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.

slow session: tasting tour with texas farmers’ market, 8/8/2018

Date: Wednesday August 8th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Texas Farmers’ Market Mueller, 4209 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78722
Tickets: this is a FREE event, but please reserve your spot by claiming a ticket

In celebration of National Farmer’s Market Week, join us for a tasty tour of the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller on the first Wednesday night of August. We will visit with local farmers and food producers to taste the best of their summer bounty!

This is a free event, but please reserve your spot by claiming a ticket.

Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller is open Sundays 10am-2pm and Wednesdays 5-8pm, selling local, sustainable direct to consumer produce, meats, dairy and artisanal goods from 90+ Texas ag and food producers. TFM is the only verified farmers’ market in town as all ag producers are inspected by staff to understand growing practices and ensure transparency to consumers.

TFM at Lakeline and Mueller are organized under F2M Texas, a 501(c)4 non-profit corporation centered around hosting and educating Central Texas producers and consumers to grow a sustainable food system.

Learn more and Mueller parking information: texasfarmersmarket.org/mueller

slow session: hunting and sustainability at dai due, 11/21/2017

Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Dai Due, 2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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There are currently 2.6 million wild boar in Texas, causing $1.5 billion in annual damage by rooting up crops and eating livestock. Jesse Griffiths, chef/owner of Dai Due and cookbook author, has written and spoken extensively on how these invasive species translate into sustainable, delicious protein. For November’s Slow Session, we will gather on the back patio of Dai Due, where Jesse will explain the history and physiology of hunting, butchering and serving wild hog. He will also serve up samples of wild hog preparations, and an abbreviated drink menu will be available as well.

Note: In the case of inclement weather, this outdoor event will be rescheduled.

If no spots remain, email veronica@slowfoodaustin.org to be added to the waiting list.

slow session: barton springs mill, 7/23/2017

Date: Sunday July 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Barton Springs Mill, 252 Frog Pond Ln, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

This month’s Slow Food Session will be held at Barton Springs Mill, where proprietor James Brown will speak about his work with local grains, explain the process of harvesting, and give us a milling demo (in his very air-conditioned facilities!) Then we will get to sample various items from the test kitchen, all made using different grains.

Andrew Braunberg of Still Austin will also be there to speak about our city’s first grain-to-glass distillery and how they’re working with BSM to re-introduce heritage winter wheats that grew in Texas early in the last century and would have flavored pre-prohibition Texas whiskeys.

It should be a very educational (and delicious!) event.. looking forward to seeing you all there!

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!

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.

slow session: texas keeper cider, 10/30/2016

Date: Sunday, October 30th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Texas Keeper Cider, 12521 Twin Creeks Rd, Manchaca, Texas 78652
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

This month’s Slow Session will be at Texas Keeper Cider! Come visit this artisanal cidery’s taproom, tour the grounds and learn about their unique cidermaking process from cidermaker Nic. Afterward, sample current offerings… and bring cash to enjoy Guadalajaran fare from Tortas Ahogadas Texas, the on-site food trailer!

Reserve a free ticket to come enjoy a beautiful autumn Austin afternoon this Sunday… but spaces are limited so please be sure to only reserve a ticket if you are positive you can make it!! Questions? Email veronica@slowfoodaustin.org

 

slow session: lick honest ice creams, 9/29/2016

Date: Thursday September 29th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Lick Honest Ice Creams, 1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

Come by Lick Ice Cream‘s Lamar Union location to learn about how the homegrown ice cream company creates flavors to celebrate the seasons and the culture of Texas. We will be meeting outside the shop and heading to a space just a few doors down for a discussion before trying some seasonal ice cream.

Since space is limited, please be sure to only reserve a free ticket if you can definitely make it to the event. Email veronica@slowfoodaustin.org with any questions!

slow session: chocolaterie tessa, 8/17/2016

Date: Wednesday August 17th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Chocolaterie Tessa,  7425 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757, USA
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

For this sweet August Slow Session, Tessa Halstead of Chocolaterie Tessa, will lead a tour of her facilities and chocolate ganache demo, followed by a chocolate tasting and discussion. Tessa, who works with bean-to-bar companies like SRSLY Chocolate, will also explain the pros and cons working with industrial versus craft chocolate, as well as the differences and similarities between chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Come learn about all the labor involved (3 days worth!) in making just one piece of chocolate.

Only 25 free tickets are available for this, so please only reserve one if you are positive you can make it. Once the list fills up, join the waitlist by sending your name, number and email to veronica@slowfoodaustin.org

slow session: kombit screening, 5/2/2016

Date: Monday, May 2nd, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

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KOMBIT: The Cooperative, which recently debuted at SXSWEco, is a documentary chronicling outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland and Haiti’s non-profit Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s combined efforts to reforest Haiti in five years through the creation of a sustainable agro-forestry program.

Come enjoy all night happy hour at in.gredients while viewing a free screening of KOMBIT on the lawn, starting at 8pm! Our Slow Sessions are always free to attend, but please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.