Every year since 2013, Slow Food Des Moines has worked with Central Iowa farmers, producers, and chefs to organize a special “Slow Dinner” to raise funds for a local organization.
This month, Slow Food Des Moines is honoring and “raising the roof” (and some much-needed funding) for the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers’ Roof Top Gardens Project.
The September 25 Slow Dinner will be a collaborative effort among several local businesses, all of whom are involved in Slow Food Des Moines:
The evening’s festivities. We start at The Cheese Bar, 2925 Ingersoll Ave.
Time: doors open at 5:15pm, discussion starts at 5:30pm
C.J. and Andy Grooms will be discussing Slow Beer & Slow Wine, with snack pairings created by Stephen Hallan and Katie Brennan all of Cheese Bar.
Break: 6 – 6:30pm weather permitting, you can stroll down Ingersoll Avenue to our next stop.
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth and young families in Central Iowa, helping participants set and achieve goals in five key areas: education, employment, safe housing, life skills, and positive community engagement.
The Rooftop Garden project. IHYC’s Rooftop Garden initiative will build the gardens on the roof of their Youth Opportunity Center. The gardens will include a combination of hydroponic growing systems (inside of a year-round functioning greenhouse), raised beds, and vertical growing techniques. The Rooftop Gardens Program Coordinator will supervise 12 youth apprentices each year who will operate the growing, harvesting, and packaging of the organic herbs, that will be distributed to local grocery stores, markets, and other retailers to sell to consumers. After construction and initial operating expenses, the Rooftop Gardens will be a self-sufficient program.
The intended outcomes for this rooftop garden project include meeting the food needs of low-income and homeless individuals through food distribution as part of a comprehensive program, and increase participant’s self-resiliency of meeting their community’s food needs.
Tickets. Slow Dinner ticket prices start at $125, and cover the cost of the dinner along with a donation to IHYC’s Rooftop Garden project. The ticket prices will vary by price depending on the items needed. You can purchase tickets on this Eventbrite page.
We look forward to helping “raise the roof on IHYC’s Rooftop Garden Project, and look forward to you joining us for the September 25 Slow Dinner!
*BYOB: feel free to dig deep into your Cellar, as this would be a night to share that amazing bottle of wine you have been holding on to, or bring cash as Harbinger will have a cash bar with Slow Food crafted cocktails and a wonderful beer & wine list available to purchase.