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Chenin Blanc Tasting and Mixer at Revolution Wines - April 23

What: Chenin Blanc tasting and Slow Food Sacramento mixer


When: April 23


Chenin Blanc tasting (4 - 6 pm)

Mixer (6 - 8pm) 


Where: Revolution Wines, 2831 S Street


We are partnering with Revolution Wines and Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento (GRAS) to bring you back-to-back events celebrating the Sacramento region's signature grape on Tuesday, April 23.


First, a Chenin Blanc tasting in the winery at Revolution will feature several local and regional wineries. The tasting is open to the public from 4 - 6 pm.


After the tasting, we'll move to the bistro area for a Slow Food Sacramento mixer from 6 - 8 pm. The mixer is a casual event open to everyone. The evening's menu will feature Revolution's wines and seasonal tastes from their kitchen. Revolution Wines is a Snail of Approval awardee in the "producer" category. 


More details and tickets will be available soon! Tickets can be purchased separately or together for these events. Proceeds from these events will benefit GRAS and Slow Food Sacramento.


Foodopoly Author to Speak in Sacramento April 15th



Hear Foodopoly Author Wenonah Hauter

April 15 - Two Times and Locations


3 p.m. @ CSU-Sacramento (University Union)

7 p.m. CA State Grange (3830 U Street)


Wenoonah Hauter contends that the local food movement is not enough to solve America's food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. Instead, Hauter takes aim at what she thinks is the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.


 Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water Watch and one of the nation's leading healthy-food advocates. She  has written extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues. She also owns and runs an organic family farm in Northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over 500 families in the Washington, DC area as part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.


Hauter will discuss her book and take questions from the audience followed by a book signing for those who purchase Foodopoly.This is a free event open to the public, but reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. (http://foodopoly.eventbrite.com) Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society Grange with encouragement by Slow Food Sacramento.


Come Read With Us

  Book Club
April 11 - Farm City, Novella Carpenter
June 13 - The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck 
Ours is a book club for readers who enjoy food-related literature. We meet at 6:30 p.m. Bring an appetizer to share and enjoy an evening of lively literary discussion. New members always welcome! To RSVP or for more information, contact Kathleen Albiani at katonthyme@gmail.com.


Governor's Report
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The big news from SFUSA is that the Leadership Conference in New Orleans May 17-19 is shaping up to be fun, productive, and thought-provoking. The conference website has been updated, so you can see details of workshops and related activities. If you would like to represent Slow Food Sacramento, or if you would like to make a contribution that will help send a worthy leader to the meeting, let Coral Henning know: coral@slowfoodsacramento.com.


SFUSA is working on making new Executive Director Richard McCarthy's State of the Snail presentation accessible electronically at or shortly after the conference.


To further whet your appetite, Carlo Petrini's recent chat with Mark Bittman of the New York Times puts a global perspective on our regional and national work. In its way, it's another State of the SnailAsked about rumors of his becoming Italy's Minister of Agriculture, Petrini replied: "That would be crazy. Slow Food is more important."


Both Slow Food USA and Slow Food International have recently taken positions on Food and Farm Policy. Both are disappointed in the current prospects for meaningful reform to protect the environment, farm labor, and food quality. We will keep you posted. Better news is in the arena of GMO labeling, now under consideration in approximately 20 states. Prop 37's near win in California was a clear inspiration. And Slow Food International has asked Slow Food California to work with it on an international campaign focussed on GMO's in agriculture. 


In regional news from Slow Food California, we are working on a Vision Statement - why a California region? why Slow Food? Want to weigh in? Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com. We want to complete a draft for the NOLA meeting. We are leading the way on regionalization within SFUSA.


Finally, Slow Food California has opposed AB 343, the so-called Ag Gag bill. I hope you caught The Sacramento Bee's excellent editorialThe hearing on AB 343 is April 17. Would you like to attend? Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com


Questions, suggestions? Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com


Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

International Councilor


Support Good, Clean & Fair Food For All -- Support Slow Food  


Slow Food needs your support to continue growing, educating and advocating for good, clean, fair food for all. 2013 will be a critical year to reach more people locally, nationally and internationally.


Your tax-deductible donation will make a plateful of difference. Donate online or contact Sacramento chapter president Coral Henning at coral@slowfoodsacramento.com