March 2015

Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


March 12- Book Club
Reading Babette's Feast by Isak Dineson

March 14-15 A Garden In Every School Symposium

More info.


March 21 - Food Film Shorts as part of the Sac Food Film Festival  

March 19-29 



April 6 - Slow Food U - Danish Event at Consulate's office, Capitol Mall. See below for details.



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A Garden In Every School
Symposium: March 14-15

Photo by Guy Galante


A Garden In Every School Symposium

March 14-15



The Met Sacramento High School

 810 V Street


Register Here


Schools with gardens help students discover fresh food and make better food choices. Join us for the Garden In Every School Symposium March 14-15. 


If you are you affiliated with a school garden in Sacramento and want to learn more about making the garden productive and how to incorporate curriculum while growing produce, this symposium is for you!  Join teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, and school garden coordinators involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment for a weekend of learning, resource sharing, peer networking, and hands on fun!

Slow Food Sacramento's School Garden Coalition is partnering with Soil Born Farms to offer this unique opportunity to enrich those who cultivate life and learning.  Attendees will enjoy delicious food prepared by Magpie Café, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and Chipotle.


Sacramento is excited to host Slow Food Denver leader Gigia Kolouch, author of the upcoming Slow Food USA Good,Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum, who the will present a Digging Deeper workshop along with our own Brenda Ruiz.


Registration, Networking & Breakfast begins each day at 8 a.m.

$60 per person includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks on both days. Note: We are not offering a one day option. 

Scholarships available. Contact Rebecca at


Register While Space Still Available!


Sacramento Food Film Fest:
 Free Showing of Short Films March 21


Free Screening of Food Film Shorts


March 21 from 5:30 - 8p.m.

McClatchy Park in Oak Park


Bring Your Own Slow Style Picnic!


Here's your chance to enjoy several short films focused on urban farming! Slow Food Sacramento in partnership with California Food Literacy Center and the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition will feature a FREE showing of food film shorts on March 21 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. as part of  Sacramento Food Film Festival 2015. Bring a picnic to enjoy while watching the films in McClatchy Park under the open sky.


The selected films demonstrate how urban farming can positively impact a community. The Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition is the grassroots food policy group working on city and county ordinances to expand urban farming in Sacramento to legalize the sale of food grown on local urban farms. Learn more about the  Urban Ag Ordinance and sign the petition in support by March 17, when the ordinance goes to City Council.


In addition to the short films, this free community event will include live reggae music, speakers on the importance of urban agriculture, a pop-up urban ag stand featuring produce for sale by donation from local urban farmers, hay bales and picnic blankets (DO bring your own picnic), or partake of healthy food for food trucks on hand.

An optional extra on March 21 preceding the film shorts is a bus tour of three urban farms in Sacramento. Between stops guests will watch short films and hear experts speak on urban farming, while enjoying paired bites from the chefs at Grange and Mother. $45 tickets can be purchased here.


These short films are part of the larger Sacramento Food Film Festival 2015 running from March 19-29 at various locations. The film festival benefits the California Food Literacy Center. Don't miss the exciting line-up of food films paired with eating opportunities.


Governor's Report



Slow Food California has launched. We have more avenues than ever to connect with the great farmers, chefs, food activists, food lovers and defenders of local food cultures and biodiversity that is Slow Food. My goal for 2015 is to extend and strengthen those links. Here's how:


1. Slow Food California's first quarterly
newsletter landed in your inboxes February 5. It is our first direct communication with
all members and supporters in California. If you did not receive it, let me know (after checking your spam box!).

Here's what to expect: Newsletters in January, April, July, and October plus single subject emails in March (about the Ark of Taste Mexico tour in October), May (Slow Meat), and August (Membership drive, which Sacramento has won two years in a row).


Here's how to contribute: We welcome ideas and articles. We want voices from all over the network to be reflected. Ideas?



2. The newsletter cover e-mail linked to 
two surveys. The first is a planning survey. The second is an invitation to join the nominating committee or volunteer for the Slow Food California board. According to the bylaws, all regions of California will be represented on the board.

Here's how to contribute: Fill out the surveys! Volunteer for the board or nominating committee. Submit names of leaders who you recommend to shape Slow Food California.


Here's what to expect: The board's plans and leadership will reflect the ideas and nominations gathered from the network.


3. We have a brand new  Slow Food California Web site hosted by Slow Food USA. For now, the web page archives Slow Food California newsletters.


4. We have a brand new public Slow Food California Facebook page. Please like the Facebook page, share it, and post to it! 


Good, clean, and fair food for all,


Charity Kenyon, Slow Food USA Governor Central Valley of California, Pacific Region

International Councilor 



Book Club - March 12


Reading This Month: 

Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen

March 12 @ 6 p.m. 




The celebrated Danish author Isak Dinesen captures the power of a shared meal in this fantastic tale set on the bleak Norwegian coast in the 1870's. The Book Club selection makes a fortuitous connection to our April 6 Slow Food U with Danish Slow Food International Councilor and cookbook author Katrine Klinken. See details below.


To RSVP for the book club meeting, contact Kathleen at At that time you will be provided the meeting location. 


Slow Food U:  
Modern Twist on Danish Traditions served up with Historic Perspectives 

Join us at 6 p.m. on April 6th at the Danish Consulate in Sacramento for a demonstration and talk with Danish cookbook author and Slow Food International Councilor Katrine Klinken and University of the Pacific food historian Professor Ken Albala.

Danish Consulate in Sacramento located at One Capitol Mall Suite 670  $20/person, attendance limited to 40 people. Purchase tickets here.


New Donation Opportunities

Two New Exciting Ways to Help Slow Food Sacramento Raise Money



Make Every Day Earth Day:

Slow Food Sacramento has been selected by the Sacramental Natural Foods Co-op as one of ten nonprofits to vie to become one of four organizations selected to receive money through their Make Every Day Earth Day program. The Co-op will donate five cents for every shopping bag brought in by customers. First we have to be selected. Between April 1 -22 we will be asking you to visit the Co-op website and vote for us or vote while you are in the store making a purchase. More details to come.


BIG Day of Giving:

We are participating in the BIG Day of Giving this year from midnight to midnight on May 5, 2015. For those 24 hours, tax deductible, online donations will be accepted for Slow Food Sacramento to further our initiatives in promoting gastronomic culture, developing taste education, conserving agricultural biodiversity, protecting traditional foods at risk of extinction, and supporting youth and school projects,. Watch for more details.


    Tomato Tasting Results                              


Guess Which Tomatoes Taste Best?




Avid gardener Chuck Ricard conducted a very informative tomato tasting for Slow Food in September, sharing about 30 varieties, including heirloom varieties from his garden to grocery store specimens. He has compiled the taste results from the last five years of his Oak Park Crop Swap tomato tastings, and the results are in ... just in time for your summer garden planning.  


Our group was surprised to learn that the just-picked tomatoes from local gardeners' backyards were tastier than the same variety purchased from the farmers market. Chuck explained that tomatoes lose their flavor quickly, so picking them just before eating is ideal.  


Cherokee purple, black zebra, early girl, Caspian pink, Isis candy and German orange strawberry got the highest ratings. We will send the entire report to those who attended the Slow Food Tomato Tasting, and Chuck has graciously agreed to email the report to  those who contact him at