happy hour: bento picnic, 9/19/19

Date: Thursday, September 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Bento Picnic, 2600 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

Summer is flying by, and we’re excited to celebrate the last days of the season with our September happy hour. Come out to Bento Picnic for healthy, seasonal, locally-sourced snacks and ice-cold cider provided by Austin Eastciders for our attendees. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program, Farmer Relief Fund, and Community Garden grants.

tomato dinner, 06/09/2019

Date: Sunday, June 9, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Eden East Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $95 dinner, $20 take-home tomato basket option, $10 take-home tomato basket option Please purchase online in advance.

We’re delighted to announce our Tomato Dinner 2019 at Eden East Farm. As always, our Annual Tomato Dinner will highlight a variety of types and preparations of home-grown tomatoes, at the height of the season, from the farm. The evening will begin with an appetizer and cocktail, followed by entree courses and dessert.

Participating restaurants and artisans include:

Dai Due
Eden East
Bufalina Due
Barley Swine
Hillside Farmacy

Gates will open at 6:00 pm when passed appetizers will be served. The seated dinner will begin at 6:30pm.

Vegetarian options are available upon request. Please include request in comments with ticket purchase. No other substitutions or changes to the menu are permitted.

If you would like to volunteer at the Tomato Dinner, please contact president@slowfoodaustin.org.

farm tour at new leaf agriculture with the multicultural refugee coalition, 5/18/2019

Date: Saturday May 18th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 17312 Littig Rd, Elgin, TX 78621
Tickets: $23.00 please purchase online in advance

Join us for our Spring farm tour with farm-fresh snacks at New Leaf Agriculture.

Their Mission: Connect refugees to sustainable farming opportunities by operating community gardens and a commercial farm.

New Leaf Agriculture is a nonprofit social enterprise of MRC ( Multicultural Refugee Coalition). They support refugee families in 20 community garden plots around Austin, and just last year launched a commercial farm in nearby Elgin, TX. The New Leaf team employs organic, sustainable practices while training refugee farm apprentices for paid agricultural work that is dignified, in-demand and familiar from their countries of origin.

Meg Erskine will talk about the Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s work to create livelihood opportunities for refugees through social enterprise, including the New Leaf Farm. Established on a conservation easement, the farm grows directly for local makers and markets, as well as operating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription.

New Leaf Farm
17312 Littig Road
Elgin, TX 78621

There is a small, white New Leaf Farm sign on the side of the road where you turn in. Parking will be along the dirt road in front of the open-sided barn.

happy hour: lenoir, 4/18/2019

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Lenoir wine garden, 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

Let’s celebrate spring under the live oaks in the wine garden at Lenoir. Enjoy wine and beer specials, and check out the locally-sourced options on the menu. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program and Farmer Relief Fund.

seedling social, 3/30/2019

Date: Saturday March 30th
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Confituras Little Kitchen, 2129 Goodrich Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Cost: $5 for adults, kids’ admission is FREE (Each advance-purchase ticket includes 5 raffle tickets for gift baskets. Additional raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 each or 12 tickets for $10.)

Slow Food Austin and PEAS: Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability are planning a fun Seedling Social garden party for adults and kids alike. Come out for food, fun, music, kids’ activities, gardening information, and learn all about Ark of Taste plants. We’ll have seedlings for you to take home and grow in your own garden, raffle prizes, a bar for grown-ups, and juices for kids.

Funds raised at this event will benefit both Slow Food Austin and PEAS. Ark of Taste seedlings are also being grown for use in school garden programs operated by PEAS. The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a living catalog of culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. By promoting growing and eating these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates.

Special thanks to Titos Handmade Vodka for operating the bar at our Seedling Social.

Thank you to Jugo for juices, High Dive for sparkling water, and The Infinite Monkey Theorem for wines and Shade Tree for organic lemonade.

2018 beer and cheese tasting with 512 brewing and antonelli’s cheese

Date: Thursday, December 13th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: 512 Brewing Company, 407 Radam Lane, Austin, TX 78745
Tickets: $65 non-members, $55 Slow Food members, Purchase Online

Join us on Thursday December 13th for our Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop! Breads and other accompaniments will be served with the beer and cheese pairings.

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 including our Scholarship Program.

happy hour: sour duck, 10/18/2018

Date: Thursday, October 18th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Sour Duck, 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

For our October happy hour, come spend the third Thursday in the beer garden at Sour Duck. Happy hour bar specials including draft beer and draft cocktails will run until 7:00 pm for our attendees. Some menu items not to miss include roasted zucchini, shrimp hushpuppy, fried mushrooms, and the pork sando. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program and Farmer Relief Fund.

slow session: edible plant walk and yaupon tasting, 10/6/2018

Date: Saturday October 6th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park 907 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748
Tickets: this is a FREE event, but please reserve your spot by claiming a ticket

Slow Sessions are the free, educational seminars Slow Food Austin offers to the public. This October, come join Eric Knight of Local Leaf Yaupon Maté as he leads us on an edible plant walk to learn more about our local environment and the wild foods growing all around us in central Texas. Eric will go over the ethics of foraging, review some important safety guidelines and touch on some botany basics before showing us how he and his partner/co-owner Stacy forage and harvest yaupon, the only caffeinated plant indigenous to North America. Afterward, we will get to taste expressions of Local Leaf, the yaupon tea they cold-brew and bottle.

This two-hour walk will be limited to a small group, so please only RSVP if you are positive you can attend on October 6th from 11 am to 1pm! Before the event, I will follow up via email with details such as what to wear and where in the park to meet us.

happy hour: sway, 9/20/2018

Date: Thursday, September 20th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Sway, 1417 South 1st Street, Austin, Texas 78704
RSVP: See the Facebook event
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

It’s almost fall! Come say goodbye to summer at happy hour at Sway on South First. Enjoy specialty cocktails with a Thai twist or beer or wines, and check out the food menu too. $10 suggested donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming including our Scholarship Program and Farmer Relief Fund.

farm tour: lettuce, 9/23/2018

Date: Sunday, September 23rd, 2:00 pm
Location: Whisper Valley Garden, 16504 Moonlit Path, Manor, TX 78653
Tickets: $13 includes farm tour and snack or $38 includes farm tour, snack, and farmer’s choice meal kit Please purchase online in advance.

Join us this September for a tour of one of the small farms Lettuce uses to produce their hyper-local meal kits. We’ll have a delicious farm salad for all attendees to sample what Lettuce has to offer in this season. We will also have meal kits available for those who would like to pick one up. Be sure to choose the ticket option with meal kit so we can have enough ready. 

The Lettuce philosophy:
“Lettuce is creating a sustainable, hyper-local ecosystem that grows and distributes food that is fresher, healthier, tastier, and costs less.”