scholarship opportunity for tofga 2013 conference

Slow Food Austin is excited to offer a full scholarship ($200) to the 2013 TOFGA Conference, February 7th – 10th at the Austin Airport Hilton.

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is a non-profit organization that provides education and marketing support to the organic and sustainable producers of Texas. TOFGA’s annual conference in Austin is a great opportunity for education and networking for farmers, ranchers, educators, and gardeners – and consumers, too!

Sessions at this year’s conference include: Growing a Neighborhood Farm, An Introduction to Wild Edibles, Organic Vegetables All Winter, Homeopathic Livestock Care, What’s That Label Mean?, and many more.

Would you like Slow Food Austin to send you to the conference? Send us an essay of 150 words or less, telling us why you’d like to attend the conference and how you’ll share what you learn there with the Slow Food board and its members. Be creative!

Essays should be emailed to Cindy Scovel ( Entries must be received by 5PM CST on Monday, January 28. The scholarship recipient will be announced on February 1.

For more information about TOFGA, visit their website.

happy hour: lenoir, 1/17/2013

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Lenoir, 1807 S. 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78704
Cost: drinks $5 and appetizers under $10 (cash or credit card)

Named one of the top five new Austin restaurants of 2012 by Eater and #1 of Fed Man Walking’s list of Austin’s 55 best restaurants, we are thrilled to hold January’s Slow Food Austin happy hour at the lovely Lenoir.
Join us for an evening of seasonal, farm-to-table appetizers prepared by the talented husband-and-wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher. With all appetizers under $10 and drinks just $5, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the Lenoir experience in their stunning backyard garden.
There will be plenty of heaters, but dress warmly!

beer and cheese pairing with 512 brewing and antonelli’s cheese, 12/13/2012

Date: Thursday December 13, 2012 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: (512) Brewing Company, 407 Radam, F200, Austin, Texas 78745 (between S. Congress Ave. and S. First St. just south of Ben White (71)).
Tickets: This event is SOLD OUT.

Please Join Slow Food Austin, (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for our annual Beer and Cheese Pairing.  Six cheeses, five Beers, snacks and a great time!

This has become a mainstay in our annual scheduling. A Beer and Cheese Pairing…an homage to the bi-annual event held in Bra, Italy by Slow Food International, CHEESE.

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Austin Programming.

happy hour: springdale farm, 11/15/2012

Date: Thursday, November 15th, 2012 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location UPDATE: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road 78702
Cost: $15 at the door (cash or credit cards)

Exactly one week before Thanksgiving, come out and show your appreciation for the local farming community with a Third Thursday Happy Hour at Springdale Farm in East Austin. Caterers Glass 2 Plate will create tasty bites using farm fresh ingredients, and craft beer will be provided by Rogness Brewery from up the road in Pflugerville. The entry price of $15 includes all appetizers and drinks as well as live music from Jerry Hagins and his crew.

Big thanks to Glenn & Paula Foore of Springdale Farm, Glass 2 Plate Catering, and all the folks at Rogness Brewing Co.

slow session: holiday cooking and baking traditions potluck, 11/14/2012

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012,  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Clear Point Wellness, 2001 S. 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78704
RSVP: Not required but helpful. Please email Chelsea Staires at

In the US, and especially here in central Texas, there is perhaps no time more brimming with culinary tradition than the holidays.  If you’re like us, you look forward all year to this time of revisiting the foods that make you feel most at home. The  comforting sense of place and belonging that comes with preparing food that tastes and smells like home is one of the most powerful aspects of our individual cultural identity.

So, we want to know, what are your family and personal holiday cooking and baking traditions?  What is the dish that the holiday season or special meal just can’t exist without?  Use this Slow Session as the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of one of your favorites and then bring it on down to share, along with the story of your tradition and how you came to love it.

Please bring any dish, savory or sweet, that you would like to share.  Slow Food Austin will provide drink refreshments to accompany our delicious potluck dishes as well as disposable plates and utensils, but please bring your own plate and silverware if you can.

farm tour: tecolote farm, 11/3/2012

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Tecolote Farm, Manor, Texas

We’re wrapping up our Fall Farm Tour season with a visit to Tecolote Farm!

Tecolote, just 13 miles east of the capitol, has the longest-running CSA (community supported agriculture) program in Texas and was certified organic in 1994. Currently, Katie and David grow over 150 vegetables including heirloom and heritage varieties.

We’ll tour the property and learn about their sustainable practices and end our afternoon with a pack-your-own picnic, just in time to watch the sunset.

Your $15 ticket gets you an assortment of vegetables to take home. ALL ticket proceeds go directly back to the farmers. Come out and help us support food that is good, clean, and fair!

food day farm tour and dinner

Date: — POSTPONED —  Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farm
Tickets: purchase online

**Thanks everyone for your excitement and support! To make this the best farm dinner experience possible, we’re postponing the event. Please stay tuned for a new date to mark on your calendar!**

Because everything is bigger in Texas, Austin is hosting a week-long celebration of National Food Day. As part of the festivities, Slow Food Austin is putting on a very special farm tour and dinner, right here in the heart of the city.

On Tuesday, October 23 come on out to Urban Patchwork Neighborhood Farms. We’ll learn about their farming methods, tour their space, and end our evening together with a beautiful candle light dinner, al fresco.

This is a truly local dinner, with products from three sustainable farms (Urban Patchwork, Millberg Farm, and Munkebo Farm) prepared by Chef Roger Chan and his team, and with drinks graciously hosted by  Greenling.

ALL proceeds from ticket sales go back to our contributing farmers. Join us in supporting our local farms and celebrating food that is good, clean, and fair.

happy hour: pine street station, 10/18/2012

Date: Thursday, October 18th 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Pine Street Station, 1101 E. 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Please join us for our monthly happy hour at one of East Austin’s most charming spaces, Pine Street Station (home of the HOPE Farmer’s Market). Enjoy a taste of the season with appetizers created by Source Catering using local produce from HOPE Farmer’s Market vendors, as well as artful pâtés from Pâté Letelier. The entry price of $15 includes all appetizers and drinks at the bar. Lara Nixon, of Bad Dog Bar Craft, will be serving up craft cocktails and St. Arnold’s Brewery will be providing the Beer.

Live music will be provided by Jerry Hagins and his crew.

Big thanks to Michelle Letelier and Lizzie Garrett of Source Catering and Jackie Letelier of Pâté Letelier.

slow session: discussion with the city of austin’s sustainable food policy board, 10/10/2012

Date: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Palm Square Community Center, 100 N Interstate 35, #1000, Austin, TX 78701, Suite 1000
(The entrance to this conference room can be accessed from the north side of the building; however, all attendees will need to check in at the security desk which is located at the main entrance of the building facing IH-35.)
RSVP: Limited seating available!  Please email Chelsea Staires at

Did you know that the City of Austin, just a few years ago, commissioned an entire Sustainable Food Policy Board to advise City Council?  When I learned this, my immediate thoughts and questions were, “Wow, that’s awesome!! What do they do?  What are their top agenda items?  How can I help??”

The City’s website states: “[The Sustainable Food Policy Board is an] advisory body to the City Council and Travis County Commissioners’ Court concerning the need to improve the availability of safe, nutritious, locally, and sustainably-grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need, by coordinating the relevant activities of city government, as well as non-profit organizations, and food and farming businesses.”

Luckily for us, a few key members of the (all volunteer) panel are giving their time to talk with us about their work with the SFPB and give us the scoop, including current Board Chair, Paula McDermott.  At this Slow Session, we’ll talk about:

  • The SFPB commission formation
  • The SFPB mission
  • SFPB Operations, month to month happenings, roles of board members
  • Biggest challenges for the SFPB in completing goals
  • Top goals for 2012/2013
  • Strategic future plans for the SFPB
  • How we can support/volunteer for/advocate for the SFPB and help the City of Austin improve our food quality and sustainability

Slow Food Austin will provide appetizers and refreshments for the meeting.

More about the Sustainable Food Policy Board:

Check out these links to learn more before the Slow Session!

SFPB 2011 Report
SFPB Meeting Agendas

farm tour: phoenix farms, 10/7/2012

Date: Sunday, October 7th, 2012, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Farms, Bastrop, Texas
Tickets: $25.00 purchase online

The dog days are over and farm tours are back!

Join us to for a look at one of our area’s newest sustainable farms. We’ll learn about the Heath family and their practices including worm composting and animal keeping. The tour will conclude with a shared meal on the farm, graciously provided by the Heaths. Ticket price also includes credit toward produce and/or earth worms.

ALL ticket proceeds go back to the farmers. Come out and meet the folks who are helping to bring you food that is good, clean, and fair!