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.

happy hour: hillside farmacy, 2/16/2017

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 5:000 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

Join us for our February happy hour at Hillside Farmacy where local farms are always supported. Enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, snacks, and the raw bar for a festive third Thursday. Donations will support Slow Food Austin programming and our scholarship program.

happy hour: vinaigrette, 1/19/2017

Date: Thursday, January 19th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Vinaigrette, 2201 College Ave,  Austin, Texas 78704
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit cards

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We’re starting the new year with a fresh take for our January happy hour. Join us at Vinaigrette for their SaladBar cocktail menu including signature and classic cocktails, beer, and wine. Vinaigrette is known for their salads, soups, and sides that leave you feeling healthier, and they now have a farm in Bastrop to provide produce for the menu. Our third Thursday happy hour donations will support Slow Food Austin programming including our scholarship program.

scholarship: 2017 TOFGA conference

Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Slow Food Austin is offering a scholarship to the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) conference in Mesquite, Texas from January 12-14, 2017. This annual conference offers workshops and presentations on a variety of topics pertinent to the work of organic farmers and gardeners in Central Texas and organic advocates.
 The 3-day conference will include a day of pre-conference workshops and farm tours, and two days of learning sessions that will cover diverse topics including pest management techniques, marketing and distribution strategies, livestock and crop management, and food policy. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the conference, please visit the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website.
The scholarship will cover the cost of registration for the conference plus the Friday Banquet and Keynote and a travel stipend of $250– this does not include other pre-conference workshops or tours.
For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit the application below. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 23rd. The scholarship winner will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.
For any questions about this opportunity please contact Caitlin Watkins, Scholarships Coordinator (caitlin@slowfoodaustin.org).

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Beer and Cheese Tasting with 512 Brewing and Antonelli’s Cheese

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 512 Brewing Company, 407 Radam Lane, Austin, TX 78745
Tickets: $65 non-members, $55 Slow Food members, Purchase Online

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Join us on Thursday December 1st for our 7th Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with (512) Brewing Company and Antonelli’s Cheese Shop! Charcuterie, breads, and more will accompany the beer and cheese pairings.

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.

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

 

farm tour: johnson’s backyard garden, 10/23/2016

Date: Sunday, October 23rd, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pmLocation: Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Garfield Farm 4008 River Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Cost: $25 for Farm Tour, Snacks, and Take-home Vegetables — $15 for Farm Tour and Snacks only (children 10 and under free)

Come out to Johnson’s Backyard Garden Garfield Farm for a fun, fall, farm tour. We’ll tour the farm on flatbed trailers pulled by a tractor and learn about the organic growing techniques used here.

After the tour, snacks will be provided by Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, and the menu will include:
Havana Daydreaming Bite- 
Braised Pork, sliced tender belly ham, swiss cheese, homemade pickles topped with Dijon mustard and cream cheese hollandaise, served open-face on toasted ciabatta bread
Lower East Side Bite- 
Herbed goat cheese spread, smoked salmon, sun dried tomato caper relish, on toasted pumpernickel
Caprese platter- 
Cherry Heirloom Pesto Salad, vine-ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic reduction

Attendees are welcome to bring any beverages you’d like, and water will be available.

While the snacks are served, we’ll hear from our Austin Terra Madre Salone del Gusto delegates, including Brenton Johnson, about their experiences at this international food conference that just took place in September.

Guests will each take home a bag of freshly harvested vegetables from the farm. (Ticket options are available with and without the take away vegetables.)

Please purchase tickets online in advance for this farm tour.

Note: The farm is located at 4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, Texas. Look for a white plywood sign on the left with “4008” painted on it. Drive towards the large white cooler (can’t miss it!) and park near there. Please drive slowly down the farm roads; bugs love the dust that speedy driving stirs up!

happy hour: contigo, 10/20/2016

Date: Thursday October 20th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Contigo 2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, Texas 78723
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
RSVP: Join the Facebook event

It’s time to enjoy this cooler fall weather with an outdoor happy hour at Contigo Austin. Join us on the third Thursday in October for farm-fresh bar snacks to go with great drinks. Our happy hour attendees will be served appetizers including:
Charcuterie Tasting with local meat
Cucumber Salad
Texas Okra
$10 suggested donations can be paid with cash or credit card, and donations will benefit Slow Food Austin programming and our Scholarship Program.

Slow Food Chefs in the Making

Date: Saturday October 15th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Patricia’s Table, 1510 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78731
Cost: $80, please purchase tickets online in advance

Slow Food Austin presents this collaborative dinner with star Junior Chefs from Patricia’s Table. Each Junior Chef will be paired with a professional chef to create this locally-sourced, seasonal, four-course meal.
 

Jack Crabb is 13 years old and loves to cook and has been cooking since he was 3 years old. He recently won Chopped Junior on Food Network and says “having fun in the kitchen is not just for adults!” Jack will be working with Chef Jesse DeLeon from Victoria Provisions who has over 14 years of culinary experience and has balanced a variety of tastes and cooking styles, from the nouveau classics to authentic regional Italian cuisine.
 

Alex Alcorta is 11 years old and was on the Kids Baking Championship on Food Network. He is a talented baker and entrepreneur and enjoys making handmade pasta and teaching others how to cook. Alex will cook with Chef Amber Antonelli of The Naked Bite who offers cooking classes, catering, and personal chef services to connect people with dynamic, conscious cuisine that is unique and celebrates plants as the best thing on your plate.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these Junior Chefs in action and enjoy an early fall, Slow Food meal.

Guests are invited to bring their own wine, and Zhi Tea will be serving a tea paired to each course.
 

Menu (Note: All menu items are gluten-free and nut-free. Some items are subject to change, and vegetarian options are available upon request.):
Passed Hors D’oeuvres

~Tete de Cochon
~Cucumber and Melon Summer Rolls, Thai Basil
~Inflatido with Butternut Squash Cream
 
First Course
~Fish Ceviche
served with Gyokuro (Japanese shade-grown green tea)
 
Second Course
~Roasted Eggplant | Arugula Pistou | Pepitas | Pomegranate
served with Raspberry Rooibos (South African red tea)
 
Third Course
~Ricotta Gnudi | Beef Shank Ragu | Local Veg
served with Royal Courtesan (Artisan reserve Taiwanese Gui Fei Oolong)
 
Fourth Course

~Spiced Butternut Cupcakes | Coconut Sugar Ice Cream | Pink Peppercorn Butternut Marmalade served with Pu’erh (Fermented aged dark tea from ancient trees in Yunnan, China)

 

Thank you to Wheatsville Co-opWhole Foods Market, Patricia’s Table, Victoria Provisions, The Naked Bite, and Zhi Tea for contributing to this event.

Event Sponsors:

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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!