August 2015

Events Watch

Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:


Aug. 23 - Urban Ag Bike Tour More info. 


Sept. 10 - Slow Food Book Club discussing The Third Plate by Dan Barber. More info. 

Sept. 12 - Farm to Every

Fork. More info.



Nov. 8 - Annual Harvest Dinner and Snail of Approval Awards. 

Save the date! Details coming soon!


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Farm To Every Fork - Sept. 12
Photo by Janine Marpurunga

Farm to 
Every Fork 
Sept. 12 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral 
Gala Dinner prepared by 
Matt Masera and Michael Thiemann  of 
Mother and Empress Tavern
Co-hosted by Slow Food Sacramento and the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee this dinner was a fantastic success last year and the essence of Slow Food: demonstrating the power of a shared meal. Won't you join us this year?

Farm to Every Fork is the opening event of Sacramento's Farm to Fork Week, cited as one not to miss in Comstock Magazine.The dinner celebrates and supports the great people and nonprofits addressing the issues of hunger and homelessness in our region every day. Your ticket buys your meal and the meal of a sponsored individual who has experienced hunger. We found commonalities no one expected. 

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."
This year's event benefits Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Oak Park Sol Community Gardens, River City Food Bank, Angels of the Field; Sacramento Loaves & Fishes; Sacramento Hunger Coalition, and Wellspring Women's Center.
Can't come? Please spread the word and consider donating or sponsoring. Read more...

Urban Ag Bike Tour - Aug. 23

Urban Ag Bike Tour
Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
$20/person/Children Welcome
Join our 5th annual Urban Ag Bike Tour as we showcase food activism in Oak Park. We will peddle our way through Oak Park to Yisrael Family Farm, Green Tech Healthy Foods Aquaponics Project, the ACCE neighborhood garden and the Sacramento Family Food Bank garden. 

At each stop we will hear inspiring stories about the benefits of vegetable gardens and urban farms in Oak Park's food desert. Gardens -- like food -- bring people together and help establish a community.
We will end the day with a tomato tasting conducted by Oak Park tomato grower extraordinaire, Chuck Rickard. Chuck grows 60 different varieties of tomatoes and conducted a very interesting a scientific tasting for us last year. Read more and puchase tickets...

Help Sponsor Our Delegate to We Feed the Planet, Milan, Italy


Terra Madre Giovani - Milan Oct. 3-6  
Join us in supporting Chanowk Yisrael of Yisrael Family Farms as our delegate (one of only two from California) to We Feed the Planet, the Slow Food Youth Network's response to the corporate dominated Milan EXPO 2015.
This event will bring young farmers, fishers, producers, chefs and activists from all over the world to Milan. Hundreds of Milanese are opening their homes. A four-day "academy" features speakers including Raj Patel and Alice Waters. A closing march will bring the future of food to EXPO.
We are very excited to send Chanowk Ysireal, a leader in Sacramento's urban agriculture movement. Slow Food Sacramento, with your help, will be paying his airfare to and from Milan.
In addition, the Slow Food Youth Network is relying on crowd funding to bring small-scale producers from the global south and these delegates also need and deserve our support. Even the smallest donations are critical to the success of this effort. Donate here. 

Governor's Report

Exceptional opportunity for Slow Food members: Mexico Tour November 6-9

Slow Food California and Slow Food Mexicoare teaming up to offer a mouthwatering tour exploring our common heritage. We'll will explore Mexico's ancestral Ark of Taste foods: vanilla from La Chinantla, Oaxaca, amaranth from the Valley of Tehuacan, blue corn and pulque from Tlaxcala, among other heirloom dishes and ingredients.

This extraordinary and pioneering journey is the first of its kind in the Americas. We are linking the international network that is Slow Food across the common border that defines the food cultures and livelihoods of millions of Californians and Mexicans. Be inspired, marvel, savor, enjoy - see you there! Learn more and sign up...
Fill out the Slow Food USA planning questionnaireIf you are reading this, we want your input - members and nonmember supporters. Slow Food USA has taken on the challenge of reinventing itself to take advantage of the new ways the most effective nonprofits are organizing and funding themselves. The future of food depends on it!

See you at Heirloom Expo 2015 in Santa Rosa September 8-10. If you haven't experienced this event, this is the year to go. Slow Food California is taking the lead in showcasing the heritage foods protected and promoted by the Slow Food Biodiversity Foundation's Ark of Taste.

Stop by the Slow Food table and greet volunteers from Sacramento and chapters around Northern California. There are speakers, demonstrations, shows, exhibits, giant pumpkins, music - the works at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds!

Charity Kenyon
Slow Food USA Governor
Central Valley CA Region & 
International Councilor 
August Highlights


August Highlights To Date

We started August with a food demo and tasting at the Midtown Farmers Market. Board member and chef Kathleen Albiani (pictured here on the left) prepared a tasty Heirloom Bean Salad sampled by some 150 market attendees. Board member Jessica Davenport (on the right) ably assisted. 

We enjoyed a fabulous bus tour of Delta Farms lead by Barbara Daly of Delta Heartbeat Tours. We visited four farms and a winery, with the chance to talk directly with farmers about what they farm, how they farm, and issues they face in modern day farming. The group is pictured here at R. Kelley Farms with Mr. Kelley in the center.

If you missed our bus tour of Delta Farms this past weekend, stay tuned for more farm tours in the year ahead. 

 Membership Month Ahead
September Is Membership Month!
Why I'm a Member:
"Good, Clean, and Fair Food for all people is not just a motto it's a point of view about our food system and the role we all play as eaters, artisans, farmers, academics, and policy makers. If you eat, you're essentially already a member of Slow Food - just make sure to pay the membership dues."

---Brenda Ruiz, first generation immigrant from Guatemala, chef and board member Slow Food Sacramento.
During the month of September we will be appealing to all Slow Food Sacramento members to renew (if you are up for renewal or a lapsed member) and we will reach out to Slow Food afficionados who are not already members to join. You can get a head start here at

In support of the membership campaign, we are looking for enthusiastic existing members willing to tell others Why I Am A Member (see above). If that's you, please give us your membership statement and a photo on this template and let us know you have done so by emailing