2013 Winter Potluck

2012 Slow Food PotluckSlow Food DC invites all our members and friends to join with us for our Annual Winter Potluck! Please note the change in venue from our past few potlucks. We will be meeting in the community room of the Friends Meeting House of Washington, in Dupont Circle. Hope to  see you there!

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: Friends Meeting House of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008 (The main entrance is on the Decatur Place side of the building.)
Cost: Free! (suggested donation of $5.)
What to Bring: Your favorite dish, along with the recipe for possible inclusion in a Slow Food DC cookbook!
(This is an alcohol-free event.)

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Friends Meeting House of Washington 38.913504, -77.047418 Friends Meeting House of Washington Slow Food DC Annual Winter Potluck Location, 2013

The annual potluck remains one of our favorite event. And we are more than excited at the prospects of tasting the delicious and varied culinary creations brought by you, the Slow Food DC community. It is also an opportunity for the board to reintroduce ourselves to you, and work together towards the goal of ensuring good, clean, fair food throughout the national capital region. We will take a few minutes to discuss our chapter, the events we hope to pursue for the year, and discuss things like community gardens and improving nutritional standards in DC. But mainly we want to enjoy good food with good friends, so we hope you’ll make it!

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Happy Hour at Queen Vic

Join us for an informal get-together at the Queen Vic, a Snail of Approval winner!

We’ll help the Queen Vic celebrate their recent hire of Chef Michael Bonk. You may recall meeting him and sampling his delicious treats at last year’s Sonoma happy hour. If you missed it, now have a second chance!

Date:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Venue: The Queen Vic
Location: 1206 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC

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We’ll also toast the upcoming INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Feb 22 – Mar 10th.  Meet some of the people behind this 12 day all-arts festival that features over 100 performances from DC and beyond.

Hope to see you there!

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Happy Hour Fundraiser for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

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As we enter the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for. Our incredible Slow Food community turned out in great numbers for the Snail of Approval Awards, and for that we are very thankful. The days that followed showed us the brute force of mother nature, and although we fared relatively well here in DC, our neighbors to the North felt the full effects of Sandy’s wind, rain, and storm surge.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to hold a happy hour fundraiser for those affected by Sandy. The happy hour will be held at Snail of Approval Winner Dino in Cleveland Park. 25 % of the proceeds will be donated to Sandy relief, with opportunities to donate directly to the New Jersey Relief Fund and New York’s City Harvest.

Date: Thursday November 15, 2012

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Dino
3435 Connecticut Ave NW (Cleveland Park Metro)

Happy Hour at the Bar (We hope to have a sign, but just ask on arrival)
Wine & Cocktail specials for $5
Beer Specials for $4
$3 off antipasti with your beverages
complementary olives, pickles & a daily treat

Charities:

New York’s City Harvest
City Harvest is working hard to get food to those in need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as well as continuing our work rescuing and delivering food in all five boroughs. For more information about our current operations and ways you can help, see the contacts below:

New Jersey Relief Fund
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie to help New Jersey communities rebuild and aide in the relief effort.

We in the National Capital Region have a great deal to be thankful for.  What better way to show it than to spend time with our Slow Food friends and help our neighbors?

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2nd Annual Snail Awards Celebration a Delicious Success

Marathon-related traffic and imminent hurricane and unreliable public transportation notwithstanding, DC-area food lovers came together last Sunday to enjoy — and celebrate! — some of the best food and drink our region has to offer. What better way to honor this year’s Snail of Approval winners?

This year, we skipped the long speeches and got right to the good stuff. I’m talking about raw oysters and savory pork belly buns and artisanal cocktails. There were a few words from Board members, but the focus was as it should be: on the food, and meeting the dynamic and dedicated people that work at bringing us good, clean, and fair food every day. As we nibbled and sipped, we had a chance to mingle and chat with farmers, chefs, culinary artisans, brewers, butchers, restaurant owners, farmers’ market directors, and others from DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia who have chosen to devote themselves to producing and promoting the food and drink that Slow Food DC is all about.

Congratulations to the 2012 Snail of Approval award winners — here’s wishing you continued success!

Think your favorite local restaurant should’ve been up there in the photo? Nominate them for a 2013 Snail award! Stay tuned for more details….

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Healthy fats and Slow Food principles

Many thanks to Ms. Sally Fallon Morell for her thoughtful talk this past weekend, and for joining SFDC members and neighbors for the potluck that followed. It was a lovely and informative way to spend a Sunday afternoon. And I may or may not now be in possession of a signed copy of Nourishing Traditions….

If you missed the talk, you can meet the outspoken author and food activist at Slow Food DC’s 2nd annual Snail of Approval Awards dinner, coming up later this month. She’ll be there representing Snail Award winner, P.A. Bowen Farmstead. Get your tickets now!

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Snail of Approval Awards Party at Policy

It’s our second Snail of Approval Awards Party!
Update: ***Rain or Shine*** 

Join us in celebration!

The Snail of Approval Awards Party is our way of recognizing the recipients of the Snail of Approval. This year, the event is being held at Policy, a 2012 Snail Winner.

Where: Policy Restaurant and Lounge,
1904 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7654

When: Sunday, October 28, 2012
1:00pm to 4:00 pm

Tickets: Update: Ticket sales have ended, with a full house. Thanks everyone!

Ticket price includes a reception with food and two drink tickets. After that, the bar will remain open for the duration.

UPDATE: 2012 Snail of Approval Award Party Menu

Farm Fresh Deviled Eggs
Bacon, Local Goat Cheese, Tabasco Caviar

Brisket Sliders
Grass Fed, Oven Dried Tomato, Caramelized Onion, White Cheddar, Black Truffle Mayo

Pork Belly Bao Buns

Chili Apple Glaze, Virginia Peanuts, Pickled Shallots, Micro Cilantro

Local Wild Mushrooms
Caramelized Figs, Goat Cheese Mousse on a Grit Cake

Salt Roasted Beets
Pistachio, Aged Balsamic Drizzle

Cheese Platter supplied by FireFly Farms

Seasonal Fruit Tarts supplied by Panorama at the Peak

Complimentary Crafted Cocktails by Art in the Age

Tickets include two drinks–your choice of beer, wine, or cider.

The full list of 2012 winners can be found in our Snail of Approval section of our website.

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2012 Snail of Approval Awards

Now that the tallies have been counted and the winners selected, we are proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Snail of Approval Awards!

The Snail of Approval program is our way of recognizing the local eateries and artisans that provide us with quality, authentic, and sustainable food and drink.

We just finalized our plans for the 2012 Snail of Approval Awards Party on October 28, 2012 at Policy, a 2011 Snail of Approval winner. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

So, without further ado, here are the winners for 2012. Check back soon for an online directory of these great local food and drink purveyors:

District of Columbia:

BlackSalt Restaurant
Busboys and Poets
Cafe Green
DC Brau
Dino
Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato
Equinox
Graffiatto
Maple Restaurant
P&C Market
Policy Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurant Nora
Ripple
RIS
Seasonal Pantry
Smucker Farms of Lancaster County
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Soupergirl
Stachowski Market and Deli
Sweetgreen
The Atlas Room
The Pig
The Queen Vic
Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi
White House Meats
FRESHFARM Markets

Maryland:

8407 kitchen bar
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
Crossroads Farmers Market
ECO City Farm
FireFly Farms Creamery & Market
Fisher Farm
Longview Farm
Moorenko’s Ice Cream
P. A. Bowen Farmstead
Radix Farm
Ricciuti’s
Rocklands Farm
Sandy Spring CSA
Washington’s Green Grocer

Virginia:

Barrel Oak Winery
Bon Vivant Company
Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm
Cultured Frozen Yogurt
Deauville Fallow Deer Farm
EcoFriendly Foods
Evening Star Cafe
härth
Hunter’s Head Tavern
Jackson 20 Tavern
Kegotank Farm
Maple Ave Restaurant
Market Table Bistro
Mom’s Apple Pie
Northern Valley Pastoral Guild
Olin-Fox Farms CSA
Open Kitchen
Red Apron Butchery
Restaurant Eve
Tallula
The Majestic
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Tuscarora Mill
The Wine Kitchen

West Virginia:

Lot 12 Public House
Panorama at the Peak

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Sally Fallon comes to DC on Sept 30!

The way our ancestors ate was not only delicious, but conferred excellent health, generation after generation.  Find out the key principles of healthy traditional diets and how to incorporate them into your daily life. The free talk will be given by the inestimable Sally Fallon Morell — author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, and founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

As always, this Slow U event will be followed by a potluck (with bonus points for anyone bringing a dish inspired by Nourishing Traditions, and a hug if you supply your own reusable plate, cup, and utensils)!

WHAT: A free Slow Food University talk with Sally Fallon!

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 30 from 4-6pm

WHERE: Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC*
474 Ridge Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
(about 3 blocks from the Convention Center metro stop)

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to slowfooduniversity(at)slowfooddc(dot)org.

HELP OUT: If you are interested in volunteering with setup or cleanup, please email ibti(at)slowfooddc(dot)org.

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Sally Fallon Talk 38.906370, -77.018642 WHAT: A free Slow Food University talk with Sally Fallon! WHEN: Sunday, Sept 30 from 4-6pm WHERE: Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC* 474 Ridge Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (about 3 blocks from the Convention Center metro stop) RSVP: This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to slowfooduniversity(at)slowfooddc(dot)org.

ALSO: Some other events relating to traditional foods and preservation will be happening at nearby Old City Green that weekend — Sept 29 & 30 — so be sure to check out their website for more details!

*Please note that this event takes place at a church with a no-alcohol policy.

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Contest: what are you doing with your summer bounty?

Calling all local foodies,

One of DC’s coolest farmers’ markets wants to hear what you’re doing with late summer’s bounty — the dishes you’re making with market ingredients — and they’ve got a prize to say thanks for sharing your seasonal creations….

Post your favorite Labor Day recipe using at least one ingredient you’ve bought at the Columbia Heights farmers market and enter to win a trendy “No Farms, No Food” cap! (All the cool kids are wearing ‘em.) Whether it’s an original recipe or simply a photo of your creation and a link/credit to the original author, to be eligible you must note which ingredient(s) come from CHCM (and if possible which CHCM farm/vendor). Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, September 5th at midnight!

Entries can be:
1. Tweeted (@chfestivus)
2. Posted on CHCM’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chfestivus)
3. Posted on CHCM’s blog (via the “comment” feature)

More details, as well as some recipe ideas to get you started, can be found here.

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How tasty is YOUR tomato?

This past Saturday, I joined a panel of esteemed judges to taste some of the District’s most delicious homegrown tomatoes. The Tastiest Tomato Contest — the first event leading up to the third annual DC State Fair — took place at the Columbia Heights farmers’ market, and to delicious success. (The actual fair will be held near Barracks Row on Saturday, Sept 22. More details are here.)

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The most discerning tomato judge arrived just after the official panel turned in our comments….

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We were glad to learn that the seven-year-old connoisseur concurred with our assessment, and the awards ceremony proceeded as planned. Congratulations to John Andreoni, who walked away with this year’s “Tastiest Tomato” award (and a 1-year subscription to Washington Gardener Magazine) for his sweet yellow winner!

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The remaining tomatoes found their way into Chef Kenneth’s fattoush, enjoyed by many a passer-by at the market following the competition — no use letting good tomatoes go to waste!

Want to strut your gardening and/or culinary prowess at this year’s DC State Fair? From homemade pies and cupcakes to jams to pickles to homebrew to The Ugliest Vegetable contest, there’s sure to be an event to suit you. The full list of 2012 contests and sign-ups can be found here. It’s going to be delicious…. (And in case you’re wondering, there’s already a waiting list to be a judge for the pie tasting event.)

[Awesome photos courtesy of David Manuel.]

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