First C.A.F.E. Dinner at Harman’s Eat & Drink

Community. Art. Food. Education.

CAFE2We launched Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. in 2011 with the intent of building community through art, food, and education.  Our first venture was the Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. microgrant project.  As a result, over the past three years we have successfully awarded $12,000 in microgrants to support local, sustainable food projects.

 

Each year, Slow Food Denver, Chipotle, and Grow Local Colorado select six finalists from numerous applicants to receive micro-grants of up to $3,000, furthering the work of food-focused organizations in the Denver Metro area.

The first three finalists for this year will present their work on Monday, September 8th at Harman’s Eat & Drink, where you will decide which organization receives $3,000, which receives $1,500, and who takes home $500 (everyone wins here!)

The evening will feature Jennifer Olson Photography and the three presenting finalists are:

Tickets are $65 per person, which includes cocktail reception, three courses with wine pairings, tax, gratuity, and a $40 tax-deductible contribution to the C.A.F.E. micro-grant program, helping to provide continued support to creative sustainable food organizations in Denver.

Where: Harman’s Eat & Drink, 2900 E. 2nd Ave.
When:  Monday, September 8th, 6-9:30 pm
Cost:  $65

Tickets can be purchased here:
http://sfdcafeharmans.eventbrite.com

With thanks to Chipotle and Grow Local Colorado for providing matching funds to support the micro-grants.


Farm Tours & Urban Ag Tours

Get to know the people & Stories behind Your food.

As part of Slow Food Denver’s mission to help connect links in the chain of the food system, the Farm & Urban Ag Tours allow people to meet the farmers and ranchers and agriculturalists who produce our food and learn more of the story behind our meals.

Each farm tour includes a tour of the operation where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to grow the food you love, along with a meal prepared with product straight from the field.

This year’s series includes (follow the links to purchase tickets, start times and costs vary):

July 26:  Farm Tour and Breakfast at Lyons Farmette
Begin the day with a catered farm-fresh breakfast, followed by a tour of the Lyons Farmette, a working sustainable farm and education center with a mission to support and empower the local food community.  Education programs at Lyons include how to keep bees, building cob ovens, brewing beer, and making cheese, drawing on some of the best educators, teachers, chefs, and agriculture experts in the Front Range.  This tour made possible in part by Door to Door Organics.  Thank you for your support!

2011-10 marys pics 2211August 3:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southeast Denver

Tour Sprout City Farms at the Denver Green School, Ekar Farm, and Garden Court Apartments, where refugee farmers tend a network of community garden plots and enjoy lunch at The Garden.

August 23:  Farm to Table Experience at Zweck Farm (with History Colorado)
Celebrate our local food traditions and heritage in this farm-to-table experience.  We’ve teamed up with History Colorado for a guided farm tour of Zweck Farm, recognized as one of the oldest working farms in the state, followed by an informal lunch created with products raised on-site.  This is a unique opportunity to reconnect with your food and the people who grow it at one of the state’s oldest working farms, rich with history and tradition.

2011-10 marys pics 2157September 6:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southwest Denver

Tour Aero Farm, a veteran owned vertical tower farm, Sprout City Farms’ Mountair Park Community Farm, a brand new farm that will be a resource for education, food access, and community collaboration, and Revision, an urban farming initiave that empower residents to build and advocate for community food systems.

September 13:  Farm Tour and Lunch at 63rd Street Farm
Nestled in Colorado’s historical Valmont Butte, 63rd St. Farm is located only a few minutes from downtown Boulder, but feels like it’s miles away. Amanda and Brian Scott founded the farm in 2007 and have transformed it into a thriving community through sustainable agriculture, and a commitment to health, wellness, and lifelong learning.  Following the tour of the farm, guests will enjoy wood-fired pizza made on site with farm ingredients.

bluebearSeptember 20:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Downtown Denver

On this Downtown tour, we’ll first go to Blue Bear Farms at the Colorado Convention Center, where we will get a tour from Produce Denver. Then we’ll visit Sustainability Park, where we’ll get a tour from the youth farmers at Green Leaf Denver. After that we will go visit a small farm in the RiNo district and then have lunch at the Horse Barn, the headquarters of Denver Urban Gardens.

urbicultureOctober 4:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Northwest Denver

Tour UrbiCulture Community Farms, a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels in the Denver Metro area.  Little Raven Farms, a neighborhood supported agriculture project based upon permaculture principles, and Sunnyside Up Farm, a neighborhood community supported agriculture farm.

Food: Our Global Kitchen at History Colorado

our-global-kitchen-food-nature-culture_homepage_slideStep into the story with a visit to the new exhibit Food: Our Global Kitchen, and take a journey around the world and through time. Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside the dining rooms of illustrious individuals—and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Food: Our Global Kitchen explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating, the exhibit illuminates the myriad ways food is produced and moved throughout the world.

Information about the exhibit can be found on the History Colorado website.

Slow Food Denver is partnering with History Colorado to conduct tasting sessions in the Taste Kitchen throughout the summer along weekly themes.  We are still looking for volunteers to assist with these tasting sessions – you can sign up here if you are interested.

In addition, we will be hosting a farm tour to a centennial farm in August.  More details on that coming soon!

Slow Meat 2014

Better meat, less.

That is the idea behind Slow Food USA’s inaugural Slow Meat Symposium, scheduled for June 20th – 22nd, 2014 in Denver, CO, in an effort to “turn the herd” toward a better animal agricultural food supply chain. Slow Meat will bring together policy experts, food system practitioners, producers, and of course eaters to identify practical points of intervention along the supply chain that will result in a menu of action items for the meat industry in America.

One hundred delegates from across the U.S. have been selected to participate in facilitated discussion to produce a menu of practical actions for Slow Food communities across the USA to deploy, measure, report and refine with the larger national community of advocates who seek change in our food system.

Slow Meat 2014 is only the beginning to Slow Food USA’s commitment to the goals of better and less meat.  We will reconvene the following year in 2015 for a grander, public-facing celebration and conversation of meat.

 

 

Volunteer for Slow Meat.
Slow Food Denver, as the host of Slow Meat 2014, is tasked with bringing the community together to help make sure this event is a success.  In order to do so, we will need the help of people just like you.

Volunteers will be needed for all aspects of, and leading up to, the event with tasks that range from preparing materials for delegates to helping to prep for the bison fabrication.

If you are interested in donating some time to this symposium, please email josh@slowfooddenver.org to be added to the volunteer list for the event.  Additional details about needed tasks and schedules will be provided in the next couple weeks.

Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series

The second of four lectures in the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens is scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd.

Volunteers are still needed to help out at this event with a variety of tasks.  If you’re interested in helping out, please email josh@slowfooddenver.org.

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, this year’s series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.

Completed details, along with registration links, can be found on the Denver Botanic Gardens website.

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!