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Slow U: The Amazing Norton Grape with Todd Kliman

Thu, Nov 4, 6:30-9 p.m. Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring (phone: 301 608 9101, Metro accessible)

Join Slow Food University as we welcome Todd Kliman, noted author, and food and wine editor of The Washingtonian magazine. Todd will read from his recent book, The Wild Vine, the riveting story of the Norton grape, considered by many to be the only indigenous American grape capable of producing great wines. This is your chance to learn about this truly native and local grape, and help restore the robust, distinctive wines it creates to their rightful place on the country’s tables. In addition to a book-signing, Todd will also lead us through a tasting of Norton wines from Missouri and Virginia. These red wines go especially well with the following kinds of dishes, so for the potluck, bring something inspired by the list so that we can have a food pairing.

This event is free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required: send an e-mail with names of attendees to (replace _at_ with @). Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


We welcome dishes inspired in particular from the following list of dishes and flavors (which incorporates suggestions by Todd Kliman). “Finger food” appetizers would be the most appropriate. Please bring something that can be served at room temperature. We will be serving wine in “tasting” quantities – feel free to bring along a bottle of Norton wine to share if you have a favorite.

In general, Norton wines go with food that has “big” flavors. Some examples:

Sliders (Sloppy Joe sauce optional)
Spanish flavors like romesco sauce, ham
Venison, duck, game
Grilled wild mushrooms
Balsamic sauce
Mexican Mole’
Moroccan food

Flatbreads incorporating some of these flavors would be particularly easy to serve as finger food.

We wish to thank our sponsors, Stone Hill Winery, MO, Chrysalis Vineyards, VA and Rappahannock Cellars, VA for their generous contributions to help make this event a success.

Canceled: Dinner at 701 Restaurant showcasing Good Meat by Deborah Krasner

Update: This event has been canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Time: Sunday, November 7 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Location 701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Ashok Bajaj’s 701 Restaurant located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW is pleased to announce a special dinner and discussion that explores the future of America’s culinary landscape, with James Beard award-winning cookbook author and food and agriculture revolutionary, Deborah Krasner, on Sunday November, 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM. Ed Witt, 701’s… new Executive Chef will be preparing a variety of recipes from Krasner’s groundbreaking new book, “Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat.” The dinner is priced at $55 per person for Slow Food DC members or $60 for non-members and includes gratuity and one glass of wine.

Krasner will be on hand to answer questions, share tips and sign copies of her latest book, which will be on sale for $40.

Follow the link below to purchase tickets:

Recap: Dig In volunteer day at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Thanks to the Neighborhood Farm Initiative and all of the volunteers who turned out to make the first Slow Food DC Dig In event a success! Volunteers included Slow Food members and some new faces all interested in urban agriculture and giving back to the community. The Neighborhood Farm Initiative provides hands-on training in organic vegetable gardening to both volunteers and students. They also run a Teen Green Summer Youth program, to educate teens in green job skills in urban agriculture and culinary professions. We are very excited to support these efforts. Plus, we shared a lovely potluck picnic at the end of our gardening; the whole day was a great opportunity to get to know Slow Foodies.

Check out more photos on Flickr

Re-scheduled Snail of Approval Kickoff Roast at Poste

Time:  Wednesday, November 3 · 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 – 8th Street, NW, Washington DC

Slow Food DC will host an animal roast at Poste Moderne Brasserie featuring a variety of roasted meats provided by Eco-Friendly Foods, and prepared by area chefs. At the courtyard event, the organization will announce their “Slow Food DC Snail of Approval” program, which identifies local establishments that exemplify the Slow Food mission: good, clean, and fair food.

At the kick-off event, guests will enjoy samples of assorted roasts provided by Eco-Friendly Foods.  As well as specialty desserts and cocktails.  The menu will feature:

  • Roasted Pig prepared by Chef Robert Weland of Poste Brasserie
  • Roasted Goat prepared by Chef Barry Koslow of Tallula and EatBar
  • Roasted Lamb prepared by Chef Drew Trautmann
  • Cocktails prepared by Mixtress Gina Chersevani of PS 7′s
  • Desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Alison Reed of Cafe Saint-Ex

The $25 ticket price (in advance, $30 at the door – cash only) entitles guests to a tasting of each roast and dessert, along with two drink tickets for wine, beer or cocktails.  Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase for $5, and all proceeds will go to the Snail of Approval program and the DC Farm to School Network.

The DC Slow Food Snail of Approvals aim to:
• Recognize and celebrate eateries and artisans that serve/provide good, clean, fair food to our community.
• Spread awareness of the Slow Food philosophy and the establishments that support it.

For more information on the Snail of Approval check out:

To buy advance tickets:

Edible Ornamentals

October 24 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

River Farm
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria Va

Learn about plants that are both beautiful AND tasty from River Farm Horticulturist James Gagliardi. You will be inspired to design with herbs, add blueberry bushes to your border, and pick a salad in your front yard! Weather permitting, James will take participants on a tour of the gardens at River Farm following his talk. This event is FREE, will take place rain or shine, will run approximately 2 hours. Please note the location, 7931 East Boulevard Drive in Alexandria, is NOT metro accessible. R.S.V.P by October 20th to

Roseda Beef Hay Ride Farm Tour and Dinner

October 16 · 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Roseda Farm
15317 Carroll Road
Monkton, MD

Fall is the perfect time for this hayride tour of Roseda Beef, a family-operated farm in Monkton, Maryland. Roseda raises their cattle without hormones and is committed to environmentally-friendly farming methods. After the tour, participants will enjoy a barbacoa (beef cooked in a pit) dinner and campfire. Space is limited to 25, and cost is $40/member, $45 for non-members. Click here to register!

Wine Harvest at Basignani Winery

Wine Harvest at Basignani Winery
October 2 · 9:00am – 2:00pm

Basignani Winery
15722 Falls Rd.
Sparks, MD

Experience the harvest by coming out to Basignani vinyards to pick grapes and learn how grapes become wine. This will be followed by a delicious lunch and wine tasting at the vineyard. Basignani winery is a local Maryland winery which uses traditional cellar methods and the wines, which are estate grown and bottled, are classically produced. The day will begin at 9:00am. We will pick grapes for the winery until 12:00pm, then we will relax and have lunch and wine provided by Basignani. The event should finish up by 2:00pm.

Spaces are limited to 20-25 people.

RSVP to Kari –

There will be a $15 donation collected.

Happy Hour – Jackie’s Sidebar

Thursday, September 30 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jackie’s Sidebar
8081 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD

Join us for our first Silver Spring happy hour at the recently opened Jackie’s Sidebar (8081 Georgia Avenue, entrance on Sligo Ave, about 6 blocks from the metro). Featuring handcrafted cocktails, locally farmed food, and a punch concocted specially for us, this is the perfect setting to meet others in the area Slow Food community.

There is no fee for or registration for this event, just show up!

For those in the mood for further adventure, we will walk over to the restaurant Mandalay (930 Bonifant Street, 301 585 0500) for traditional Burmese food afterwards. Their unique and delicious chicken with coconut rice dish is only available on Thursdays, and it sells out so quickly that you need to call them by 5 p.m. if you’d like to reserve an order.

SLOW FOOD VOLUNTEER DAY and potluck with Neighborhood Farm Initiative

September 25 · 9:00am – 1:00pm

This event is full, no more RSVP’s will be taken.  Thank you!

SFDC is looking for volunteers to work with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative on September 25, 2010! Are you interested in urban agriculture and serving the DC community? Join us for this special Volunteer Day from 9am to 1pm, that includes a potluck lunch. RSVP to, using the subject line
“Sept.25 Slow Food Volunteer Day.” and plan on bringing a dish to share.

About the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI):
NFI is on a half acre urban farm site just a few minutes walk from the Ft. Totten metro station (red, green, yellow lines). The garden is an educational center that has two components: The first is a season long course for which each student gets a small plot, and the second is a “learn-by-doing” approach, in which the majority of the work in the field is done by volunteers who have an interest in urban agriculture. Volunteers range broadly in age, experience, and interests.

To get to the garden from the Fort Totten metro station, turn left (north) and walk up the sidewalk past where the buses stop. Across from the parking lot and after some trees, you’ll see a paved path going up over a slight hill on your left (going north). Take that path across a field and you’ll see the NFI at the top of the hill! (If you google-map 100 Gallatin Street NE, you’ll see the field from the
satellite view and the path that connects Gallatin street to the metro stop.)