farm tour: gabriel valley farms 10/2

Gabriel Valley Farms

Date: October 2, 2010 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Gabriel Valley Farms located at 440 Old Highway 29 East, Georgetown, TX 78626

The heat of summer is nearly over and the best way to enjoy Austin’s and Central Texas’ blissfully cool fall weather is to grow a vegetable garden. The time is right to garden without the summer heat and endless watering, fewer bugs and less potential for diseases. If you haven’t had a central Texas fall garden you’re in for a great surprise. And what is more inspiring than steamy greenhouses full of young plants and potential?

On October 2, 2010 from 10:00am until 1:00pm, Slow Food will tour the source of most of the organic vegetable and herb plants at your local garden centers – Gabriel Valley Farms is located at 440 Old Highway 29 East, Georgetown, TX 78626. Gabriel Valley Farms is one of the Austin Area’s Largest Organic Vegetable Nurseries and after your tour you are sure to be inspired to plant your own Fall Veggie Garden! Gabriel Valley also supplies the wildly popular spring plant sale at Sunshine Community Gardens.

We’ll tour the property and owner Cathy will give us insider gardening tips for fall success. It’s not too late to start a garden full of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, herbs and other homegrown goodness for fall comfort meals and holiday tables!

Tickets are $12 and redeemable for plants. Please RSVP today to betsyl@slowfoodaustin.org.

This will be the first of several fall farm tours hosted by Slow Food Austin. Please stay tuned for more details on upcoming events!

slow session: fall foraging 9/21

Date: Tuesday, September 21st 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Habitat Suites, 500 East Highland Mall Boulevard, Austin, Tx 78752

fall foragingFall brings many changes – not just in the trees and the cooler weather but in the selection of edible plants all around us, just waiting to be harvested. Join us for a very special Slow Session with Amy Crowell, owner of Edible Yards and writer for Edible Austin on wild foods. Amy will lecture on how to identify, harvest and prepare some of the most delicious and nutritious wild foods Central Texas has to offer. Amy has been eating foods from the wilds of Texas since she was a kid. She looks forward to sharing some of her experiences and knowledge with you! Think of this educational session as a wild edible plant walk but instead of heading outside, in the heat, you can learn about edible plants while you relax inside and enjoy some wine.

happy hour: eastside cafe, 9/16

Date: Thursday, September 16thEastside Cafe
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Location: Eastside Cafe, in the garden and tea room

Please join Slow Food Austin for our Monthly Third Thursday Happy Hour at Eastside Cafe in the garden and tea room. Appetizers and wine will be provided with a suggested $10 donation to Slow Food Austin.

Please RSVP to: Karlal@slowfoodaustin.org

4th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

Farm and Food Leadership Conference

Date: Monday and Tuesday, September 13-14
Location: Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin, TX 78701
Registration: Register online at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/conference-2010 or download a registration form and mail it to P.O. Box 809, Cameron, TX 76520.
Agenda: A full listing of topics, speakers, and the schedule is available at: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/sff/Agenda.pdf

Come join an exciting gathering of farmers, consumer, and nonprofit activists at the 4th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference, in Austin, Texas on September 13-14, 2010! This two-day event will focus on policy and regulatory issues affecting agriculture and our food supply, including raw milk, Codex, NAIS, the next Farm Bill, water use issues, regulation of slaughterhouses, Slow Money, and more.  There will also be workshops to help you become a more effective activist, including how to lobby and how to develop an effective message.

National radio commentator and author Jim Hightower will provide the keynote address, and the lunches will be prepared by Dai Due using delicious local foods.

Come learn about the latest developments in agriculture and food, and get the tools you need to help make a difference!

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Spread the word about the conference! You can also become a sponsor or donate an item for the silent auction. Download the form at:
http://farmandranchfreedom.org/sff/sponsorship-form-v3_1.pdf

For more information, visit
http://farmandranchfreedom.org/conference-2010
or contact the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance at info@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org.

Fabulous Fall Garden Installation Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Green Sprout Preschool, 1019 Reinli Street, Austin, TX 78723

Itching to plant your own garden?  Would you like to learn some hands-on gardening installation techniques from the experts at Austin’s Resolution Gardens while also supporting a local pre-school?

On Sept. 11th, Slow Food Austin is hosting a garden installation workshop where participants will help install a raised-bed garden for Green Sprout preschool and gain practical skills to start a home garden.  Once the garden is complete, we’ll all enjoy a meal together- lunch provided by blu African:  http://www.bluafrican.com.

Bring the family to learn about home gardening and support a local pre-school’s garden education program.  Cost to participate is $5 for Slow Food members, $10 for non-members (children under 12 are free).  Attendance is limited so buy your tickets today. Questions: email president@slowfoodaustin.org.

Buy your tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/123782

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 anneh@slowfoodaustin.org.

thank you to everyone at the texas artisan showcase

One June 26th, 2010 Slow Food Austin hosted a historic educational event.  The Texas Showcase was an opportunity to meet local food artisans, chat with them about their craft, and taste their delicious food.  We envisioned an event where guests could slow down and mingle with food artisans and develop a new appreciation for the local foods of Central Texas.

Many people commented about how “intimate” the event was and raved about the benefits of such a “personal” encounter with food artisans and their products.  I overheard conversations about tastes, textures, and production methods.  There was lively discussion, wonderfully simple foods & drinks, and intriguing demonstrations.

Our mission is to “reconnect people with their food” and we are proud to say that this showcase did exactly that by educating them about food in the context of taste, pleasure, laughter, and community. We hope to continue offering taste education events like this.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to our co-sponsors, supporters, and artisans.  This event couldn’t have happened without their generous contributions.

Co-Sponsors:
Edible Austin

Blair Richardson of Little Mule Studios

Ideal Productions

Richardson Farms


Special Thanks to:
Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due Butcher Shop

Peter Remington- Auctioneer

Space 12

Powell Offset

Judy Shulz at Olmsted-Kirk Paper
Greenling

Farmhouse Delivery
Break it Down

Theatre Action Project

Our wonderful producers:
(512) Brewing Company

Tipsy Texan

Fino

Zhi Tea

Summermoon Wood Fired Coffee

Owl Tree Roasting

Texas Olive Ranch

Mary Beth Murphy of The Piche Table
Bona Dea Bread

New Bread Rising
Amity Bakery
Dai Due

Kocurek Family Charcuterie

Pure Luck Farm & Dairy

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Brazos Valley Cheese

Texas Wild

Green Gate Farms

Urban Roots

Straight from the Vine

Thunderheart Bison

Homestead Heritage

La Ruche a Miel

Boggy Creek Farm

Silent auction donors:
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

The Austin Wine Merchant

Bella Salon

Black Orchid Salon- Chenoh Yepa

Body Business
Body Mind Spirit Therapy

Boggy Creek Farm

Carrie Contey

Cipollina

Clayworks Studio/Gallery

CobraHead

Dominican Joe

East End Wines

Farmhouse Delivery

Fino

Green Gate Farms

Greenling

Hannah Casparian

Inner Sun Chiropractic

Jeffrey’s

Natalie Stone at 12th Street Massage

Noah Hawley

Olivia

Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farm

Péché

Peter Leighton

Emily Collins at Sabia
Stanton Clothing Co

Sweetish Hill

Thai Fresh

The Soup Peddler

The Whip In

Uchiko

Wheatsville Co-op

Wink

East Side Show Room

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slow session: the french twist, 7/12

Date: Monday, July 12thHow to Lower Your Cholesterol With French Gourmet Food
Time: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Habitat Suites
500 East Highland Mall Boulevard
Austin, Tx 78752

Join us July 12th at 7 pm for a special session with French chef and Nutritherapist for People’s Pharmacy, Alain Braux.  Alain Braux grew up in Southern France where he learned to cultivate a SLOW FOOD lifestyle that laid the foundation of knowledge shared in his award winning book, How to Lower your Cholesterol with French Gourmet Food. We will learn how to choose, prepare, and enjoy foods in ways that preserve their nutrients and healthy benefits as Alain reveals the nourishing qualities of French cuisine and lifestyle.    He will also cover gluten food allergies and the discoveries he has made writing new gluten free cookbook.  Best of all, everyone will get to sample and take home one of Alain’s tres bonne gluten free recipe in time to celebrate Bastille Day with your friends.

happy hour: boggy creek farm, 6/17

Date:           June 17th
Time:          5pm – Sunset
Location:  Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Creek Rd.  (map)

Enjoy beautiful wines under the trees and spirited creations from Bill Norris of Fino and David Alan, the Tipsy Texan.  Delicious appetizers made with produce sourced directly from the farm will be served al fresco by Jesse Bloom of Ecstatic Cuisine… Don’t forget it is tomato season!

Suggested $10 donation covers food and beverages.  Lawn chairs and closed-toed shoes encouraged.

RSVP to karlal@slowfoodaustin.org

A special thanks to our audio providers, Ideal Productions. Make your next event an IDEAL event.