farm tour: millberg farms, 10/17/2015

Date: Saturday October 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Millberg Farms, 737 Opal Ln, Kyle, TX 78640, USA
Tickets: $8.00, purchase online

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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Farm tour at Millberg Farms, with seed swap, ice cream, and pie!

Come and see a unique five-acre fruit orchard, no-irrigation farm stewarded by a farmer with 25 years of experience in Central Texas. After the tour, cool down with local ice-cream made with peaches from the farm and pie from a local institution, The Pie Company. Farmer Tim will also have some unique, drought tolerant seed varieties to swap that he’s collected over the years. Bring some seeds to swap!

 

10 am – Founders Day Parade in Kyle (http://www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/kyle-founders-parade).

Before the farm tour, come out to support Tim Miller who is marching in the parade as a local farmer. He needs all the support he can get as plans progress to build a highway next to his farm which would affect his status as an organic farm.

 

Background for Tim and Millberg Farms:

Originally from a farming family in Wisconsin, Tim got a degree in Biology and moved down to Austin where he started working for Caldwell Tree Company in 1984. This position led to a job with Austin Community Gardens (ACG) at Sunshine Community Gardens as Garden Developer. During the nine years in this position, Tim started 24 new community garden sites in and taught at nine AISD schools. In 1989 Tim went to farm a friend’s land in east Austin which began Millberg Farm Certified Organic. In 1991, Tim and his wife purchased a five acre plot of land in Kyle when his wife went to work for Central Texas Medical Center and he simultaneously began developing their land as well as the five acres in Austin and the community gardens he assisted through ACG.  In 1994 he left ACG to be a stay home dad and focus on farming 10 acres.

Tim sold at farmers markets in Austin, San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, Westlake, Lakeway but eventually found that the CSA model worked best for him . He began the first CSA in Texas in 1989. Tim enjoys educational and speaking opportunities and has given many workshops and talks over the years, including some radio and TV spots. Tim practices very unique and effective planting and watering methods that he has perfected over the years and is happy to share with others. He practices heirloom seed saving and bulb saving and shares seeds with beginning and continuing farmers as a means of supporting local food production and climate-resistant farming in Central Texas. Currently he is undergoing a major landscape project in the front of his farm and is looking forward to inviting farmers, gardeners, newbies, agriculture enthusiasts, and locavores out to hear about what he’s been up to, socialize, seed swap and enjoy some delicious local foods.

happy hour: patika, 9/15/2015

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Patika Wine and Coffee, 2159 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
RSVP: Join the Facebook Event

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Let’s say hello to fall with a fun happy hour at Patika! Named by Thrillist as one of the 12 best coffee shops in Austin, Patika has quickly become known for its cozy atmosphere on South Lamar and its incredible housemade baked goods, both sweet and savory. We hope you can join us next Tuesday evening for a drink or two and some yummy bites!

Your $10 entry donation includes a glass of Texas Keeper Cider and goes to support Slow Food Austin’s educational programming. Specially priced happy hour snacks will also be available.

grub trivia, 8/16/2015

Date: Sunday, August 16, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Free parking is available on Sunday in the state parking buildings across the street from Saengerrunde Hall.)
Tickets: General Admission – $40 Slow Food Members; $45 Non-Members purchase online
Team Registration – up to six members per team $375 register online

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Are you a self-described food nerd? A glutton for gastronome geekery? You might be one of the next champions of Slow Food Austin’s Grub Trivia.

Slow Food Austin’s third annual Grub Trivia competition is on August 16th at Saengerrunde Hall. Up to 27 teams will compete to win the surprise grand prize and the honor of being named Austin’s ultimate slow foodies.

This year tickets for the food-focused, pub-style trivia game will feature an open bar and a special tasting from more than a dozen of Austin’s finest “slow” restaurants and artisans. There will be a raffle with prizes from local businesses. The competing teams will include up to six members, and team members will each receive a Slow Food Austin t-shirt.

John Antonelli of Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will join as master of ceremonies. Bryan Butler of Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria will host the famous halftime hog butchery show with a live auction of the cuts. Special guest Andy Langer will be the half-time show auctioneer.

Slow Food Austin will also present its Snailblazer of the Year Award to a member of the food community who has made a significant impact for the cause of “Good, Clean, and Fair Food.”

All are welcome – as teams or individual “spectators” – to join in the fun and savor an edible education!

Our Grub Crawl Tasting will include:

At the bar, we’ll have:
Cocktails with Banner Distilling Company Vodka and Whiskey, Texas Keeper Cider, beer from Real Ale Brewing Company, and Cuvee cold brew coffee.

If you’d like to volunteer at Grub Trivia, submit your info here.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:
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AND, SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNER:
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tomato dinner with springdale center for urban agriculutre, 6/9/2015

Date: Tuesday, June 9 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $100 purchase online take-home tomato baskets also available for $10 or $20 (pre-purchase with dinner ticket)

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Celebrate the flavors of vine-ripened tomatoes at the height of the season with a feast on the farm. The Tomato Dinner will begin with a seasonal cocktail and appetizers, followed by entree courses and a plated dessert, all with a focus on Springdale Farm tomatoes. Complimentary wine will be included. Participating chefs and artisans include Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Sam Addison from Pogue Mahone Pickles, Stephanie McClenny from Confituras, Sonya Cote from Eden East Austin, Ned Elliot from Foreign & Domestic, Brandon Fuller from Juliet, Sarah McIntosh from épicerie, Josh Jones from Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria, and Janina O’Leary from la V.

Use the discount code CHEROKEEPURPLE for $15 off the ticket price until midnight on 5/31. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture and Slow Food Austin.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Farm To Table
Keeper Collection, LLC
Ensemble Beverages
Lioco
Cigliuti Winery

amaro and gelato tasting, 6/3/2015

Date: Wednesday June 3, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Gelateria Gemelli, 1009 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $10, purchase online

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Join Slow Food Austin and Gelateria Gemelli for a tasting of amaro and gelato. Ticket price covers three 1-oz pours and a scoop of your choice.  Learn about Amaro, meaning “bitter” in Italian, and also a category of bittersweet herbal spirits.

Gelateria Gemelli makes organic, small-batch gelato and sources only the best ingredients to preserve the integrity of the product. Gemelli also serves Negroni, Amari, and other fine spirits as well as espresso drinks sourced from Tweed Coffee.

farm tour: agua dulce farm, 2/21/2015

Date: Saturday February 21st, 11:30 am – 2:20 pm
Location: Agua Dulce Farm, 5015 Maufrais Lane, Austin, TX 78744
Tickets: $35 includes farm tour, lunch and refreshments from Cote Catering, and a take-away of fresh farm vegetables. Purchase Online (Children 12 and under may attend with parents for free.)

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Slow Food Austin wants to whet your appetite for aquaponics! Join us on Saturday, February 21, for lunch and a tour of Agua Dulce Farm, an urban aquaponic farm in southeast Austin. We’ll tour the farm, meet Jack Waite (the farmer), and learn all about the benefits of aquaponics, a sustainable farming practice that combines hydroponics (soil-less farming) with aquaculture (fish farming) in a closed re-circulating system.

We’ll also enjoy Agua Dulce’s pure and delicious vegetables in a farm-to-table lunch menu developed by chef Sonya Cote of Cote Catering, Eden East, and Hillside Farmacy.

BYOB. Seating is limited and there will be no tickets at the door. With advance notice, we can accommodate our vegetarian or gluten-free friends.  Refunds will only be given in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

ALL ticket revenue goes back to the farm so come on out and support the farmers who are keeping your food good, clean, and fair!

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happy hour: the hightower, 1/29/2015

Date: Thursday, January 29th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Hightower, 1209 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $15 suggested donation payable via cash or credit card

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We are kicking off 2015 with happy hour at The Hightower! Having just celebrated their one year anniversary, this casual East Austin spot dishes up elevated comfort food with global accents (fans rave about their pork jowl and fried chickpeas!) and craft cocktails.

Your $15 entry donation includes local drinks and goes to support Slow Food Austin’s educational programming. Specially priced happy hour snacks will also be available.

See the Facebook event page.

Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting with 512 Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese, 12/4/2014

Date: Thursday, December 4, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 512 Brewery, 407 Radam Lane, Austin, TX 78745
Tickets: $55.00 general admission, $45.00 for Slow Food members, Purchase tickets online

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Please Join Slow Food Austin, (512) Brewing Company, and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop for our annual Beer and Cheese Tasting.

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.

Ticket price includes a 512 Brewing pint glass.

slow sesion: easy tiger bread pairings, 11/29/2014

Date: Saturday, November 29, 3:00 pm –  5:00 pm
Location: Easy Tiger, 709 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” James Beard, Beard on Bread.

Despite Beard’s words, most of the time bread is part of the feast, eaten alongside, wrapped around or placed under other food. Bread is eaten in many different ways in different cuisines around the world. In our Slow Session, we will explore some of the different ways that bread is eaten and the foods that are eaten with it, as I believe that breads have developed along with their respective cuisines and are integral to them.

From the open-faced sandwiches of Scandinavia, to French country breads, to the mysterious salt-free bread of Tuscany, we’ll look at bread integrated into everyday meals. We’ll also examine some traditional and special occasion bread pairings and look at how some breads can enhance or detract from various cheeses. Of course, we’ll have a variety of breads to taste and some food examples to go with them.

Please join us at Easy Tiger for a virtual international tour through bread and food.

David Norman, Head Doughpuncher

Recently selected as one of the Top Ten bread bakers in the country by Dessert Professional Magazine, David Norman is the Head Doughpuncher and a partner at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden.  His route there has included stints at some of the countries best bread bakeries from Seattle to New York City and included teaching professional bread courses at the French Culinary Institute and the San Francisco Baking Institute.

David’s interest in baking was born from his encounters with unfamiliar and inspiring breads during a couple years studying abroad. As a high school exchange student in Sweden and later as a student of German Literature at the University of Munich, he discovered a variety of new breads and new ways of eating centered on these breads. When he returned to complete his studies at the University of Florida, he found little choice to satisfy cravings for good bread but to make his own.  When he discovered a job opening at a small French-style bakery across town, he took the next step with his hobby and soon discovered a passion deep enough to turn his career focus toward bread baking.

Slow Sessions are educational events that are always free and open to the public. The goal is twofold: (1) to provide opportunities for Austinites to learn more about their food and where it comes from (2) to support local businesses whose values align with the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all.

happy hour: green gate farms benefit at lenoir, 11/19/2014

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 6-8pm
Location: Lenoir, 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Cost: $15 suggested donation, all proceeds go to Green Gate Farms (payable via cash or credit card)

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Join us for a night in LENOIR’s wine garden to support our friends in need at Green Gate Farms, a farm that has always been there for the Austin community. For the past three months, Green Gate Farms has gone through events that neither a family nor small business should have to experience in a lifetime, let alone a year. First, Farmer Skip was hit by a reckless driver, totaling their delivery van and resulting in medical issues that prevented him from planting crops for their Community Supported Agriculture distribution. They then received a notice from their landlord that rent will be raised on their city farm. And lastly, Bastrop County denied agricultural valuation for their River Farm, meaning their taxes will be nearly seven times higher than they usually pay. Proceeds from the happy hour will be donated to Green Gate Farms to help alleviate this financial stress.

Your $15 entry donation (via cash or credit card) will go directly to keeping Green Gate Farms so Skip and Erin can continue their passion of farming and food education to benefit all of us in Central Texas! Complimentary drink and specially priced snacks will be available.

You can also help Green Gate Farms by supporting their GoFundMe Campaign.