Tomato-Canning Workshop August 30

2015_08_SlowFood_Tomato_CanningJoin Slow Food Des Moines​ and Grade A Gardens​ for a hands-on tomato-canning class on Sunday, August 30!

Learn how to turn the summer’s tomato bounty into a delicious pantry staple for your cold-weather cooking. Home-canned tomatoes make a perfect base for soups, stews and casseroles (and don’t forget their vital role in the Sunday brunch staple, the Bloody Mary cocktail).

The tomato workshop costs $60 per person, and each workshop participant will get to take home 10 – 12 quart jars of tomatoes.

Heirloom_Baby_TomatoesThe proceeds from this class will go towards Slow Food Des Moines’ future 2016 projects (thank you for your support of our organization!).

Space constraints mean the workshop is limited to only twelve participants.  Call Kari, the event organizer, at 515-771-5886 to reserve your place at the kitchen table.

See you August 30!

(Join the Tomato-Canning Workshop’s Facebook event page for up-to-the-minute info and updates!)

(And in the meantime, enjoy this bit of tomato history and lore :-)

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Slow Food dinner to honor Suzan Erem and the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust

Our Slow Dinner later this month will honor Suzan Erem, President of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (or SILT).   SILT advisers and board members will introduce SILT to Slow Food fans and explain how Slow Money voted to support SILT in our earliest days.

SILT_logoThe Sustainable Iowa Land Trust seeks to obtain land, and development rights to land around our cities and towns. They work with landowners, city planners, and private developers, building small farms into the planning and development process. (Picture a town or suburban development, centered on a small farm, where the farmer can sell produce right out his or her back door).

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Look what [er, whom] we’ve got cooking: favorite local chefs create Slow Dinner, June 28

SLOW_DINNER_2015_POSTER-updatedWe’ve got an all-star lineup of local chefs working on our June 28 farm dinner.

The seven-course meal with a Slow Meat theme is being created by members of the Chefs’ Collaborative:

All these chefs are generously volunteering their time, donating their wild creativity and culinary expertise to the advancement of Slow Food in Des Moines.

Chefs' Collaborative members take a break from cooking the 2014 Crooked Gap Farm Dinner

Chefs’ Collaborative members take a break from cooking the 2014 Crooked Gap Farm Dinner

Working on the June 28 Slow Meat dinner gives these artists the opportunity to create their very own unique dish and work alongside their colleagues.  (With no practical constraints on what to serve, or bosses to tell them what to do).

The dinner will be prepared with local ingredients from such growers and purveyors as Crooked Gap Farm, Grade A Gardens, Story City Locker, Berkwood Farms, Farmtable Delivery, and The Cheese Shop of Des Moines.

A limited number of tickets for the June 28 Slow Meat Dinner are still available via Eventbrite.

For more information about the event, or for up-to-the-moment updates, join the Slow Dinner event page on Facebook (and follow the Slow Food Des Moines blog, too).

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Save the date, and snap up a ticket: 2015 Slow Dinner is June 28

SLOW_DINNER_2015_POSTER-updatedJoin us for a night of collaboration and celebration at the 2015 Slow Dinner.

Chefs’ Collaborative and Slow Food Des Moines are joining forces again this year to bring awareness of what it means to Live Slow.

When: Sunday, June 28, 5:30 – 9 pm

Where: Cherry Glen Learning Farm,
3989 NW 94th Avenue
Polk City, IA 50226

What: 6 Chefs, 10 Courses, 50 guests (including YOU), and a beautiful farm-to-table Slow Dinner. Plus a walkabout, mingling, music.

Who(m): You. And I. And 48 of our very best, slowest friends.

Why: Because Slow Meat (6 different proteins, all locally-sourced) is delicious

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Slow Food Des Moines Winter Soup Potluck, February 22


We have the perfect cure for the late-winter blahs: the Slow Food Des Moines Winter Soup Potluck!

What: Soup Potluck, with a contest for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place best soups.

When: Sunday, February 22nd from 2 pm – 5 pm
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Crooked Gap Farm Dinner Photo Gallery

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Slow Food Des Moines Harvest Potluck Photo Gallery

Slow_food_Des_Moines_2014_Fall_Potluck_homemade_relishesDes Moines Slow Food celebrated the beginning of the harvest season with their annual Fall Potluck on Sunday, September 7.

Several dozen attendees met at Des Moines’ Waterworks Park, and shared a feast of homemade pies, cookies, vegetables, barbecued meats, salads, and pickles (and more).

Matt Butler (who made the fantastic Potluck poster) and James Lewin made artisanal beer and sodas to share with the crowd.

Participants voted on favorite dishes in several categories; prizes included wonderful gift baskets from AllSpice, The Cheese Shop, Kitchen Collage, and other local Slow-Food-friendly businesses.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the delicious food and lovely people who participated in the potluck:


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