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!!

Thank-You-Food

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.

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!