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.

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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/

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.