November 2013 
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Dec. 10 - Terra Madre Day and Annual Meeting - More info. 
Dec. 12 -  Book ClubMore Info.



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Annual Membership Potluck - December 10


 Terra Madre Day & Annual Membership Meeting 

Potluck & Food Drive


When: December 10 from 6 - 8 p.m.


Where: Sacramento Community Grange

 3830 U Street, Sacramento


RSVP at EventBrite


Slow Food Sacramento members and friends (You!) are cordially invited to celebrate Terra Madre Day participating in our Annual Slow Food Sacramento Membership Meeting, Potluck and Food Drive.


At the Annual Meeting we will be recapping our activities from the past year, introducing upcoming classes and events and, as always, enjoying delicious food and company. 


This year we're reflecting back on the 150th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Holiday and the mission of Slow Food to preserve foods and food cultures in danger of being lost. Here's a challenge - can you bring a dish that is GMO- free, produced or grown within 50 miles of Sacramento, and/or including one or more Slow Food Ark of Taste foods? And how hard was it to do? Share your story and celebrate! 


Also, Slow Food Sacramento is collecting food for the River City Food Bank. They have specifically requested donations of peanut butter, canned tuna and other non-perishable protein as well as grocery bags (paper, plastic, cloth). 


There is no charge to attend. However, please RSVP at Eventbrite.


What to Bring: 

  • Slow Food Potluck Item - made with GMO-Free and/or Ark of Good Taste ingredients 
  • Utensils and Dishes for your own use
  • River City Food Bank contribution - peanut butter, packages of tuna, other non-perishable protein and grocery bags (paper, plastic, cloth)
  • Share the story of your potluck dish

Learn more at the Slow Food Sacramento Website and on Facebook


Learn more about the Slow Food Ark of Taste and the list of American foods being catalogued on the Ark of Taste.

This is a great chance to hear more about Slow Food Sacramento programs and how to become more active in your local chapter. 

Governor's & Region Report




Governor's + Region Report 


Slow Food Sacramento's successful membership drive has earned the chapter a visit - and meal prepared by - Matt Jones, the newly elected President of the Slow Food USA Board of Directors. Congratulations! Still haven't joined? We're hoping to sign up just as many new and renewing members by the end of the year. Consider a gift membership - it's easy to arrange.


As we go into end of the year harvest celebrations, we're focusing on the Slow Food Biodiversity Foundation's Ark of Taste project - the FAO-recognized effort to save delicious foods and meaningful food cultures from extinction. Read more...


The Slow Food California Regional Leaders meeting in San Diego November 2-3 gathered over 50 leaders from across the state as well as Executive Director Richard McCarthy and Jovan Sage and Isabel Eljaiek from the Brooklyn staff as well as Matt Jones of the Board of Directors, plus Alfonso Rocha from Puebla, Mexico (International Councilor representing Mexico and Central America) and representatives of Slow Food Baja. Our focus was on what it means to be a region within Slow Food USA and what big ideas we have for the California region. Read more... 


Next up for a regional meeting is Sacramento in connection with the Green Schools National Conference March 27-29, 2014. Stay tuned.


Charity Kenyon

Slow Food USA Governor

Central Valley California Region &

International Councilor 

Book Club - December 12               
Book Club Meets 
December 12 @ 6:30 p.m.
Book Club

Come Discuss and Eat With Us

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City by David Lebovitz

"...after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, [David Lebovitz] moved to Paris to start a new life...Here is David's story of how he came to fall in love with-and even understand-this glorious, yet sometimes maddening, city."


To join us, please RSVP to Kathleen Albiani at Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer to share. Enjoy a lively discussion of the book and meet Slow Food friends.

Harvest Dinner A Big Success!        
Harvest Dinner Helps Us Realize Our Mission of Eat, Learn, Act!
It's that time of year when crops weigh heavy and celebration of the harvest is in order. We did jsut that on Nov. 3 when Mulvaney's B & L served up a delicious family style feast featuring seasonal and local foods at our annual Harvest Dinner. If you missed it, you can still check out the 13 new Snail of Approval awardees who received recognition for their compliance with the Slow Food mission -- good, clean, fair food for all. 

Mike Eaton of Kingbird Farms accepts his Snail of Approval award accompanied by farm manger Lynne Sabourin and three WOOFERS, Emma, Skyler and Allison currently working on the farm. 

Our own Cinamon Vann (chair of our Snail of Approval Committee) poses with Raphael Kendall of Capital Garage following receipt of a Snail of Approval. Decals are posted on restaurant and business windows to denote their recognition by Slow Food Sacramento for offering of good, clean, fair food for all.

Happy diners at the Harvest Dinner. Missed it this year? Don't miss it next year. Watch for details in early fall 2014. 
We Love Volunteers !                       

In 2013, Slow Food Sacramento hosted numerous special events, restaurant mixers, Slow Food U cooking classes, book club meetings, School Garden Coalition education, our annual Food Film Festival and much more. All of these events and our extensive outreach and education efforts involve volunteers - people just like you.


Whether you have a special expertise or just want to participate in the Slow Food movement with like-minded people, we need your help. Visit our website for the kinds of programs you can become involved in as a volunteer with Slow Food Sacramento. To volunteer, contact


Think you might like to join our board? We are accepting nominations for the board election to be held at the Dec. 10 Membership Meeting. Contact