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 (caitlin@slowfoodaustin.org).

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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
RSVP:
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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 veronica@slowfoodaustin.org

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

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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

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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!

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happy hour: olamaie, 5/26/2016

Date: Thursday, May 26, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701
Cost: $10 suggested donation, payable with cash or credit card
RSVP: Join the Facebook Event

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Start your Memorial Day weekend fun on Thursday May 26th with Happy Hour at Olamaie. They’ll have a happy hour menu of cocktails and appetizers. The suggested donation of $10 will benefit Dewberry Hills Farm and Slow Food Austin. On Saturday, April 30th a massive thunderstorm devastated their small, sustainable, pastured poultry farm. 75-mile-an-hour winds and torrential rain destroyed the movable chicken tents, flooded pastures, and many birds were lost. All of this, after financial loss due to damage from a tornado on December 13th. The farm is raising funds to be able to make significant infrastructure changes and be better prepared for any future weather events. Join us for happy hour and to show support for another farm in need.

farm tour: coyote creek farm, 5/21/2016

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Coyote Creek Farm, 13817 Klaus Lane, Elgin, Texas 78621
Cost: $18.00, please purchase tickets online in advance

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Enjoy a spring day at Coyote Creek Farm. We’ll tour the farm and see the feed mill, the mobile chicken coops, and the egg washing shed. We’ll learn about their organic farming practices and how they maintain their non-gmo fields. Coyote Creek Farm is the only certified organic, non-gmo feed mill in Texas–and all the way from here to North Carolina.

All attendees will take home a dozen Coyote Creek eggs.

After the tour,  a picnic lunch on the farm will be provided by Elgin Local Goods. Lunch will include:
Vegetable and egg torta made with Coyote Creek eggs
Local, organic vegetable salad
Pot de creme

Bring a blanket for the picnic lunch!
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slow session: kombit screening, 5/2/2016

Date: Monday, May 2nd, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
RSVP: Please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

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KOMBIT: The Cooperative, which recently debuted at SXSWEco, is a documentary chronicling outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland and Haiti’s non-profit Smallholder Farmer Alliance’s combined efforts to reforest Haiti in five years through the creation of a sustainable agro-forestry program.

Come enjoy all night happy hour at in.gredients while viewing a free screening of KOMBIT on the lawn, starting at 8pm! Our Slow Sessions are always free to attend, but please claim a FREE ticket to reserve your spot.

happy hour: barley swine, 4/28/2016

Date: Thursday, April 28th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Barley Swine, 6555 Burnet Rd Suite 400, Austin, Texas 78757
Cost: $10 suggest donation payable with cash or credit cards
RSVP: Join the Facebook Event

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Come out to celebrate spring at our Happy Hour on the patio at Barley Swine on Thursday April 28th. A special happy hour menu of cocktails and small plates will be offered. The suggested donation of $10 will benefit Tandem Farm Co. and Slow Food Austin. Tandem Farm is a family run livestock farm just outside of Austin, Texas. In a recent storm, the farm lost 375 meat birds which was a considerable loss of investment and future sale and was absolutely devastating to this farm.