July 2013 
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events

  

 

July 24

Aug. 8 - Slow Food Book Club: Local authors featured this month!

 

 

Aug. 10

Slow Food U: Learn to plan your winter school garden.

 

Aug. 18

Mixer at Magpie.

 

Aug. or Sept. - Bike Tour of Edible Gardens
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. If you would like to have your garden featured, please contact 

Karen Auwaerter at:

karen@slowfoodsacramento.com.

 

Oct 19 - 17: Food Sovereignty Tour, Piedmont, Italy

Join an educational delegation with Food First to Piedmont, Italy, to explore Slow Food and food sovereignty, including a visit to SF headquarters in Bra. Slow Food members receive $100 discount (use discount code "SFUSA" when registering.

More information here.

 

 

Other Regional Events


Moms Across America March

July 4 @ 9:45 a.m. 

Carmichael 4th of July Parade

Meet at Marconi Ave. at Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael in Carmichael

 

Join Moms Across America at the Carmichael 4th of July parade to educate thousands locally and millions nationally about GMOs. Mothers buy 85% of family food and have seen their children's allergies and auto immune diseases get dramatically better when eliminating GMO foods from their diets. To sign up or volunteer, please visit www.momsacrossamerica.com or call Jessica Denning at 916-715-2731.

 

 

Catalyst For Change

July 17 @ 6:30- p p.m.
1322 Q Street, Sacramento


Enjoy delicious appetizer from over a dozen Sacramento restaurants, local beer and fine wine, music and raffle prizes. Sponsored by Alchemist CDC. $25/person.Info and purchase tickets.

 

 

Winemaking 101

Aug. 3 @ 9:30 a.m.  


Learn to make wine! Sacramento Home Winemakers, a nonprofit home winemaking club, offers Winemaking 101. The 4-hour workshop includes the basics to get you started making white and red wines: supplies, equipment use, grape sourcing and where to get help. Free to SHW members; $20 for non-members. For more information. 

 

 

  

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Learn to Forage with an Expert

 



Foraging

 

Learn to Forage 
July 13 from 9 - 11:30 a.m.

 

Everywhere you turn in the Sacramento area, there's something to eat - if you know what to look for. Join us for an introduction to foraging local berries, branches and other foods from nature's bounty. We will meet in a convenient spot near Midtown (location to be provided upon registration) and spend the morning with local expert forager, Heather Pier, learning about the edible plants of our area. 

 

We will learn how to identify edible plants and ways in which they can be used. 

Note: Because of parkway regulations, we will not be foraging on this outing. 

Ticket price includes training and healthy snacks. End time of 11:30 is approximate.  

 

Limited to 15 attendees. No refunds for cancellations or no-shows. For tickets and complete info. Tickets will not be available the day of the event.

 

Upcoming Mixers in July and August

Hot Italian Mixer
July 24, 6-8 p.m.

The Bikes & Gears Lounge at Hot Italian will be the venue for our July pizza mixer. Meet Hot Italian chef, Fabrizio Cercatore, your fellow Slow Foodies and members of the Slow Food Sacramento leadership team, and learn about exciting upcoming events.
 

We'll be enjoying a variety of offerings from the Hot Italian kitchen, including seasonal produce from Yeung Farms and Del Rio Botanical.

 

Tickets include local, seasonal salads and pizza, and a glass of red or white wine from Putah Creek winery.

RSVP here!

 


Magpie

August Mixer at Magpie

August 18 at 2 p.m.

 

Join us for a late afternoon at Magpie Café with owners and chef Ed Roehr and Janel Inouye on R Street. Enjoy our special Hot August Night with Cool Foods. Cool off with gazpachos and watermelon salads, cold seafoods, and raw meat with a taste of local brew.  Look for some familiar farmers showcasing fruits and vegetables that have been boarded on the Slow Food Ark of Taste. Learn more about the biodiversity program that distinguishes Slow Food from all other global nonprofits working on good, clean, fair food for all.
 
Cost is $20/person which benefits Slow Food Sacramento's outreach programs (thank you Ed and Janel!)  Tickets available here.  

Fall/Winter Gardening with School Garden Coalition - August 10 
August 10  from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
at Kingbird Farms in Galt, CA

This Slow Food U is for teachers, volunteers, and youth working in Sacramento school gardens and participating in Slow Food Sacramento's School Garden Coalition. Many thanks to The California Endowment for their mini launch grant, in part, enabling this work in the coming school year.

For more info and to register,click here.

 

 

Limited to first 35 registrants.

International Council Meets in Istanbul
American Delegates

 

I was honored to serve as one of four representatives at the Slow Food International Council meeting June 15-16 in Istanbul. Our hosts were involved in supporting the protests at Taksim Square and Gezi Park, garnering Slow Food Istanbul recognition in Time for planting a symbolic vegetable garden in the path of the shopping mall bulldozers. 

 

The Council for the first time included representatives of Terra Madre from the global south, making for an inspiring and lively exchange of ideas and information about ongoing Slow Food initiatives around the world. Our challenge as Councilors is to make the connections between our members and the international movement that this organization represents. I've started by writing a summary of the substance of our meeting. Read more

 

Questions? Want to help roll out the Slow Food Youth Food Network? Work on African Gardens or Bio-diversity?

 

Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com 

 

Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

International Councilor

 

Governor's Report

Slow Food USA is rolling out an 18-month calendar of events and campaigns in the next couple of weeks. We will be able to include this information for all members on our Slow Food Sacramento website. Linking a network across the country (and globe) we'll celebrate food cultures and biodiversity as well as school gardens with our campaign in favor of a good, clean and fair farm bill and against the spread of GMO's. 

 

Richard McCarthy has energized leaders across the country. We're finding new ways to celebrate and spotlight the unstoppable spread of the Slow Food mission to protect diversity, access to healthy food as a civil right, and sustainable ways of growing it that are fair to the producers, the eaters, and the planet. Look for ways to plug into and support that work - and let us know where your interests lie.

 

Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com. 

 

Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

 

 

What's Up with the Farm Bill?

The bill that wasn't! Thank you for tremendous response to Richard McCarthy's last minute call to action. Over 30% of members opened the message, even with its end of the day deadline. Slow Food members understand and care that the Farm Bill matters!

 

In sum, we are in the fight today, for the best we can get from the 2013 Farm Bill for family farmers and eaters, and tomorrow, for the same in the next Farm Bill, the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization, and other, local, state, and national, opportunities to advocate for better, cleaner, fairer food. Now what? Look for a wrap up / what's next Slow Food USA blog post  co-authored by Ed Yowell (SFUSA Governor Northeast) and myself. 

 

Not enough? Tune in to my interview on Chico's Ecotopia, KZFR 90.1 July 2 from 6-7 p.m. They are interested in Slow Food's position on the Farm Bill, so that will be about 20 minutes. Then on to the work of Slow Food generally.  Still not enough, want to be more involved?

 

Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com 

 

Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

International Councilor

 

Support Slow Food Sacramento  
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. To donate, contact Sacramento chapter president Coral Henning at coral@slowfoodsacramento.com.