2016 Slow Food Harvest Potluck: Sunday, October 9


Slow Food Des Moines’ annual Fall Harvest Potluck is coming up next week!

Join like-minded Slow Food supporters for an early autumn potluck meal next Sunday, October 9, from 4 – 6 pm.

This year, we’ll be meeting at the Chichaqua Longhouse, in the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Park (in the northeast corner of Polk County – driving directions below,* and here’s a map of how to get there). If you’re using a map-app to get there, the address is 8700 NE 126 Avenue, Maxwell, Iowa.

chichaqua_longhouse_exteriorIf you’ve not been to the Chichaqua Longhouse before, the rustic Longhouse is an enclosed, wheelchair-accessible shelter house that has a modern kitchen, restrooms, and plenty of tables and folding chairs. There are also two outdoor barbecue grills, a woodburning stove, and heat and air-conditioning, so we’ll be comfy, whatever the weather brings.

The potluck is from 4 – 6 pm, and it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the bounty of the harvest (even if your “harvest” comes from the farmers’ market or the grocery store).

What is your favorite fall recipe? Make a batch of something Slow and yummy. You choose what to make (if we end up with two salads, some cookies, and twenty pies, is that a tragedy? No, we call that a feast.), along with serving utenstils, your own dishes and silverware. And just a reminder: it’s BYOB.

(We will have disposable tableware, and water to share, if you forget plates or drinks).

Having a crazy weekend? If you can’t put together a dish to share, please come to the potluck anyway, and donate $10/person to the Slow Food Des Moines project fund.

Questions? Send us a quick note via the “Contact Us” link on the Slow Food Des Moines website.

You can also get any up-to-the-moment updates on the Slow Food Des Moines Facebook event page.

See you October 9th!

Driving directions to Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt Park: Chichaqua is a half hour northeast of Des Moines, near Elkhart and Bondurant. From Interstate 35: exit at mile 96, go east on NE 126th Avenue through Elkhart. At the “t” intersection, turn north (left) onto NE 72nd Street. Turn south (right) onto NE 80th Street.


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Slow Food Des Moines’ 2016 Farm Dinner: Wallace Country Life Center

2016_Fall_Wallace_Farms_Slow_Food_DinnerCome feast on the farm! Join us Sunday, September 11, 2016, for Slow Food Des Moines’ annual fundraising dinner at The Wallace Country Life Center of Iowa, part of The Wallace Centers of Iowa.

Leave the driving to us. We will gather at 4:15 pm at the rear parking lot at The Shops at Roosevelt (42nd Street at I-235 in Des Moines) and board the bus that takes us to The Wallace Country Life Center, outside the town of Orient, Iowa (approximately 45 min from Des Moines).
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Help Chef Brett Attend Slow Food International ‘Terra Madre’ Gathering

Chef_Brett_Terra_MadreDes Moines Slow Food member Brett McClavy has been nominated to the US delegation attending the Slow Food International bi-annual Terra Madre Salone del Gusto gathering in Turin, Italy, next month.

To defray the cost of airfare to Italy and ground transportation in Turin, Brett is leading a September 18 sauerkraut-making workshop and has launched a GoFundMe fundraising page.

First, about the Kraut-making workshop: Chef Brett will be facilitating a class Sunday, September 18, at Grade A Gardens in Johnston. The cost of the workshop is $75 and participants will be taking home 5# of kraut, with instructions on how to take care of it. He says: “Space in the workshop is limited. If you are interested, you can email me personally to sign up for the class at Brettmcclavy@yahoo.com.”

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Slow Food Volunteers Needed: American Cheese Society Conference July 27 – 30 in Des Moines

American_Cheese_Society_2016-Conf-LogoThe cheesemongers are coming! The cheesemongers are coming!

Local foodies are in for a real treat this summer: the American Cheese Society (ACS) is having its annual conference and competition here in Des Moines, July 27 – 30, 2016.

1,200 cheese and specialty food professionals are heading to the Iowa Events Center for four days of, well, cheese: cheesemaking, cheese-selling, a cheese crawl of regional producers, cheese trivia night (we kid you not!), and cheese tasting. Lectures and workshops and vendors filling exhibit halls, and, yes, a mighty Festival of Cheese on the last night of the event.

So, what does this have to do with you? Well, Slow Food Des Moines and local cheesemonger (and Slow Food members) The Cheese Shop are helping to recruit local volunteers to help with the event.

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Winter Soup Potluck February 28

Have you had it up to here ::holds hand way above head:: with winter?

We can’t make the dreary, cold weather go away, but we do have a warm, cozy, delicious suggestion for beating the winter blahs:

Join Des Moines Slow Food on Sunday, February 28 for our annual Soup Potluck!

Like to take a walk in the woods? We’ll meet at 3 pm at the lodge in the Walnut Woods State Park (pictured below) for a family-friendly trek led by Hike It Baby. Dress warmly — hike happens rain (or snow) or shine!


Soup-er heroes. We’ll gather at the Walnut Woods Lodge 4 – 6 pm for our soup potluck.  Make a batch of your family and friends’ favorite soup, stew, or bisque; and taste other cooks’ best soup efforts, too.  Not a big soup-chef? We’d love to taste your signature bread, side dish, or dessert recipe, too.

Please bring:

  • Your own plates, soup bowls and eating / serving utensils
  • BYOB adult beverages (no hard liquor please, beer/wine ok)
  • A pot of soup, a side dish, or a dessert to share*

We’ll bring the tables, chairs, and non-alcoholic beverages for all.

Admission: $10 / person -OR- Free when you bring soup or a side to share.
Slow Food Des Moines swag (t-shirts, posters, tote bags) will be available for purchase.
All proceeds go toward rental fees and toward 2016 Slow Food projects.

For more information and up-to-the-minute updates, follow the Des Moines Slow Food Facebook page.

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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.

2015_09_05 Slow Food Harvest Poster

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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