September 2013 
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Sept. 7 - Edible Gardens Bike Tour - More info.


Oct. 10 -  Book ClubMore Info.


Oct. 13 - Slow Food U presents Cooking Classic Thai Foods

Location:  Thai Basil, 2431 J Street (2nd floor, above the restaurant) $30; Limit: 8 people


Suleka Sun-Lindley, owner of Thai Basil, will teach us how to use Thai herbs and other key ingredients to make classic Thai recipes.  Class includes demonstration and hands-on activities.  Our menu includes green papaya salad, salad rolls, Pad Thai (noodles with vegetables), and Thai coconut soup.  You'll have the opportunity to purchase ingredients so you can start preparing Thai foods at home.


Save the Date:


Nov. 3- Annual Harvest Dinner at Mulvaney's B & L


Dec. 10 - Terra Madre Day and Annual Meeting

Other Regional Events:


Slow Food Shasta Cascade

Spend a Day at Hat Creek

Sept. 8  @10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hat Creek, CA


Enjoy a "slow" day at Hat Creek Hereford Ranch.  Ranch tour, cooking demos, potluck lunch, swimming in the creek. $5 donation; RSVP to by Sept. 3.


Cycle the Food Shed

Sept. 14 from 8:30 - 1:30

Depart from Chocolate Fish


Get to know the Sacramento Food Shed present and past from Nisenan villages and John Sutter to the canneries and today's urban farms. Tour involves 26-mile bike ride with visits to Soil Born Farms, Selland's Market, Libby's Cannery, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and much more. $20/person.

Sept. 21 - Autumn Equinox Fundraiser at Soil Born Farm. More info.


Sept. 28 - Farm-To-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall - 

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Thank You Magpie Cafe For Aug. 18 Event! 
Magpie Event

Dear members and friends of Slow Food Sacramento:


We want to express our deepest gratitude to Ed and Janel as well as their staff at Magpie Cafe for an incredible event on August 18. More than 100 people attended "Cool Foods on a Hot August Night" and were treated to a wonderful menu. Ed and Janel generously donated 100% of the event proceeds to Slow Food Sacramento, raising more than $1,500 toward our Slow Food U, the School Garden Coalition, the Snail of Approval, and more!


Magpie's menu for the evening featured items from Slow Food's U.S. Ark of Taste, as well as locally produced meats and veggies. Highlights included a bison tartare on crostini, Mariposa plums from Kingbird Farms, a salad that included Jacob's cattle beans and red hidatsu beans, and an heirloom tomato and watermelon salad.


Appreciation also goes to Track 7 Brewing Company for donating beer that was much enjoyed on such a hot, hot evening. Equally generous was Heringer Estates for providing their cool, refreshing Chenin Blanc--Sacramento's very own local varietal and a candidate for the Ark of Taste. Chenin Blanc grows best in the Loire Valley, in South Africa and in Clarksburg. Here it is in danger of being lost to Chardonnay acreage.


Our gratitude doesn't stop there, though! Big thanks go to Azolla Farms and Kingbird Farmswhich both showcased Slow Food Ark of Taste foods, including delicious Crane melon and Mariposa plums. 


We love Magpie Café's food and we're thrilled that this Snail of Approval venue is showcasing Ark of Taste foods, a big project of Slow Food International's Biodiversity Foundation.

September is Membership Month - Join Now!


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Here's how and why to join: 


Now is the time to join Slow Food - during our September membership drive. The roots of this grass roots organization support a national and international network whose goal is no less than to change the way the world eats.


Membership links you to the children at Victoria Park School in Dar es Salaam who partner with Grant High School's GEO Academy, one of Slow Food's 10,000 Gardens in Africa projects. And with the farmers in Mexico cultivating and preserving ancient corn varieties, the small producers in Bulgaria preserving not just cheeses, but a way of life, the farmers in Indonesia cultivating some 500 varieties of rice according to a five day calendar, who have never experienced a crop failure -- and on and on in Cuba, Brazil, Korea, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Turkey . . .. Not to mention the Navajo protecting the churro sheep, the descendants of African slaves protecting the Bradford Melon, the Sonoma County farmers growing the last acreages of Gravenstein apples, and the Clarksburg vintners protecting the Chenin Blanc from the Chardonization of the Valley -- each part of the Slow Food Biodiversity Foundation's Ark of Taste project recognized by the United Nation's FAO.


After just 25 years, this is the reach of Slow Food. Membership dues from North America and Europe are vital to this work. At our next mixer, Slow Food U, book club meeting, Harvest Dinner, or over a great meal at a Snail of Approval restaurant, know that you are linked to good, clean, fair food change-makers in our region, across the country, and all over the world.


Take a minute to JOIN NOW and make a plate of difference!


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Edible Garden Bike Tour - Sept. 7

3rd Annual Edible Gardens Bike Tour

Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Starting Point: River City Food Bank 

1800 28th Street, Sacramento


$10 per person


Click here for tickets!


Think you don't have space or appropriate light for a backyard garden? Join us to see how several ingenious Sacramentans are using found spaces to grow their own food. 


Our tour starts at the River City Food Bank, where we'll learn how they are sourcing fresh and healthy food for their clients. We'll visit an aquaponics operation that uses the natural fertilizer from fish metabolism to grow greens for a local restaurant; an informal community garden shared by several apartment dwellers; a large garden on a vacant lot. In addition, we'll visit the Midtown Farmers' Market to learn about the Food Literacy Project and attend a press conference proclaiming September as Food Literacy Month. 


You'll have an opportunity to purchase snacks or drinks at the Midtown Farmers' Market if you'd like.  


Bring a helmet, bike lock, water, money (if you wish to purchase anything from the farmers' market or join us for lunch or snacks at the end of the tour). Everyone will be required to sign a liability release. The ride will cover about 3-4 flat miles in Midtown and Southside Park areas of Sacramento. Children are welcome to join us.


Purchase tickets here. Limited to first 23 participants.


School Garden Coalition Back-to School at Sacramento Waldorf

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Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cooking Demos, Garden Tours & Lunch
Waldorf School

3750 Bannister Road, Fair Oaks

In conjunction with Farm-to-Fork events happening throughout the region, Slow Food is hosted once again by Sacramento Waldorf School and Farmer Steve Payne for Back to School Gardens-- an open house invitation for all young gardeners, teachers, and school garden fans and advocates.

Join us for youth guided tours of the biodynamic school garden, cooking demonstrations, and a farm fresh lunch.

$5/adults; youth 18 and under free.

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Join Us At Farm-to-Fork - Sept. 28


Farm-to-Fork: September 20 - 29


Featuring Tours, Restaurants, a Festival


Join Slow Food Sacramento at the inaugural Farm-to-Fork festival on Sept. 28 featuring regional farms and ranches, local food, wine and beer tastings, chef demonstrations, and food education. 


Stop by our booth and we'll share information on our School Garden Coalition and get you updated on all things food movement wise. Questions about the Farm Bill? Wondering where to find restaurants featuring local and seasonal food that have received our Snail of Approval? Want to know how to get more involved in the local Slow Food chapter? We can answer those questions and many more.


During the ten days of Farm-to-Fork, dozens of restaurants will feature local ingredients and wine. Find out about this and more about all the Farm-to-Fork the activities and events as part of Farm-to-Fork.


And don't forget to support our long time urban ag partners at Soil Born Farms by attending their Autumn Equinox fundraiser on Sept. 21. It's the fall fundraiser not to miss, including nearly 40 restaurants, wine and beer vendors offering taste samples. Come for the food, stay for the music and conviviality. For Autumn Equinox tickets and more info. 

Fall/Winter Gardening Workshop A Big Success
Winter Gardening for Sacramento School Gardens - It Was (Is) A Sprouting Good Time!      

Winter Garden Workshop

Many enthusiastic teachers, volunteers, and youth working in Sacramento school gardens joined Slow Food Sacramento's School Garden Coalition last month for an educational morning and delicious lunch.


Mike Eaton and Charity Kenyon of Kingbird Farms demonstrated how to plant by Labor Day in order to grow food throughout the fall and winter but without the weeding and watering required by spring and summer gardens. Brenda Ruiz demonstrated how to use a garden's winter bounty -- creating quick and healthy menus, all designed for easy, fun preparation by youth in a classroom setting. Everyone thoroughly relished "hands-on" planting of seeds and seedlings, and eating the freshly made lunch.