of hot and cold prepared foods, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and desserts. Selland’s offers a full service bakery, a wine shop, dine in or take out, and catering for any number of people – from 2 to 2000! As with all the Selland Family’s restaurants, including The Kitchen and Ella Dining Room and Bar, they shop the local Farmers Markets and work with local and regional purveyors for much of their ingredients. Selland’s has been serving the Sacramento community for 10 years now not only through their quality food and wine, but also with numerous donations and community outreach. Selland’s Wine Steward David Scott Baker founded GRAS (Green Restaurant Alliance Sacramento), which aims to make Sacramento a leader in the green restaurant industry, and Selland’s is a founding restaurant member as well. The Selland Family is committed to the principles of Slow Food, as they are committed to great food, family, friends, and taking the time to enjoy life. Join them at Selland’s for lunch or dinner, pick up food for home, or try their catering, and slowly savor the best things in life – food, family and friends.

sacfoodcoop.com
1900 Alhambra Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-2667

Our purpose is to provide our community with seasonal, local, organic food that is wholesome, delicious and prepared with love. We aim to serve the wide variety of dietary preferences of our customers and our menu changes with the season. We purchase certified organic ingredients whenever possible. We always use certified organic produce, grains, beans, and eggs.

We are committed to purchasing organic fresh produce from our local growers. We are proud to be offering seasonal produce from Full Belly Farm, Soil Born Farm, Terra Firma Farm, Riverdog Farm, Natural Trading Company, Blue Heron Farm and other small family farms. Taste the difference!

OneSpeed

onespeedpizza.com
4818 Folsom Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 706-1748

OneSpeed Pizza is a neighborhood pizza joint in the heart of East Sacramento brought to you by Rick Mahan, Chef and owner of Waterboy Restaurant. We focus on beautiful local ingredients and simple, time tested cooking. Enjoy artisan pizzas, antipasti, daily changing specials and excellent service in a family friendly atmosphere. We also feature private dining and catering for your special events. Ideally, we hope to provide an experience that harks back to a simpler time, when people spent time at the dining table, eating, talking and enjoying good company.

mulvaneysbl.com
1215 19th Street,
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-6022

Mulvaney’s Building & Loan is an American restaurant, banquet hall, and offsite catering company. We focus on farm-to-form eating, taking full advantage of the seasonal bounty of the Great Valley. We are very hands on, smoking our own salmon, rolling pasta, churning ice cream. But pork is our first love and we use everything but the oink – bacon, sausages, sometimes we just roast the whole thing. In fact, one of our logos, the “Pigasus,” can be seen lit up on the corner every night.