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Spiced Up Indian, April 3rd

On Sunday, April 3, starting at 12 pm, executive chef/owner Sudhir Chef of Bethesda’s Passage to India and Rockville’s Spice Xing invites Slow Food members and friends to learn a few Indian cooking basics at Spice Xing. He will teach attendees how to prepare four different regional dishes, and give people a chance to go into the kitchen to see how tandoori bread is made and baked.

After class, everyone is invited to sit down to an Indian feast.

Cost for Slow Food members, $35 per person; for nonmembers, $40 per person. The price does not include drinks. No limit on numbers welcome to sign up. As the chef says, “The more the merrier!”

Spice Xing, 100-B Gibbs Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 610-0303
Metro: Red Line, Rockville Station

In order to register to the class go to:


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!


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 “@”).


Slow Food DC Winter Potluck Celebration, January 23, 2011

Kick off the new year and join SFDC for our annual meeting and potluck. All members are welcome, as is anyone who is interested in learning more about Slow Food. Please bring a potluck item to share. Understanding that getting something local is tougher this time of year as well as times being so tough anything you can contribute to the potluck is very much appreciated. You can RSVP here.

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank, to help those in need. Please click here for a list of the Food Bank’s needs. We hope to see you there!

Site Info and times:

January 23, 2011 4-7 pm

Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St. NW
Washington, DC

Click here to RSVP now!

Update: Just so you all know, we will have access to a kitchen if something needs to be warmed up.

Update 2: Will be shutting down RSVP’s at 2:45ish so we have a correct list going in. See you all there.


Save the Date: Slow Food DC Winter Potluck Celebration, January 23, 2011

The annual potluck is the antidote to your post-holiday blues, giving you another great opportunity to meet your fellow members and learn what SFDC has in store for 2011. Here is where and when it will be:

January 23, 2011, 4-7 pm
Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St. NW
Washington DC

This is only a few blocks from the Dupont Metro on the Red Line.

In the upcoming days a new post will be up about how to RSVP. Please bring a dish to pass, drinks or both! Come out and meet the Slow Food DC board members and other folks who care about good, clean, fair food! Also learn about how you can help and the committees that exist at Slow food DC.


Recap: Slow U – The Amazing Norton Grape with Todd Kliman

On Thursday Nov 4, a capacity audience of 40 attended a reading/wine-tasting/potluck food pairing led by Todd Kliman, noted food and wine editor/critic of the Washingtonian Magazine. The venue was the chic and snazzy upstairs Washington Printmakers’ Gallery at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring. Todd read from his book, “The Wild Vine” based on the Norton grape, which many call the only indigenous American grape capable of producing a worthwhile red wine.

The first half hour was “meet and greet” time, where attendees had the opportunity to taste a delicious Viognier contributed by Chrysalis Vineyards, VA (the only white wine for the night). Todd started us off with the 2006 Norton from Stone Hill Winery, MO, followed by the 2005 Norton from Chrysalis – it was interesting to compare the different styles (MO vs VA). Next came Sarah’s Patio Red from Chrysalis, an easy sipping wine that went particularly well with a salad of arugula, Parmesan and apple. The 2009 Barrel Select Norton from Chrysalis followed – a very young and grape-y wine, that one might wish to cellar for some years. The “Big Gun” Nortons came next – the 2005 Chrysalis Locksley Reserve and the 2006 “Cross J” Norton from Stone Hill. These are the two vineyards’ top
wines, and attendees had a chance to compare the styles and floral/fruit notes in each. We ended with an exquisite port-style dessert wine made from Norton grapes at Rappahannock Cellars, VA – their “2007 Red Dessert wine” (which we tried with chocolate brownies).

“Norton is a grape with a very strong personality, one that few people are indifferent to,” Todd told us, interspersing the tasting with commentary and readings from his book. “Either you love it or you hate it.”

As big a draw as the wine and the reading were the outstanding dishes attendees brought for the potluck – foods that paired especially well with the Norton grape. Highlights included (but were not limited to) eggplant empanadas, chicken with sherry and pine-nuts, goat cheese filled dates, rare roast beef, spinach with apples, barbecue chicken wings, potatoes slow-cooked with prunes, fresh home-made pretzels, barbecue tofu, bacon
wrapped almond-stuffed dates, the above-mentioned arugula salad and brownies, as well as various cheeses, meats, flatbreads. Let’s just say nobody went hungry or unsatisfied.

Thanks to Annie of Washington Printmakers for letting us go all the way from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. And of course to Stone Hill Winery, MO, Chrysalis Vineyards, VA and Rappahannock Cellars, VA for their generous contributions that helped make this event such a success.