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Slow Food Denver is pleased to announce our 2014 C.A.F.E. micro-grant project to support innovative and sustainable food initiatives conceived by Metro Denver area food entrepreneurs.

Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. will host a series of dinners at which grant finalists will present their projects and/or organizations to community members, whose votes will select the winners. Winners will receive micro-grants of up to $3000 to support their work.

Who is eligible for a Slow Food Denver micro-grant?

  •  Individuals, small businesses or non-profits that operate in the Denver Metro area who are committed to Slow Food principles of good, clean, fair food and cultural diversity.
  •   Efforts which are categorized in one or more of the following areas:

1)      Healthy Food Access: Projects that seek to increase access to affordable, real food in low-income communities.

2)      Promoting Regional Biodiversity: Projects that seek to increase, protect, and promote biodiversity through sustainable food and farming practices, with a focus on communities in need.

How can I apply?

Please send completed application and one letter of reference by email to grants@slowfooddenver.org, subject: C.A.F.E. grant or snail mail to Slow Food Denver, Attn: C.A.F.E. grant, 3350 Brighton Blvd, Suite 202 Denver CO 80216.  You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received. Finalists will be notified by email and will be invited to a C.A.F.E dinner where they will present their projects to the community table.  Winners will be chosen by community vote. Any questions can be directed to Josh Hendrickson by email at grants@slowfooddenver.org.

Application deadline: applications must be received no later than April 16, 2014.

Applications can be downloaded through this link:  CAFE2014App

Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014

terra-madre-300x193Applications are now being accepted to be a delegate for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014 held in Turin, Italy.  Slow Food USA selects 240 delegates to represent the United States at this gathering and celebration of good, clean, fair food.  Every two years, Slow Food International gathers leaders from more than 160 countries to represent food traditions and culture from around the world.

While both events are open to the public, being selected as a delegate of Slow Food USA provides free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work.  Delegates selected to represent the diversity of food traditions and the Slow Food movement within the United States, as well as their ability to put what they have learned into use at home.

To apply click here to submit your application. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2014. To read more about the event and application process click here .

It only happens once a year

Please join us for the Slow Food Denver 2014 Annual Meeting

Monday, March 10th.  5:30 – 7:30

The Source Building, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more about Slow Food Denver and meet others with similar interests and passions.  We’ll gather in the common area at the Source, home of the new Slow Food Denver offices, for an open-house style celebration to mingle and learn about Slow Food Denver’s work and plans for the future.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities to get involved.  We will provide light snacks and beverages.

For those who have attended in the past, this year’s gathering will be less of us talking and more opportunity for you to socialize, learn and mingle.

Join us in creating positive change in our food comunity!


5:30 – 6:00 ~ Slowing down. . . socializing, eating, drinking

6:00 – 6:15 ~ Welcome

6:15 – 7:15 ~ Open house

7:15 – 7:30 ~ Closing remarks

 Please RSVP here!

Hope to see you there, and slowest regards!

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014

terra-madre-300x193Applications are now being accepted to be a delegate for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014 held in Turin, Italy.  Slow Food USA selects 240 delegates to represent the United States at this gathering and celebration of good, clean, fair food.  Every two years, Slow Food International gathers leaders from more than 160 countries to represent food traditions and culture from around the world.

While both events are open to the public, being selected as a delegate of Slow Food USA provides free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work.  Delegates selected to represent the diversity of food traditions and the Slow Food movement within the United States, as well as their ability to put what they have learned into use at home.

To apply click here to submit your application. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2014. To read more about the event and application process click here .

Plant Your Garden and Contribute to Slow Food Denver

Buy your garden seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds and 25% of the order value
will be donated to Slow Food Denver.
Here’s how it works:

Simply go to www.reneesgarden.com and choose from the wide selection of seeds for heirloom and gourmet vegetables, cottage garden flowers and culinary herbs, special seed collections and great kitchen garden cookbooks.

At check out, just enter the code FR848D in the coupon code box on the checkout page, and that’s it!  Renee’s Garden will send a year-end check to Slow Food Denver for 25% of all orders that use this fundraising code. Code expires December 31 each year.

This is a year-round, on-going fundraiser, so order regularly for spring, fall and holiday gifts.  Spread the word to your friends and family!

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Food Resolutions for 2014

With the start of the New Year, many of us will be making resolutions to impact positive changes in our lives.  We hope that you will consider some food resolutions that can not only help you, but help our communities and the planet as well.  Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Cook -  Eaters can take back control of the food system by cooking more and, in the process, strengthen relationships and eat more nutritious – and delicious – foods.
  • Host a Dinner Party – It doesn’t have to be fancy, just bring people together.  Talk about food, enjoy a meal, and encourage discussion around creating a better food system.
  • Meet Your Local Farmer – Meeting your local farmer puts a face to where your food comes from and creates a connection between farmers and consumers.;

These ideas are pulled from the website “FoodTank, the Food Think Tank,” and the full article includes 11 more, for a total of 14 food resolutions that you can make for 2014.  You can find the article here, or on our Facebook page.   We’d love to hear what ideas and resolutions you’ve made for 2014, please feel free to comment on our Facebook page.

Slowest Thanks -

Thank You to All!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Slow Food Denver on Colorado Gives Day, this past December 10th, 2013.  Our goal was to reach $5,000 to help support our programs.  Thanks to the great community of Colorado food citizens, we reached and exceeded that goal, raising $7060.97!!

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We look forward to serving the Denver food community for years to come.  Thanks once again for your support, and a happy holidays to all.

New to Slow Food? Join our holiday potluck!

joshHello all, I’m new to Denver and the Slow Food movement. You may be, too. But I encourage you to join us at the holiday potluck and not to be intimidated! At first, I was. I was scared to cook something for my new friends at Slow Food, thinking I’d be judged or it wouldn’t be “slow enough” for them. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Slow Food Denver is one of the most welcoming groups of people I’ve ever been around. So please join us for this special event, slow down, have some great food, and make some new friends.  Register here:  https://sfdholiday.eventbrite.com

Support us on Colorado Gives Day – December 10th, 2013

Web Ad CGD VertRectangleLinkedSupport Slow Food Denver on Colorado Gives Day! On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits like ours. Last year, a remarkable $15.7 million was distributed to Colorado nonprofits. Our goal is to raise $5000 on Colorado Gives Day to help advance the cause of good, clean, fair food for all in the Denver area.  Your funds will help to keep programs like the school garden Seed-to-Table Alliance and the CAFE Microgrant series alive!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day asks you to give to your favorite charities through the website ColoradoGives.org, an online giving resource featuring every nonprofit participating in Colorado Gives Day. On this website we share our goals, accomplishments and much more.

100 percent of your donation will come to us.

When you give online any time on December 10, the value of your donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund.  You can set up your donation ahead of time by going to www.coloradogives.org/slowfooddenver to make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Show support and donate where you live!

Heroes Against Hunger

Join the party!

Support real food and an end to childhood hunger.

Slow Food Denver is excited to partner with Share Our Strength, some of Colorado’s best chefs, local organizations and community members for the Heroes Against Hunger Block Party.  This Saturday, August 17, University of Denver’s Campus Green will be transformed into a carnival-like experience for all ages with carnival games, bounce houses, great food from local chefs, beer, wine, live entertainment and a farmers’ market with live demonstrations.  Slow Food Denver will host salsa-making workshops for youth and a Youth Farmers’ Market stand, highlighting our school garden programming.
When: Saturday August 17, noon-5pm
Where: University of Denver’s Campus Green (on Asbury between York and Race).
Cost: Free admission.  All games, food and drinks $1-6
Parking is FREE for guests in the Law School parking garage located on Asbury between York and Gaylord.

How can you get involved?

Join the fun.  Admission is free.  All games, food and drinks are ticketed (purchased at the door).  This is a family-friendly event!
Volunteer.  Volunteer at the event, in shifts or all day.  All volunteers receive five food/game tickets.  Please email Alex at Share Our Strength if you are interested.   abergland@strength.org
Provide a Scholarship.   Can’t make it to the event, but want to help?  You can sponsor a scholarship to help a family to attend, for as little as $10!  Donate a scholarship here:  https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27285
Learn more about the Heroes Against Hunger Block Party:   http://www.heroesblockparty.com/