Slow Food Sacramento

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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/

Food Day 2014California State University of Sacramento will host its fourth annual Food Day Friday, October 24.

Food Day is a national movement created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to encourage healthy, affordable and sustainably-produced food, as well as a grassroots campaign for better food policies.

California State University of Sacramento will be one of the many communities and campuses throughout the country celebrating the effort with cooking demonstrations and tastings; discussions with production team of the documentary on food insecurity, The View From Here: Hidden Hunger; Community Partners Information session; the grand reveal of Capital Radio Garden Project; film screenings; a book signing and discussion with special guest Bryant Terry; and all-day featured menus, food literature, and a Nutrition Club Jamboree throughout campus.

Please contact Kristin Kiesel kiesel@csus.edu for additional details and questions.

See more information on the #FoodDay2014 website: http://www.foodday.org/

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

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.”

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.

October meeting: October 16th at 6:30 pm

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo

“In the fall of 2003, as Iraq descended into civil war, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. For the next six years, she lived in Baghdad and Beirut, where she dodged bullets during sectarian street battles, chronicled the Arab world’s first peaceful revolution, and watched Hezbollah commandos invade her Beirut neighborhood. Throughout all of it, she broke bread with Sunnis and Shiites, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her story of the hunger for food and friendship during wartime—a communion that feeds the soul as much as the body.”

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: December 11th at 6:30 pm

Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War by Elaine F. Weiss

“From 1917 to 1920 the Woman’s Land Army (WLA) brought thousands of city workers, society women, artists, business professionals, and college students into rural America to take over the farm work after men were called to wartime service. These women wore military-style uniforms, lived in communal camps, and did what was considered “men’s work”—that is, plowing fields, driving tractors, planting, harvesting, and hauling lumber. The Land Army insisted its “farmerettes” be paid wages equal to male farm laborers and be protected by an eight-hour workday…

Join us for a coffee break with friends to learn more about what Slow Food Sacramento is up to and how you can get involved in the Slow Food Movement.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Mary Rousseve (916) 501-7768

Mayumi Tavalero of Fork and Knife Creations will lead Slow Food Sacramento world cuisine enthusists on a 60-90 minute culinary tour around the world inside the impressive KP International Market in Racho Cordova.

See the Slow Food Sacramento Events page for more information on registration and event details!

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

Slow Food Sacramento is hosting a mixer at Magpie Café and Catering on Sunday March 30 at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30/person.

Meet Slow Food Mexico leader Alfonso Rocha and Slow Food Canada leader Sinclair Philip, as well as Andrew Nowak, Director of National School Garden Program and Slow Food California leaders from all around the state. Learn how Magpie Café owners Ed Roehr and Janel Inouye earned a Snail of Approval and how they have embraced the Slow Food Biodiversity Foundation’s Ark of Taste Project http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/ark protecting traditional products at risk of extinction. 

Purchase tickets here: Eventbrite “Magpie Mixer 2014 Tickets”

This event is limited to first 80 responders.