April 2015

Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


April 6 - Slow Food U - Modern Twist on Danish Traditions Served with Historic Perspectives. See below.
May 5th- Big Day of Giving
Your chance to donate to Slow Food Sacramento.
May 14- Book Club

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food by Thomas McNamee.

Early June - Edie Mukiibi of Uganda coming to share Slow Food International's One Thousand Gardens In Africa project. Watch for date announcement.


Sept. 12 - Farm to Every Fork


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Vote for Slow Food Sacramento in
Make Every Day Earth Day Contest


Sac Natural Food Co-op Website   


Help us raise money through Make Everyday Earth Day sponsored by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. From April 1 - 22 you can vote for Slow Food Sacramento as one of 10 nonprofits vying to be a recipient of the Co-op rewards program for those who bring their own grocery bags for purchased goods.


Every time shoppers bring in their own bag, the Co-op donates five cents to designated nonprofits. 

Like the idea of Slow Food Sacramento being one of the designated nonprofits to receive funds? Then vote for us in the Sac Natural Food Co-op Website between April 1 - 22 and share the link with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. If you prefer to vote in the store, the voting box will be located at the Customer Service Desk right inside the Co-op starting April 1st.


And regardless of who wins, it's always a good idea to bring your own reusable bags wherever you shop.

Slow Food U: Danish Traditions
April 6



Slow Food U: A Modern Twist On Danish Traditions Served Up With Historic Perspectives

April 6 @ 6 p.m.

Location: Danish Consulate 

One Capitol Mall Suite 670



April 6, 6:00 p.m. at the Danish Consulate, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 670, $20

Only 5 tickets remaining  


Welcome Slow Food International Councilor and cookbook author Katrine Klinken to Sacramento. Enjoy her demonstration and some delicious treats. Learn about the state of food in Denmark informed by the historic perspective of University of the Pacific food historian Ken Albala. And meet some of Katrine's Danish fans in California, coming from as far away as the Culinary Institute of America. For more information about Katrine and Ken, visit our website Værsgo'!


New Donation Opportunity

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.  



Slow Meat Registration  
Open to the Public  
Meet Sacramento Delegate 
Michael Tuohy

Register for the biggest Slow Food USA gathering since Slow Food Nation. Slow Meat 2015 is a Symposium on June 4-5 and a Fair June 6 in Denver, Colorado. The Symposium, will assemble artisans and thought leaders from around the country to celebrate advances in sustainable husbandry and also work on a menu of recommended actions to positively impact the practices of meat production and consumption: Better Meat, Less is the motto. Interested members and supporters of Slow Food are invited to apply to be a delegate. The application form and FAQ's are all on the Slow Food USA Slow Meat  web site. The June 6 fair is open to all and will feature skills workshops, public lectures, Slow Meat-related products and services, and tastings of the best meat in the country - with friends!


Meat your delegate - Our official chapter delegate is Chef Michael Tuohy - Michael is familiar to most of us for his innovative approach to cuisine and championship of fresh, seasonal, local fare. He is a long time Slow Food Sacramento member and generous supporter of the chapter. This Fall Michael was hired to be the Executive Chef and General Manager of Sacramento's new entertainment and sports facility. In Tuohy's words:

My hope is that this arena will serve as a model for other sporting & entertainment venues across the country, and perhaps the globe, demonstrating that the Slow Food ethos can work even where "fast food" has proliferated. I want this arena to be the first to attain a Slow Food Snail of Approval. As I go through this process, I am searching for ways to help not only create, but improve the existing system, by making it easier for smaller local meat farmers obtain better access to processing and distribution that will open new markets for them.

Michael is working with local farmers and ranchers now to make this a reality. With this delegate's leadership, maybe Slow Meat and Slow Food California can leverage a whole new approach to meat at Super Bowl 2015 in San Francisco! We hope you'll join Michael in Denver for this national Slow Food gathering.







Book Club - May 14th


Reading This Month: 

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food
y Thomas McNamee


May 14th @ 6 p.m. 




In the 1950s, America was a land of overdone roast beef and canned green beans-a gastronomic wasteland. Most restaurants relied on frozen, second-rate ingredients and served bogus "Continental" cuisine. Authentic French, Italian, and Chinese foods were virtually unknown. There was no such thing as food criticism at the time, and no such thing as a restaurant critic. Cooking at home wasn't thought of as a source of pleasure. Guests didn't chat around the kitchen. Professional equipment and cookware were used only in restaurants. One man changed all that.

From the bestselling author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse comes the first biography of the passionate gastronome and troubled genius who became the most powerful force in the history of American food-the founding father of the American food revolution. From his first day in 1957 as the food editor of the New York Times, Craig Claiborne was going to take his readers where they had never been before. Claiborne extolled the pleasures of exotic cuisines from all around the world, and with his inspiration, restaurants of every ethnicity blossomed.


The Slow Food Sacramento Book Club is a book club for readers who enjoy food-related literature, both non-fiction and fiction. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the second Thursday of every other month at one of our member's homes. Everyone who attends brings a dish to share, and we enjoy an evening of lively literary discussion. New members are always welcome!

And now is a great time to get involved, since this month we will be voting on our next group of books to read. If you are interested in participating or if you would like more information, please contact Kathleen Albiani at katonthyme@gmail.com.



Governor's Report




Slow Food USA initiatives are thriving in Sacramento


#1 Slow Food Sacramento Youth and School Garden Director Brenda Ruiz has reported on the debut of the new School Garden Curriculum at the Garden in Every School Symposium with Slow Food partner Soil Born Farms. Check out the new resources on the Slow Food National Garden Program


#2 The Chapter is participating in the big national convening Slow Meat (June, Denver) by sending as our delegate Chef Michael Tuohy. (More above).


#3 At Slow Meat, Slow Food USA is rolling out the new Chefs Alliance, a program popular in Italy and Morocco. Magpie CafeSacramento chef, Slow Food member, and Snail of Approval awardee Ed Roehr of has agreed to be in a beta group of chefs testing how to make this program an effective avenue for promoting cultivation and consumption of Ark of Taste foods otherwise being lost to us.  



#4 The new Small Business membership program is catching on here too. Slow Food Snail of Approval awardees Thai Basil Midtown

and Kingbird Farms have both signed up. Do you know or do you own a Small Business that would enjoy expressing its support this way? 



#5 If you would like to be more involved at the state or national levels of Slow Food, email charity@slowfoodsaramento.com 



Good, clean, and fair food for all,


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

International Councilor 



March Highlights
We are proud to have partnered with Soil Born Farms in the A Garden In Every School Symposium (Mar. 14-15) to help parents, students and educators from around the region learn more about how to grow and cook with what blossoms in their school garden. Our own Brenda Ruiz presented resources to support a school garden and demoed her now famous Plant Part Salsa. Slow Food Denver's Seed to Table Program Director and author Gigia Kolouch debuted the Good, Clean, and Fair curriculum  in a three hour "digging deeper" session.  Because of your support, we were able to provide attendees with Slow Food USA's National School Garden Guide. A special thank you to our national program partner, Chipotle Mexican Grill   for providing a delicious burrito lunch to close the conference.  


Dr. Vandana Shiva - internationally know for her dedication to protecting seeds and biodiversity - met with a group from Slow Food Sacramento and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) on Mar. 18. Some of us were able to hear her talk at the CSUS Serna Center  the next day when she spoke to hundreds of students on Cultivating Diversity, Freedom, and Hope.

 Her message of local ownership and self-sufficiency in the production and distribution of food offered a powerful case for the development of urban and local food systems with diversity of all types - from seeds to cultures  -- as the roots not only of sustainability but of peace and freedom from hunger.  





Those who participated in the Mar. 21 Food Literacy Center  VIPea Bus Tour  of local urban gardens, co-sponsored by Slow Food Sacramento as part of the Sacramento Food Film Festivalhad a blast learning about local growers and tasting food bites from local eateries. The picnic and free food film shorts that followed at McClatchy Park were a great way to connect with others who value what urban gardens bring to a local economy.


Victory came on the evening of March 24 when the Sacramento City Council approved the Urban Ag Ordinance, making it legal to sell what is grown in backyard gardens, community gardens and from local urban gardens. Watch for more local farm stands near you on Tuesdays and Saturdays! Upon adoption of AB551 at the county level, those who commit urban parcels to agricultural production will soon be entitled to a tax benefit from doing so.


We enjoyed a spectacular evening at Thai Basil Midtown on Mar. 24 in our first Snail of Approval restaurant mixer of the year. From food sourcing, to seasonality, authenticity to recycling and composting, Thai Basil Midtown is truly a model for Sacramento. They are Sacramento's first Slow Food business member, showing additional support for good, clean, fair food for all. The evening wasn't just about dining, we also helped raise $500 toward a new bike to transport compost for ReSoil Sacramento, which is actively collecting organic waste from local restaurants and composting it into rich soil. Watch the interview on Fox 40 News