Slow Food Sacramento

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sustainable seafoodby Brandon Darnell
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is the best place in the state to purchase sustainable seafood, and No. 2 in the nation, according to Greenpeace.

“(The co-op) is one of those great stores that has taken amazing steps in realizing that sustainable seafood is incredibly important,” said Casson Trenor, seafood campaigner for Greenpeace.

Greenpeace ranks the 20 biggest grocery store chains on how sustainable their seafood is, and Trenor said some smaller grocers are included as well due to their commitment to ensuring seafood is sustainable.

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I spent a day on a garbage truck recently…the result of a winning bid at a live auction fundraiser. Watching all the trash we discard, I realized that eating the Slow Food way greatly minimizes the amount of waste we discard. Food packaging makes up about 32% of household waste in the U.S., according to Earth911. Shopping at the farmers market (or growing your own) means little packaging and fresher produce so you throw away less spoiled food.

Limiting our reliance on convenience foods and fast food, with their abundance of packaging, greatly reduces the trash we send to the landfill. Shopping at the bulk aisle allows you to reuse your plastic bags or bring your own containers. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op will weigh your empty containers and mark them with a tare weight so you can completely eliminate packages and bags. I buy my spices, oatmeal, peanut butter, powdered milk, flour and dried
beans in the bulk aisle. The name of the game is pre-cycling (choosing products with eco-friendly or no packaging), which provides on the best method of reducing the amount of waste we generate.

Karen Auwaerter
President, Slow Food Sacramento

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By Gina Kim
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011

It wasn’t technically a corn dog Julie Raymond’s kids reported was being served for breakfast at Leonardo da Vinci K-8 School last year.

It was actually a pancake-encased sausage on a stick.

But the skewered sustenance was equally egregious in the eyes of Raymond and her husband, Jonathan, who happens to be superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Since the April launch of the Healthy Foods Task Force to rethink what the district feeds its 47,000 students, there have been successes: Every school will have a salad bar by the end of the year, fruit carts are selling strawberries, grapes and pineapple slices as snacks at the larger high schools, and a handful of farmers are supplying produce directly to the district. Read more »

2711 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 443-8929

Historically speaking, pizza is still a relatively new phenomenon, having had its origins as a street food in Naples, Italy, about 200 years ago. Immigrants brought it to Italian settlements on the East Coast at the beginning of the 20th century but it was not until after World War II that it became ubiquitous. Unfortunately, as pizza’s popularity spread, its quality transmogrified.

Robert B. Masullo, owner/chef of the pizza restaurant Masullo in the Land Park area, is returning to pizza’s roots. A Culinary Institute of America graduate, he went to Naples four times researching the art of pizza making with chefs at some of that city’s (and the world’s)
oldest and most honored pizzerias.

In his intimate — 40-seat — establishment which opened in 2008, Masullo, who was raised in the Land Park area, makes Neapolitan-style pizzas in a wood-burning brick oven imported from Italy, using the finest, primarily Central Valley ingredients. Short of taking a trip to Napoli, these are the most authentic pizzas one can buy.

Beside pizza, Masullo pizzeria features fine Italian-style salads, appetizers, soups and desserts. At midday it also offers panini (Italian sandwiches). Delicious food, mainly pizza, made in the simplest of manners is the goal at Masullo.

1615 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 669-5300

Lucca offers a California-Mediterranean influenced menu emphasizing seasonal ingredients in a
beautifully repurposed historic building. Most of the basic provisions are housemade…they cure
their own pancetta and grind their sausage from Bledsoe pork raised in Yolo County, and they
smoke pastrami from Lucky Dog Ranch beef (the ranch is owned by Lucca owners Ron and
Terri Gilliland). For products they don’t make themselves, like bread and gelato, they support
local artisan producers.

2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 489-2000

Here at Roxy, our focus is on using as many locally raised and naturally healthy food products as possible. We are also proud to offer our own Lucky Dog Ranch all natural, pasture-raised beef, from our ranch in Dixon, California. The chefs source many of the ingredients directly from local farmers or through their connections at the farmers’ market, and extensive daily specials highlight the creativity of the chefs and the freshest provisions available.

Capay Valley farmers marketBy Gina Kim

Friday Jan. 14, 2011

Lindsey Armeen bypasses the goldfish crackers, M&Ms and yogurt-covered pretzels in the free employee snack rooms at IDEO, a Palo Alto-based design consultant company.

OK, maybe she’ll have a couple peanut M&Ms.

But usually the support coordinator will reach for the piles of fruit grown just 125 miles north in the Capay Valley – a pink lady apple from Manas Ranch, a Satsuma mandarin from Gold Oak Ranch, carrots from Full Belly Farm.

About 30 growers and ranchers from the Yolo County region have banded together to sell their wares as the Capay Valley Farm Shop. In that way, they’re circumventing distributors that won’t deal with small farms while they become cumulatively large enough to fill big orders. Read more »

By Robert Selna
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

With all the talk about locavores, victory garden revivals and residents raising chickens and bees, a San Franciscan might be surprised to learn that he can’t just sell produce out of his backyard. Not without running afoul of the law, that is.

While vacant real estate increasingly is being reclaimed for nonprofit and community gardens, old zoning laws prohibit selling homegrown produce without a costly permit and a hearing in front of the city Planning Commission.

But that could soon change.

In the coming weeks, city officials will start considering zoning changes that would let San Francisco join several other municipalities – from Boston to Kansas City – that are opening the door to a new small-business experiment: urban agriculture. Read more »

After a year and a half of campaigning, we are thrilled to see that the House today passed the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act. Our nation’s school children were long overdue for an improved child nutrition bill that would allow schools to serve an improved, healthier school lunch.

There were significant and frustrating compromises made along the way: most recently, the funding of the bill with SNAP money—an aggressive move made initially in the Senate version, but then eventually also adopted by the House—that was likely intended to split the school food advocacy community and thus kill the bill. The school food advocacy community were rightfully outraged at the notion of taking money from hungry kids to….feed hungry kids. Read more »