February 2014 
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Jan. 23 - Cookbook Writing and Intellectual Property

More info. 

Feb. 13 -  Book Club


Other Regional Events


Good Food Awards 

January 16 -18

San Francisco

Capay Valley Seed,
Plant and Scion Exchange 

Jan. 19th 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Western Yolo Grange  

16787 Forest Ave, Guinda

Share seeds and plants with fellow farmers and gardeners.  

Cost: $5 donation or free admit with seeds or plants to share. Bring a picnic or purchase food there. Info: anniehehner@gmail.com or (707) 845-974


Slow Food San Francisco Third Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference

Feb. 22, 2014

UCSF Medical Center from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hear six speakers discussing best practices in obesity prevention. Keynotes include Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance, and Todd Putman, former VP of Marketing at Coca-Cola. Enjoy breakfast and lunch highlighting local food businesses. Register here. 

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Happy Slow Food New Year!

Slow Food Sacramento is proud to announce that in 2013: 

  • We hosted 26 events
  • Over 800 people attended these events
  • We participated in 15 strategic alliances/partnerships
  • We have nearly 2,000 contacts on our e-mail list
  • We have 1,647 Facebook fans
  • We have 1,552 twitter followers

This all adds up to a big year for our chapter. We continue to grow our outreach and education in the Sacramento community to share the pleasures of good, clean, and fair food for all. Thank you to all our members and supporters who helped make 2013 a great year for Slow Food in our region!


We measure our success by your awareness of the importance of knowing where your food comes from, insisting that it be authentic, locally and sustainably grown, traded at a price that is fair to the farmer and producer, and that the earth's bounty be accessible by ALL people to enjoy.


Coral Henning, President



Cookbook Writing and Legal Protection



Cookbook Writing: Protecting Culinary Intellectual Property for Authors, Lawyers, Foodies and Chefs 


January 23 from  2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 


Maryellen Burns, food journalist and culinary historian and Elaine Corn an award-winning cookbook author and former newspaper food editor will discuss the way recipes are researched, interpreted and written. 


This program will also feature culinary legal issues presented by Bob Pimm, Chief Learning Officer & Director of Legal Services for California Lawyers for the Arts. He will review diverse approaches, including copyright and trade secret law, to the protection of intellectual property interests in recipes, cooking techniques, and "secret" formulas for food products and discuss with the cookbook authors emerging issues on protection of recipes, articles, and cookbooks on the Internet.

MCLE credit: 1-hour (continuing legal education) credi

Registration fee: Slow Food Sacramento members: $35.00 
Non-members: $45.00

Location: Blue Prynt Restaurant & Bar, 815 11th Street (corner of 11th & H), in downtown Sacramento, CA 95814

You will receive a copy of Elaine Corn's Chinese Chicken Salad recipe from her cookbook "Now You're Cooking for Company: Everything a Beginner Needs to Know to Have People Over.", prepared for you by Jason Lockard, Head Chef of Blue Prynt Restaurant & Bar plus additional appetizer delights!


Sponsored by California Lawyers for the Arts, Slow Food Sacramento & the Sacramento County Public Law Library


Slow Food California Comes to Sacramento: March 29-30


SAVE THE DATE - March 29-30 Slow Food Sacramento hosts the Slow Food California regional leaders meeting in connection with the National Green Schools Conference

Andy Nowak, Director of National School Garden Program, will present the new Slow Food USA School Garden Manual


Slow Food California is the first regional organization within Slow Food USA, started at Paolo di Croce's suggestion two years ago. We have invited leaders from Mexico (Alfonso Rocha) and Canada (Sinclair Philip). Slow Food USA Board President Matt Jones will be attending. 


Eat, Learn, Act member opportunities: * March 29 School Garden Coalition workshop led by Brenda Ruiz with Andy Nowak. * March 29 Screening of The Slow Food Story at the Guild Theater for Sacramento Food Film Festival * March 29 Join a Slow Food Sacramento board member, and regional, state, national, and international leaders over a meal at one of several Snail of Approval restaurants  * March 30 a Mixer at Magpie Café concludes the meeting - you're invited but space is limited. * Donate to help bring our guests from Mexico, Canada, and around the state to Sacramento. * Host an out of town leader overnight at your home * Thank the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services for hosting us at their meeting rooms and garden. * Cook up treats for the meeting coffee breaks.


Watch for signups and detailed schedules in the coming weeks. Contact charity@slowfoodsacramento.com for information or to help Sacramento host this meeting and show off America's Farm to Fork Capital.


Book Club - December 12               
Book Club Meets 
February 13 @ 6:30 p.m.
Book Club 

Come Discuss and Eat With Us

 February 13:  Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan 


"In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements-fire, water, air, and earth-to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer."

April 10: Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson

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

Legislative Report Card Is In       

California Food Policy Council unveils Legislative Report Card on Capitol Steps


Slow Food Sacramento supported presentation of the first ever California Food Policy Council Legislative Report Card at the Capitol on Jan. 8. 
Read the SF Chronicle coverageSlow Food Sacramento School Garden Coalition Director Brenda Ruiz was the m.c. for the press conference and is interviewed by Univision here and Capital Public Radio covered the event (can you spot your board members?) Thank you to host Assembly Member Roger Dickinson - Sacramento for speaking at the press conference along with Assembly Member Ting from San Francisco.
Let your representatives know you've reviewed their votes and they are important to you!
Jamie Oliver In Sacramento               


Jamie Oliver In Sacramento


Jamie Oliver was in town on Jan. 7 to meet with local and California policy makers to advocate for improved school meals. In addition, he and Ron Finley (the Guerrilla Gardener) met with about 50 school nutrition advocates in a roundtable discussion to generate ideas for implementing healthier and more appealing food into the school lunch program.


Some of the ideas included teaching basic cooking skills to school food service staff, providing cooking equipment to schools, expanding the lunch period, creating a distribution hub to facilitate the use of local produce, and promoting school food service as an appealing career option for chefs.


The Jamie Oliver Big Rig Teaching Truck will be in town Jan. 21-Feb. 7 offering free cooking classes to the public. His goal is to encourage people to cook at home rather than relying on unhealthy fast food and packaged food. Learn more about his plans at www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com.