Monthly Archives: October 2011

Committee Fair: November 6th

As always, there are many ways for you to become involved with Slow Food DC!

We will be holding a very important committee fair on Sunday, November 6, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Conveniently located near Metro Center and Chinatown Metro stations, the MLK Library is DC Public Library’s main branch.

What: Slow Food DC Committee Fair
When: 1:30-3:00 pm
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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What’s in season: KALE!

I don’t know quite how bananas got the reputation as being Nature’s Perfect Food. In my mind, that title should go to kale. Raw, massaged, steamed, stir-fried, chopped into soups, stews, quiches… kale is infinitely adaptable, crazy healthy, and surprisingly inexpensive. And you can find it at your local farmers’ market or grocery store RIGHT NOW. Here are a few ideas on how to prepare kale, in case you need a little help getting started…. Continue reading

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Food Day Activities: Organize Lunch

Food Day is generating a lot of talk out there. Just search the event lists on the Food Day website and you can see there’s plenty of ways to become involved. The official day is Monday October 24th, but no one will chastise you for doing this on any day.

Here at Slow Food DC, we encourage you to take a more personal route. Instead of doing something out of the ordinary, we want you to do something very ordinary: eat lunch. If you’re like me, you have to be at work on Monday the 24th. But who better than the people you work with to share the idea of good, clean fair food? The best part is, you can demonstrate by bringing something to share.

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Gleaning

Ever wonder what happens to the produce not sold at your Farmers’ Market? Many markets have a tradition of providing much of the produce that doesn’t sell and can’t be stored to organizations that work on food access. But how does it get to them? Volunteers, of course.

Bread for the City has a few open slots for gleaning at Farmers’ Markets. Gleaning at Farmers’ Markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to their clients and reduces food waste. The available dates and times are:

October 23: 11:30am-3:30pm or 4-6pm
October 30: 11:30am-3:30pm

If you are interested contact Megan at mcairns_(at)_breadforthecity.org. More information is on the Glean for the City website. And if you can’t make it this time, there’s always next year, or the wonderful film The Gleaners and I you can catch on Netflix.

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University of Gastronomic Sciences Italian Happy Hour at Coppi’s

Have you ever dreamed about attending the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy’s northern Piedmont region? Founded by Slow Food International in 2004, this unique school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in food culture and communication (including sustainability, place and identity, and media representations), and gastronomy.

Join alumni, prospective students, and Italophiles for a happy hour at the atmospheric U Street Italian mainstay Coppi’s Organic Restaurant on Wednesday, October 26 between 6:30-8:30 pm. Share half-price bottles of wine and enjoy authentic Ligurian pizza and snacks (for purchase) while you get an insider’s perspective on the school, the programs, and life and food in Italy. Hope to see you there!

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Beer Drinking for a Cause

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is having their Second Annual Homebrew Harvest! This fundraiser has a suggested donation of $10 at the door and helps support the great work the NFI does.

photo credit: Flickr user Mountain-top


Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 3 to 6 PM

Location: American Ice Co
Street: 917 V. St NW
City: Washington, DC

Some of you may have joined Slow Food DC on one of our volunteer days working at the NFI’s urban farm near the Fort Totten Metro. To support the great work NFI does, why not stop by for a homebrew 101 workshop at 3pm, followed by a tasting at 4pm. To add to the fun of this event, they’ve structured it as a competition, with a number of categories up for local brewers to compete in. Generously hosted by the American Ice Co, you get to support a great cause, all while enjoying locally produced beer. They even list it as a Food Day activity!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, a DC-based non-profit serving as an educational resource for adults and teenagers, working to engage in small-scale food production in Washington, DC. See www.neighborhoodfarminitiative.org for more info.

Mmm. Beer.

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Blog Action Day: Apples

On this Blog Action Day, I hope you will remember one thing, and that is to enjoy food. No meaningful change will ever come to our food system until we reframe our approach to food, and get back to the simple enjoyments of eating quality food.

Clockwise from the top: Rhode Island Green, Splendor, Liberty, Golden Russet, Red Gravenstein, and Bramley's Seedling. Goldrush is in the middle

Yesterday I went to the Distillery Lane Ciderworks and enjoyed a beautiful if windy day in historic fields a few miles north of the Potomac river. Where Union and Confederate soldiers marched 150 years ago, this farm is growing dozens of varieties of apples, many of them heirloom breeds. From British cider apples to Heritage Americans and a few modern cultivars, the tour group sampled the different hard cider produced on the farm and chose apples to take home. Continue reading

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Food Day(s)

Feeling like there’s been more discussion about food recently?  If it feels like October is all about food, you are not far from the mark.  From school lunches to hunger issues, many organizations are using October as a time to bring food issues to the forefront of our attention.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest has therefore created Food Day on October 24th, which joins other observances such as World Food Day, this year’s Blog Action Day, National Farm to School Month,  and National School Lunch Week. Continue reading

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