Eat, Play, Love: Slow Food 2014 Fall Potluck September 7


Bring a dish to share and join us 4 – 7 pm, Sunday, September 7, for our Slow Food Harvest Potluck!

It’s a pretty simple setup, but here’s the info, for those who love the details:¬† Continue reading

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Helping Deb C. Represent Slow Food Des Moines at Terra Madre

olympicsnails320Slow Food Des Moines board member Deb Cazavillan will be representing Slow Food Des Moines in Italy this fall! She has been selected as a delegate to Terra Madre, the biennial, international Slow Food gathering.

While it’s an honor to be chosen as a US delegate, and some of her expenses are covered by being named a delegate, there are still plenty of other costs (including transportation to Turin, and housing while she’s there) that she will have to fund on her own.

We invite you to join other Slow Food Des Moines members in helping Deb represent Iowa, and the US delegation, at Terra Madre.

Here’s how you can help:
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Slow Food Des Moines Represented At Terra Madre

olympicsnailsEvery two years, Slow Food communities from around the world come together for an extraordinary and important event called Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto, a conference that is a sort of “Olympics for [Slow] food.”

The participants in this global conference have an opportunity to share and learn about the vast diversity of food from around the world and come together with small-scale farmers, educators, chefs and artisans who follow the Slow Food principles of good, clean, fair, safe and accessible food for all.

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‘Taste of Knoxville’ – Crooked Gap Farm Dinner, June 22

Celebrate summertime, Slow Food-style!

Slow Food Des Moines and the Chefs’ Collaborative are hosting a seven-course gourmet dinner, Sunday, June 22, at Crooked Gap Farm in Knoxville.



Here are our plans for the evening:

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Tasty Photos From The Winter Soup Potluck

Slow Food Des Moines members and friends got together Sunday, February 23 at the Confluence Brewery, for the annual Winter Soup Potluck.

Here are some pictures of the delicious get-together:




IMGP5135Did you bring a soup, side, or dessert to the Soup Potluck? Would you enjoy the adulation of your adoring fans? Share your recipe with us! (Email your recipe to Elisabeth at LewinGroup dot com, or send it to us via the feedback form here).

We’ll post all the recipes here on the Slow Food Des Moines website.

In the spirit of any good potluck, the sharing is the best part of the gathering! Thanks in advance for sharing your recipes.



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Kombucha Workshop March 16

Kombucha? You may have seen it on the shelf at the whole foods store, or heard folks talking about the stuff.

So, what is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented tea that is used as a functional food. That is to say, the live cultures in the Kombucha are considered functional foods with probiotic benefits.

Kombucha¬†starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). It’s very closely related to the “mother” used to make vinegar.

The mother and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a fizzy, slightly sour fermented beverage.

There’s a great explanation of how this transformation occurs, and the possible health benefits of Kombucha, over on the NPR food blog, The Salt.

Slow Food Des Moines is facilitating a beginning Kombucha-making workshop, Sunday, March 16, at Wooden Spoons and Apron Strings in Ankeny.

Two hands-on sessions are available (morning and afternoon), but enrollment is limited to only 12 people/session.

Workshop cost is $18 and participants will take home starter batch of Kombucha, with written instructions for making their own Kombucha at home.

You can make reservations and get tickets at this link.

Questions? Need more info? Let us know at


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Slow Food Soup Potluck February 23!


Join us Sunday, February 23, at Confluence Brewery for a wintertime soup potluck!

What do you feel like cooking?* Soup? Dessert? An appetizer or some fresh bread?

Come bring a dish (and serving utensils, too) and some copies of your recipe to share. Drinks will be available for purchase. Bring a hearty appetite and a friend (or two!), too.

If you would, please email us a quick RSVP to info at SlowFoodDesMoines dot com. That way, we’ll have a better idea how many folks to plan for.

Confluence Brewery is located at 1235 Thomas Beck Road (just south of Gray’s Lake Park) in Des Moines. A handy map is at this link.

See you all very soon!

*(I’m feeling like a big batch of Steak and Guinness Stew. How about you?)

Graphics credit: Many thanks to Matt Butler for the snazzy potluck flyer!

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