Category Archives: Metro DC Events

Non-SFDC events that are in line with what SFDC believes in

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

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!

Dec 14: stock up on staples at Whole Foods to make healthy food accessible to all in DC!

Fellow food lovers, this is your chance to stock up on all of the things you’ve been meaning to pick up at Whole Foods! Olive oil, maple syrup, wine, bulk nuts for baking cookies, chicken stock for savory soups… all the stuff you’ll need in the kitchen to get you through the cold months.

Start your list, but hold off until Dec 14th — that’s when Whole Foods is holding a “5% Day” at their P Street and Georgetown locations to benefit a small collective of farmers’ market programs. Your purchases that day will directly help to support your neighbors and your local farm community!

How it works: You shop like any other day, EXCEPT that 5% of all sales at the two Whole Foods locations that day will go toward growing the WIC and SNAP (food stamp) programs at the 14th & U, Mount Pleasant, Bloomingdale, and NoMa farmers’ markets during their 2012 season.

Learn more about the project here.

Beer Drinking for a Cause

The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is having their Second Annual Homebrew Harvest! This fundraiser has a suggested donation of $10 at the door and helps support the great work the NFI does.

photo credit: Flickr user Mountain-top

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 3 to 6 PM

Location: American Ice Co
Street: 917 V. St NW
City: Washington, DC

Some of you may have joined Slow Food DC on one of our volunteer days working at the NFI’s urban farm near the Fort Totten Metro. To support the great work NFI does, why not stop by for a homebrew 101 workshop at 3pm, followed by a tasting at 4pm. To add to the fun of this event, they’ve structured it as a competition, with a number of categories up for local brewers to compete in. Generously hosted by the American Ice Co, you get to support a great cause, all while enjoying locally produced beer. They even list it as a Food Day activity!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, a DC-based non-profit serving as an educational resource for adults and teenagers, working to engage in small-scale food production in Washington, DC. See for more info.

Mmm. Beer.

Fig Lovers Feast

One of the rare treasures of late summer is the arrival of fresh figs.  My Italian American grandmother kept three bushes of turkey figs in her garden in Pittsburgh, Pa.   I remember the ripe figs sticky with honey sweetness and always readily gobbled up fresh in the garden.
If you haven’t been so lucky to have such an experience, now is your chance!


Saturday, September 10th from 12:30pm to 5:00pm, Ticonderoga Farms will be hosting a Fig Lover’s Feast! The 5th generation, family-owned, family-run farm will be taking visitors on a hayride to the fig groves, and will be indulging us in fig-tastings and pairings, including special cooking demonstrations by Chef Vaughn Skaggs, and one pound of a variety of figs.
Slow Food members are encouraged to RSVP as we get $5 off the admission price of $35 dollars!
Here’s the Details
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Saturday, September 24, 2011 (rescheduled due to Irene)
Time: 12:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: 26469 Ticonderoga Rd., Chantilly, VA
Admission: $35 ($30 for Slow Food members – mention the announcement when you call)
RSVP: 703-327-4424
Rain Date: September 25, 2011

12:30 – check-in
1:00 – intro & overview
after: hayride to fig groves
Fig Tastings & Pairings:
Special cooking demonstration by Chef Vaughn Skaggs
Frey White, Red & Verde Champagne
Figalicious Pizza
Local Cheese & Cracker
Fig Recipes – Sorbet – Preserves
1 lb of complimentary figs
More information at Ticonderoga Farm
Also, don’t forget about our upcoming Snail of Approval awards! Details coming soon…

Sept 15: Do good while eating well at Brainfood’s annual Grill-off fundraiser

What could be more fun than watching teams of award-winning chefs, amateur grilling aficionados, and Brainfood program graduates compete for the Brainfood Skillet Award and the Brainfoodie Choice Award? Might I suggest enjoying cool drinks, tasty food, and a silent auction at the same time? Do good while eating well at Brainfood’s annual fundraiser.

Tickets are $75.00 per person for attendees. Or you can sign up as a competitor (costs vary depending on sponsorship level). More information and a link to purchase tickets can be found here.

To learn more about the impressive after-school youth cooking and mentoring program — featured in the summer 2011 “Community Development” issue of the hip, local Bittersweet Zine — check out Brainfood’s website.

June 23: City Blossoms’ 3rd Annual Proper Topper garden (and food) extravaganza!

It’s time for summer’s first garden celebration with City Blossoms….

Come join food lovers and community gardeners on Thursday, June 23 for City Blossoms’ 3rd Annual PROPER TOPPER Garden Fiesta. Friends, put on your best hats (homemade or store-bought) and enjoy an enchanting evening in the garden under the stars. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30pm at the garden at 11th & Harvard Streets, NW. Some highlights:

* Scrumptious delights from Chef James Forsythe of b Bistro (one of the Baltimore Sun’s top ten restaurants) & colorful cocktails

* A really juicy raffle (including dinner at top local restaurants, artwork & even personalized poems)

* A Proper Topper contest with best head-art winning a membership to the Marion Street Herb CSA

$15 donation, RSVP to or via facebook.

All proceeds support City Blossoms summer programming. Interested in offering a matching grant or donation? Contact us at

This event is made possible by support from: Beau Thai, Elizabeth Cross – Poet, Dody DiSanto – Massage Therapist, Joan Ganzevoort – Artist, Herban Lifestyles, Long View Gallery, Nora’s, Restaurant Eve, Seasonal Pantry, Skin Rejuvination Clinic, Sweet Green, Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods

Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Wine and Dine Event Returns for Third Year

On June 8-9, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History kicks off World Oceans Day with 2-days of events with leading ocean experts and DC and Gulf Region chefs to explore ocean health and preservation, sustainable seafood, and the Gulf region one year after the oil spill. The events culminate with a Wine & Dine Reception featuring fare from DC and Gulf Region chefs preparing sustainable seafood dishes and wines from members of the Rhone Rangers.

For more information, please visit


May 21: DC urban farm bike tour and workshops

Hello, DC food lovers. Did you know that there are folks growing food right in your own town? Ever wanted to learn about composting or where you might volunteer at an urban farm or community garden in our nation’s capital? Well, break out your bikes (and helmets, ahem) and come see for yourself during the (rescheduled, due to rain) DC Urban Farms Bike Tour, featuring tours of each space and workshops on farming/community gardening topics for interested community members. There will be five — yes, five — stops around the District. It’s going to be GREAT!

Here’s the schedule:

9:00am: Pray for sunshine….

1:00: meet at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative site @ Mamie D. Lee Community Garden
100 Gallatin Street, NE (near Fort Totten metro station)
1:00-1:45: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

1:45-2:30: Biking: head toward Washington Youth Garden
(The National Arboretum, enter through R Street near 24th St, NE)
2:30-3:15: Washington Youth Garden

3:15-3:45: Biking: hear toward The Farm at Walker Jones
New Jersey & K Street, NW
3:45-4:15: Walker Jones (w/ Vinnie Bevivino of Seed & Cycle)

4:15-4:30: Biking: head to City Blossoms’ Marion Street Intergenerational Garden
1517 Marion Street, NW (Shaw neighborhood)
4:30-5:00: Marion Street garden

5:00-5:15: head to Common Good City Farm
V Street, between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW (Ledroit Park)
5:15-5:45: Common Good

5:45: Biking: head to Big Bear Cafe
1700 1st Street, NW
6:00: Happy hour @ Big Bear (featuring Arcadia’s Farmer Mo with a word on the Greenhorns MidAtlantic chapter)


1. If you’re not a cyclist, all sites are relatively accessible by public transportation.

2. The sites will all have water, so bring your water bottles. I’m working on getting some snacks donated, but I’d advise those of you with similarly ravenous appetites to bring a little something to nibble on. And don’t forget your helmet and a sturdy bike lock.

3. Please RSVP to (or sign up directly on the event’s facebook page) so we know how many folks to expect.

4. This event is a make-up of the planned 16 April urban farm bike tour that was rained out.