national day of action school lunch eat-in

national day of action
national day of action

On Labor Day, people in communities all over the country are gathering for public potlucks to take part in Slow Food USA’s Time for Lunch Campaign. This day of action sends a clear message to Congress: It’s time to provide our children with REAL FOOD in school.

Slow Food Austin has partnered with Rain Lily Farm to host a local potluck eat-in. Come on out and enjoy a meal with community members who want to get REAL FOOD in our schools.

Please bring a dish to share along with your own plates, utensils, beverages and cups.

Potluck Eat-In
Monday, September 7th, 2009
11:00am – 12:30pm
Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane, Austin, TX 78702
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Contact 512.964.6514
RSVP to info@slowfoodaustin.org

Festival of Cheese comes to Austin; volunteers needed

The Festival of Cheese, a gala culmination of the ACS annual four-day conference, will feature more than 1,100 cheeses from over 30 states and Canada. There will be cow’s milk cheddars, goat’s milk bries, chèvres and triple-creams, washed-rind cheeses and blue-veined cheeses available for sampling as some of the nation’s finest cheesemakers vie for attention at the Festival.

American Cheese Society (ACS), the leading organization in supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas, brings their Festival of Cheese to the Hilton Austin on August 8th.

The Festival of Cheese, a gala culmination of the ACS annual four-day conference, will feature more than 1,100 cheeses from over 30 states and Canada. There will be cow’s milk cheddars, goat’s milk bries, chèvres and triple-creams, washed-rind cheeses and blue-veined cheeses available for sampling as some of the nation’s finest cheesemakers vie for attention at the Festival.

The evening also showcases vendors of complimentary products such as crackers, breads, spreads, beer and wine. Tickets to the Festival are available online at <a href=”http://www.cheesesociety.org”>www.cheesesociety.org</a> or by calling 502-574-9950. Tickets are $75 and attendance is limited. The Festival will take place in the Governor’s Ballroom from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Hilton Austin is located at 500 East Fourth Street in Austin.

“The Festival of Cheese is the best opportunity of the year for chefs, retailers, journalists and cheese enthusiasts to experience what America’s skilled cheesemakers are up to,” says conference co-chair Cathy Strange of Austin, global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market.  “It’s a great venue for trend spotting.”

If you love your cheese, and love a good bargain, there will be a Cheese Sale on Sunday, August 9th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Salon B of the Hilton. It will be a great opportunity to buy artisan cheeses at head-turning prices with all proceeds benefiting the ACS Scholarship Fund.

With over 1,200 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts and extended industry.

The conference runs from August 5th – 9th, and volunteers are needed for all days starting Thursday, July 30th.

If you are interested in volunteering, email the following information to <a href=”mailto:jackie@foodmatch.com”>jackie@foodmatch.com</a>:

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