November 2014
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Dec. 10 - Terra Madre Day and Annual Membership Meeting

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

Jan 8 - Book Club, reading Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War by Elaine F. Weiss. Please note new date.


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Terra Madre Membership Potluck - Dec. 10


Terra Madre Day Annual Membership Meeting, Potluck & FoodDrive


Featuring Amigo Bob Castisano 



Free - RSVP


Slow Food Sacramento invites its members to celebrate Terra Madre Day by participating in 

our Annual Slow Food Sacramento Membership Meeting, Potluck and Food Drive 


When: December 10 from 6 - 8 p.m.  

Where: Sacramento Food Bank, 33rd St. and 3rd Ave., Sacramento

Cost: FREE and open to all members (you're welcome to join at the meeting!)


For Slow Food's 25th Anniversary, Terra Madre Day 2014 will be celebrated simultaneously throughout Slow Food California and the Pacific Region (Hawai`i, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and California). The theme is The Ark of Taste: Near and Far, celebrating and protecting local foods and food traditions.


We will be featuring three Slow Food Sacramento delegates to the international Terra Madre convening of farmers, chefs, producers, and activists in Turin, Italy. Sharing their experiences will be our own board member and chef, Brenda Ruiz, as well at military veteran and farmer, Vonita Murray, and Amigo Bob Cantisano, organic farmer and founder of the Ecological Farming Conference and Peaceful Valley Farm Supply in Grass Valley. 



We encourage everyone to bring a GMO-free dish to share that includes one or more Slow Food Ark of Taste ingredients. Last year our various dishes included ten Ark of Taste foods- we aim to set a new record.


Please bring a label for your dish and be prepared to share the story of your dish and where you found your Ark of Taste ingredient- if you succeeded!


For our zero waste event, please bring your own flatware, plates, napkins and a glass


Annual meeting:

Our brief business meeting will feature election of 2015 Board members, thanking Coral Henning for her two years of leadership as our president, and a quick review of 2014 and look forward to 2015. 


Our host, the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services will give us a tour of their innovative facility and garden, a model throughout the state and nation. 


The Food Bank welcomes your donation of canned foods. Learn more about requested Food Bank donations here.


Don't forget * to RSVP * your dishes and tableware * canned goods to donate * curiousity and enthusiasm for good clean and fair food for all!

To learn more about Amigo Bob and view the board nominees, read more...


Harvest Dinner A Big Success

Celebrating the Harvest Together

 Family Style


Our annual Harvest Dinner on Nov. 2 at Mulvaney's B & L brought together 110 Slow Food Sacramento members and guests to enjoy a fabulous family-style meal to celebrate the local harvest and honor this year's Snail of Approval awardees. Guests included longtime Slow Food members, Snail of Awardee recipients, and folks who simply enjoy meeting others with a passion for locally grown food.


This year's Snail of Approval awardees were saluted and include: Revolution Wines Bistro, Shoki Ramen House (24th and R Street), Thai Basil Restaurant Midtown, Ruhstaller, The Cultured and the Cured, GO Box, and the Food Literacy Center


Lucky bidders helped us raise an additional $3,200 by purchasing tickets for two in-home dinners. Special thanks to Mother and Empress Tavern Dinner chefs Michael Thiemann and Matt Masera for their donation as well as to Kingbird Farms and chef Brenda Ruiz sous chef Kathleen Albiani for their donation. 


Special thanks goes to Patrick Mulvaney and his staff who made the evening memorable and provided a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy our Slow Food family.



Artisan Eats! Bike Tour Offered Cycling and Eating Fun


Twenty lucky folks joined the tour of four locally owned food shops on Oct. 25. We started the day at Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters in East Sac. We munched on Yellowbill scones and our choice of a flat white or a nitro infused iced coffee, while learning how coffee beans are roasted. Owners Andy and Edie Baker also described their trips to Central America to visit coffee farms and the positive impact their purchasing has made on the farmers they support.  


Then it was off to The Cultured and The Cured, where owner Andrew Hillman and staff had a light lunch waiting for us...macaroni and cheese and their signature salad full of interesting greens, along with a glass of chenin blanc. The weather cleared, making the rest of the day perfect for biking.  


So off to Preservation and Company, where owner Jason Poole gave a tour of his production kitchen and we tasted delicious hickory pickled Brussels sprouts, habanero pickle chips, balsamic beets, and of course, their award-winning bloody Mary mix.  


We ended the day on a sweet note at Andy's Candy Apothecary where Andy (shown above) conducted a tasting of Puur chocolate, tortilla lime brittle, caramel, fabulous pistachio taffy and chile chocolate. What a great way to end the day...and he sent each of us home with the truffle of our choice. Everyone left feeling pleasantly full, having found a new appreciation for the Sacramento food scene.