Slow Food Austin reconnects people with the food they eat. Our educational initiatives, social activities, fundraising events, and community volunteer projects inspire respect for where food comes from and awaken true pleasure in eating.

2014 snailblazer award

August 21, 2014

Our Snailblazer Award is the highest honor given to recognize individuals that exemplify the Slow Food movement’s ideals of “Good, Clean, and Fair.” In honor of his considerable and distinctive work as one of Austin’s most treasured local food pioneers, Eric Polzer of Wink received our 2014  Snailblazer Award. The award was presented at our Grub Trivia event held on Sunday, August 17. Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler of Boggy Creek Farm, our 2013 Snailblazer honorees, presented the award.


Eric acts as the chef de cuisine and forager of Wink, an Austin dining institution for more than a dozen years and one of the first area restaurants to embrace local sourcing.

“Chef Eric Polzer was one of the first Austin chefs to realize that fine dining relies on quality ingredients – fresh and organic – to be truly ‘fine,’” said Carol Ann Sayle, Boggy Creek Farm co-owner and recipient of the 2013 Snailblazer Award. “Once he discovered our tomatoes, he was at the farm five days a week because Wink’s very popular shrimp-stuffed tomato appetizer depended on the flavor of the tomato as well as the shrimp. Through the years, Eric remains a staunch supporter of local farmers, ranchers, and dairymen.”

Actively sourcing sustainably and locally, Eric visits Boggy Creek Farm, among many other local purveyors and suppliers, twice a week to create the restaurant’s changing daily menu. He’s been a major driving force and influence in gaining awareness around the Slow Food movement and creating a dining culture in Austin that supports it. As Carol Ann puts it, he’s one of the first Austin chefs to “really ‘get’ the connection between the soil and the plate.”


Scholarship Application Deadline: Sunday August 31, 2014


Slow Food Austin is offering two scholarships to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance 8th annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference in Bastrop, Texas on September 15th and 16th . This conference focuses on the policies that affect our local farms and food production, bringing together experts on a wide range of topics including GMOs, raw milk, urban farming, and more. 

There will be panel discussions, talks by local farmers and sustainable food system advocates, and many opportunities to network with local activists. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the Summit, please visit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Website.

The scholarship will cover the full cost of registration. 
For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit a completed application below. The deadline for submissions is August 31. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.

For any questions about this opportunity please contact Hannah Kane, Scholarships Coordinator (

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grub trivia, 8/17/2014

July 31, 2014

Date: Sunday, August 17, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Free parking is available on Sunday in the state parking buildings across the street from Saengerrunde Hall.)
Tickets: General Admission – $25 Slow Food Members; $30 Non-Members purchase online
Team Registration – up to six members per team $200 register online


Whether you’re a cooking connoisseur, a food-biz wiz, or gastronome novice, Slow Food Austin challenges you to join its second annual Grub Trivia fundraising event on August 17th at Saengerrunde Hall. Up to 30 teams will compete to win the surprise grand prize and the honor of being named the quickest slow foodies in town.

Emceed this year by John Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, the food-focused, pub-style trivia game will also include round prizes; a “grub crawl” of tastings from more than a dozen of Austin’s finest “slow” restaurants and artisans; happy-hour priced local brews, wines, and spirits; raffle prizes from local businesses; and its famous halftime hog butchery by Bryan Butler of Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria with cuts auctioned by Andy Langer.

Slow Food Austin will also present its Snailblazer Award to a member of the food community who has made a significant impact for the cause of “Good, Clean, and Fair Food.”

2-6 Person Team* $200

[Team registration includes a reserved table for up to six team members, general admission for team members, and five raffle tickets for each team member. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $1 each. The raffle will include prizes from local favorites and artisans.]
*Ridiculous team names are encouraged.

See the Official Grub Trivia Competition Rules.

Spectator Ticket $25 Slow Food members; $30 non-members

[General admission includes our “Grub Crawl” of tastings from more than a dozen of Austin’s finest restaurants, happy hour-priced drinks at the bar, and the opportunity to see who wins our Grub Trivia competition. Slow Food members will receive five raffle tickets at the door, and raffle tickets will be available for all attendees for $1 each. The raffle will include prizes from local favorites and artisans.]

So, mark your calendars, and get ready to test your nom-nom know-how.

The Grub Crawl tasting to include:
Anjore, Fino, Confituras, Wink, Red Rabbit Bakery, Countryside Farm, Antonelli’s Cheese, Pogue Mahone Pickles, Easy Tiger, Kiskadee Chocolates, Cafe Josie, Black Star Coop, Oh Kimchi, Rockstar Bagels, Greenhouse Craft Food, Blackbird and Henry, Cake and Spoon, Dolce Neve, Thai Fresh, Blackbird Bakery, Kosmic Kombucha, Cuvee Coffee, Juiceland, Zhi Tea!

At the bar, we’ll have:
Real Ale Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, Banner Natural Vodka, Genius Gin
Cocktails by David Alan, The Tipsy Texan.


If you would like to volunteer to help at Grub Trivia, contact


scholarship: chefs collaborative sustainable food summit

July 17, 2014

Scholarship Application Deadline: Monday, August 11, 2014 Slow Food Austin is offering a full scholarship to the Chefs Collaborative’s 6th Annual Sustainable Food Summit, September 28-30, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. This three-day conference brings together hundreds of chefs and professionals from the food industry for the opportunity to connect, get inspired, and discuss how professionals in [...]

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happy hour: blackbird and henry, 7/31/2014

July 16, 2014

Date: Thursday, July 31, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm Location: Blackbird and Henry, 3016 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78705 Cost: $10 entry donation (via cash or credit card) RSVP: join the Facebook event Welcome in August with Happy Hour in the cool comfort of neighborhood restaurant Blackbird and Henry! With 35 years as chef and restaurateur, [...]

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happy hour: easy tiger, 6/24/2014

June 16, 2014

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: Easy Tiger, 709 E Sixth St, Austin, Texas 78701 Cost: $5 suggested donation (via cash or credit card) RSVP: Join the Event on Facebook Celebrate the start of summer with Happy Hour on the patio hosted by long-time Slow Food Austin supporters Easy Tiger . [...]

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slow session: little herds, 6/7/2014

June 2, 2014

Date: Saturday June 7th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Art Science Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd, Building 2, #102, Austin, Texas 78702 RSVP: get a FREE ticket to reserve your spot Intrigued by the idea of edible insects? Join Slow Food Austin to learn about (and even taste!) entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. Robert [...]

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slow session: fermenting at springdale farm, 5/21/2014

May 8, 2014

Date: Wednesday May 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702 RSVP: get a FREE ticket to reserve your spot Join Slow Food Austin at Springdale Farm to see Kate Payne introduce her new book The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. Kate Payne’s new book will hit the [...]

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slow session: crave artisan chocolate, 4/19/2014

April 10, 2014

Date: Saturday, April 19, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location: Sustainable Food Center, 2921 East 17th Street, Building C, Austin, Texas 78702 RSVP: This is a FREE event, but please reserve your spot by getting a ticket online. Join us at the Sustainable Food Center‘s teaching kitchen to learn from Krystal Craig of Crave Artisan [...]

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farm tour: skinny lane farm, 4/12/2014

April 2, 2014

Date: Saturday April 12, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Location: Skinny Lane Farm, Elgin, Texas Tickets: purchase online  ($30 includes the tour, brunch, and a takeaway box from the farm) Enjoy the perfect spring weather with the Slow Food Austin tour and brunch at Skinny Lane Farm. Your ticket price includes an educational tour of [...]

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