3rd Annual Locarama Diorama Contest

Denver County FairSlow Food Denver is sponsoring the 3rd annual  Locarama Diorama contest at the County Fair. Contestants will create dioramas that display their favorite farm, restaurant, market or garden that represents Denver’s local food scene. Anyone can apply their creativity and imagination!

When: Friday August 9 – Sunday August 11
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216. We’ll be in the farm and garden pavilion.

How can you get involved?

1. Stop by and see us at fair. While you are checking out all of the interesting booths and entries at the fair, find us and say hello or spend some time creating a local food masterpiece.

2. Volunteer. Help us staff the booth to share information about Slow Food Denver, help contestants with their dioramas and help keep the tables organized. Shifts are available from Friday 8/9-Sunday 8/11. All volunteers receive free admission to the Denver County Fair. If you are interested, you may sign up for a shift here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044FACAA22A31-denver

3. Donate stuff. Can’t make it to the fair but want to help? We need materials donations – tacky glue, markers, tape, small artificial fruits/veg/plants (you must have a lot of these around, no?), seed catalogs, toothpicks, etc. Anything that would make for good shoebox art!

It’s Time For Urban Ag Tours

Join Denver Botanic Gardens, Slow Food Denver, and Grow Local Colorado as we showcase urban agriculture projects all over the city.

Each tour will take you to three different urban farms and end with a delicious, seasonal lunch at the last site. Meet fellow urban agriculture supporters, see farms at the summertime height of their production, and enjoy great food!

The tours begin and end at Denver Botanic Gardens, 8:30am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $35 per person and include the price of catered, seasonal lunch prepared by a local chef.  A seat in the DBG van can be purchased for an additional $5. Carpooling options will be available. All tours sold out last year, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!

See our calendar page for more details.

Slow Food Denver has an opening!

Position: Office Manager/Assistant

Application Deadline: June 15, 2013

Reports to: Executive Director, Slow Food Denver

Location: Denver, CO

Slow Food Denver is a chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit, membership organization committed to revitalizing food culture and creating meaningful change in the food system. Based on the belief that food is a common language and a universal right, Slow Food works to create a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food Denver is one of over 200 chapters in the United States. Our chapter cultivates the enjoyment of local food with all members of the community to create a more just and sustainable food system.

We are seeking a part-time office manager and assistant to help with office administration and support for the chapter.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and care for the Slow Food Denver physical office space, including:
    • Manage and order office supplies
    • Maintain cleanliness and order, including implementing conservation measures to reduce waste
  • Office Communications and Marketing support
    • Capture and distribute phone and email messages
    • Social media posting
    • Website content updates
    • Maintain the community events calendar
    • Maintain the office calendar
    • Create event announcements, newsletters and other e- mailings
    • Maintain marketing materials (brochures, stickers, tshirts, etc)
    • Create and maintain office procedures to maximize efficiency and information sharing in a remote working environment
  • Define and implement an e-filing system and electronic file storage/backup procedures
  • Organize policies and procedures
  • Manage membership database and mailing list
    • Update current membership/email distribution database
    • Research and implement a new email marketing solution
    • Other office and program administrative support as needed

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and characteristics:

  • Bachelorʼs degree or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm about the Slow Food mission
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and WordPress
  • Working knowledge of social media.
    • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow- through with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
      • Polished, professional demeanor with the ability to represent the organization diplomatically and tactfully
      • Confident self-starter
      • Flexibility and good humor

This role is a part-time (12-15 hours/week), sub-contracted position with compensation of $12-$15/hour depending upon experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to info – at – slowfooddenver.org

(subject line: Office Manager and Assistant) no later than June 15.

Carlo Petrini Visits Denver

Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement, visits Denver April 27-28

Mr. Petrini to speak at University of Denver, visit crop mob and school garden projects,
and attend a dinner to celebrate the local food community

Carlo Petrini came to prominence in the 1980s for leading a campaign to preserve Italian food sovereignty after the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome – and so the International Slow Food Movement was born. In 2004, he was chosen as a Time Magazine “Hero of the Year.” Today, Slow Food USA has more than 250,000 members in 150 countries worldwide, 19,000 members, and 200+ chapters nationwide. Petrini will be here to speak on the global food system, meet with national and regional Slow Food leaders and, to see firsthand the myriad of projects that Slow Food has undertaken in the Rocky Mountains. He will be joined by Slow Food USA Executive Director Richard McCarthy.

At the University of Denver Mr. Petrini will speak to students at the Josef Korbel Scool of International Studies about a ‘New Paradigm in the Global Food System’. “We are honored to host Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement, at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies,” said Dean of the School Ambassador Christopher Hill. “Many of the students and faculty at the Josef Korbel School are interested in international food security—we look forward to hearing from a leader of the grassroots movement dedicated to providing access to good, clean, and fair food for each citizen of the global community.

In addition to the talk with students at DU, Mr. Petrini will be here to convene a regional leaders meeting and a celebratory dinner with local members, Slow Food’s Terra Madre delegates and other key stakeholders in Denver. The sold out dinner will benefit Slow Food International’s 1000 Gardens in Africa project and feature local chefs Brian Laird of Sarto’s, Bob Blair of Fuel Café, David Bravdica of Brava Pizzeria, and Bill Greenwood of Beano’s Cabin, along with the best in local food, music and community celebration.

“We are excited to share the innovative and profound programs developed here with our founder and the world wide food movement. The work being done on the ground by our volunteer based organization is changing the food landscape at schools and in communities nationwide. To integrate this Slow Food USA work with the international work being done, 1000 Gardens in Africa, for example, connects us beyond our borders through his global vision. It’s very inspirational” said Matt Jones, a member of the Slow Food USA Board of Directors.

Calling all Applicants

Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. is pleased to announce our 2013 microgrant project to support innovative and sustainable food initiatives conceived by Metro Denver area food entrepreneurs.

Are you an individual, small business and/or non-profit that supports healthy food access and promotes regional biodiversity? Do you know a group that fits that description? Then we want to hear from you! Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. is now accepting applications for the 2013 micro-grant series. You can find more information under the Community Table tab or by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from all of the great work that is going on in the Denver community!

Join us for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for the Slow Food Denver 2013 Annual Meeting

Tuesday 2/26, 5:30-8pm
Balistreri Vineyards, 1946 E. 66th Avenue Denver CO  80229
Please RSVP here.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more about Slow Food Denver and meet others with similar interests and passions. We’ll gather at Balistreri Vineyards’ Event Center for time to mingle and to hear about Slow Food Denver’s plans for the year.  This is a great time to learn more about opportunities to get involved.
We are excited that Chef Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Catering will be preparing some delicious light fare.  Balistreri will provide a complimentary wine-tasting, non-alcoholic beverages and a cash wine bar.

Join us in creating positive change in our food community!

5:30-6:30pm ~ Slowing down…socializing, eating, drinking
6:30-7:30pm ~ Slow Food Denver updates
7:30pm-8:00pm ~ learn more, get involved, wrap up

Two Special Events

We’re pleased to announce two special events this month. They’re very different, but we think they offer something for everyone.

On January 22, our friends and partners at the Denver Botanic Gardens will present Gather: An Intimate Supper. This is your chance to experience the creativity of Chef Hosea Rosenberg, the winner of Top Chef season 5 and the owner of Black Belly Catering. He’ll be preparing four courses of local, seasonal, and innovative cuisine. Seats are limited, so RSVP today.

On January 30, we invite you to join Slow Food Denver and Windsor Dairy for a casual happy hour at DiFranco’s. We’ll have appetizers and a cash bar and we suggest a ten dollar donation at the door. This will be your chance to meet and greet old and new Slow Food friends and get to know local farmers who are committed to ethical, humane production methods.

For more details, check out our Events page.

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Slow Food Denver wish you the happiest of holiday seasons! We hope your most delicious dreams come true.

We have lots of activities and events in the planning stage for 2013, so check back often. In the meantime, mark your calendar for our annual meeting on February 26 at Balistrieri Winery. Stay tuned for more details.

Colorado Gives Day is December 4

Slow Food Denver is proud to be a part of Colorado Gives Day  2012– an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving to Colorado charities. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period to “Give where you live” by making online donations to the hundreds of charities featured on Community First Foundation’s online giving resource, GivingFirst.org. As a profiled charity on GivingFirst.org, Slow Food Denver will benefit from this initiative.

When you donate to Slow Food Denver on Colorado Gives Day, you help us continue to provide services to the community through our Seed to Table and Community Table  programs. The other great thing about Colorado Gives Day is that the FirstBank Incentive Fund will increase the value of your donation. It’s easy, safe and secure to donate online though GivingFirst, and 100 percent of your donation goes to the charities of your choice.

To donate to Slow Food Denver, just click here and you’ll be taken directly to our GivingFirst page.

We rely on the support of people like you who appreciate what we do and are willing to help us with your time and money. We’re happy to be a part of the third annual Colorado Gives Day and hope you will be generous. Many thanks!

Don’t Miss Sunday’s Canning Class!

Join Slow Food Denver for a canning workshop with MM Local! Get to know more about local producer MM Local and their delicious preserved Colorado produce, gain hands-on canning experience and education about home-canning techniques, take home product, and enjoy a delicious lunch provided by Fuel Cafe.

The day will look something like this:

9-10am: Light breakfast, get to know MM Local, enjoy a tour of their facility, taste their product
10am-1pm: Hands-on canning and education
1-2pm: Lunch and discussion

When: Sunday Oct 14
Where: MM Local, 4120 Brighton Blvd, Unit B-15 Denver
Cost: $35 Slow Food Denver Members/MM Local Harvest Share Members; $40 non-members.  Light breakfast and lunch provided.

Other stuff you need to know: Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes – we will be standing a lot!  Also make sure you wear clothes that you are comfortable getting a bit messy – MM Local will provide aprons, but we’ll be handling a lot of delicious (and juicy) produce.

Only a few tickets remain! Get them here!