Author Archives: Richard Naples

Slow U: Sausage Making with White House Meats

This event is currently sold out. Please look for more Slow U events in the future!


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Learn the art of making sausage with the local, grass-fed meat aficionados at 2011 Snail of Approval winner White House Meats!

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Location: St. Stephen’s, Corner of 16th & Newton Streets NW, DC (Columbia Heights Metro)

This Slow Food University class will start with a lecture and demo using pork sourced from Mt. Airy Farm and High View Farm, followed by hands-on sausage making. Come learn how to grind, season and stuff from the folks who know it best. We ask you bring a dish to complement our freshly made sausages for a good old fashioned Slow Food potluck.

2011 Snail of Approval winning White House Meats provides locally raised, natural, humane, and dry-aged meat from the Washington, DC area. “Straight from the farm to you.”

Tickets are sold out!

SFDC Event: Chocolate Tasting

Kallari Chocolate From Ecuador

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Join Slow Food DC for a chocolate tasting and educational presentation with a complimentary glass of wine, presented by Kallari Association, a Slow Food Presidium awarded, self-governed coalition of Amazon artists and organic cocoa producers.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: Whole Foods in Clarendon (Clarendon Metro)
2700 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

Learn regional flavor profiles from cocoa seedlings to chocolate bars! You can experience the world through dark chocolate in this blind tasting. This educational and sensory stimulating lecture helps you learn to distinguish chocolate notes, discern roasting techniques and recognize origins. Participants will savor gourmet chocolates from around the world during the session, meanwhile developing sensory control of the palate and texture identification. The audience will gain familiarity with the numerous stages in cocoa production and bean preparation from an Amazon cocoa grower. Then, an experienced chocolatier will share about the regional flavors of cocoa beans, the process involved in chocolate making, and the economic impact of the world’s third most important commodity. Chocolate bars processed nearby the cocoa groves will be matched up against the top rated leading gourmet, fair trade, and organic dark chocolates in a blind tasting that will challenge even experienced chocoholics.

Space is limited!
Slow Food Members: $15
Non-members: $20

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Georgian Wine Dinner

Join Slow Food DC, Georgian Wine House, and Levante’s restaurant for a Georgian feast at Levante’s, just south of Dupont Circle!
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Event: Republic of Georgia Wine Dinner
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Location: Levante’s, 1320 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tickets: $63 for SFDC members/ $69 non-SFDC members at Eventbrite (hurry-get your ticket before April 9th for $59 early bird tickets!) Continue reading

Natural Easter Egg Dyeing! A Slow Food DC Family Event

Let your kids appreciate Easter eggs dyed with nature’s bounty!
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Event:Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Whole Foods Market Clarendon, 2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Cost: Free!

We’ll use dyes that are made from everyday foods—fruits, vegetables and spices—instead of boxed chemical colorings. This wonderful family project is also a great way to teach your kids about nature’s beauty and abundance. All materials (except smocks) will be generously supplied by Whole Foods Market.

Space is limited, so please sign up today by sending an email to lisa(at) and be sure to include your name, your kids names and ages.

(photo from flickr user protoflux used under creative commons license)

Environmental Film Festival

Those of us in the DC region are blessed with an abundance of film festivals. In fact, DC is highly regarded as a center for documentary film production, with places like the National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the Discovery Channel, and PBS all in our backyard. So letting another film festival slip through the cracks is all too possible.

We are, in fact, in the midst of the DC Environmental Film Festival right now! Continue reading

Bid Away the Winter Blues Fundraiser

Nothing makes the Winter Blues go away faster than helping out two great organizations at once! That’s why Slow Food DC has paired up with DC’s Bread for the City to host our Bid Away the Winter Blues Fundraiser and Auction! Thursday, February 23, Slow Food DC will be hosting this event at the Bread for the City’s Northwest Location.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Bread for the City, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Tickets: $55.00 at Eventbrite

Bid your winter blues away at our silent auction while enjoying catering from DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering and complimentary wine tasting.

So far, we have a wonderful assortment of items to bid on, including:

Don’t pass up this opportunity!

Bread for the City’s mission is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. They have been most generous in providing Slow Food DC with space to hold our monthly board meetings and this is a chance for us to give back.

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(@)

Meema’s New Year’s Lentil Soup

Slow Food DC is starting a new blog series about our favorite recipes! We hope you’ll get to know our board members through what we like to eat.

This recipe comes from our outgoing secretary, Laura.

Below is her interpretation of her grandmother’s recipe for New Year’s Lentil Soup. Italians believe that eating lentils (and wearing red underwear ;)) on New Years brings good luck – hopefully this will bring some to you, our readers! Like many grandmothers, Laura’s conveniently leaves out parts of her recipes when she passes them on, so she has had to add in what she believes are the missing ingredients. This version has served her well, but Laura will admit “…my soup is never quite as good as my Meema’s!”

Meema’s New Year’s Lentil Soup

1 lb lentils Lentils
1 lg. can of crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
salt/pepper to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
4 quarts water

Rinse the lentils in cold water. Sort and drain them. Simmer lentils uncovered in the 4 quarts of water, and then bring them to a boil. Add all the other ingredients, and simmer for 1.5 hours. Serve hot with crusty Italian bread!

*To make this soup with sausage, take about a 1/2 lb. of sausage out of its casing and brown it. Add it to the lentils with the tomatoes and other ingredients.

(photo used under Creative Commons license. From Flickr user ebarney)