Category Archives: Past Events

Past SFDC run events

Natural Easter Egg Dyeing! A Slow Food DC Family Event

Let your kids appreciate Easter eggs dyed with nature’s bounty!
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Event:Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Whole Foods Market Clarendon, 2700 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Cost: Free!

We’ll use dyes that are made from everyday foods—fruits, vegetables and spices—instead of boxed chemical colorings. This wonderful family project is also a great way to teach your kids about nature’s beauty and abundance. All materials (except smocks) will be generously supplied by Whole Foods Market.

Space is limited, so please sign up today by sending an email to lisa(at) and be sure to include your name, your kids names and ages.

(photo from flickr user protoflux used under creative commons license)

Bid Away the Winter Blues Fundraiser

Nothing makes the Winter Blues go away faster than helping out two great organizations at once! That’s why Slow Food DC has paired up with DC’s Bread for the City to host our Bid Away the Winter Blues Fundraiser and Auction! Thursday, February 23, Slow Food DC will be hosting this event at the Bread for the City’s Northwest Location.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Bread for the City, 1525 7th St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Tickets: $55.00 at Eventbrite

Bid your winter blues away at our silent auction while enjoying catering from DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering and complimentary wine tasting.

So far, we have a wonderful assortment of items to bid on, including:

Don’t pass up this opportunity!

Bread for the City’s mission is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. They have been most generous in providing Slow Food DC with space to hold our monthly board meetings and this is a chance for us to give back.

2012 Winter Welcome Potluck

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St NW Washington, DC 20037 (entrance around the corner from main doors, on the left)
Cost: Free! (suggested donation $5)
What to Bring: Your favorite dish, along with the recipe for inclusion in Slow Food DC’s first cookbook!

I am really excited to see familiar and new faces at our first potluck of 2012 on Saturday January 28th. It will be held in the basement of the Church of the Pilgrims, from 1:30 to 3pm. The potluck is free and everyone is welcome. We will be taking donations to help cover the cost of the space. Five dollars should be enough, although we always welcome more! Continue reading

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