June 2013 
Events Watch

Highlight of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events


June 8 - Walking Mixer with Ginger Elizabeth, Mulvaney's 

B & L and Devine Gelateria & Cafe. Details here.


June 20 - Slow Food U - Making-Bacon - Info here.


July 13 - Slow Food U - Foraging - Save the date.


Nov. 3 - Annual Harvest Dinner announcing latest Snail of Approval awardees. Save the date.


Other Regional Events:


2nd Annual Pig-A-Palooza

June 8 from 2 - 6 p.m.

McClatchy Park (3500 5th Ave)

Fundraiser with a variety of pig-themed eats and activities. Samples from chef pork cook-off. Family friendly. Food by Feeding Crane Farms, Bledsoe Meats and others. Local celebrity chefs from The Grange, Lucca, Dad's Kitchen, Tuli Bistro, and Feeding Crane Farms.


40th Anniversary at 

Sac Natural Foods Co-op

June 22 from Noon - 4 p.m.

29th & R Streets - Midtown

Celebrate Sac Co-op's 40th anniversary at their future new location. Enjoy an open-air farmers market, cooking challenge with local chefs Kurt Spataro and Michael Tuohy, who battle with the ingredients from farm CSA boxes. Live music by Mind X and The Nibblers. Free admission with food, beer and wine for sale. Proceeds support local farm preservation and One Farm at a Time project.


Rio Vista Slow Food Festival

June 22 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

45 Main St., Rio Vista

Farm fresh foods, wines, art, music and more. Includes food, wine tasting and wine glass; $25 advance; $30 at the door.

Info and tickets.  

Rideabout West Plainfield

June 30 - 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Cycle from Davis to Winters

Explore farms between Davis and Winters, including Csarda Haz (they raise Hungarian Hogs), a unique educational program at FARM 2.6, and a small diverse operation at Heavy Dirt Farm. $10 includes farm tours, sampling. Stop at the Plainfield Station for lunch and a pint (self pay for lunch). Shorter (10-15 mile) and longer (30-35 mile) ride options available. Details and registration.


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Strolling Progressive Mixer - June 8


Progressive Mixer in Midtown - June 8


Start: Mulvaney's B&L 

1215 19th St. (2-3:30 p.m.)


Second Stop: Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates 

1801 L Street, Suite 60 (3:30 - 4 p.m.)


Last Stop: Devine Gelateria 

1221 19th Street (4 - 4:30 p.m.)

(Times are approximate.)


Join us for a casual, fun progressive mixer highlighting three of our Snail of Approval awardees!


Meet on the patio of Mulvaney's B&L at 2 p.m. for farm-to-table appetizers. Chef Patrick and Bobbin Mulvaney will join us to talk about their local, seasonal fare.


Next, Ginger Hahn of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates joins us on the patio for a chocolate tasting and discussion. From Mulvaney's, we stroll 1 block to the chocolate shop for a short visit (because of limited space) and some additional treats.


Finally, we will head back to 19th Street for a stop at Devine Gelateria, where owner Elizabeth McCleary  talks about her creations. We will be treated to a mix of her baked goods and gelato.


This mixer includes 3 blocks of walking at a leisurely pace on flat Midtown sidewalks. Please wear comfortable shoes!


Click here for tickets!


A portion of the proceeds from this event will help Slow Food Sacramento to continue presenting our many community-focused activities and programs such as the Snail of Approval and Slow Food U. 



Slow Food U - Makin' Bacon - June 20
  Makin Bacon
Makin Bacon
June 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
 Slow Food U's next class is Makin' Bacon, taught by Emily Baime of Community Tap and Table. Participants will learn to cure pork belly into nitrate-free bacon, sample three bacon tapas paired with beer and learn the difference between bulk bacon and artisan bacon. The class is limited to 10 people and will take place in the Pocket Area.  
More from Slow Food U: 
Foraging along the american River Parkway
July 13 from 9:30-11 a.m.
More details coming soon.


Governor and Region Report
Crawdad Boil



We're just back from a whirlwind Leadership Conference in New Orleans. 

Check out the pictures here:


Connecting Food Communities was the theme. The best part was learning about chapter projects across the country and meeting the leaders who make them happen. Thirty-five California delegates, a quarter from the Central Valley, made for a productive regional meeting. Plus, there was great food of course. For a first-timer to New Orleans, it was overwhelming to meet with activists in the Lower Ninth Ward still trying to attract a single grocery store to their devastated neighborhood 8 years post-Katrina. We learned that Slow Food NOLA and SF chapters across the country were key to bringing food back into NOLA after Katrina, re-establishing farmer's markets, and helping small farmers and fishermen. They let us know that Slow Food was remembered and they welcomed us to their City:Connecting Food Communities!


A concrete outcome of the Conference: Seven more Gardens adopted in Africa. The Governors as a group adopted and funded three of the Slow Food International 1,000 Gardens in Africa. The Board of Directors matched us. And the conference delegates as a group adopted a seventh. Our local garden is in Victoria School, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, matched with Grant High School GEO Program. Hoping to post pictures soon! Learn more and join in


The Regional meeting adopted the Slow Food California Vision Statement. We heard a report from the new California Ark of Taste Committee Chaired by Linda Elbert. I reported on the activities of the Policy Committee. More coming soon on next steps. 


In the midst of all of this we were working the Farm Bill amendments, which were coming in fast and furious and largely disappointing. The floor fight commences on Congress's return in June - let's make it known that the current food and farming system is not in synch with Slow Food principles: Good, Clean, Fair Food for all.


Next, I'll be reporting from the International Meeting in Istanbul June 14-16.


Questions, suggestions, offers to help, contact:


Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

International Councilor


Book Club - June 13


Slow Food Book Club

June 13 from 6-8 p.m.


In June, we're looking to history to explore contemporary themes with John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.


For more information and to RSVP, contact Kathleen Albiani at katonthyme@gmail.com. 



Calling Gardeners in The Grid

Cycle to Garden


Due to the popularity of our edible garden tours of Oak Park and Curtis Park/Land Park, we are planning a biking tour of edible gardens in the downtown in August or September. Tour participants all arrive together so the host need only be available for 30 minutes to share your gardening stories.  


Previous gardens included biodynamics, hops and home-brewed beer, chickens, container gardens, newly planted fall garden. We're looking for interesting, not beautiful.


If you would like to have your garden featured, please contact Karen Auwaerter at:



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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.