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Behind the Kitchen Door: Tour & Demo at Union Kitchen

Sunday, March 30th


Be the first to get a behind the scenes tour of Union Kitchen, DC’s first kitchen incubator where dozens of food entrepreneurs launch their businesses! We will get a chance to see many of them in action including the delightful Chris Johnson of Cured DC. Chris will lead a private demo of his marvelous charcuterie products. In addition to tasting what we make you will get a chance to purchase goodies to take home with you.

This price is a special offer for our partners of Slow Food DC. We are honored to support this organization and hope you will too. We will meet at the NoMa metro station to walk over together with the possibility of further exploring the neighborhood following the tour.

Have questions about Behind the Kitchen Door: Tour & Demo at Union Kitchen?

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Slow Food DC Fundraiser at Open Kitchen

Say Happy Birthday to Open Kitchen, and help raise funds for Slow Food DC! Open Kitchen is a 2012 and 2013 Snail of Approval Winner, and is known for its contemporary American cuisine and passion for making, eating, and sharing good food with the community. Open Kitchen celebrates their four-year anniversary by giving back to its community that has made it so popular
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Farm to Table Family Day

The National Portrait Gallery recently commissioned a portrait of the chef, author, and restaurant owner Alice Waters by artist Dave Woody. In celebration, Slow Food DC is participating in the Farm to Table Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard.

Date Sunday, January 22, 2012
Time 11:30am to 3:00pm
Location Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery
Cost Free!
Host National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy live music, learn about the “farm to table” movement, and participate in hands-on activities! This event is family focussed, with lots of fun activities and recipes you can take home.

For over forty years, Alice Waters has been a vanguard of the food movement in the United States. Since the founding of her restaurant, Chez Panisse, she has been a champion of local, sustainable, and organic food, while educating on seasonal eating, knowing where your food comes from, and of course incredible flavor.

We hope you can make it to this free, family-friendly event. Expect to see many organizations that also work on food issues. Questions? just let us know by emailing info (at)


Ever wonder what happens to the produce not sold at your Farmers’ Market? Many markets have a tradition of providing much of the produce that doesn’t sell and can’t be stored to organizations that work on food access. But how does it get to them? Volunteers, of course.

Bread for the City has a few open slots for gleaning at Farmers’ Markets. Gleaning at Farmers’ Markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to their clients and reduces food waste. The available dates and times are:

October 23: 11:30am-3:30pm or 4-6pm
October 30: 11:30am-3:30pm

If you are interested contact Megan at mcairns_(at) More information is on the Glean for the City website. And if you can’t make it this time, there’s always next year, or the wonderful film The Gleaners and I you can catch on Netflix.

Food Day(s)

Feeling like there’s been more discussion about food recently?  If it feels like October is all about food, you are not far from the mark.  From school lunches to hunger issues, many organizations are using October as a time to bring food issues to the forefront of our attention.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest has therefore created Food Day on October 24th, which joins other observances such as World Food Day, this year’s Blog Action Day, National Farm to School Month,  and National School Lunch Week. Continue reading

Eat Local First: Farm to Street Party, July 16

Join Slow Food DC at Eat Local First’s Farm to Street party! We’ll be there enjoying the weather! There will be great local food, games, music and prizes. Join the fun!

V Street NW, between 13th and 14th
12-5 p.m.
$15 (includes 2 food tickets)

To learn more and buy tickets go to Eat Local First Farm to Street Party webpage.

Food Justice: Author Event and Discussion, April 6

Featuring Robert Gottlieb, co-author of Food Justice, and D.C. food justice advocate Louise Thundercloud. Organized by D.C. Farm to School, Bread for the City, Slow Food D.C. and Centro Ashé.

Wednesday, April 6th
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bread for the City
1525 7th Street Northwest

In today’s food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of “globesity.” To combat these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table. In Food Justice, Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi tell the story of this emerging movement.

What does food justice mean for D.C. residents? What opportunities and challenges exist in our city? Bread for the City, D.C. Farm to School Network, Slow Food D.C., and Centro Ashé are hosting Robert Gottlieb, Louise Thundercloud, and others involved in food justice advocacy in D.C., for this discussion. Join Bread for the City for a tour of its rooftop garden at 6. Discussion begins at 6:30.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to (Replace _at_ with @) or call (202) 386-7006.

Pig Business, March 9th

Pig Business Screening
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
6 – 8 PM
The Capitol Visitors Center
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C
Free and open to the public

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is pleased to sponsor the first U.S. screening of Pig Business, a film featuring Robert Kennedy, Jr. and UK eco-campaigner and director Tracy Worcester, that discusses the damaging environmental, social, and health effects of industrial pig operations. Please join your fellow Slow Foodies at this event, and learn more about Pig Business HERE.

A screening of this film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Robert Kennedy, Jr. (Moderator), has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Dr. Michael Greger, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Kathy Ozer, has worked on farm, rural, and fair trade policy for the past 20 years for the National Family Farm Coalition. Since 1999, Kathy has been part of the farmer delegations at the WTO in Seattle and Cancun and at the United Nations. Her current work addresses the credit and global food crisis; implementation of the 2008 farm bill; and efforts to address the dairy farmer crisis.

Andrew Kimbrell, attorney, author of Your Right to Know and The Human Body Shop, director and founder of the Center for Food Safety, and expert on genetic engineering and its implications for the livestock industry.

Growing a Garden City in DC, March 15th

This is a sponsored event of Slow Food DC!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Busboys & Poets @ 14th & V
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Jeremy N. Smith, writer for *Gourmet* and *Saveur* and author of *Growing a Garden City*, will share the surprising, inspiring stories and message of his book, in which 15 main characters he calls “the new faces of local food”–a troubled teen, a grandmother of 20, a homeless shelter chef, a single mother, a food bank officer, an entire first grade class, and more–transformed themselves and their neighborhoods through the intersection of local agriculture and community. With him to highlight great work on the ground in D.C. and opportunities to get involved, as well as answer questions, will be leaders of the DC Farm to School Network, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, the National Family Farm Coalition, and Slow Food D.C.


“I love this book. It proves that every one of us, and every patch of soil, can make a difference. The way we connect with nature, with our food, and with each other can change the world.”
—Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

“Hooray for the good green thumbs of the Garden City. May their example continue to spread far and wide. We’ve never needed it more badly, or wanted it as much!”
—Bill McKibben, founder of and author of Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

“Bright, vibrant, and buoyantly accessible, this effervescent celebration of the local food movement thrums with regional, national, and international implications.”
—Booklist, starred review

“An important book. A heart-warming book. A hopeful book. So many people can relate to parts of the story. You don’t realize all these other aspects of what community gardening in its broadest sense can be.”
—The Write Question

More information and excerpts from “Growing a Garden City,” including two 60-second YouTube book trailers, are available at: