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.

1st annual slow food austin fundraiser

September 27, 2009

Raw Talk & Tasting: Raw-Milk Cheese Meets Local Hops and Honey

At this first annual fundraiser for Slow Food Austin you will enjoy an evening of unique flavors, meet some of their producers and mingle with other Austinites who share a passion for slow food, set to the tunes of Austin’s Lost and Nameless.

Cathy Strange, Global Cheese Buyer for Whole Foods Market, will lead an educational presentation and tasting of raw-milk cheeses complemented by the hand-crafted beers of Austin’s (512) Brewing Company and local honey from Round Rock Honey. Baskets of artisan baked bread from Lauren Hubele of Bona Dea Breads and homemade crackers from the Barr Mansion kitchen will accompany.

In the United States, the sale of raw milk cheeses that are aged less than 60 days is illegal. Fortunately, Slow Food’s Presidia program is working to protect this delectable artisan food, and at the recent Cheese 2009 event in Bra, Italy, Slow Food focused on pairing beer with cheese.

And don’t plan on leaving empty-handed! Our silent auction is chock full of Austin’s most delicious and quaffable goodies, as well as unforgettable culinary experiences. Tour the Austin Farmer’s Market with a local expert, then have dinner cooked at your house using the market’s most mouthwatering offerings. Join a CSA. Expand your culinary skills with lessons from a local chef. Leave Barr Mansion with your arms laden with premier wines, gift certificates to your favorite local merchants, and organic taste treats, this silent auction will be the most delectable in Austin’s history.

October 21, 2009
6:30–8:30 pm
Barr Mansion
Tickets: $50 ($40 Slow Food members)

Thank you to all our generous auction sponsors!

  • AcresUSA
  • Adreon Henry
  • Atlanta Foods International
  • Aquarelle
  • Austin Wine Merchant
  • Barr Mansion
  • Becker Vineyards
  • Better Bites of Austin
  • Boggy Creek Farm
  • Cafe Caffeine
  • Caffe Medici
  • Carrie Contey
  • Cipollina
  • Clayworks Studio/Gallery
  • Dominican Joe
  • Edible Austin
  • Fabi + Rosi
  • Fromage du Monde
  • Green Gate Farms
  • Inner Sun Chiropractic
  • Leaf
  • Les Dames d’Escoffier, Austin
  • Melanie McAfee
  • Natalie Stone
  • Nile Valley Herbs
  • Once Over Coffee Bar
  • People’s Pharmacy
  • The Soup Peddler
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
  • Susan Leibrock
  • Sweetish Hill Cafe & Bakery
  • Texas Coffee Traders
  • Texas Hills Vineyard
  • Texas Olive Ranch
  • Thai Fresh
  • Wheatsville
  • Whip In
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Wink

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Val September 10, 2009 at 5:08 am

I just heard about this on KGSR. Great interview with Jodi from Tasty Touring and Cathy Strange. Can’t wait!

Angela September 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

I’d love to win tickets to the cheese/beer tasting event. If I heard right on KGSR this morning, I’m to mention one of the cheeses mentioned; pure luck feta.

I’m currently reading Vegetable Animal Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, and will soon be making the move to local, in season foods as much as possible.

Thanks very much!

slow food austin September 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

Hi Angela – the giveaway is for a different event not associated with Slow Food Austin. You can find out more information at

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