‘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 desmoinesia@slowfoodusa.org


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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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Slow Food Hosting ‘Forgotten Tastes’ Heirloom Apple Festival

Forgotten_TastesSlow Food Des Moines is pitching in to help Decorah-based Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) in a celebration of apple diversity on October 6 at Grade A Gardens in Johnston, Iowa.

(How) do you like them apples? You can support SSE’s preservation mission and get a taste of our apple heritage at the upcoming fundraising event Forgotten Tastes: An Heirloom Apple Event next Sunday, October 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to sample over 50 rare apple varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange orchard, rediscovering old favorites with such whimsical names as ‘Fameuse,’ ‘Minkler Molasses,’ ‘Swayzie,’ and ‘Knobbed Russet.’

Get schooled. Also planned for the event are mini-lectures on heirloom apples, grafting, cider making, and Seed Savers Exchange history delivered by SSE Co-Founder Diane Ott Whealy and Orchard Manager Dan Bussey, one of the foremost apple experts in the U.S. Wine and artisan cheese will be served throughout the afternoon.

Get served. Wine and artisan cheese, carefully selected to pair with the heirloom apples, will be served throughout the afternoon.

Tickets for the event are limited, available through the Seed Savers’ event page and cost $40 for the general public, or just $35 for Seed Savers Exchange members.

What you need to know:
Forgotten Tastes: An Heirloom Apple Event
Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Grade A Gardens
, 9050 NW 62nd Avenue, 
Johnston, Iowa
Free parking at Iowa Bankers Assoc., 8800 NW 62nd Ave.

Also: This event is made possible by a sponsorship from Wells Fargo and the help of many volunteers, including members of Seed Savers Exchange* and Slow Food Des Moines.

*Founded in 1975, Seed Savers Exchange operates an 890-acre farm in northeast Iowa where thousands of rare fruit, vegetable, and other plant varieties are regenerated and preserved in a central collection. Its mission is conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our agricultural heritage, Iowa-based Seed Savers Exchange maintains a collection of hundreds of pre-1900 apple varieties.  The incredibly diverse apple heritage found in the United States has been in steady decline, and unfortunately, a great majority of heirloom and heritage apple varieties have been lost forever.

Seed Savers Exchange is focused on preserving what remains of the U.S. apple heritage, having planted a second orchard in 2012 to bring their total collection to nearly 1,000 heirloom and heritage apple varieties.

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and a tasty time was had by all — Slow Food Des Moines All-Iowa Food Fest

Here are some of the delicious things that Slow Food members brought to the “competitive potluck” at the Jasper Winery on September 8.

Deb Cazavilan’s Roasted Tomato Gallette:


My humble Jerusalem Salad, made with Butcher Crick Farms’ heirloom tomatoes: Continue reading

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Slow Food Des Moines All-Iowa Food Fest Sept 8

What: The 12th Annual Slow Food Des Moines All-Iowa Food Fest and “Competitive Potluck”

devilled_eggsWhen: Sunday, September 8, 2013
1 – 4 pm
The festivities (and feasting) commence at 1:00, and the grounds open at noon.

Where: Jasper Winery (note new location this year!)
2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines

How (much): Slow Food Members $25; Non-members $30. Bring a dish for the culinary competitions, and get a $5 discount. Proceeds will cover the meat, contest prizes, venue, etc. Continue reading

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