October 2014
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:

 Oct. 9 - Book Club,

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War

Oct. 25 - Artisan Eats By Bike!
Join a small group of foodies on a bike ride through East Sac, Midtown and Downtown as we explore four of Sacramento's best and tastiest food shops.

RSVP Here.

Nov. 2 - Annual Harvest Dinner at Mulvaney's to present our 2014 Snail of Approval winners. Purchase Tickets.

Dec. 10 - Terra Madre Day and Annual Membership Meeting

Share a potluck and learn more about Slow Food with fellow aficionados.


Other Regional Events


Chicken Coop Bike Tour

Oct. 11 - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join the Sac Foods Co-op for leisurely bike tour of Two Flew the Coop's creative backyard coop designs. $15, $10 Co-op owners. Register at sacfoodcoop.com

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Are you a supporter but not yet a member? Has your membership lapsed? We need you - the work of Slow Food across the region, the state, the country, and the global south needs you. This month Slow Food Sacramento is joining in the first ever coordinated international membership campaign. We encourage you to view and share this new video.


In Sacramento we are so pleased with the success of Farm to Every Fork co-sponsored with the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee. If you were there, you experienced the power of sharing stories around a common table - a foundational tenet of Slow Food. Janine Mapurunga's photo captures the spirit of this wonderful event, which aimed to strengthen and broaden the commitment to end hunger in our region.


In Alice Waters' words:


"There is nothing more powerful than gathering around the table with family and friends. Farm to Every Fork and Slow Food Sacramento are bringing people together to change the way we eat, and are fighting for good, clean, and fair food for all."


If you like what we're doing, please join us. And we're doing a lot. Our annual offerings throughout the year include our edible garden bike tour in October, the Harvest Dinner in November, Terra Madre membership potluck in December, Slow Food book club every other month, recognition and celebration of local restaurants that meet the Slow Food mission with our Snail of Approval awards and mixers throughout the year -- and much more. Be a part of helping spread the word about good, clean and fair food for allRead more...


Harvest Dinner, Nov. 2

Join Slow Food Sacramento 

November 2 from 5-9 p.m.

Mulvaney's B & L 

This is the dinner not to miss. Experience Mulvaney's hospitality and excellent food, while mingling with Slow Food members and guests. 


Slow Food Sacramento will present this year's Snail of Approval awards to more than a dozen local business owners whose work embodies the Slow Food principles of good, clean, and fair food for all. This year's seasonal dinner menu will be available soon and will feature foods expertly prepared by Chef Patrick Mulvaney.


Purchase Tickets


Members $65; Non-Members $75

Members $65; Non-Members $75 (Hot Tip: Here's a reason to join or renew your membership now!)


This event sells out every year! Watch for more details coming soon.


Farm To 
Every Fork 
A Big Success


Farm to Every Fork a Huge Success - Help Us Make It A New Farm to Fork Week Tradition!


Thank you for supporting Farm to Every Fork! For those that attended the event, we expect that you met people you would not have met, but for attending this amazing event co-sponsored with the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC). We expect that you shared or heard stories that you likely would not have heard or shared, but for attending this event. And we think that you likely gained new appreciation for the work of groups and individuals tackling the issues of hunger and homelessness in our region. Whether you attended or not, we hope that you are inspired to consider yourself a part of our growing community commitment to end hunger in our region.


Many Slow Food Sacramento members were generous volunteers, sponsors, ticket purchasers, and auction and raffle item donors. The event brought tears,

laughter, and celebration. Eric Holt Gimenez of Food First! was an inspiring speaker. Slow Food Members Dana Howard, our M.C., and Keith Wagner, our musician, were terrific. Chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera of Mother with our own Chef Brenda Ruiz and crew fed us the very best of local fare. The Rev. Steve Skiffington and Trinity Cathedral and staff were wonderful hosts; our tablers were awesome. We could not have done it without the organizational talent of Greg Norrish of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Janine Mapurunga of Sacramento Farmers and Chefs documented it all. But best were the stories shared over dinner - priceless.


Through your generosity we raised more than $15,000 for SHOC & Homeward Street Journal, River City Food Bank, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Food Not Bombs, and the Fund for Urban Gardens. Look for more opportunities to work together to promote good, clean, and fair food for all during the year and at the second annual Farm to Every Fork Dinner. Let's make it a new tradition for America's Farm to Fork Capital!


Governor's & Region Report


The Slow Food Policy Committee is pleased to report that the Governor signed legislation during Farm to Fork Week on which chapters across the state worked diligently. Our highest priority was the Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, which gives renters of homes and duplexes as well as members of homeowners associations the right to grow food. It wasn't all we set out to accomplish but it was an important step forward with some excellent policy language about food security and access to fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Want to help tell the story at the capitol next year? email charity@slowfoodsacramento.com. Look for a full report of the year's work in our inaugural Slow Food California newsletter on our about November 10.


Yes, Slow Food California is officially a chapter of Slow Food USA (almost!) We have our EIN and a bank account and will shortly be able to communicate directly with all Slow Food members residing in California. Read More...



Thank you for all you do!


Charity Kenyon 
Slow Food USA Governor 
Central Valley Regions & International Councilor
Slow Food Book SSlow Foo
Slow Food Book Club
Join Us For A Good Slow Food Read

 October 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

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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."