Slow Food Sacramento: Part of the worldwide network advocating for 
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July News: Upcoming Events!
  • Book Club Reads The Perfect Peach: July 14
  • Bee Love Honey Tasting @ Mulvaney's B&L: July 19
  • Slow Beer On A Hot August Night @ Magpie: Aug. 21

Read about these and more below....

Slow Beer On A Hot August Night
August 21 from 4-7 p.m.
@ Magpie - 1601 16th Street
(includes light appetizers and one comp drink)
Join Slow Food Sacramento as we stay cool with Slow Beer at a hot location - Magpie! Slow Beer, you ask? You'll have to come and find out about our newest project. 
Slow Beer is our link to the Ark of Taste, which is the topic of the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto extravaganza being held in Turin, Italy this September. And we are sending five Sacramento delegatesRepresenting Sacramento will be: Magpie owner Ed Roehr, local chef Brenda Ruiz, Snail of Approval Chair Cinamon Vann, rock star urban gardener Chanowk Yisreal, and Slow Beer instigator Lisa Frank.
Slow Food International's Terra Madre Salone del Gusto (Sept. 22-23) is the most important international event dedicated to food and gastronomy. From educational forums to conferences to a grand marketplace this is where international food communities meet. This is where ideas turn into actions. This is where biodiversity reigns and is celebrated. 
This is where you come in -- help support our Terra Madre contingent - your attendance at Slow Beer On A Hot August Night helps us raise money to send them to Italy in September!

In addition, we will host other fundraising events as well as a Go Fund Me site for direct fundraising. We are raising a minimum of $7,000 to cover their transportation costs. Please watch for announcements on upcoming events and the Go Fund Me site to help raise the necessary funds. 

Gail Pothour
Ark of Taste Garden in Fair Oaks

Welcome the first Ark of Taste garden in Sacramento - perhaps the first in the entire region or state! Thanks to the dedicated work of U.C. Cooperative Extension Sacramento County Master Gardener Gail Pothour at the
Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, the public can now enjoy a glimpse of a select few Ark of Taste vegetables growing in living color. Ark of Taste fruits and vegetables are those listed by Slow Food USA that have all but disappeared or are in danger of disappearing. Ideally they will be grown and revived - thank you Gail for pursing this important mission.  Grow to save it - Save it to grow it!
The summer crop includes Bolita pole beans (growing on bamboo poles), Canada Crookneck winter squash, Cherokee Purple tomato, Aunt Ruby's German Green tomato, and Arikara Yellow beans (bush beans). Gail has plans already for the next two growing seasons where Ark of Taste vegetables will be featured. The 20-foot raised bed will feature signage naming each plant and acknowledging Slow Food USA and the Ark of Taste. We expect that Gail can help us identify additional worthy fruits and vegetables as nominees. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration.
The garden is open during select times of the year, including during the Horticulture Center's upcoming Harvest Day on Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. In addition to viewing the entire garden, you can stop by the Ark of Taste bed and visit the Slow Food Sacramento table as part of this lively and informative event for gardeners and backyard vegetable growers. 

Highlights of Recent Events
Our Artisan Candy Tasting at Andy's Candy Apothecary on June 23 was a great success. Owner Andy Paul featured a curated selection of fabulous treats, all made within 100 miles of Sacramento. You may recall, Andy was the first winner of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership's Calling All Dreamers contest in 2013.
Some of the most interesting (and delicious) were Anette's Chili Lime Tequila Tortilla Brittle (sweet, salty and spicy all in one); Barlovento's Habanero-Infused Salt Chocolate bar; The Tea Room's lapsing souchong chocolate infusion dark chocolate bar (it tasted salty with a hint of smoked meat-absolutely fabulous). 

Later, Ramon Perez, chocolatier and owner of Puur Chocolat, took us through a tasting of his bon bons and chocolates with flavors inspired by his travels and incorporating seasonal fruits and herbs - pistachio lime bon bon; coconut caramel bon bon, caramelized banana rum bon bon, sea salt caramels. Ramon was recently named one of the chefs for the Farm to Fork Dinner in September.  

Treat Yourself To Honey!
 July 19 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Mulvaney's B & L
Our friends at Bee Love Sacramento are holding their 1st annual Honey Tasting. Come taste Sacramento's neighborhoods, including honey from Bee Love's urban hives in East Sacramento, Arden Park, Midtown, South Sacramento, and Elk Grove. Also featured will be honey from Mulvaney's own rooftop beehive.
If you think honey is all the same, you're in for a sweet treat. Help Bee Love Sacramento raise funds for their education and outreach efforts to save the honeybee and preserve urban beekeeping in our community.
Mulvaney chefs will be serving appetizers that feature or pair well with, you guessed it, honey.  A no-host bar will be included.

Governors Report
Lisa Frank, graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences and instigator of Slow Beer California, has stepped up to fill the role of Slow Food USA Governor, Central Valley of California. Lisa serves on the Slow Food Sacramento Board, has experience with Ark of Taste nominations, participated in the Slow Food California/Slow Food Mexico inaugural tour, is a 2016 Terra Madre delegate, and likes food. By virtue of being a UNISG alum, Lisa has an extensive Slow Food network. She is scheduled to step in as Governor January 1, 2017.
The International Council meeting in Puglia was inspiring, exhausting, and delicious. Learn more by reading my Slow Food USA blog post here.
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto - you're invited. We have 5 delegates from Sacramento and we need your help in raising funds for this diverse group. But the premier international gathering of farmers, chefs, producers and activists happening in Turin September 22-26 is open to the public too. Check it out.

Slow Food Nations is back.  July 2017 in Denver - watch for details. Plan to be there!

Charity Kenyon
Slow Food USA Governor
Central Valley California Region & International Councilor

Check Out Our Website
Slow Food Sacramento welcomes you at the wide array of events and programs we host throughout the year. You can always find upcoming events by visiting There you will also find our list of Snail of Approval restaurants, producers and suppliers. Check out these businesses that align with the Slow Food mission and take the opportunity to patronize them. 

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