slow session: a brief history of tamales, 12/13

Date: Monday, December 13th, 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Habitat Suites, 500 East Highland Mall Boulevard Austin, Tx 78752

Slow Food Presents:
Folk and Fork History of Texas Foods

A three part series on the culinary heritage of Central Texas.
Food with tall tales and tasters for all!

tamalesIn “A Brief History of Tamales,” Claudia Alarcón will speak about the central role that tamales have played in Mexican cooking and culture, from their origins among the ancient Mesoamerican cultures that existed in what is today Mexico, to its present-day use as an essential food at celebrations and their persistence as a traditional food for the holidays in the U.S., including a step-by-step visual guide to the process of making them.

In addition we will be sampling local tamales so please RSVP to

About the Speaker:
Claudia Alarcón was born and raised in Mexico City, and has lived in Austin since 1984. For 15 years she held different jobs in many local
restaurants and catering companies, familiarizing herself with all aspects of the industry. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Her honors thesis on the history and ritual significance of tamales in modern and ancient Mexican cultures won an award from the Sophie Coe Memorial Fund from the Oxford Symposium on Food History, and was published in the prestigious food history journal Petit Propos Culinaires. She is currently working on expanding this essay into her first full-length book based on her previous and ongoing research. She is an avid student of ancient and modern Mexican cultures, with a special interest in culinary history and traditions. Alarcón has been writing professionally since 2000 as regular contributor to various local and national food publications, both in print and online.

slow taste of italy dinner, 10/27

Asti Trattoria

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Asti Trattoria
Reservations: 512-451-1218 or online
Menu: slow taste of Italy dinner menu

A four course dinner highlighting Chef Donoho’s favorite recipes from the new book Cooking with Italian Grandmothers by Jessica Theroux.

The special dinner will be $95 per person which includes a signed copy of the book. Dinner for Two with one book will be $165. Additional Wine pairing for $35 per person.
Specials will be available ala carte.

The Menu will utilize local ingredients and 15% of special food sales will benefit Slow Food Austin and their Terre Madre Fund in honor of Mary Booth.

Please make your reservations NOW! ( certificates not valid for special menu.)

slow session: decanting Texas wines, one sip at a time wine tasting 8/11

Date: Wednesday, August 11th
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Habitat Suites

August 11th will be a wine education and tasting Slow Session with Scott Collier, Rockroom Winemaking Cooperative founder and winemaker, and Mason Arnold, Greenling founder and CEO.

Wine is nature’s way of preserving fruit for us to enjoy year round, so we will taste our way through wines that give us the chance to demystify what it means for a wine to be natural, organic, biodynamic, sustainable and local.  Come ready to ask questions, learn, and taste.

Included in the tasting will be organic and sustainable wines available from Greenling as well as a Rockroom wine made from California certified organic grapes (rated 89 by the Pinot Report), and even a natural process wine made from 100% fresh pressed chardonnay juice with nothing added at any stage in the winemaking process.

This is a free event as the wines are being donated by Rockroom and Greenling, but donations to Slow Food Austin are encouraged and attendance will be limited to the first 35 who RSVP to

happy hour: fino 2/18

Our next, third thursday happy hour brings us to FINO. Enjoy tasty tapas from Executive Chef Jason Donoho & sip on a Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned from Bartender Bill Norris.

Space is limited! Please RSVP today!

FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar
2905 San Gabriel Suite 200
(one block east of Lamar on 29th)

Thursday, February 18th
5-7 PM

* A portion of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food Austin
** $15 per person for tapas tasting (cash preferred)
*** RSVP does not guarantee admission

Coming Soon: Boggy Creek Farm, Wink, Olivia & Green Gate Farms!