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.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Come learn how honey bees are safely removed and relocated. Daniel “DJ” Schmalz is a hive and swarm capture service extraordinaire specializing in chemical free bee removals and rescues. He strives to educate each and every individual and business he serves on the importance of the North American Honey Bee. Every hive removed is happily relocated to local farms, beekeepers or, in very rare cases, back to nature.

Slow Sessions are educational events that are always free and open to the public. The goal is twofold: (1) to provide opportunities for Austinites to learn more about their food and where it comes from (2) to support local businesses whose values align with the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all.

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Date: Thursday, September 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Salt & Time 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $10 suggested donation (payable with cash or credit card)
RSVP: Join the Facebook Event

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Join us this month with Happy Hour at local butcher shop and salumeria Salt & Time! If you were at Grub Trivia, you’ve seen these guys’ butchering skills first hand, but Salt & Time also serves seriously tasty meals using entirely local ingredients. Specially priced happy hour specials will be available.

Your $10 entry donation (via cash or credit card) will benefit Chef Josh Jones for travel expenses as a chosen delegate to the Slow Food International event, Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy!

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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.

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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.”

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scholarship: farfa 8th annual farm and food leadership conference

August 18, 2014

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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