slow session: argus cidery, 1/24/2016

Date: Sunday, January 24th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Argus Cidery, 12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78737
Tickets: slow sessions are always FREE, but reserve your spot by claiming a ticket

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Come experience an exclusive behind the scenes look at Argus Cidery, the first place to make hard cider made using apples sourced from Texas and Arkansas. Owner Wes Mickel will lead us in a tour followed by a tasting, explaining how he uses winemaking techniques to craft his cider, resulting in a dry, champagne-like product. He will also explain how he makes tepache, still ciders and other fermentables in the same space. Light snacks will also be provided and, as always, this Slow Session is free of cost. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by claiming a FREE ticket a the link provided.

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.

slow session: meridian hive meadery, 10/19/2014

Date: Sunday, October 19, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Draught House, 4112 Medical Parkway, Austin, TX 78756
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Join Slow Food Austin for a Slow Session with Meridian Hive Meadery at the Draught House on Oct 19th. Mead or honey wine is the oldest alcoholic drink known, yet many are still unfamiliar with the brewing process and varied flavors. The guys behind Meridian Hive are truly passionate about their craft and will take us through a journey of side-by-side honey varietal and mead tastings.

Must be 21+ to register.

About Meridian Hive

Meridian Hive was founded in 2012 by three explorer’s with a sense of adventure and a vision… to reinvent the perception of mead. The craft of fermentation is what brought them together. They originally met through local home-brew meetings in 2008 and found a similar passion. As ingredients were explored, characteristics were discovered, and variables minimized, glorious recipes were born. As the three shared their ideas of mead with each other, the journey started to coalesce. A collaboration was inevitable. When the mead started flowing in 2013, Meridian Hive finally got the chance to share their glory of exploration with all who are willing to take the journey.

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.

slow session: chocosutra, 10/5/2014

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Gallery Black Lagoon, 4301 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78751
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Join us this October for a special session with Richard Kreuzburg, the man behind the magical healing chocolate creations of Chocosutra. Richard cares deeply about his work and it comes through when he speaks about it. His chocolate beans are carefully sourced and lovingly processed to make a deep, satisfying chocolate unlike anything you can find in the supermarket. Come sample some of his chocolate and hear him talk about the different flavor profiles and the aromatics he chooses for each of his chocolates.

About Chocosutra
Artisan handmade chocolates utilizing organic Arriba nacional cacao from Ecuador, sweetened with honey from Central Texas Bee Rescue and Preserve (www.Honeybeekind.com) and enhanced with therapeutic grade essential oils, whole vanilla bean, coconut oil, sea salts, etc.

About Gallery Black Lagoon
Gallery Black Lagoon is a beautiful yoga studio and art gallery that will be graciously donating their space to us. Check out their yoga schedule online or swing by for their next gallery opening!

About Slow Sessions
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.

slow session: bee rescue, 9/30/2014

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Come learn how honey bees are safely removed and relocated. Daniel “DJ” Schmalz is a hive and swarm capture service extraordinaire specializing in chemical free bee removals and rescues. He strives to educate each and every individual and business he serves on the importance of the North American Honey Bee. Every hive removed is happily relocated to local farms, beekeepers or, in very rare cases, back to nature.

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.

slow session: little herds, 6/7/2014

Date: Saturday June 7th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Art Science Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd, Building 2, #102, Austin, Texas 78702
RSVP: get a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Intrigued by the idea of edible insects? Join Slow Food Austin to learn about (and even taste!) entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. Robert Nathan Allen, founder of Little Herds, will share the history and international culture of edible insects and why they could be our future to sustainable food. Get a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

Co-sponsored by Art.Science.Gallery, the Slow Session will conclude with assorted samples, recipes and the opportunity to buy your own ingredients to make one of the world’s most plentiful and sustainable sources of protein a staple in your own home!

Robert Nathan Allen has been chosen as a Slow Food USA delegate to attend Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014.

“This year, the theme of Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture, especially as expressed through Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and Presidia projects.”

“Salone del Gusto is a global showcase for traditional and innovative food producers. SFUSA will be working in close collaboration with Slow Food International to bring exhibitors from the U.S. to take part in this vibrant market place.”

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slow session: fermenting at springdale farm, 5/21/2014

Date: Wednesday May 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702
RSVP: get a FREE ticket to reserve your spot

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Join Slow Food Austin at Springdale Farm to see Kate Payne introduce her new book The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. Kate Payne’s new book will hit the shelves on May 20th and we will have one of the first opportunities to hear her story. Come find out about what inspired Kate to write her new book and get a peak at it’s contents. Kate will also be demonstrating a recipe from the book and providing us with samples. Afterwards Kate will be signing copies of her book. We hope you come spend a lovely May evening on Springdale Farm with Kate Payne and Slow Food Austin!

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slow session: crave artisan chocolate, 4/19/2014

Date: Saturday, April 19, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Sustainable Food Center, 2921 East 17th Street, Building C, Austin, Texas 78702
RSVP: This is a FREE event, but please reserve your spot by getting a ticket online.

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Join us at the Sustainable Food Center‘s teaching kitchen to learn from Krystal Craig of Crave Artisan Chocolate. Krystal will demonstrate tempering chocolate while explaining the unique processes that each of her distinct treats has to go through before it lands on every pillow at the Four Seasons in Austin or arrives in your cupboard. We can’t wait to see Krystal demonstrate the passion she has for her craft, and we are even more excited to get to sample her freshly made treats! RSVP by getting a free ticket.

slow session: spring gardening at josephine house, 3/29/2014

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Josephine House, 1601 Waterston Ave, Austin, TX 78703
RSVP: this a FREE event, but please RSVP by getting a ticket

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Join us March 29th for an information session and Q&A with Liz Baloutine of Seedlings Gardening as she offers tips for spring gardeners and walks us through the newly planted gardens at Josephine House.

About Liz Baloutine & Seedlings Gardening

Seedlings Gardening has helped restaurant and homeowners create beautiful landscapes and vegetable gardens since 2009. Native Austinite Liz Baloutine started Seedlings because of her passion for local, sustainably grown, healthy food. Her past and present clients also include Elizabeth Street Café, Jeffrey’s, Olivia, and Spoon & Co.

About Slow Food Austin

Slow Food Austin is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization that reconnects people with the food they eat. One of more than 200 chapters across 150 countries, Slow Food Austin motivates people to make responsible choices within our food system through educational initiatives, social activities, fundraising events and community volunteer projects that inspire respect for where food comes from and awakens true pleasure in eating. For more info, visit www.slowfoodaustin.org.

About Slow Sessions

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.

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slow session: chinese new year tea ceremony, 2/1/2014

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: In.gredients at 2610 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: Seating is limited so please RSVP by getting a ticket to guarantee yourself a tea cup and a seat
Fee: $0 – Slow Sessions are always FREE and open to the public.

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner and to welcome in the Year of the Horse, Slow Food Austin will host Sohan Fan of the West China Tea Company to tell us about Chinese teas and about the farms from where they come. He’ll share one of his favorite aged black pu-erh teas to warm our bodies this winter as well as a white tea to elevate our spirits. Sohan will walk through the proper way to taste and steep Chinese tea while amusing us with the anecdotes of his trips to China and his efforts to responsibly source each product he imports.

Please join us for this complimentary event where you’ll sample some of the finest teas in the world, learn about the culture that produced them, and leave with your own Chinese teacup.

About Sohan Fan and the West China Tea Company
Sohan Fan is a native Texan who discovered his love for tea while an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz. After becoming thoroughly steeped in the Bay area tea culture, Sohan moved to Austin and worked for Jade Leaves Tea House. There he honed his skills and helped to give form to a budding tea culture in Austin. In 2010, Sohan relocated to China to work for the Chengdu Urban Rivers Association (CURA). His work with CURA led him to meet and work with many farmers in both Sichuan province and the neighboring Yunnan province where he grew to know and love many hard-working families that are making a traditional living using the same techniques their families have used for generations.

While in China, Sohan spent the majority of his free time exploring teahouses, shops and farms, allowing him to meet and learn about the people who grow, process, distribute, and sell tea and tea-wares. Sohan decided to brave the wilds of the importing business to bring his much loved tea to us from across China as a means to help support those farmers and further grow the tea culture in the United States and especially in his hometown of Austin, Texas. For more info, visit the West China Tea Company online and on Facebook.

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