happy hour: the hightower, 6/15/2017

Date: Thursday, June 15th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: The Hightower, 1209 E 7th St, Austin, Texas 78702
RSVP at the Facebook page
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable with cash or credit card

Take a moment to enjoy the last bit of spring and join us for happy hour at The Hightower with bar snacks, cocktails, beer, and wine! After hearing about the recent storm damage at Skinny Lane Farm, we wanted to take this opportunity to bring the local community together to show support for the farm and raise funds for repairs. Instead, the farmers let us know that insurance has covered their losses, and they would like the fundraising to instead benefit Farmgrass which assists with emergency medical funds for Central Texas farmers. We’re often reminded that farming isn’t easy, and we want to show appreciation and support for all the hard work being done to bring great food to our area. $10 suggested donations at this happy hour will benefit Farmgrass and Slow Food Austin.

annual tomato dinner, 6/8/2017

Date: Thursday, June 8, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $85 dinner, $20 take-home tomato basket option, $10 take-home tomato basket option Please purchase online in advance.

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Come to Springdale Farm to celebrate tomato season on June 8th. Our Annual Tomato Dinner, benefiting Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture and Slow Food Austin, will highlight a variety of types and preparations of home-grown tomatoes from the farm. The evening will begin with a seasonal cocktail and appetizers, followed by entree courses and a plated dessert. A selection of wines from the Slow Wine Guide, all from Italian producers who make quality wines with respect for the environment, biodiversity, traditional grape varieties, and their local areas, will be included with the meal.

Participating chefs and artisans include:
Alejandro Munoz, Apis
Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine
Brewer’s Table, Zach Hunter
Stephanie McClenny, Confituras
Sonya Cote, Eden East
Emmer and Rye, Page Pressley
Taylor Chambers, Justine’s Brasserie
Kristine Kittrell, Weather Up
Abby Love, Dai Due

Gates will open at 6:00 pm when passed appetizers and cocktails 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.

Thank you to Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for providing burrata cheese for the event.

Special thanks to our event sponsor: Whim Hospitality.

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slow session: apis and pizzeria sorellina, 5/27/2017

Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Apis Restaurant & Pizzeria Sorellina, 23526 TX-71, Spicewood, TX 78669
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

This winter, chef-owner Taylor Hall and chef de cuisine Adam Brick launched Pizzeria Sorellina in Spicewood. True to the sustainable foundation they laid with Apis (the fine dining concept adjacent to Sorellina), Taylor and Brick have developed a virtually zero-waste, vertically integrated food system by partnering with local farmers and ranchers.

In this very special Slow Session, the chefs will lead participants on a tour of the apiary and garden, then see the animals raised on-site (pigs and chickens). Inside the pizzeria, James Brown (of Barton Springs Mill) will talk to the group about how they are working with the restaurant to grow their own wheat, and Brick will explain how they make all their salumi from wild boar. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on pizza-making demo — and a sampling of the fruits of your labor!

Please note that Apis/Sorellina is a 20-25 minute drive from downtown Austin. We are anticipating this to be a very popular event, so please only reserve a ticket if you are absolutely sure you will be able to attend! Once all the tickets are accounted for, email veronica@slowfoodaustin.org to join the waitlist. Looking forward to seeing you there!

farm tour: richardson’s farm dairy, 4/23/2017

Date: Sunday, April 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Richardson’s Farm Dairy, 2850 County Rd, Rockdale, TX 76567
Tickets: $18 tour and take home milk and cookies, $10 tour only, children 12 and under may attend for free

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(We’ve rescheduled the tour that was originally planned for last December.) Come enjoy a spring tour of the newly opened Richardson Farms dairy and see the milking process. After the tour, attendees will enjoy some fresh, raw milk from the farm and cookies from Sara’s Sweets. You can also take a quart of raw milk and cookies to enjoy at home. Bring a cooler to keep your milk cold for the drive home. Gluten-free cookies are available upon request. Please email jhdanehy@gmail.com to make a request.

The tour will be indoors, so this event is rain or shine. And, everyone will be welcome to make purchases at the farm store.

 

 

happy hour: dai due, 4/20/2017

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Dai Due, 2406 Manor Road, Austin 78722
Cost: $10 suggested donation payable with cash or credit card

Spring is here, and we’re celebrating with our April Happy Hour at Dai Due! Dai Due is known for sourcing food that is “produced in a fair and equitable way, represents local culinary traditions, and supports farmers and ranchers who are striving to improve the quality of our food,” and we appreciate all they do for our local food system. In the spirit of supporting our local farms, this happy hour will be a fundraiser for Tecolote Farm as they rebuild following the Presidents’ Day storm. That storm caused an estimated $130,000 worth of damage. Join us on Thursday 4/20 to show support for a local farm as they work through repairs and continue growing beautiful food.

disco soup, 4/29/2017

Date: Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Interested in ending food waste? Join us for Austin’s first ever Disco Soup on April 29 from 10AM-1PM at the SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market. Started by the Slow Food Youth Network, Disco Soup is a food waste awareness event, set to music, where undesirable and expired food from farms and groceries is recovered and made into hundreds of free meals for the public. Here and here are examples of Disco Soup events in France and England – they’re always very fun and funky. Austin’s Disco Soup will be a part of World Disco Soup Day, the largest food waste awareness event in the world; we will be one of a hundred Disco Soups happening around the world on April 29. Join the global fight to stop food waste!


Sign up to volunteer at Disco Soup here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZUBjvaONHjGkzMys1

 

Sustainable Food Center
The Sustainable Food Center is a non-profit organization working in Austin to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. To get involved with SFC’s work, sign up to volunteer at SFC, shop at their weekly Farmers’ Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and get tickets to their upcoming Homemade Sauerkraut, Honey Harvesting, Cooking with Herbs, and Knife Skills cooking classes. Join us at the SFC Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, April 29 for Austin’s first ever Disco Soup!

double feature farm tour at f-stop farm and joe’s organics, 3/26/2017

Date: Sunday March 26th, 2:00 pm – 4:15pm
Location: Tour begins at F-Stop Farm, 3404 Cambridge Ct Austin, Texas
Cost: $25 for tours, take-home items from farms, and snack — $10 for tours and snack only Please purchase tickets online in advance.

Our March farm tour will be a double feature of two urban farms starting with F-Stop Farm and continuing at Joe’s Organics. We’ll start the tandem farm tour with F-Stop farm where Ryan Famau will show us around his growing, urban, yard garden and inspire you with his knowledge and experience to turn your own yard into a garden.  Ryan will send you home with a box of goodness, from his seasonal offerings.  Around 2:45 we will head over to Joe’s Organics for a tour to see how Joe Diffie has turned composting into a “sprouting” business!  Here we will enjoy a beautifully prepared vegetarian snack from Bento Picnic; using produce from both farms. You will also receive a “micro-buffet” of seasonal micro-greens to take home and enjoy from Joe’s Organics. It’s going to be lots of fun and informative; we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Attendees are invited to bring beverages.

slow session and happy hour at black star coop, 03/04/2017

Date: Saturday, March 4th 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Black Star Coop, 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100
Cost: Slow Session are always free, but reserve a spot here — for the happy hour, there will be a $10 suggested donation payable with cash or credit card

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This March we will visit Black Star Co-op, the world’s first cooperatively-owned brewpub, for an exclusive brewery tour and talk led by beer team leader Andy Martinec. We will get a chance to try their latest brew, Rebellious Dockhand, a sour mash porter made with a secondary fermentation of boysenberries.

Afterward, stay for a Slow Food happy hour starting at 3 pm. A suggested donation of $10 will support Black Star Coop and Slow Food Austin, and attendees will enjoy a selection of snacks. The chef will speak to us about Black Star’s commitment to local farmers. Select local craft beers will also be available at the special price of $3.

happy hour: hillside farmacy, 2/16/2017

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 5:000 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

Join us for our February happy hour at Hillside Farmacy where local farms are always supported. Enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, snacks, and the raw bar for a festive third Thursday. Donations will support Slow Food Austin programming and our scholarship program.

happy hour: vinaigrette, 1/19/2017

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Vinaigrette, 2201 College Ave,  Austin, Texas 78704
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

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We’re starting the new year with a fresh take for our January happy hour. Join us at Vinaigrette for their SaladBar cocktail menu including signature and classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Vinaigrette is known for their salads, soups, and sides that leave you feeling healthier, and they now have a farm in Bastrop to provide produce for the menu. Our third Thursday happy hour donations will support Slow Food Austin programming including our scholarship program.