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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(@)


Soups On! Soup Making Class on Dec. 4

Treat yourself—and your holiday guests—to some lush winter soups!

What: Soup Class
When: Sunday, December 4, 2011 5pm to 9pm
Where: Maple Avenue Market, at 128 Maple Avenue, E, Vienna, VA 22180

Katharine Mardirosian, the clever owner of 100 Bowls of Soup is offering a hands-on and let’s-eat class to teach about the wintery comforts of homemade soup and stock. Plan to learn the how-tos of basic soup making, and take home recipes for soups to enhance your holiday meals.

On the menu for the evening:

•     Butternut Squash
•     Mushroom Onion
•     Arugula, Leek & Yam

At the end of the class you’ll have soups for dinner with beverages.

Class limited to 10 people. Tickets are $27.37 and can be purchased through Eventbrite

Note that the Maple Avenue Market is owned by Chris Guerre, an organic farmer from Great Falls, and he stocks his market with wholesome, locally sourced food items.


University of Gastronomic Sciences Italian Happy Hour at Coppi’s

Have you ever dreamed about attending the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy’s northern Piedmont region? Founded by Slow Food International in 2004, this unique school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in food culture and communication (including sustainability, place and identity, and media representations), and gastronomy.

Join alumni, prospective students, and Italophiles for a happy hour at the atmospheric U Street Italian mainstay Coppi’s Organic Restaurant on Wednesday, October 26 between 6:30-8:30 pm. Share half-price bottles of wine and enjoy authentic Ligurian pizza and snacks (for purchase) while you get an insider’s perspective on the school, the programs, and life and food in Italy. Hope to see you there!


Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Apple Picking and Cider Pressing

The brisk air, growing shadows and emerging fall hues mean one thing: Apple Season! …And turning them into cider. Now is your chance to see the process and taste the results.

First a little history lesson. You know Johnny Appleseed? The mythic frontiersman spreading apple trees all across the (then) West? Bet you didn’t know he actually did it in order to bring hard cider to the masses.

Prohibition nearly sounded the death knell for the cider industry in America. But with renewed interest in local, sustainable, heritage foods, hard cider is making a comeback. The taste doesn’t hurt either. Taking on characteristics of the apples used, it too has a terroir much like wine.

Now that your interest is piqued…


Distillery Lane Ciderworks is offering Slow Food members and the public a chance to learn all about the process of turning apples to cider. Located just outside Burkittsville, MD, the family-owned and operated farm grows unique apple varieties perfect for baking, eating, and of course cider making. On Saturday, October 15, 2011 you can come to pick apples, learn about cider making and participate in pressing the apples.

Tickets are $20 dollars for the public and $15 for Slow Food members. Some of the ticket price will be credited towards the apples you get to take home.

The official tour starts at 1pm, but if you come at Noon, Slow Food DC is planning on having a potluck lunch. Just bring something to share with 3 other people. And if you only spend $5 for your contribution, even better!

The Distillery Lane Ciderworks is about 15 minutes from Frederick, MD and about an hour from DC. Given that, we are hoping to coordinate rides. If you can offer one or need one, please contact kati_(at) with info on where you’re coming from.

Image credit: flickr user Thomas Hawk

Taste tested, snail approved

Yesterday marked the first ever Slow Food DC “Snail of Approval” awards ceremony, and what a ceremony it was — an opportunity to celebrate 40 local purveyors of responsibly produced, meticulously crafted, and downright delectable food. The rain held off, luckily, and the weather was surprisingly beautiful for the event, held on the patio of Poste Moderne Brasserie, as area foodies, award recipients, and press mingled over delicious, locally-sourced, seasonal fare along with cool drinks and even cooler cinnamon and apple gelato. And of course there was the distribution of the coveted Snail of Approval stickers to award winners.

With a long weekend coming up soon, you may be on the lookout for a new restaurant to try out in the DC area. Or maybe you want to pick up some quality ingredients at the farmers’ market or a “meat up” to concoct a memorable meal yourself in coming weeks. Maybe you’re looking for a reliable place to enjoy a lovely, lingering dinner with friends for Food Day (coming up on October 24).

For a quick reference guide to those eateries and small-scale producers that have been taste tested and snail approved, check out the list of the 2011 Snail of Approval award winners.

(For those of you who missed the event, be on the lookout for next year’s 2nd annual Snail of Approval awards ceremony. Photos from this year’s event can be found here.)


DOWN SOUTH:Dinner and Presentation on Foodways

Learn about our Southern heritage and enjoy a truly delicious Southern meal on Sunday, October 2, 6:30 p.m at Georgia Brown’s, 950 15th St., NW, Washington, DC. Tickets for the dinner and presentation on African America Foodways cost $50 for Slow Food members and $55 for non-members will be available for advanced purchase on Eventbright.

Guest speaker, Michael Twitty is a recognized food historian, community scholar and living history professional of African American food and folk culture. His website, is devoted to the preservation of historic African American foods and foodways.  He has conducted classes and workshops, written curricula and educational programs, giving lectures and performed cooking demonstrations for over 100 groups, including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Library of Congress, and the Oxford University Symposium on Food and Cookery. He has done research about African American heirloom crops, open hearth cooking, heritage breed meats, and wild flora and fauna utilized by enslaved Africans and their descendants.  His book, Fighting Old Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders 1634-1864, can be purchased by cash or check for $10 at the event.

Executive chef Bryan Yealy of Georgia Brown’s will serve the following menu:

  •  Oyster Amuse; On the Half Shell/Choptank Maryland/Piquillo Pepper Sorbet/Pepper infused Vodka
  • Truffled Local Corn Chowder; Corn Shoots/Local Mushrooms/Truffle Salted Popcorn
  • Grilled Red Endive Salad; Virginia Ham/Organic Grits Corn Pone/Loring Peach Vinaigrette/Heirloom Tomato Salad/Black Strap Molasses
  • Farmers Market Duck Breast; 3 Grain Rice Pilaf/Roasted Shallots/Calvados Apple Cider Reduction/Micro Mirepoix Greens/Duck Cracklings
  • De-Constructed “Yankee Pot Roast”; Culpeper Farms Grass Fed Beef/Potato Parsnip Pure/Baby Vegetable Mirepoix/Rosemary Burgundy Jus/Crispy Fried Kale
  • Lemon Meringue Tartlet; Lemon Curd/Burnt Lemon Meringue/Nunda Orchard Cherry Ice Cream/Chicory  Chocolate Ganache/Lemon Short Bread

1st Annual Snail of Approval Awards Party

Update: this event is sold out.

Come Celebrate with Us!

4-7 pm Sunday September 25, 2011* on the patio of Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St. NW, Washington DC

Purchase tickets in advance ($30 for Slow Food DC members, $35 for non-members; tickets will not be sold at the door).

Tickets include a sampling of local roasts and flavors:

● Porchetta from White House Meats
● Grilled Sausage from Simply Sausage
● Carrot Salad
● Kale and Apple Salad
● Mac n’ Cheese
● Apple Cobbler
● Gelato

Tickets also include a glass of local beer or wine.

*Rain Date: Monday Evening, September 26th


Take the $5 Challenge!

When Carlo Petrini founded Slow Food back in 1986, it was in reaction to the proliferation of fast food culture in Italy, which was undermining the traditions and quality of the Italian diet.

Today we know the fast food “value meal,” readily available for around five dollars, is anything but. The cost in subsidies, healthcare, labor exploitation, and extinction to local varieties and local cuisines make it very expensive indeed. And who’s to say you cannot eat a healthy, “slow food” meal for five dollars?

This is the spirit of the $5 Challenge. Pledge to take back the value meal. Find someone hosting a meal or go ahead and arrange to host one yourself.  And if you’re lucky, I’ll come and bring the dessert! Apple crisp anyone? I picked the apples myself.


Foodies Night at the Movies – Movie Screening and Reception with the Filmmaker, June 17

Update 6/14/2011 – This event is now sold out, keep your eyes peeled for other great events!

World Premiere — Washington DC
Farmaggedon–the Unseen War on American Family Farms

Friday, June 17
West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW, Washington, DC

6 p.m. Reception on the patio of West End Cinema
catered by Chef Pedro Matamoros–of 8407 Kitchen Bar, Silver Spring

Reception menu:
Rabbit and Truffle Rillette & Cornets (little corns)
Local Duck Terrine with Crostini
Evensong Farm Tuscan Salami
Fields of Athenry Lamb Lomo

Cheese Platter:
Cherry Glen Monocacy Ash,
Wisconsin Crudelo with Nuts and Fruits and Spiced Honey
Pathvalley Pickled and Preserved Fruits and Vegetables
Smoked Salmon Crostini with Creme Fraiche
Local Wine and Sparkling Water

7 p.m. Movie Premiere

8:45pm – Q&A, Panel Discussion with Filmmaker with Filmmaker, Kristin Canty

Kristin will then be joined by panelists who participated in the film:

Sally Fallon Morell, Founder and President Weston A. Price Foundation
Liz Reitzig, citizen activist featured in the film
Matt Rales, once an intern with Polyface Farm, now farming rabbits in Potomac, MD
Linda Faillace, Author of Mad Sheep, The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm
Moderator: Kimberly Hartke, Food Politics Blogger and Publicist for WAPF

$33 movie and reception

Register here:

For more details about the documentary, Farmaggedon website:

And this blog post: