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 popuppicnicdenver@gmail.com 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

RSVP

FEATURING:

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.

OUR 2012 DENVER TERRA MADRE DELEGATES:

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 – estreet.com). 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:

Atriplex.org

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.

 

It’s Farm Tour Time!

Once again, Slow Food Denver is pleased to announce our annual Farm Tour Series.

Slow Food Denver’s farm tours are designed to cultivate the enjoyment of local food by connecting city-dwellers with local farmers. Each tour is an opportunity to learn about the food system and production practices while sharing a meal together and having fun.

This summer we’ll be visiting four different farms to learn about grassfed cattle, organic produce farming, farm-to-restaurant production, custom growing models, and pasture–raised poultry.  Most importantly, we’ll get to know the people who grow the food we eat.

Each event starts at 10am with a tour of the farm followed by a lunch featuring products from the farm. We’re usually finished around 2pm. Pricing includes the farm tour and lunch. Transportation will be on your own and we encourage carpooling. Tickets are available for each tour at the links below. Members- $20; Non-Members – $25; Students – $15;  Child 4-12 – $10; Under 4 – no charge

Bring your family and friends or come alone – you’ll have a great time!

For more information or to register, visit the Farm Tour or Events pages.

Have an Innovative Sustainable Food Idea? Apply For a Microgrant!

Last summer, Slow Food Denver awarded six $1000 microgrants to small, entrepreneurial businesses who are making things happen in our local food community. We’re pleased to announce that the second round of our C.A.F.E. microgrant program is open for applications.

We encourage Metro Denver individuals, small businesses, and/or non-profits with innovative ideas in the realm of sustainable food to apply. We’re especially looking for projects that encompass:

  • Children and Food: Projects that seek to increase the number of children who have access to real food in schools, learn where food comes from, and have experience growing, cooking, and sharing it
  • Healthy Food Access: Projects that seek to increase access to affordable, real food in low-income communities
  • Regional Biodiversity: Projects that seek to increase, protect, and promote biodiverse food and farming traditions that are an alternative to the industrial food system.

Applications are due by May 4, 2012 and instructions are in the form. Download the application and instructions here. Visit the C.A.F.E. page under the Community Table link above for more details.

Welcome to Our New Web Site!

It’s been a long journey, but Slow Food Denver is pleased to debut our new web site. Here you’ll find information about our programs, our events, our leadership, and how to get involved with Slow Food Denver.

Please take a few minutes to look around. If you find anything that doesn’t work, just let us know. And if you have any suggestions about our content, we’d like to hear them. Be sure to check back often — this will be the place to learn about everything Slow Food Denver is doing.

Thanks to Kathleen Rector for the design, Marilyn Noble for the content, Krista Roberts for the technical support and an eagle eye, and Tammara Hanna-Anansi for getting the event listings together. It truly was a team effort by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Happy Spring!

We have lots of exciting things coming up here at Slow Food Denver — crop mobs, farm tours, CAFE dinners and so much more. Check back often to see what’s happening!