July 2014
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Slow Food Book Club - 
Aug. 14: 
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
To join us, RSVP to katonthyme@gmail.com


Other Regional Events


Winemaking 101

July 12 at 10 a.m.



Sacramento Home Winemakers annual beginners winemaking workshop features instruction on the home winemaking process and discussions with California State Fair winners, among others. For  additional information.


Celebrate Sustainable Fish

Mulvaney's B & L

July 14 @ 6 p.m.


Mulvaney's B & L received Seafood Watch's Best Choice certification for sustainably farmed white sturgeon. Celebrate by raising a glass with Vandy and Michael Passmore for cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Follow that up with a four-course family style meal featuring Passmore Ranch fish prepared by Chef Patrick Mulvaney and guest chefs Michael Thiemann of Mother and Scott Ostrander of Esquire Grill. $35 per person; call for reservations: 916-441-6022.


Say Cheese! with the 


July 26 from 5-6 p.m.

Sac Natural Foods Co-op


Gordon Edgar, 
cheesemonger at San 
Francisco's Rainbow Grocery 
and a champion for farmers 
and artisan cheesemakers makes cheese accessible and fun for everyone. $20, 
includes cheese and wine 
pairing and a lively discussion. 
Pick up a signed copy 
of Gordon's book,
The Cheesemonger: 
A Life on the Wedge. 

Pre-register at


American Cheese Society

Sac Convention Center

July 29 - Aug 1


The  American Cheese Society Conference & Competition is coming to Sacramento and needs your help. Join hundreds of cheese professionals and enthusiasts seeking to assist with shifts from July 23 through Aug. 2. Help move cheeses pre- and post-judging, with cheese prep for sessions and events, with on-site registration and more. Special perks available, including a commemorative 

T-shirt. For information on volunteering


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Meet Brenda Ruiz - Terra Madre Delegate



Meet Brenda Ruiz

A Terre Madre Delegate


Let's Help Her Get To Italy!


If you've ever connected with Slow Food Sacramento at a local festival, you've probably met board member, community organizer, passionate food activist and consummate chef Brenda Ruiz, otherwise known as Chef Brenda.  


Chef Brenda will travel as one of two Sacramento delegates to Turin, Italy this October for Slow Food's Terra Madre, a global community meet-up of food growers, producers, breeders and chefs. The other delegate is farmer Vonita Murray.


She has made a 20-plus year career working in the kitchens of top local restaurants like Biba, Freeport Bakery, The Supper Club and local Snail of Approval winners, The Waterboy and The Kitchen. Chef Brenda chairs Slow Food Sacramento's Youth and School Projects committee, directs the School Garden Coalition, and represents the Sacramento region as a member on the state steering committee of the California Food Policy Council.


Grateful to be able to make a living cooking wonderful food and interacting daily with producers, farmers, and thoughtful chefs, Chef Brenda acknowledges a larger struggle in the food system. "Even in a state with so much agricultural bounty and a focus on healthy eating, I struggle to serve fresh, home cooked meals at my own family's table."


A graduate of the Edible Schoolyard Academy in Berkeley and a certified food genius advocate with California Food Literacy, Chef Brenda has also volunteered as guest chef with Jr. Chef Central - helping to stage its Kids' Culinary Conventions and Culinary Competitions.


Slow Food Sacramento aims to raise $3,000 to transport our two delegates to Terra Madre by hosting a fundraising dinner for 20 guests at the home of board member Kathy Les. Vonita will donate her heritage rabbits (listed on Slow Foods Ark of Taste) as the main course and board members Chef Brenda and Chef Kathleen Albiani will cook.


The Aug. 9, multi-course dinner -- Rabbit Under the Tuscan Sun -- will feature Italian-themed summer fare. Cost is $100 each plus a bottle of your favorite wine. If you are interested, please contact Kathy@slowfoodsacramento.com.


Farm to Every Fork Dinner - 
Join US Sept. 13


Join Us!


Farm to Every Fork Dinner 

Sept. 13 at Trinity Cathedral


Featuring Food By

Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of Mother and Empress Tavern 


RSVP and Tickets


This year our Urban Ag Fest takes a new twist on the Farm to Fork theme. We're joining with the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC) on Saturday September 13, at Trinity Cathedral, 5-8 pm to kick off Sacramento's Farm to Fork Week 2014 with Farm to Every Fork, a communal commitment to end hunger in our region. 


This sit down dinner for 150 features a dinner menu sourced from the best local farms and prepared by one of our foremost chefs. Buy one, feed one - your $150 ticket buys two meals - one for you and one for a neighbor that might often experience hunger. 


We'll break bread together, share stories, and understand better the challenges facing over one quarter million of our neighbors who are food insecure. And we'll celebrate the work of the organizations and individuals who are making a difference. 


Proceeds of the event benefit SHOC, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, the River City Food Bank, Food Not Bombs, and the Fund for Urban Gardening. Numerous resourceful organizations will showcase their programs. And we'll have the usual irresistible auction and raffle items. 


But best of all: you'll walk away with new friends and a renewed commitment to end hunger in our region. Buy your ticket here. 


Interested in a sponsorship? contact Paula Lomazzi: shoc_1@yahoo.com


Governor's Report



Policy going strong in California and gearing up in Slow Food USA


Slow Food California Policy Advocacy - Where we stand -
GE Labeling(Out)/
Neighborhood Food Act (Alive!)

The food movement, including Slow Food California is learning to work together and we're getting notice and results.


Want to join a committee and help visit the capitol? 

Contact: charity@slowfoodsacramento.com.   


Slow Food USA Food & Farm Policy Task Force - status


We now have a chair, Ed Yowell (NYC) and a steering committee: Cheryl Brock (Oregon), Charity Kenyon (California), Gabby Lothrop (Florida), William Powers (Nebraska), Jane Steinberg (New Mexico). The greater Task Force (comprised of all Slow Food members who opt in!) will shortly receive a priority setting survey and a list of the organizations, by region, with which we are networking on policy. We took action on recent Farm Bill Appropriations bills and are preparing to focus especially in the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act. If you have already signed up to receive action alerts and tools from the policy committee, expect the survey soon.

If you want to be involved, email campaigns@slowfoodusa.org.

Slow Meat 1.0 -
We pulled it off and now we look forward to a big international event in June 2015 - Slow Meat 2.0. Our regional delegate, Jon Gonzales (Slow Food Gold Country) was there and it appears that the goal to productively engage consumers with producers was achieved. Many involved in reform of the meat industry actually met each other for the first time and relished the opportunity to strategize together. The quality of delegates and presentations was impressive and feedback good. Delegates should expect a summary from Slow Food Executive Director Richard McCarthy on July 15 and the rest of us around August 1. Let's make a difference!


What's happening around the world?


International Council - Pollenzo, Italy 

June 13-15, 2014


Councilors from all over the world gathered for our annual meeting to approve the Slow Food International budget, to weigh in on the direction and focus of the organization and, most importantly to network with our inspiring counterparts. Joel Smith (SFUSA Board of Directors, former Midwest Governor from Chicago) and Charity Kenyon (Slow Food Sacramento, Slow Food California) were the attending Slow Food USA Councilors with Kate Krauss, Managing Director, and Robert Shaver, Slow Food USA Board of Directors and Finance Committee Chair. 


Read Slow Food International Newsletter to learn more about what is happening with Slow Food around the globe.


The second issue of Slow Food's Slow Wine Magazine is now available in English, German and Italian. 


Questions? charity@slowfoodsacramento.com


Thank you for all you do!


Charity Kenyon 
Slow Food USA Governor 
Central Valley Regions & International Councilor



Snail of Approval:

Featured Eatery


Snail of Approval Awardee

Mama Kim on the Go 
State of the Art Food Truck



Mama Kim on the Go, is not only one of the most popular food trucks in the Sacramento area, but also the first Sacramento food truck to be awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval award for meeting Slow Food standards for good, clean and fair food for all.

As owner and Executive Chef Kim Scott and her business partner, Philip Rayburn, embarked on their food business journey, they began with a catering business, Mama Kim Cooks, and soon thereafter decided to get on the road with a food truck to better share Scott's culinary talents with locals on the street.


The purple truck's menu features new Southern-Creole-fusion food, including a variety of dishes prepared from locally grown ingredients. Some of its most popular dishes are Mama Kim's famous fish tacos, baby lettuce salad prepared with local greens, BBQ tri-tip, and sweet potato chips fried in rice oil.

As Scott and Rayburn both grew up on farms, inspiration behind utilizing local ingredients came naturally for them.

"We never consciously decided to be a Slow Food restaurant (but) our beliefs about food have always been in line with the practices of the Slow Food movement. Both Phillip and I were brought up with the food on the table being prepared from the farm; it is a part of our heritage," said Scott.

Mama Kim on the Go can often be found at many local spots in Midtown and downtown Sacramento, as well as CalPers and Del Paso Boulevard's monthly "Good: Street Food + Design Market." The truck is also open for service every Wednesday between 11 A.M. and 1 P.M. outside Mama Kim Eats restaurant at 1616 Del Paso Blvd.

For instant updates on the truck's events, check out @mamakimcooks on Twitter, "Mama Kim Eats" on Facebook, or download the app DEALSNAPT and add "Mama Kim On The Go" to be notified about deals and the truck's whereabouts.

School Garden Coalition Update

Diggin' In 

July 21-25 and Aug. 11-15

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

American River Ranch/Soil Born Farm

$200/person or $500/3-person team


A school garden training providing your school with the tools to establish or grow your garden program. This hands-on training includes, materials, the basics of gardening with children, communicating your garden vision, funding ideas, and much more.


Space is limited. For information and to register, email Shannon Hardwicke at sacgardenchica@gmail.com or visit www.soilborn.org.