October 2015

Events Watch
Highlights of Upcoming Slow Food Sacramento Events:
Nov. 1- Book Club
Reading Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller. More Info.

Nov. 8 - Harvest Dinner & Snail of Approval Awards
Our annual dinner at Mulvaney's B & L to celebrate foods of the season. More info.

Nov. 16-18 - Edie Mukiibi
Slow Food International Councilor Edie Mukiibi visits Sacramento. Watch for info on the opportunity to meet and break bread with this amazing food soveriegnty and world leader.

Dec. 10 - Terre Madre
Annual Membership Potluck. Details coming soon. Save the date!  

Jan. 17 - Meet Meat
Save the date! Our first ever Slow Meat event to be hosted by Chef Michael Touhy and Empress Tavern. 

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Harvest Dinner: Nov. 8

Harvest Dinner 
Snail of Approval Awards

Nov. 8 from 5-9 p.m.
Mulvaney's B & L

Join Slow Food Sacramento at Mulvaney's B & L for our annual Harvest Dinner. Experience Mulvaney's hospitality and excellent food, while mingling with Slow Food members and guests.
Slow Food Sacramento will present this year's Snail of Approval awards to more than a dozen local business owners whose work embodies the Slow Food principles of good, clean, and fair food for all
This year's seasonal dinner menu will be available soon, and will feature foods expertly prepared by Chef Patrick Mulvaney.
The Harvest Diiner is also your chance to help Slow Food Sacramento raise money toward our annual programs. We will be auctioning off seats to two upcoming chefs dinners to be held in private homes. Learn more...
Members $65
Non-Members $75

This event sells out every year - get your tickets soon!

Support GMO Labeling

Rumors have been circulating for weeks about a new hearing on food biotechnology being held in the Senate and Friday afternoon Politico reported that the Senate Agriculture Committee has finally scheduled a hearing less than three weeks away -- on Wed. Oct. 21. 

The purpose of this hearing is to try to whitewash the serious risks and potential harms of genetic engineering and to grease the wheels to pass a Senate version of the Dark Act, H.R. 1599, which the House passed in July and outlaws states' rigth to label GMOs.

This summer, Monsanto succeeded in passing this bill by a wide margin -- 275 to 150 -- in the House and we need to make sure we stop their deceptive plan in the Senate

Call Senator Dianne Feinstein now (202-224-3841) and ask her NOT to support the Senate version of the so-called DARK Act, which would preempt and preclude GMO labeling in ALL states.

Every Voice Counts!

Farm To Every Fork


Farm to Every Fork a Big Success! 
"Farm to Every Fork is a call to come together to fight the injustices that cause poverty and hunger in a land of plenty, and a demonstration of the power of shared stories around a common table to change the way we eat." - Eric Holt-Gimenez, Director of Food First 
You did it! More than 150 guests - from farmers to activists to sponsors to those less fortunate - gathered to break bread together to kick off the regional Farm to Fork celebrations on Sept. 12 at Trinity Cathedral. 
Participants enjoyed sharing their life stories in a courtyard community reception of more than 20 organizations supporting food access followed by dinner around a table set with delicious, locally sourced foods prepared by Chefs Matt Masera and Mike Thiemann of Empress Tavern and Mother and libations from Revolution Wines, Hook and Ladder's Chris Tucker and New Helvetia Brewing

Farm and producer partners included Kingbird Farms, Soil Born Farms, Yisrael Family Urban Farm, Del Rio Botanical, Watanabe Farms, 
R. Kelley Farms, Durst Organic Growers, and Sacramento Waldorf School. 
Debbie Cunningham captured the evening in  these beautiful photos! 
MC Dana Howard and keynote speaker Chris Paige spoke eloquently of the need to promote policies that include folks living on the margins as vital partners in society. 
Slow Food Sacramento and Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee/Homeward Bound Journal (SHOC) and are grateful to you, our supporters, small and large who help make these important community connections possible.

Successful Membership Drive

To all our members and supporters who joined or rejoined during our annual membership drive - Once again, the Sacramento region stood out in support of good, clean, and fair food for all. The only money we send from Sacramento to support the national and international programs are our dues. That's why membership makes a difference. Otherwise, all the money we raise here stays right in our region.

In Sacramento we've benefited from the associations that make this an international organization. We have been able to send delegates to Terra Madre, Slow Food Youth Network's We Feed the Planet, International Council meetings, Slow Meat, and our National Congresses. We have hosted leaders from Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Denver, Brooklyn, and more. Coming in November is Edie Mukiibi of Slow Food Africa and the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project. We are well connected - with your support!
Our national and international programs distinguish Slow Food from all other food justice organizations. Thank you for taking the important membership step. 

You can still join! Become a member today and join the movement for Good, Clean, Fair Food For All.

Governor's Report

Sacramento member Chanowk Yisrael (above) made the paper in Milan! Chanowk is representing Sacramento and Slow Food California at Slow Food Youth Network's We Feed the Planet in Milan Oct. 3-6. Around 2,500 small-scale producers have gathered to discuss the future of food and farming. Taking place just days before Expo 2015 comes to a close, SFYN's event has shown the world who really feeds the planet (the theme of this year's Expo). Through workshops, debates and lectures, with keynote speakers including Raj Patel, Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters, participants have gained knowledge, shared ideas and worked on solutions for the future of our food. Thank you for supporting Chanowk's trip through Fundly.com and through the fundraiser hosted by Hot Italian's Andrea Lepore. We all look forward to Chanowk's stories and photos!
Slow Food California Regional Leaders meeting in Sebastapol over Labor Day weekend was rewarding and inspiring. Sacramento was one of the 19 chapters represented and led both workshops and plenary sessions. 

Sacramento and the Bay Area have been selected as two of the sites for the second year of Slow Food USA's big school garden program expansion. This is an honor that comes with curriculum and program support. Want to volunteer? Email our School Gardens and Youth Projects Director Brenda Ruiz brenda@slowfoodsacramento.com
Ready to try a national gathering? Slow Fish, Gateway to the Americas New Orleans  March 10-13, 2016. Get ready for a thoughtful and delicious gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students, activists, and food artisans at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Slow Fish Pacific Region is taking an active part. Email info@slowfoodcalifornia.org for more information about how you can fit in.
Thank you for supporting these national and international projects with your membership dues!
Charity Kenyon
Slow Food California Governor, Central Valley of California