January 2015
Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


March 12- Book Club
Reading Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard by Isak Dineson

March 14-15 School Garden Conference

More info.


Other Regional Events


Slow Wine US Tour San Francisco

Jan. 29 at 6 - 8:30 pm

Terra Gallery & Event Venue, San Francisco


Slow Food International presents the 2015 edition of Slow Wine Guide at a tasting featuring more than 50 Slow Wine producers from 15 Italian wine regions. Each ticket includes tasting over 100 special wines and the Slow Wine Guide (a $25 value). More info.

Oak Park Sol Community Garden Fundraiser

Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm

Insight Coffee Roasters 

1901 8th Street

More info.


Mid-Winter Beekeeper's Feast

Jan. 31 from 6-9 pm

Robert Mondavi Institute Lobby, Davis 
Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious food, and the taste of mead and honey to support the hard work of UC Davis' Honey and Pollination Center. Arrive at 5 p.m. for pre-dinner honey tastings. More info.


Feb. 9 at 6 pm
The Crest  
Capital premier. 
Free but RSVP requested
Producer panel discussion.


Slow Food San Francisco's Third Annual Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference

Feb. 22 at 10 am - 4:30 pm

UC San Francisco Medical Center

Hear six speakers discussing best practices in obesity prevention. Keynotes include Daphne Miller, author of Farmacology, and Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., Professor at Stanford Prevention Research Center. Enjoy breakfast and lunch highlighting local food businesses. Register here.

FarmSchool: Grazing On Grasslands 101

March 1 at 9 am to 

4 pm

Soul Food Farm, Vacaville


Soul Food Farm presents "Grazing on Grasslands," a conference about revitalizing the world's damaged grasslands through sustainable farming practices. Guests will be acquainted with the farm and be able to purchase a light lunch.

More info.


Sacramento Food Film Festival

March 18-29



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Local Vision Award


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Local Vision Award



Slow Food Sacramento is pleased to announce that the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association (APA) recognized our chapter with a Local Vision Award presented on January 21 at an evening gathering of the local APA chapter. Slow Food board members Karen Auwaerter and Brenda Ruiz were present to accept the award.


The Local Vision Awards are made to organizations, individuals, and projects that have made outstanding contributions toward creating better places and have challenged the members of their communities to think differently about the everyday decisions they make.

"Slow Food Sacramento has been building community Farm to Every Fork for over 20 years," said Deborah Kruse, an APA Sacramento Valley Section board member who nominated Slow Food Sacramento for the award. "I can't think of an organization that has been more diligent about educating and leading the Sacramento community on the importance of locally and sustainably grown foods for everyone."

In particular, we were recognized as a key community builder through our Urban Ag Fests and more recent Farm to Every Fork dinner, which alone raised $15,000 to help other food related organizations that support the hungry and homeless.

We were also recognized for creating and supporting the School Garden Coalition (led by Slow Food Sacramento board member Brenda Ruiz). The School Garden Coalition works with school gardens throughout the region to build skills, share best practices, and supports opportunities to connect school garden communities

Our chapter makes big things happen with the help of our board and volunteers. See below for a look at this year's board members. 

Slow Meat - June 4-6

 Slow Meat - Less Meat, Better


June 4-6, Denver, CO


Slow Meat 2015 returns!  This year, it will have two parts, a delegate-only Symposium and a public Fair. The symposium (Th-F) will be exclusively for Slow Meat delegates. On Saturday, members of the public will join Slow Meat delegates for public activities, including shopping booths featuring Slow Meat-related products and services; public lectures discussing innovations and challenges; skills workshops; and of course tasting lots of great Slow Meat fare.  


There are 200 delegate spots for the Symposium. The delegate application process will open on February 2nd, and will be publicized to the general public beginning in March. The Sacramento Chapter is guaranteed one delegate. All delegates must complete an application form.


Are you a rancher, chef, artisan producer, advocate for humane and sustainable animal husbandry, environmentalist, or just ready to join in the largest Slow Food USA gathering since Slow Food Nation (SF 2008)? Watch for more information about becoming a delegate or attending the Slow Meat Fair. If you are interested in being our delegate, email Kathy@slowfoodsacramento.com.


Governor's Report



Updates on visits to California by Slow Food International Councilors: 


We will welcome Katrine Klinken, Slow Food International Councilor from Denmark, to Sacramento April 6! We are still working out the details on the event. Here's a little taste of Denmark in English to whet your appetite! 


And we now expect Edie Mukiibi, Slow Food International Vice-President and International Councilor from Uganda will join us in September. Again, we have few details to share but we want you to help us welcome this important leader to Sacramento. Slow Food Africa's 10,000 Gardens  project reinforces why we're all part of this movement.


Update on Slow Food California: 


Look for a newsletter and new Slow Food California Web site page (associated with Slow Food USA) this month. When we can effectively communicate with all Slow Food members in California, we will resume our recruitment of nominating committee members to help fashion an inaugural board and get this operation gliding along in proper snail fashion. 


In 2014 Slow Food USA began to roll out its five new regions as a way to strengthen bonds between members and the Slow Food movement that is local, regional, and international. 


Slow Food California is the first statewide chapter and part of the Pacific Region with Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Hawai`i. As a Slow Food member living in California, you will be able to connect to our chapter, join in statewide projects, connect with national and international initiatives, and receive our quarterly Slow Food California
newsletter. We want your feedback and suggestions. This is an organization with a wide variety of projects on the menu. We want to link you with the initiatives that best satisfy your appetite for good, clean, and fair food for all. Joy + Justice in 2015!



Welcome To 2015 Board 
Welcome Our New 

2015 Advisory Board!

The following were elected at our annual membership meeting on Dec. 10, 2014. 

President/ Newsletter Editor: Kathy Les

Vice President: Mary Rousseve

Immediate Past President: Coral Henning

Secretary: Janice Daniels

Treasurer/ Slow Food U Chair: Karen Auwaerter

School Garden Coalition/Youth Projects Director: Brenda Ruiz

Ex officio:

Events and Website: Allison Henderson

Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Frank

Book Club Chair - Kathleen Albiani

Membership Chair/Central Valley Governor: Charity Kenyon

Snail of Approval Chair: Cinamon Vann

Shelley Blanton Stroud

Scott Singer

Vonita Murray Vonita@slowfoodsacramento.com