Upcoming Events - Join Us!
  • Slow Food California Virtual Town Hall, Thurs., Feb. 9, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Opportunity - Gardening at the River, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. - 12 pm.
  • A Garden in Every School Symposium, Feb. 25-26
  • Book Club - Stuffed and Starved: the Hidden Battle for the World Food System, by Raj Patel, March 9 
News Flash - Town Hall Meeting on Thursday
You're Invited! 

Slow Food California Virtual Town Hall, Feb. 9, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
View  Town Hall 
invitation, and  link to the Slow Food California Winter Newsletter with more details. 

Lisa Frank, Slow Food USA Governor Central Valley of California, will be reporting out as chair of the Slow Food California Board Nominating Committee. Want to learn more? Interested in serving? Email lisa@slowfoodsacramento.com or info@slowfoodcalifornia.org
 
Brenda Ruiz, Slow Food Sacramento Garden & Youth Projects Director, is also chair of the Slow Food California Policy Committee. She will be announcing a new Slow Food Capitol Corps and a regional/meeting workshop. Interested in being trained to meet with legislators, testify, or attend committee meetings at the Capitol? Email Brenda@slowfoodsacramento.com or info@slowfoodcalifornia.org
 
Finally, give the Slow Food California 2017 Board of Directors your ideas about direction.  This is your opportunity to be sure Slow Food California's direction reflects your priorities - what Slow Food means to you and to our community. Good, clean, and fair food for all!

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/738171085 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready
 
You can also dial in using your phone. (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 738-171-085.
Brenda Kids
Chef Brenda Ruiz, center, will be presenting at A Garden in Every School Symposium
Photo credit: Marita Medeloni

Soil Born Farm's A Garden in Every School Symposium,  Feb. 25-26
Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, CA 
Chef Brenda Ruiz, Slow Food Sacramento Garden and Youth Projects Director will be presenting at Soil Born Farm's A Garden in Every School Symposium, February 25-26, 2017. Her workshop, "Slow Food Kids - Educating the Next Generation of Eaters," will address the importance of eating "slowly" to connect and understand where food comes from, how it's grown and prepared, and sharing food with others.  Join this workshop to learn about newly published FREE Slow Food resources and make a simple recipe.

For more information and to register go to A Garden in Every School page. To learn more about the Slow Food School Garden Coalition contact Brenda Ruiz at brenda@slowfoodsacramento.com


Photo: Magpie Cafe co-owner and chef Ed Roehr (right) and fellow Chefs Alliance cooks preparing food for ArtStreet visitors.

Slow Food Sacramento Chefs Alliance goes to ArtStreet 
Ed Roehr, co-owner Magpie Pie Cafe, and Slow Food Sacramento's Chefs Alliance coordinator is bringing together local chefs.  
Go visit the ArtStreet exhibit and enjoy an abundance of temporary, multi-diciplinary art exhibits and stop by the ArtStreet Kitchen Collaborative and Slow Food Sacramento food counter. Delicious food is being served-up. See the snail and the Slow Food Sacramento  Chefs Alliance at Art Street Kitchen Collaboration and Slow Food Sacramento - Cooks Group.   Thank you Ed for  bringing these chefs together. For more info. about ArtStreet go to   #artstreet916  
Interested in joining the Slow Food Sacramento Chef Alliance? Contact Ed Roehr at ed@slowfoodsacramento.com. 
Back To The Future
 
Lunch went futuristic at Masullo's when Thimus was in town.  Thimus is an Italian company that uses neuroscience and biometrics to answer the question "Is it possible to measure the direct benefits of Nature and natural products on the brain?"  Thimus uses sophisticated brain, eye, and physiological scanning devices to determine where your eyes are draw, what your brain sees, and how your body responds to a stimulus be it a website, hotel lobby layout or the taste of wine.
 
They showed how their "Data Mining" can help businesses make decisions, but also, as in the case on  Friday at Masullo, how purveyors of "authentic" food can demonstrate beneficial brain impacts not experienced with mass-produced, industrial food . Eating local foods activated more areas of the brain, especially the areas associated with memory. Board member and culinary arts instructor Scott Singer was the guinea pig whose brain lit up with the fine taste of Masullo pizza and Ethiopian collard greens grown by board member Chanowk Yisrael.  Thimus has also learned that  men and women's brains respond differently to tasting the same wines! The visiting Sunset editor's brain lit up like 4th of July fireworks, when she took a sip of some of the fine wine provided by Darrel Corti for the event. We ate a delicious lunch, enjoyed fine wine and made new friends from Franciacorta, Italy.
 
Maybe an exhibitor for Slow Food Nations? Maybe an office in Sacramento to grow their presence in the U.S.? 
 
Thank you Snail of Approval restaurant Masullo and chef owner Bobby Masullo for hosting Slow Food Sacramento at this very intriguing event!  Can't wait for your patio to be open!  
Edie Mukiibi visiting with Slow Food Sacramento friends
Photo credit: Chanowk Yisrael

It's Global - A Slow Food Visitor From Uganda 
Slow Food International Vice President, Edie Mukiibi, travelled from Uganda to San Francisco in January, making time for a weekend away in Sacramento. He joined the Women ' s March on the Capitol, visited the Yisrael Family Farm, and dined on delicious slow food from Cafe Nido with Slow Food Sacramento Board Members and Project GOOD (Growing Our Own Destiny) students. 

Sacramento Passes Urban Ag Ordinance
Big Win for Sacramento Urban Ag Farmers and Supporters

On January 24, 2017, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the urban agriculture ordinance which will allow people in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County to grow and sell produce; and raise chickens, egg-laying ducks, and bees. For more information see  Sacramento Bee article and  SacCountyNews. Congrats to the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition, and Board member Chanowk Yisrael, Yisrael Family Urban Farm. For more information on contact chanowk@slowfoodsacramento.com.
 
Volunteer Opportunities
Gardening at the River
February 19, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sacramento Waldorf School
3750 Bannister Road, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Join us for a morning of gardening at the Sacramento Waldorf School's farm. Help us prepare beds for the spring planting and explore the farm and river. Warm beverages will be provided.   Email Kelsey, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at kelsey@slowfoodsacramento.com

Book Club Meeting - March 9, 2017
Slow Food Sacramento is reading Stuffed and Starved: the hidden battle for the world food system,   by Raj Patel.  Book club members will gather to discuss the book and enjoy a potluck style dinner to enhance the "slow" food Book Club experience. The next Book Club meeting is on March 9th. For more information contact Kathleen Albiani, Slow Food Sacramento Book Club coordinator at kathleen@slowfoodsacramento.com. 

 


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