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 with any questions!

scholarship: farfa 10th annual farm and food leadership conference

Scholarship Application Deadline:Tuesday, September 6th 2016 FARFA

Slow Food Austin is offering two scholarships to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance 10th annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference in Bastrop, TX September 25th –  27th. This conference focuses on the policies that affect our local farms and food production, and brings together experts on a wide range of topics including food safety, GMOs, government programs, urban farming, and more. There will be panel discussions, sessions led by local farmers and sustainable food system advocates, and opportunities to network with local activists. The full schedule is available here. For additional information about the Conference, please visit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Website.
The scholarship will cover the full cost of registration. For an opportunity to win this scholarship, please submit a completed application below. The deadline for submissions is September 6th. The scholarship winners will be contacted directly by Slow Food Austin.
For any questions about this opportunity please contact Caitlin Watkins, Scholarships Coordinator (

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happy hour: wu chow 9/15/2016

Date: Thursday September 15th, 5:00pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Wu Chow, IBC Bank Plaza, 500 W 5th St #168, Austin, TX 78701
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
Join the Facebook event

The beginning of fall is just around the corner, and we’ll be celebrating the change of season with our September Happy Hour downtown at Wu Chow. Join us on Thursday the 15th at 5:00pm for farm-fresh, Chinese appetizers and a delicious cocktail menu. Through their local farm and ranch partnerships, Wu Chow creates fresh, regionally-influenced dishes. Co-owner C.K. Chin will speak about why they source locally, from whom, and their take on authentic Chinese food. At this Happy Hour, your donation will support Green Gate Farms‘ Farm Camp Scholarship Fund and Slow Food Austin.

The Farm Camp Scholarship Fund is for children living near the farm in East Austin. For many of the children who received scholarships this year, Farm Camp was their first summer camp experience. As one camper said, “If it weren’t for this camp, we’d have nothing to do, we’d be watching TV all day.” Green Gate’s Farm Camp is an important step in a lifetime of health for these children. The campers have hands-on learning experiences with everything from feeding animals to harvesting vegetables and flowers, and helped with other farm chores every day. Voted “Best of Austin” by Austin Chronicle, the camp has hosted over 700 campers since its inaugural week-long camp in 2010. Camp activities are centered on farm-based, hands-on education in nutrition, organic systems, and environmental stewardship – with plenty of time to relax and have fun on the farm.

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

happy hour: the abgb 8/18/2016

Date: Thursday August 18th, 5:30pm – 7:30 pm
Location: The ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf Austin, TX 78704
Cost: $15 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
RSVP: Join the Facebook event

For our August Happy Hour, meet us at The ABGB for local, craft beer and seasonal pizzas and lots of other great drinks and snacks too! We’ll be celebrating our Austin delegates to Terra Madre as they prepare to attend the Slow Food International event in September in Turin, Italy. Donations will benefit our Terra Madre delegates and Slow Food Austin, and with a donation you will receive a ticket good for a beer, a glass of wine, or a can of Argus cider.

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is Slow Food’s largest international gathering that happens every two years in Turin, Italy. It brings together farmers, chefs, writers, educators and food producers from over 150 countries to discuss and celebrate edible biodiversity and the future of food. It is the largest food festival on earth and perhaps the most diverse – attracting the Slow Food Movement’s vast Terra Madre Network of indigenous food communities from around the word. It is designed so that everyone from a First Nations farmer to a Michelin-starred chef can eat together and exchange ideas. Through its many lectures, exhibitions, panel discussions, dinners, and tasting workshops – Terra Madre is an educational experience for Slow Foodies to learn more about the cultures that surround food, international food policy issues (such as land grabbing and seed patenting), and sustainable solutions for the future. Slow Food Austin helped select the group of Austin-area delegates who will represent the U.S. this September at Terra Madre 2016 and share the ideas our city has to offer with the world. Our group of delegates are leaders in Austin’s sustainable food movement, and we are confident that they will each use the wisdom and experiences they glean from Terra Madre to benefit our community. Help us support our delegates at this life-changing global gathering!

happy hour: l’oca d’oro, 7/21/2016

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: L’oca D’oro, 1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
RSVP: Join the Facebook event


Summer is here, and it’s time to relax and enjoy happy hour fun at one of Austin’s newest restaurants. Join us at L’Oca d’Oro for happy hour on the third Thursday of July. There will be bar snacks and a menu of icy cold cocktails, wine, and beer. Donations will benefit Slow Food Austin and our scholarship program. Come out to help us welcome this new restaurant to the local food scene.

happy hour: independence brewing, 6/16/2016

Date: Thursday, June 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Independence Brewing Co., 3913 Todd Ln. Ste 607, Austin, TX 78744
Cost: $15 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
RSVP: Join the Facebook event


For this month’s happy hour, we’re going to the source. Join us at Independence Brewing Co. for cold beer and snacks from BENTO + PICNIC. A suggested donation of $15 will get your first beer and a Bento snack. Proceeds will benefit Festival Beach Food Forest and Slow Food Austin. Festival Beach Food Forest is currently raising $15,000 in order to meet requirements to receive a $65,000 grant. The funds will go toward accessible pathways, park benches, educational signage, and 1000 edible understory plants. Come out to show support for the project and help them reach their goal!