Monthly Archives: January 2012

Rooting DC is Feb 18… donate, volunteer, or simply attend!

Rooting DC, the District’s own annual urban gardening forum, is just a few weeks away and the event needs your help in making this year’s event a success! (Rooting DC has always been totally run by volunteers so it can be free for all.) Here are a few ways to support this effort:

1. Come to the fundraising happy hour this Thursday, Feb 2 at Petworth’s Looking Glass Lounge. Stop by between 5 and 8pm to make a small donation, bid on some of the great silent auction items, or just enjoy a signature drink — the Rooter Shooter (not sure what’s in that… guess you’ll have to order one to find out).

2. Volunteer at the event. This is a really great way interact and meet the urban agricultural community in DC, including many groups and individuals featured in the summer 2011 issue of Bittersweet Zine. Contact Kristin Georger ( for more information on volunteer opportunities.

3. Be a sponsor. Click here to donate. (Please note “RDC” in the comments section to earmark your donation.)

Rooting DC will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at Coolidge High School (6315 5th Street NW). If you’d simply like to attend the (free-but-totally-accepting-of-donations) event, you can pre-register for the event here. Slow Food DC will have a small informational table at the event, so we hope to see a lot of you there!

2012 Winter Welcome Potluck

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St NW Washington, DC 20037 (entrance around the corner from main doors, on the left)
Cost: Free! (suggested donation $5)
What to Bring: Your favorite dish, along with the recipe for inclusion in Slow Food DC’s first cookbook!

I am really excited to see familiar and new faces at our first potluck of 2012 on Saturday January 28th. It will be held in the basement of the Church of the Pilgrims, from 1:30 to 3pm. The potluck is free and everyone is welcome. We will be taking donations to help cover the cost of the space. Five dollars should be enough, although we always welcome more! Continue reading

Farm to Table Family Day

The National Portrait Gallery recently commissioned a portrait of the chef, author, and restaurant owner Alice Waters by artist Dave Woody. In celebration, Slow Food DC is participating in the Farm to Table Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard.

Date Sunday, January 22, 2012
Time 11:30am to 3:00pm
Location Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery
Cost Free!
Host National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy live music, learn about the “farm to table” movement, and participate in hands-on activities! This event is family focussed, with lots of fun activities and recipes you can take home.

For over forty years, Alice Waters has been a vanguard of the food movement in the United States. Since the founding of her restaurant, Chez Panisse, she has been a champion of local, sustainable, and organic food, while educating on seasonal eating, knowing where your food comes from, and of course incredible flavor.

We hope you can make it to this free, family-friendly event. Expect to see many organizations that also work on food issues. Questions? just let us know by emailing info (at)

Changing the Way We Eat 2012

Update: The Bethesda viewing party is completely booked! We recommend you check the TEDx Manhattan website to find a viewing party, or create your own viewing party

Ideas worth spreading-our food system could certainly use some to help us achieve a more sustainable, healthy, and fair way to feed our world. With this in mind, TEDx Manhattan has organized Changing the Way We Eat 2012. This series of inspiring talks intends to bring people together over the Issues, Impact and Innovation surrounding food and food systems. The actual event will occur in New York City for a limited number of applicants, but will be streaming to viewing parties across the country. Bethesda Green has organized a viewing party that Slow Food DC and Full Plate Ventures are co-hosting, and we hope you will attend! This free event is your opportunity to join a viewing party with other inquisitive folks who care about the food we eat. While the event has a focus on Montgomery County specifically, all are welcome to this metro-accessible venue.

Date: Saturday January 21, 2012
Time: 9:00am to 5:30pm (Come and go as you wish)
Location: at Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave, Bethesda MD (Second Floor above the Capital One Bank)
Co-Hosted by: Bethesda Green, Full Plate Ventures and Slow Food DC
Tickets: Free through

The talk is broken into three sections, with ample time in between for the great activities we have planned, including a speaker panel and discussion circle. We also will be having a Local, Sustainable, Seasonal Potluck Lunch Challenge, where we ask that you please bring a locally grown and/or locally produced food (homemade is encouraged!) to share according to the category by your last name. Honest Tea and coffee will be provided.

A-H appetizers, bread, cheeses, spreads, veggies
I-P main dishes, side dishes
Q-Z desserts including fruit

More information on this event can be found on Bethesda Green’s site.
If you are willing to volunteer, please contact rich(@)