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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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’


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!

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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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