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Snail Winner Catoctin Creek is Raising the Standard of Rye, Locally and Sustainably

About 20 Slow Food DC members and friends took advantage of a warm spring evening on April 29 to visit Snail of Approval winner Catoctin Creek for an exclusive, hands-on cocktail making class and distillery tour.  The first distillery to operate in Loudoun County since Prohibition, Catoctin is making a big name for itself with its award winning craft spirits and community-driven approach.  Located in a former car dealership in the heart of Purvellville, VA, our group was warmly welcomed with a cocktail made from Mosby’s Spirit, Catoctin’s version of white whisky.  

This refresher prepared us for the distillery tour portion of the evening, during which our kilt-wearing guide Jonathan introduced us to the two stills responsible for producing all of the company’s spirits:  Barney and Ron Swanson.  Barney apparently gained his purple hue fromdistilling pear brandy and Ron, well, he’s just a whisky-loving type of guy.  Committed to producing spirits from locally sourced and organic ingredients, all of Catoctin’s whisky – as well as their gin – is produced using 100% organic rye. 

If you’re wondering how gin snuck into a rye whisky producer’s rotation, know that it’s all part of Catoctin’s plan to be a zero waste facility.  By redistilling the byproduct of the whisky making process (the “tails,” for you hard-core distillers) with traditional gin botanicals, such as juniper, citrus, and coriander, Catoctin produces a smooth and lovely gin that started from rye mash. 

After distillation, Catoctin’s Roundstone whisky is aged for just under two years in new white new oak barrels from Minnesota, lending the spirit a dark caramel color and deep flavor and aroma.  Whisky that is not barrel-aged is bottled as Mosby’s Spirit. Sustainability is in practice at this stage as well.  Each run through the still produces enough spirit to exactly fill one barrel.  Catoctin also readily supplies spent whisky mash to local farms, and sells used whisky barrels to beer distillers. 

After the tour, our group sidled up to the horseshoe-shaped bar where our bartender Chad gave a brief and illuminating history of how rye became the grain of choice in early American cocktails.  Although early settlers to the area attempted to grow crops they were familiar with at home, rye was one of the few that flourished in the warm, muggy region of Virginia.

Armed with jiggers and cocktail shakers, Chad then guided us through the process of recreating a few of these early American, rye-based cocktails with Catoctin’s signature Roundstone Rye and Watershed Gin.  Despite some shaky pouring skills, Catoctin’s expertly crafted spirits helpful guides ensured we couldn’t fail to make some superb cocktails. 

The next time you’re in Loudoun County, stop by Catoctin’s welcoming facility for a visit or even better, sign up for one of the distillery’s many events. We’re already looking forward to our next visit!

 

Snail of Approval Auction Challenge – Win a Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Gift Set!

Did you have fun at our February 28 Snail of Approval party? We sure did, especially jockeying for those awesome silent auction goodies! If you were a silent auction winner, we want to see how you’re using the items you won! Post a photo of you using the Snail of Approval silent auction item(s) you won in February – hashtagged with #SnailAuctioninAction – to our Facebook or Twitter page for a chance to win a Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom gift set!

Entries will be accepted until May 30 and a winner will be selected at random. Keep the Snail of Approval momentum going and show us your #SnailAuctioninAction!

 

A Preview of What’s in Store for the Snail of Approval Party

rislogo1This year’s Snail of Approval Party is just around the corner – Saturday, April 18 at Ris – and in addition to celebrating a new batch of awesome Snail winners, there’ll be all sorts of goodies to enjoy!!  First, Chef Ris has prepared an incredible menu for all to enjoy, including:

  • Fresh Ricotta Gnudi-smoked tomato vinaigrette, spinach and lemon salt  
  • Mini Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with mustard cream
  • Eggplant Parmesan Sliders
  • Fried Scallops on Fried Lemon with tartar sauce
  • Goat Cheese, Fig and Olive Crostini
  • Deviled Eggs
  • An assortment of chocolate and lemon tarts
  • A specialty, seasonal cocktail

Plus, new Snail of Approval winner Port City Brewing Company will be pouring tastes of their local craft beers, and new winner Meat Crafters (formerly Simply Sausage) is providing samples!

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But the fun doesn’t stop there – we’ve got an amazing selection of products and experiences from our region available at our silent auction.  Check out the list below to find out what great items you can come  bid on:

  • Gift packs from Olio Olive Oil
  • A Staub Dutch Oven
  • A Growler Pack from Port City
  • A Tasting at Barrel Oak Winery
  • MOM’s gift certificate
  • A Fresh Farms Market Gift Basket
  • A Barrel Kit from Copper Fox Whiskey
  • A cooking class with Chef Mark Haskell
  • Fermentation Crock Pottery from Artist Marlisa Jeng
  • A Le Creuset Casserole Dish
  • An incredible array of cook books from Phaidon Books
  • Coffee Classes from Vigilante Coffee
  • Autographed Washington Capitals Player Card
  • Infield Box Tickets to a Washington Nationals Game
  • Glens Garden Market CSA Share
  • Mosser Glass Crystal Cake Stand
  • Gift Certificate from Route 11 Potato Chip Company
  • A night at Belle Meade B&B in Sperryville Virginia
  • Beehive Handmade: Pewter Measuring Spoons
  • Tickets to Contemporary Vegetarian Cuisine Cooking Class with the Guiding Knife
  • Wine Tour and Tasting at Chrysalis Vineyards
  • Group tour and tasting at South Mountain Creamery
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks Cider
  • Book Lecture and Book Nora Pouillon at 6th & I

We hope you to see you there, so get your tickets now!!

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April 18: celebrate the newest Snail winners with us!

Join Slow Food DC to honor and celebrate the 2015 Snail of Approval winners! We have an exciting line up of chefs, farmers, and artisans to add to the growing roster. This unique event is an opportunity to mix and mingle with the individuals dedicated to shaping our food community while enjoying some delicious food and drink!

This year’s event will be held at RIS in DC, featuring a menu designed by Chef Ris using locally sourced ingredients, and a featured, specialty seasonal cocktail. There will also be a silent auction and other surprises from local food purveyors!

For more information on the Snail of Approval program and to see prior winners please visit http://www.slowfooddc.org/snail-of-approval/.

The event will run from 12noon-3pm. Get your tickets here.

Snail of Approval Nominations Now Closed

Thank you to all who nominated producer of good, clean, and fair food in the greater DC area for a Snail of Approval award!  We are so excited to recognize great new local restaurants, bars, artisans, and farmers in the new year.  So be sure to stay tuned for news of our Snail of Approval Party and the next batch of winners in 2015!

Until then, be sure to learn more about the Snail of Approval here.

Oct 4: Volunteer at Common Good City Farm

    

Join Common Good City Farm and Slow Food DC for a day of Volunteering on the farm.  Common Good City Farm is a half-acre urban farm and education center growing food for low-income residents in Washington, D.C. and providing educational opportunities for all people to help increase food security, improve health, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Located in the LeDroit Park community, where one third of residents live in poverty, the farm grows over
5000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce to provide to the community.  But they need help do to so, so come join in in the harvest!
 

 When: Saturday October 4, 9:30am-12pm
Where: Common Good City Farm, V St NW between 2nd and 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 

Cost: Free, but space is limited so RSVP is requested, email shelu@slowfooddc.org

Find out more about Common Good on their website. We look forward to seeing you there!

2014 Snail of Approval Nominations Open

Are you a producer of good, clean, and fair food in the greater DC area? Know someone who is? Consider nominating your favorite local purveyor for a Snail of Approval award — Slow Food DC’s “stamp of approval,” as it were.

Learn more about the criteria for SOA here and for a little inspiration, check out our directory of prior Snail winners here.

Nominate your favorite restaurant, bar, market, or artisan today!

The deadline for 2014 nominations is December 1, 2014.

Food for Thought: A Local Food Dinner and Discussion

with The Piedmont Environmental Council and Slow Food DC

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 1:00 – 7:00pm

Where: Sperryvlle, VA

Cost: $50, including dinner, tours, and discussion. There are only a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to register by August 15!

Strengthening the community’s awareness and involvement in supporting local agriculture is key to having a sustainable local food economy.

At the regional scale, there is a very important link between the rural landscape where most farms are located and the urban landscape where the majority of the population is located and majority of food is consumed. Many of the farms in the Virginia Piedmont have a huge consumer base in the Washington DC metro area, so it is critical that a strong connection exists between the two.

Join PEC and Slow Food DC as we delve into some of the unique challenges that local food producers face, hear about some of the innovations being used by a new generation of farmers, and the important role of consumers in promoting and sustaining agriculture and local businesses.

We hope this is unlike any farm tour and dinner you’ve been to! The whole group will be asked to engage in meaningful discussions, while we all enjoy the beautiful countryside of Rappahannock County. This event includes a stop at both Waterpenny Farm, which specializes in organically grown vegetables and Heritage Hollow Farms which raises grass finished beef and pastured pork. Our day finishes with a delicious meal that will feature locally grown veggies and meat dishes.

Tentative Schedule of Events:

1:00PM                Meet at Waterpenny Farm

1:30 – 2:30PM                Waterpenny Farm Tour and Discussion

2:30PM                Depart for Heritage Hollow Farm

3:00 – 4:00PM                Heritage Hollow Farm Tour and Discussion

4:30PM                Free time to walk around Sperryville

5:00 – 5:30PM                  Meet at Heritage Hollow Farm Market for light refreshments. Relax, mingle and visit the Heritage Hollow Farm Store.

5:30PM                Dinner and discussion. Food served family style.

6:30PM                Wrap-up conversation

What to wear and bring:

  • Event is rain or shine, so please plan accordingly — feel free to pack your wellies, an extra pair of socks and shoes, an umbrella, a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Extra bottles of water. There will be opportunities to refill.

There are limited spots (40) so don’t miss out! If you have any questions, please contact Marco Sanchez at msanchez@pecva.org.

Brooklyn Brewery Brings Mash Tour to DC

Starting tomorrow, Brooklyn Brewery’s Mash tour comes to DC for the second time in a year!  This week-long traveling festival celebrates what’s new and exciting in food, film, comedy, music, books and beer. Throughout the week, Brooklyn Brewery will be collaborating with local chefs, artists and craft brewers to offer unique dinners, entertainment experiences, beer tastings and general fun. And the best part is: a portion of all proceeds go to Slow Food DC!

This time around, events include a farm dinner, a Slow Supper, a film festival, a night of standup comedy, a craft brewing discussion, a concert, and a number of demonstrations and tastings all around town.  Brooklyn Brewery guest chefs Hiyaw Gebreyohannes and Andrew Gerson, along with others will be working throughout the week with local partners such as Georges Mill Farm, City Tap House, Atlas Brew Works, Whole Foods P Street, The Coupe, Red Rocks Bistro, E Street Cinema, and the Rock & Roll Hotel.

Visit the Brooklyn Brewery Mash DC website to find out more about each event and buy your tickets.   A full listing is also provided below.

D.C. Mash Tour Schedule

Saturday, May 31, 2014:

Eat, Drink & Learn at Whole Foods P Street

  • What and Who: Chefs Hiyaw Gebreyohannes & Andrew Gerson pair Hiyaw’s Taste Of Ethiopia line of prepared foods with a full array of Brooklyn beers. They’ll have a full stock of the Brooklyn Brewery portfolio so you can bring your favorite pairings home with you.
  • Where: Whole Foods P Street, 1440 P St NW, Washington, DC
  • When: Starts at 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 1, 2014: 

Dinner on the Farm with Chef Andrew Gerson

  • What and Who:  Our week of cultural happenings gets off and running with this agrarian dining experience. Through roaming culinary events, Dinner on the Farm works to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live. There will be a tour of Georges Mill Farm, a feast prepared in collaboration with Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes and Chef Patrick Dinh, live music by Jake & the Burtones, local artisans Craft Kombucha, Lulu’s Ice Cream & Radius Pizza, and beer for all.
  • Where:  Georges Mill Farm, 11873 Georges Mill Rd, Lovettsville, VA
  • When:  Starts at 3:00 PM (Tickets: $55)

Monday, June 2, 2014:

Tap Attack

  • What and Who:  All week during The Brooklyn Brewery Mash we’ll be taking over taps around the city, pouring our favorite, rarest and newest beers. In D.C., we’re planning an all-out assault on City Tap House’s tap system. We’ll be pouring Perennial, Seasonal & rare beers at the bar, including vintage Monster Ale, Mary’s Maple Porter, and more. Check back for the full line-up and be sure to show up early.
  • Where: City Tap House, 901 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 
  • When:  Starts at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 3, 2014:

Craft Beer Revolution with Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau & Brooklyn Brewery  

  • What and Who:  Twenty-five years into running one of the top craft breweries in America, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy looks back with his fellow craft beer comrades to discuss the circumstances and ambitions that allowed a handful of individuals across the country to challenge one of the largest corporate dynasties in American history. Steve joins us on The Mash, discussing his book and the beer scenes of each city we visit with the people who helped create it. Joining Steve will be Justin Cox and Will Durgin of Atlas Brew Works, Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau, and Chris Van Orden of DC Beer.
  • Where: Atlas Brew Works, 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, D.C.
  • When:  Starts at 7:00 PM (Tickets: $6)

Brooklyn Ha Ha: NYC Stand-up with Josh Gondelman, Jeff Maurer & Rahmein Mostafavi

  • What and Who:  In true Brooklyn style, Brooklyn Ha Ha introduces some of the NYC standup scene’s best under-the-radar talent and brings their act to the Red Rocks Bistro.
  • Where:  Red Rocks Bistro, 1348 H St NE, Washington, D.C.
  • When:  Doors at 9:00 PM (Tickets: $6)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014: 

MASH EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice

  • What and Who: Perhaps you’ve just been turned on to the art of pairing beer and food. Perhaps you’re an old hand at joining together the world’s most versatile beverage and your favorite dish. Either way, Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson will impart some of the knowledge he’s picked up while touring and collaborating with some of the most exciting chefs in the U.S.
  • Where:  The Coupe, 3415 11th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • When:  Starts at 6:00 PM (Tickets: Free with RSVP)

Thursday, June 5, 2014:

Found Footage Festival

  • What and Who: The Found Footage Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a brand-new show and DVD (Volume 7). Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to show off their new lineup of found video clips and live comedy.
  • Where:  E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW #2, Washington, D.C.
  • When:  Starts at 8:00 PM (Tickets: $12)

Friday, June 6, 2014: 

Slow Supper with Dinner Lab

  • What and Who: This pop-up dinner party, hosted in a unique, non-traditional location, embodies The Mash. In each city we visit, we bring together some of our favorite people around a common table to share cuisine crafted by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson & Dinner Lab Chef Jacob Cureton, paired with Brooklyn beer styles both familiar and rare.
  • Where:  Surprise location, announced day-of
  • When:  Starts at 7:00 PM (Tickets: $65)

Saturday, June 7, 2014: 

MASH EDU: Homebrewer Edition

  • What and Who: Most brewers get their start with a humble homebrew they concocted in a small kitchen or garage. Hobbyists across the globe have been pushing the boundaries on the methodology and science of what it means to brew a beer. In every city the Mash stops in, we are partnering with the home brew shops and collectives that are doing their best to spread the good word of beer. We’ll be having seminars and walkthroughs by experienced professional amateurs on all the trials and tribulations of home-brewing.
  • Where: 3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, D.C.
  • When: Starts at 2:00 PM (Tickets: TBA)

Mash Bash with The Men, Passing Phases & Heavy Breathing

  • What and Who: We’re bringing everything we find exciting about the Brooklyn music and arts scene out for one night in an explosion of sound and color. There will be a local food truck on hand to fill our bellies and plenty of Brooklyn cans at the bar to throw at the acts we find lackluster. On stage in D.C. we’re bringing together Brooklynite punk rockers The Men, as well as hometown favorites Passing Phases & Heavy Breathing. Expect to sweat. A lot.
  • Where: Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street N.E, Washington, D.C.
  • When: Doors at 8:00 PM (Tickets: $5)