Slow Food Harvest Potluck This Sunday (Oct 11)!

SlowFoodDesMoinesThe Slow Food Harvest Potluck is only five days away!

Please join us Sunday, October 11, at Grade A Gardens for Slow Food Des Moines’ annual Fall potluck.

Bring a dish to share, your family and a friend or two, and celebrate the bounty of the harvest (and the close of another growing season) with other area Slow Food enthusiasts.*

Will you be bringing a fantastic “signature dish” to the potluck? Consider entering one of these contest categories:

2015 Harvest Potluck Contest Categories:
Vegetable Hot Dish
Vegetable Cold Dish
Protein / Main Dish
Pie: Sweet or Savory
Craft Beverages (!!): Beer, Wine, or Soda

Prizes also awarded for
Best Overall Dish
Most Local Dish
Most Creative Dish

As is our Slow Food Fall Potluck tradition, we’ll vote on our favorite dishes, and there will be (fabulous!) prizes for the winners of each category.

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Bring a few extra $$ if you can, because we’ll have some cool things to raffle off, as well. Proceeds will go toward our 2016 Project Fund and allow Slow Food Des Moines to do even more events and projects in the community. (Also, prizes. It’s win-win.)

For more information, and for up-to-the-moment news about the Oct 11 event, please join / RSVP the Slow Food Harvest Potluck event page on Facebook.

*Please bring your own plates and utensils, and BYOB if you’re not a fan of craft wine, beer, or soda.

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Slow Food Des Moines at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, September 12

Headed to the Downtown Farmers’ Market next weekend?

Stop by and see us!  Slow Food Des Moines has a booth at the farmers’ market next weekend, September 12, 7 am – noon.

We’ll be hanging out at Booth 3S 02: that’s on Third Street, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Third and Court Ave.

If you happen to be down at the Farmers’ Market Saturday morning, please come by and say hello, and hear about our projects and plans for the coming year!

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Save the Date: Slow Food Harvest Potluck October 11

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Mark your calendar, and plan on joining us, Sunday, October 11, for Slow Food Des Moines’ annual Fall Pot Luck.

This year, we’re celebrating the harvest with a giant picnic feast out at Grade A Gardens in Johnston.

We’ll have more details for you in the next week or two, but plan on bringing a dish to share, and your family and a friend or two, and celebrate the bounty of the harvest (and the close of another growing season) with other area Slow Food enthusiasts.

As is our Fall Potluck tradition, we’ll vote on our favorite dishes, and there will be prizes for the winners of each category.

Watch this blog, and “like” the Slow Food Des Moines Facebook page, to get the most recent updates and information!

Beautiful homegrown vegetables and herbs, almost too pretty to eat (almost).

Beautiful homegrown vegetables and herbs, almost too pretty to eat (almost).

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Monday, September 7: Slow Food USA ‘Give What You Can Day’

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Passionate about changing the food system for the better? Become a member of Slow Food USA and you will be part of the food system revolution!

September is Slow Food USA’s (and Slow Food Des Moines’) membership drive.   As an added bonus, September 7 is Pay-What-You-Can Day in the Slow Food National Membership Drive.

On Monday (Labor Day), it’s as simple as the name implies: pay what you can to become a one year member of Slow Food USA. This makes you eligible for all membership benefits offered by Slow Food USA as well as Slow Food Des Moines (including discounts and invitations to members-only events).

To take advantage of this opportunity, any time from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm CST on Monday, September 7, visit the Slow Food USA Membership site below and sign up. And be sure to select IA – Slow Food Des Moines as your primary chapter!

Click here to join! https://www.slowfoodusa.org/join-or-renew-membership

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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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