August 2014
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Slow Food Book Club 
Aug. 14 @ 6:30 p.m. 
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
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August Mixer with Mama Kim On the Go, and Tomato Tasting

Aug. 27, 6 - 8 p.m.

Sacramento Grange
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Farm To Every Fork Dinner -
Join Us Sept. 13



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Farm to Every Fork Dinner 

Sept. 13 at Trinity Cathedral


Featuring Food By

Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of Mother and Empress Tavern 


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DENISE FORD (above) is a minister, born and raised in Sacramento's Oak Park, with 59 college units under her belt. She was disabled by a stroke. To make ends meet, Denise grows her own vegetables, shops for bargains and relies on the Sacramento Food Bank. She aims to become a better gardener, find a job and become financially stable. Denise expects that good, healthy food will help her feel and look stronger and better.


JOSEPH HAZZIEZ (above) studies math and science at American River College. He aims to finish his A.A. degree and to become a laboratory research assistant at UC Davis. Joseph works as an in-home care provider, a job he can do with his disability. He relies on organizations like the food bank to make ends meet.Joseph knows good, healthy food doesn't come in a package. He tries to stick to the outside rows of the grocery stores, where the produce is. He believes if you grow healthy food, you're more likely to eat healthy food. 


Slow Food is all about the good things that happen when people sit down to a shared meal. This year's edition of our Urban Ag Fest is a partnership with the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC).

Together we are hosting Farm to Every Fork September 13 at Trinity Cathedral in midtown. Purchase tickets here.

Farm to Every Fork broadens the movement and the discussion to include people who are not part of the usual "foodie" groups. We think this is an exciting addition to Sacramento's enormously popular Farm to Fork Week activities.


"We'll break bread together, share stories, and understand better the challenges facing our homeless and low income neighbors who are struggling with the cost of food," said Paula Lomazzi of SHOC.


Each dinner ticket, priced at $150, will fund two dinners, one for the ticket holder and one for someone in the community who has experienced food insecurity. Proceeds of the dinner will benefit SHOC/Homeward Street Journal, Food Not Bombs, the Fund for Urban Gardening, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, and River City Food Bank.


The event will celebrate the ordinary people growing gardens and working to end hunger as well as the local organizations that are employing resilient and innovative solutions every day. Good food, good fellowship, good cause: that's the mix that earns Sacramento the title of America's Farm to Fork Capital.


Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of critically acclaimed Mother and Empress Tavern are preparing a dinner featuring the best local producers and farms. The

Sacramento Farmers and Chefs Project is collaborating, including by producing the handsome portraits posted here and on the event's Facebook page.


Keynote speaker Eric Holt-GimenezExecutive Director of the Institute for Food & Development Policy (aka Food First) has devoted his life to understanding our global food system and to building local food movements from the ground up. Eric thinks Sacramento is on to something with this addition to the farm to table movement. We think so too.


For information visit or call 916 862 8649.

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Help Raise $$ For Terre Madre Delegates

Still A Few Seats Left For 

Rabbit dinner Under the Tuscan Sun

Aug. 9 from 6 - 9 p.m.


Slow Food Sacramento aims to raise $3,000 to transport our two delegates -- Brenda Ruiz and Vonita Murray -- 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

Tomato Tasting Mixer: Aug. 27

Tomato Tasting with Chuck Rickard & Mama Kim On the Go

Aug. 27 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Our August mixer features the only Sacramento food truck with a Snail of Approval, Mama Kim On the Go.  Since we are in the midst of tomato season, we will include a fun twist.  Chuck Rickard will lead a tasting of 12-20 tomato varieties from his extensive garden, throwing in a couple from Safeway and the Co-op, just for fun.  Everyone will rate the tomatoes, and if you leave your email address with him, he will compile the results and send them to you--so you know the best tasting varieties to plant next year. 

If you grow tomatoes, please feel free to add your favorite to the tasting.  Bring 2 large or 3 small (no cherry tomatoes)--you must know the variety name, so we can add it to the rating list.

$25 includes Mama Kim's meal, non-alcoholic beverage and tomato tasting.
Wednesday, August 27, 6-8pm, Sacramento Grange, 3830 U Street, 95817

Governor's & Region Report


The Slow Food USA Restructure Project
is proceeding. Slow Food California and the Pacific Region are leading the way, because we have been working on regionalization for two years. Some important things to know:  


Slow Food California is part of a new Pacific Region of Slow Food USA. The five states that bound the Pacific Ocean comprise the region (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawai`i). We also happen to have the most chapters and members of any of the new regions. The Pacific Region governors have started working together to design a flexible, responsive structure and identity that will reflect the cultures and circumstances of all five states, yet put us in a position to act as a region when that makes sense-promoting Ark of Taste products, participating in Slow Fish, creating a Chefs Alliance and Slow Food Youth Network, building school garden coalitions, perhaps a Snail of Approval or Appreciation program and certainly working with Slow Food Mexico and Slow Food Canada. Cheryl Brock of Oregon is leading the brainstorming. We'll need your input.  


You can find the Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto pages on the Slow Food USA website. Take a moment to read up on the event and to check out our delegate pages.

Slow Food California Policy Committee and Slow Food USA Food & Farm Policy Task Force -
We are in the California legislative break and about to enter the Congressional break. The remaining priority bills based on California chapter surveys are: 

AB 1990 (Gordon) Community Food Production and Gleaning; and AB 2561 (Bradford) the Neighborhood Food Act.

We're working to improve AB 1990 to allow community grown and gleaned foods to be donated to food banks and sold to retail grocers. We're working to pass AB 2561 to give residents of homeowners associations, and renters rights to grow food. Please encourage your members to pick up the phone and ask their Senators for a "yes" vote on AB 2561.A phone script can be found here.

In the meantime the Slow Food USA policy priority survey results are in. The shorthand version: 1. Right to know (GMO labeling, etc.); 2. Support for organic food and biodiversity; 3. Hunger and nutrition; 4. School food; 5. Agriculture resource conservation policies; 6. Humane meat. 



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


Pizza the Italian Way



The world's first pizzas were created with homegrown crops and small ovens and Masullo's similarities might deem it a modern epitome of original pizzerias. The Snail-Awarded restaurant opened its doors in 2008 with Italian techniques and local ingredients in mind.


Inspired by true Italian pizzerias - and the several trips that Robert Masullo, chef and owner, has taken to Naples -  this restaurant utilizes everything from traditional pizza-making techniques found in Naples to an imported wood-fired oven and locally grown honey and tomatoes.


Masullo considers it a good Friday when the restaurant's only oven serves as many as 150 people. The oven has never been an inconvenience, he says.


"We focus on quality over speed and convenience," said Masullo "That's the way it should be."


Restaurant staples, such as olive oil and honey, come from Woodland's award-winning olive oil company, Frate Sole, while its tomatoes and eggs come from Sonoma County's Singing Frogs Farm.


Masullo restaurant also provides seasonal specials, such as a chopped salad with persimmons from South Land Park locals and, currently, a watermelon salad with jicama that is available only a few months out of the summer.


"I don't do this out of some other motivation; It's simply how I learned to cook and eat," said Masullo. "The basic, natural way."


Masullo is located at 2711 Riverside Blvd in Land Park. Find out more about the restaurant and menu at


Book Club - Aug. 14

Next Book Club on August 14th

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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined in Molly Wizenbergs memoir. You won't be able to decide whether to curl up and sink into the story or to head straight to the market to fill your basket with ingredients for Cider-Glazed Salmon and Pistachio Cake with Honeyed Apricots."

Coming up for October Book Club:


Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo"In the fall of 2003, as Iraq descended into civil war, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. For the next six years, she lived in Baghdad and Beirut, where she dodged bullets during sectarian street battles, chronicled the Arab world's first peaceful revolution, and watched Hezbollah commandos invade her Beirut neighborhood. Throughout all of it, she broke bread with Sunnis and Shiites, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her story of the hunger for food and friendship during wartime-a communion that feeds the soul as much as the body.