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, As a profiled charity on, 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!

Join Us for a Pop-Up Picnic!

What’s a Pop-Up Picnic? Anything you want it to be!Pop Up Picnic

September 16 from 11:30 to 1:00, people will gather all over the Metro area to celebrate slowing down, eating real food and building community. Gather your friends, have a picnic, and let us know about it.

Whether your picnic is for two people or 200, we encourage you to be clever, artful, and provocative in your choice of site and set-up. Inclusion of music and visual arts is acceptable… in other words, if your heart so desires, don’t be afraid to GO ALL OUT.

If you would rather join someone else’s picnic, visit the Facebook event page to find one near you.

**If you are willing to host a picnic, please RSVP on the FB page “Event” tab and post where your picnic will be.**

Here’s what we suggest:

1) Everyone sits down and eats a meal together — it’s all about community.

2) Create menus using freshly prepared real food… think local if possible!.

3) Make and display a “POP UP PICNIC” sign at your site.

4) Use your phone to make a short video of your event and have your guests answer four questions:

  • Where are you?
  • Who are you?
  • What are you eating?
  • Why do you love your Pop Up Picnic?

You can also include singing, dancing, poetry or any other creative idea you can imagine.

5) Email your video to or upload it to the Facebook page.

6) Have fun!

Visit the Pop Up Picnic Facebook page for more info and inspiration!

Pop Up Picnic is a joint effort of Slow Food Denver, Grow Local and Healthy Realities.


Terra Madre Fundraiser August 19

Please join Slow Food Denver for a special fundraising event to support our six local delegates as they represent Denver at Terra Madre, the Slow Food International conference in Torino, Italy.

Sunday August 19, 5-8pm
Fuel Cafe
3455 Ringsby Court, Denver 80216S

Silent auction & 5-course Dinner

$100 per person, all-inclusive



Chef Daniel Asher, Root Down and Linger

Chef Bob Blair, Fuel Cafe

 Chef Jon Emanuel, Project Angel Heart

Chef Jeff Osaka, Twelve Restaurant

Chef Alex Seidel, Fruition Restaurant

We are delighted to have amazing representation from the Denver area and the Rocky Mountain Region on the global stage of this world meeting of food communities. Thank you for your support of this important network.


Chef Bob Blair, Fuel Cafe

Ben Hecht, Slow Food Denver 

 Dana Miller, Grow Local Colorado

Candice Orlando, Urbiculture Farms

Laurie Schneyer,  Slow Food Denver

Chef Alex Seidel, Fruition Restaurant & Farm

Terra Madre establishes a space “for those who seek to grow, raise, catch, create, distribute and promote food in ways that respect the environment, defend human dignity and protect the health of consumers” to exchange ideas and solutions. It promotes solidarity between eaters and producers, those from the city and those from the countryside, the global North and the global South. It encourages all of us to be united in an international, diverse movement rooted in many different histories, cultures, and communities. Terra Madre shows the international public that a diversity of people-powered, values-based solutions can pave the way for better food and farming around the world.


Slow Food Denver Happenings

First C.A.F.E. Dinner A Huge Success!

We hosted our first 2012 C.A.F.E. dinner at Bittersweet on June 25. The sold-out crowd enjoyed wonderful food prepared by Chef Olav Peterson and listened to presentations from three of our microgrant finalists. When the voting was finished, Denver Yard Harvest received a $1,500 microgrant, Rose Roots Community Garden received $1,000, and Denver Truck Farm was awarded $500. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to Chipotle for their generous support of the program.

The next C.A.F.E. dinner, a street party featuring food from Brava Pizza and others, is scheduled for August 26.

Join Slow Food Denver at the Denver County Fair

Slow Food Denver is sponsoring the Locarama Diorama Contest again this year at the Denver County Fair. Contestants will create dioramas that display their favorite farm, restaurant, market, or garden representing Denver’s local food scene. Anyone can apply their creativity and imagination!

Last year we had more than 100 entries and lots of fun, so this year we’re forming a committee to help plan and staff the event. If you would like to help with advance planning or be on site during the fair August 10-12, please contact Gigia (thenaturalpantry – at – We’re also looking for donations of arts and crafts supplies, shoe boxes, and prizes for the winners.

We have lots of fun and educational events coming up — be sure to check back often so you don’t miss any of them!


Introducing Our 2012 Microgrant Finalists

Drum roll, please…Slow Food Denver is pleased to announce the nine finalists for this year’s C.A.F.E. microgrants. Each organization is working toward a more sustainable, accessible, and just food system, and we’ll be hearing from each of them at one of our upcoming Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. dinners, where dinner guests get to vote on who gets the grants.

The list includes:

Boulder Food Rescue (adding a Denver location)

Denver Urban Truck Farm

Denver Yard Harvest

The Free Food Alliance

Hampden Academy Day Treatment Program

MycoSophia: Gourmet Mushroom Products

Rose Roots Community Garden

Sprout City Farms

We’ll have information about each organization up soon — check back for details.

We are grateful to Grow Local Colorado and Chipotle for participating on the grant review committee – these selections were not easy to make given how many interesting projects we received for consideration.  We wish the best to all of the applicants.

Our first dinner on June 25 at Bittersweet  will feature presentations from Denver Truck Farm, Denver Yard Harvest, and Rose Roots. See the events page for more details or to buy tickets. Our remaining finalists will make their presentations on either August 5 or October 3 — details to follow.