Slow Food Sacramento

A Chapter of Slow Food USA

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Join Slow Food Sacramento at its Annual Potluck Board Meeting and celebration of Terra Madre Day; a worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10.

Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.

Learn more about Slow Food Sacramento, get to know board members, and share in a communal meal by bringing a potluck item.  Support Slow Food International’s Ark of Taste program by featuring an Ark of Taste ingredient in your potluck item and help to raise awareness and protection of small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet.  (see http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/ark#risultati for a list of Art of Taste items in the United States).   Several other Slow Food chapters in the region will be competing for which chapter can incorporate the most Ark of Taste ingredients.

Special guest speakers Brenda Ruiz and Vonita Murray will talk about their experiences in Italy as the international Terra Madre delegates from our Sacramento Slow Food chapter.

View Slow Food International website for more information:

http://www.slowfood.com/terramadreday/

On September 21, Slow Food Sacramento is celebrating with Sacramento Waldorf School by encouraging kids and families to learn how to eat healthy by going back to school gardens.

Find about more about the “Back to School Gardens” event by visiting the Events page.

California State University of Sacramento will host its fourth annual Food Day Friday, October 24.

For more information, view the event site:

The Slow Food Sacramento Book Club is a book club for readers who enjoy food-related literature, both non-fiction and fiction. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month at one of our member’s homes. Everyone who attends brings an appetizer to share, and we enjoy an evening of lively literary discussion. At the close of each meeting we choose our next book based on recommendations from our members. New members are always welcome!

If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, please contact Kathleen Albiani at katonthyme@gmail.com.

Next meeting: August 14th at 6:30 pm

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
“In A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother’s pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined. You won’t be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots.”

Join Slow Food Sacramento at its Annual Potluck General Meeting and celebration of Terra Madre Day; a worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10.

See the event page for more information: http://slowfoodsacramento.com/event/terra-madre-daygeneral-meeting-potluck/

Kick off Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Week 2014 with a communal commitment to end hunger in our region. Affectionately known as “Fork It!” this sit-down dinner for 150 features appetizers and a dinner menu from the best local farms and restaurants.

Your ticket buys two meals – one for you and one for a neighbor that might often experience hunger. We’ll break bread together, share stories, and understand better the challenges facing over one quarter million of our neighbors who are food insecure, including ongoing efforts to cut food stamps even further.

Farm To EVERY Fork is a coalition of farmers, urban gardeners, food banks, Slow Food Sacramento, and other food justice activists, including Loaves and Fishes and the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee/Homeward Street Journal. Together we advocate and act for good, clean, and fair food for all.

Tickets
(which will pay for two meals) are $150.00 per person.

Sponsorships (with recognition in dinner program) include:
One Harvest Hero sponsorship available at $5000 – 4 guests and sponsorship recognition, logo display

Three Pantry Patron sponsorships available at $1000 – 2 guests and sponsorship recognition, logo display

Six Food Access Friend sponsorships available at $500 – 1 guest, sponsorship recognition, logo display

Unlimited Seedling Supporter number of sponsorships available at $250.00 – sponsorship recognition

All proceeds of this event benefit local organizations serving the low income and homeless community, including the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee/Homeward Street Journal, the Sacramento Food Bank, River City Food Bank, and the Fund for Urban Gardens, featuring the Oak Park Garden for Peace and Homeward Gardens.

For more information, and for dinner tickets, visit:
www.Farm-to-Every-Fork-Sacramento.Eventbrite.com

http://sacramentoearthday.net/

No Water? … Know Water! The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration is water scarcity and how we can adapt to using less.

Over 100 tables and vendors! The Sacramento celebration of the 45th annual Earth Day will be filled with diverse business, non-profit, cultural and government vendors with practical information, goods and services for saving money, living healthier, and protecting the environment.

Enjoy great entertainment! Five live bands: Fo’shangSo Watt HeavyThe James Israel BandGreen Valley TheatreWhispering Light.

Tasty cuisine! Sample vegan food from Rainbow SnowXochimilco Mexican RestaurantMr. Pops PopcornThe Green BohemeAbyssinia Ethiopian RestaurantJudy’s JointDave’s Pops … & more.

Use sustainable transportation! Bike, walk, run or use transit to come to the event. Safe, secure, and free valet bicycle parking provided onsite by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates!

Join the crowd! We’re expecting an attendance of more than 4,000 at this year’s Earth Day Celebration. Please join us as we learn how to be better stewards of the planet, commit to living sustainably, and act to reduce our impact on the environment.

Fermentation Fever was our latest Slow Food U class on Sunday, April 6, at the Sacramento Natural Food Co-op’s learning center. We were in good hands with our instructor, Janet McDonald, who teaches numerous classes at the Co-op and whose kitchen is filled with vats and crocks of various fermentation projects. Janet demystified the fermentation process, so the fifteen participants now feel comfortable experimenting with fermenting at home. One participant said, “It changed my life! I always wanted to pickle but I thought it was too hard and involved cooking. I found out it did not! Janet MacDonald was a terrific teacher.” Everyone went home with a jar a sauerkraut and a jar of fermented carrot pickles.

The goal of Slow Food U is to provide low cost education classes, taught by Slow Food Sacramento members or our partners in the community. We strive to keep the classes low cost so they are accessible to everyone. Past topics include Bacon Curing, Lemons Lemons Lemons, Thai cooking, Winter Gardens, bike tours of edible gardens, and Foraging Along the Parkway.

Please contact Karen Auwaerter if you have a class suggestion or if you would like to teach a class. karen@slowfoodsacramento.com

Food & Film Festival 2014

 

THIRD SACRAMENTO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL

TO BENEFIT CALIFORNIA FOOD LITERACY CENTER

Ten-day festival to include seven tastings and films

 SACRAMENTO – As food and wine pairings continue to rise in popularity, the farm-to-fork capital is offering a different kind of pairing: food and film. The 3rd Annual Sacramento Food Film Festival will take place March 20-30 and will include food, wine and beer pairings with seven films about food. Festival proceeds will benefit California Food Literacy Center, a Sacramento nonprofit providing food literacy education to local low-income children. 

            “This is a chance for guests to soak up the amazing food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer while also feeding their minds,” said Catherine Enfield, festival founder and food writer.

            The festival’s red carpet premier at Ten22 on March 20 features appetizers, drinks and screening of the award-winning movie, “Spinning Plates.” Cost is $40. On March 22, the festival continues at the Sterling Hotel, featuring a sneak preview of the highly anticipated, new Ruhstaller Nugget hop beer, bites from Adam Pechal and screening of “Beer Wars.” Cost is $30.  “Bottle Shock” will be screened at Lucca on March 25 and will include a four-course dinner based on the film. Cost is $40, and $50 if including a wine pairing. Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op offers a free event on March 26 to screen “Cafeteria Man” and will include appetizers, an appearance from the film’s star, Tony Geraci and a panel discussion with local leaders in food literacy education. Selland’s will offer a family spaghetti dinner on March 28 and screening of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” at McKinley Park’s Clunie Center. Cost is $15 for children, $25 for adults. Slow Food Sacramento will host a free screening of “The Slow Food Story” at the Guild Theater for free on March 29. The festival wraps up on March 30 with a sushi and uni tasting by Billy Ngo from Kru, and Q & A with the film’s producer, Alexander Finden, at Sunh Fish and screening of “Sweet, Sexy Ocean.” Cost is $35.

            For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.sacfoodfilmfest.com

            “We are proud to be the beneficiary of such a creative event that not only gives people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing food of the Sacramento region, but also helps spread food literacy through the creative medium of film,” said Amber Stott, founding executive director, California Food Literacy. “We look forward to good food and good conversations.”

California Food Literacy Center was established in July 2011 to educate and inspire low-income children to eat healthy food. Students learn fruit and vegetable appreciation, how to read nutrition labels, basic cooking skills and environmental impacts of their food choices. The nonprofit also runs the Food Literacy Academy, which trains community members as food literacy teachers. To date, the nonprofit has 60 active volunteers and serves 2,400 kids annually. After just three months of food literacy education, 70 percent of students request the foods they have tasted in class, including broccoli, celery and oranges. Ninety-two percent of K-1st grade students say healthy food tastes good, and 88 percent of children understand how to read a nutrition label. To make a donation: www.californiafoodliteracy.org.