Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pig Business, March 9th

Pig Business Screening
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
6 – 8 PM
The Capitol Visitors Center
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C
Free and open to the public

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is pleased to sponsor the first U.S. screening of Pig Business, a film featuring Robert Kennedy, Jr. and UK eco-campaigner and director Tracy Worcester, that discusses the damaging environmental, social, and health effects of industrial pig operations. Please join your fellow Slow Foodies at this event, and learn more about Pig Business HERE.

A screening of this film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Robert Kennedy, Jr. (Moderator), has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Dr. Michael Greger, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Kathy Ozer, has worked on farm, rural, and fair trade policy for the past 20 years for the National Family Farm Coalition. Since 1999, Kathy has been part of the farmer delegations at the WTO in Seattle and Cancun and at the United Nations. Her current work addresses the credit and global food crisis; implementation of the 2008 farm bill; and efforts to address the dairy farmer crisis.

Andrew Kimbrell, attorney, author of Your Right to Know and The Human Body Shop, director and founder of the Center for Food Safety, and expert on genetic engineering and its implications for the livestock industry.

Local Restaurants for Local Kids, March 3rd

On Thursday March, 3rd, 2011, portions of proceeds from a handful of great farm to table restaurants in Washington, DC will go to the D.C. Farm to School Network!  Support two great causes – locally-owned restaurants that source from farms nearby, AND the D.C. Farm to School Network, which connects D.C. schools with healthy, local foods for their school meals.

Participating restaurants include:

Check out D.C. Farm to School Network for more details!

After you have done a good deed and enjoyed your meal nominate the restaurant of your choice for the Snail of Approval!

Growing a Garden City in DC, March 15th

This is a sponsored event of Slow Food DC!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Busboys & Poets @ 14th & V
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Jeremy N. Smith, writer for *Gourmet* and *Saveur* and author of *Growing a Garden City*, will share the surprising, inspiring stories and message of his book, in which 15 main characters he calls “the new faces of local food”–a troubled teen, a grandmother of 20, a homeless shelter chef, a single mother, a food bank officer, an entire first grade class, and more–transformed themselves and their neighborhoods through the intersection of local agriculture and community. With him to highlight great work on the ground in D.C. and opportunities to get involved, as well as answer questions, will be leaders of the DC Farm to School Network, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, the National Family Farm Coalition, and Slow Food D.C.


“I love this book. It proves that every one of us, and every patch of soil, can make a difference. The way we connect with nature, with our food, and with each other can change the world.”
—Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

“Hooray for the good green thumbs of the Garden City. May their example continue to spread far and wide. We’ve never needed it more badly, or wanted it as much!”
—Bill McKibben, founder of and author of Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

“Bright, vibrant, and buoyantly accessible, this effervescent celebration of the local food movement thrums with regional, national, and international implications.”
—Booklist, starred review

“An important book. A heart-warming book. A hopeful book. So many people can relate to parts of the story. You don’t realize all these other aspects of what community gardening in its broadest sense can be.”
—The Write Question

More information and excerpts from “Growing a Garden City,” including two 60-second YouTube book trailers, are available at:

Recap: Rooting DC 2011, Feb 19th

One great way to ensure you have good, clean, fair food is to grow your own. That’s maybe a Slow Food twist on what was in essence the DIY ethos of the recent Rooting DC 2011 Conference. Held Saturday, February 19th in the Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in the DC neighborhood of Brightwood NW, the annual Rooting DC conference brought together hundreds of locals concerned about the way our food is produced.

Hosted by DC’s Field to Fork Network, Rooting DC is an annual conference featuring workshops, lectures, and how-tos related to the role of gardens and agriculture in our communities. Sponsored by the America the Beautiful Fund and donations made by attendees, the event was attended by nearly 500 aspiring and seasoned food activists, gardeners, and others interested in the topic of alternative food practice and production. Included was an information fair where dozens of small businesses, co-ops, non-profits and grassroots organizations fielded questions and handed out literature (and many seed packets!). A few of us Slow Foodies attended, bringing membership information to hand out. We also had a sign up sheet that got us a slew of possible new members.

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16 April 2011: DC urban farm bike tour, young farmer documentary, and local food reception

What better way to celebrate responsibly-produced, local food than by meeting farmers and food lovers in your area at an urban farm, food, film, and bicycling extravaganza on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April?

As part of the premiere of the Greenhorns documentary that celebrates young, inspired farmers around the country, some of the DC area’s own young (and not so young) farmers will be teaching at workshops at urban farms around the city

Note: bicycles are encouraged, but not required. Attendees are welcome to participate in any portion of the activities.

The day begins at 1pm at the Mamie D. Lee community garden in Fort Totten. By 6pm, we will have made our way (by bicycle, metro, or car) to the Washington Youth Garden and Common Good City Farm, winding up at the lovely Letelier Theater in Georgetown, where there will be a screening of the documentary and a reception/mixer with delectable food and drink supplied by area producers.

Entry to the event is by donation on a sliding scale: $10-30. The theater seats 90 people maximum — first come, first seated — but all are welcome to the bike tour and reception. For more information, please contact maureen(at)arcadiafood(dot)org.

8 March 2011 Beer + Bus Bash: Help get DC’s first mobile farmers’ market on the road!

Looking for something to do on Mardi Gras? Come support Arcadia’s effort to bring fresh, local food all around the city via the District’s first mobile farmers’ market.

From 4-8pm on March 8, come by for complimentary small bites and a cash beer bar at Churchkey — one of DC’s newest hotspots, located at 1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010.

While you’re there, learn about the exciting work going on at Arcadia and make a donation to an online Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to get the mobile market on the road. Onsite laptops will be available.

Come celebrate with good food, beer, and people! You might just find yourself calling it Mardi Bus next year….

For more information, please contact ibti(at)arcadiafood(dot)org.

TEDx: Changing the Way We Eat, Feb 12

This Saturday, Feb 12th, there will be a FREE live streamed event discussing how we can shift our industrial food system to one that provides good, clean, fair food for all. An incredible lineup of speakers including Slow Food USA President, Josh Viertel, will be presenting:

You can watch the live webcast from 10:30am – 6:00pm on February 12th at

Additionally two local viewing parties will be happening concurrently for FREE!

In DC, Future Harvest CASA will be hosting a viewing party including many local speakers! Find out more and sign up here:

In Bethesda, Md, Bethesda Green will be hosting a viewing party including local speakers such as Slow Food DC Chair, Kati Gimes. Find out more and sign up here:

Homemade Breads and Spreads to Share with Friends and Family, March 13, 2011

Update: This event is now SOLD OUT. Thanks for your interest. Check out our April Slow U event on bread if you couldn’t make this one

Chef Ken at Falls Church’s unique Open Kitchen—a restaurant, a catering kitchen, and a classroom, all in one—is offering a hands-on bread-baking class on Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here is a great opportunity to work with a skilled chef and to learn some tricks of the baking trade. For a glimpse into the world of the Open Kitchen, go to this website:

Buy your tickets here:

Here is the menu for the class:

· Olive Oil Baguette
· Cream Scone or Biscuit
· Herb Focaccia
· Whole Grain Country Load
· Irish Soda Bread
· Oven Roasted Garlic Spread
· White Bean with Sundried Tomato and Rosemary Spread
· Fruit Spread

Cost: $45 for Slow Food members; $50 for nonmembers

Open Kitchen 7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va. Phone: 703-942-8148

For any questions email (replace _at_ with @)

Recap: Slow Food DC Winter Potluck Celebration

Had a great event last month! All the food was amazing and we met a lot of new people.

We had a lot of folks interested in helping out this year which is great. We’ll be contacting you all soon about how you can help. If you might be interested in helping out check out our committees and see what you might be interested in and send us an email at (replace “_at_” with “@”).