Goodbye, November: Soup and Cookie Night, November 30

Let’s bid this month farewell, and get psyched up for what’s shaping up to be a very busy December. Slow Food Des Moines is hosting an informal weeknight soup and cookie meetup this Wednesday, November 30, 6 – 8:30 pm.

We’ll get together at the Cherry Glen Learning Farm in Polk City  (3989 NW 94th Ave) around 6 pm.

We’ll make a couple of kinds of soup and have cider to share. You bring some homemade cookies to share.

Sound like fun? Help us get an accurate head-count, so we’ll know how much soup to make –  please RSVP “going” on the Slow Food Des Moines Soup and Cookie event page on Facebook.

Hope to see you then!


Cherry Glen Learning Farm



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Volunteer Opportunity: Meals From the Heartland, December 9


What are you doing Friday, December 9? If you have a few hours free that afternoon, we invite you to join Slow Food Des Moines from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, as we work a volunteer shift at Meals From the Heartland.

Meals From the Heartland coordinates volunteers who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

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Join the Slow Food ‘Secret Snail’ Recipe Swap

slow-food-secret-snailLove holiday surprises and “Secret Santa” gift exchanges? Here’s a fun, secret swap with a Slow Food twist: Slow Food USA is coordinating a “Secret Snail Swapfor the next month.

Here’s how it works:

It’s really simple: share a recipe, receive a recipe. Slow Food members from around the world are invited to share a family recipe by Dec. 10 (Terra Madre Day), then receive a recipe from a member around Dec. 15. As Slow Food USA says, “[The Secret Snail Swap] is a great way to start a conversation with members across the world through food.”

Are you already imagining your favorite recipe to share? Good. You can submit your recipe for the Secret Snail Swap at this link. Submit your recipe, and (if you’d be so kind) tell them the story behind the recipe and why you like it (or why this particular recipe is a good representation of you, and where you come from). You can share your name with the recipient, or remain anonymous.

Share your recipe by December 10. Slow Food USA will share your recipe with another member, and you’ll get a recipe in return, by December 15.


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Slow Food Des Moines at Terra Madre

deb-terra-madre-food-pavillionsIn September, two members of Slow Food Des Moines attended Slow Food International’s bi-annual gathering, Terra Madre. The Salon del Gusto, as it is called, is a gathering that is part convention, part seminar, mixed in with a global marketplace, feast, and party held every other year in Torino (Turin), Italy.

Slow Food Des Moines board members Brett McClavy (chef at The Cheese Shop of DSM) and Deb Cazavillan (owner of Wooden Spoons Workshops) both attended Terra Madre as part of the Iowa / US delegation to the gathering.

Here are some of their reflections on their trip to the Slow Food international gathering:

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Celebrate Terra Madre Day, December 10

Terra Madre Day, Saturday, December 10, is Slow Food International’s annual day to promote the diversity of food traditions and production, and show how the Slow Food network is using its creativity and knowledge to express our love for the planet and defend the future for the next generations.

Each year on Slow Food’s anniversary, December 10, food communities and Slow Food convivia (that is, local chapters like ours in metro Des Moines) all around the world celebrate local eating, agricultural biodiversity and sustainable food production. Events around the world range from shared meals, fundraisers, community festivals, protests, workshops for children, field trips to visit producers, and much more. It’s a great opportunity to showcase diversity and Slow Food’s philosophy of good, clean and fair food to communities, the media and decision makers.

Join in the celebrations this year!
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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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