October 2020 Newsletter: New Partnerships & Kids Cooking at Home

New Partnerships & Kids Cooking at Home

September was a big month for Slow Food Denver. While continuing to expand our youth education programming, we are devoting significant time and energy to increase kids’ access to healthy, nutritious and locally grown food.

We launched a new project with Grow Local Colorado and partnered with Denver Urban Gardens to provide fresh produce for our weekly cooking classes with Denver Public Schools.

Our final We Tend to Grow event was last month! This year, we harvested a total of 345 pounds of produce.  All produce was donated to Metro Caring, SAME Cafe and the Community Ministry of Southwest Denver.

 

Packing Fresh Produce bags with DUG

DUG & Slow Food Denver staff and volunteers prep grocery bags each week for the 139 children participating in our program. Our goal is to get kids comfortable cooking with fresh food and to feel excited about cooking for and with their families at home.

Each bag includes cooking utensils and farm fresh produce to feed a family of 6. This week kids are making Root Veggie Tacos with Pear Salsa!

 

Sourcing fresh ingredients with Grow Local Colorado

With the help of Grow Local Colorado, we are providing fresh ingredients for our cooking classes at Dora More Elementary. All produce is harvested from Grow Local Colorado’s gardens and local growers. We are grateful for their partnership to help us increase access to healthy, high quality and locally grown foods for kids in Denver!

It’s a Wrap on We Tend to Grow

Our We Tend to Grow series with Grow Local Colorado wrapped up last month. With the help of over 50 volunteers tending to & harvesting produce at Civic Center Park and other gardens in Denver, we donated 345 pounds of fresh produce to SAME Cafe, Metro Caring, and Community Ministry of Southwest Denver.

 

Local Events:

Croptoberfest
Oct 10, 4-6PM

The 9th Annual Harvest Party of The Table Urban Farm! Guests are invited to order your Croptoberfest food to go or just show up at the Public House and get what you need. Suggested $15 donation for dinner featuring pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Learn more here.
Denver Film Festival
Oct 22 – Nov 8, 2020

This year, the Denver Film Festival is going virtual, featuring Official Selections, exclusive filmmaker conversations, bonus content, special guests and more. Don’t miss the Culinary Cinema Program with films such as Meat the Future and Breaking Bread. Browse all films and grab your tickets here. 
Back to the Source: Reclaiming Native American Food Traditions
October 10, 2020

Join the Flatirons Food Film Festival for a virtual fundraiser featuring a Native American chef’s demo livestream and a film program featuring Gather. Viewers can pre-order dinner from Tocabe, a Native American restaurant, to eat while watching the film. Learn more here!

 

Terra Madre 2020

Terra Madre is a worldwide Slow Food festival to unite our food, our planet and our future! This year, Terra Madre brings the inspiring Slow Food festival to the digital stage with explorations about our food, our planet and our future you can watch from home. Learn more here.

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