Summer with Slow Food

Today, June 21st, is the first day of Summer!
Summer Fun Fact: “Frisbees were originally invented in the 1870’s to be used as pie plates, but in the 1940’s, college students began tossing them around. Although no longer used as pie plates, they are still a summertime staple!”
Our New Program: Cooking From the GardenThe Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment Program provides an interactive and multi-faceted learning environment transforming children from passive food consumers to creators, and in so doing increase their health awareness. Children discover their own taste preferences, learn to create dishes they enjoy, derive self-esteem and pride as they watch their plants grow, eat them and share them to with their community.A $2000 donation will sponsor the Cooking from the Garden program at an underserved school in the Denver area for 15 students! 
This includes a volunteer day for you and your organization or community and signage in the gardens to promote your collaboration. Co-sponsorship is also an option!

Donate Here!
Do you have a school in mind?
Email Annie at
Event Spotlight: Taste of Slow Food NationsTaste of Slow Food Nations begins this week! A group of restaurants here in Denver are joining together to promote the festival by running special menu items using Ark of Taste ingredients at their restaurants from June 18–30.Check out the map to see which restaurants are participating and stop in to get a flavorful preview of Slow Food Nations. Learn more here, and share your dish with #SlowFoodNations!

Summer Events: Preseve the Harvest and more!

Pickle with the Real Dill

June 23, 2018. 10 AM-2PM. 

Learn tried and true craft pickling tips from the Colorado pickle experts. Tour The Dillery, sample fresh ingredients, and master the art of the perfect pickle in one afternoon.

Slow Food Nations

July 13-15, 2018.

A festival of flavor, culture and exploration. From the Taste Marketplace and outdoor street cafe, to workshops and family fun, connect with farmers and artisans, chefs and food lovers.

Dehydrating & Fermenting

August 25, 2018. 9AM-12PM

In this class, learn the benefits of dehydration and fermentation and how to use these preservation methods to create nutritious and delicious foods from your summer harvest.

Fruits (Jams & Jellies)

Sept 15, 2018. 9AM-12PM

Transform the abundance of summer fruits into jams & jellies. Remove the mystery from canning and learn the basics so you can preserve confidently at home.

Looking to Get Involved?

Slow Food Nations: 
Help staff the Slow Food Denver booth.
Preserve the Harvest Series: 
Sign up to be an ambassador.
Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment: 
Find out how to be a class instructor.
Slow Food Socials.
With the goal of raising $500, socials are an opportunity for members and new friends to build community by gathering at local restaurants, breweries and wineries to learn from speakers about how they embody Slow Food.
Want to host a social? Let us know!
Host a Dinner.
Get involved with Slow Food Denver by opening up your home or restaurant to host a dinner, inviting people to your table for meaningful conversation and connections, all in the spirit of Slow Food.
Interested? Send us a message!

Other Local Events.

Bonfils-Stanton Series

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Denver Botanic Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, the lecture series is designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15! Upcoming lectures are July 12 & Sept 13.

Chef Demos.

In partnership with EatDenver, each Saturday at the Union Station Farmers Market local chefs demo unique recipes with in-season ingredients. Beginning at 9am, they shop the market and connect with local growers, selecting the freshest ingredients available. At 10am find them situated in the center of the market, cooking their dish, sharing best practices and engaging with market-shoppers!
Check their Facebook page to stay updated on all events! 

NRDC Panel Discussion

Join Environmental Enterprises (E2) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for panel discussion Shrinking the Landfill: Increasing Waste Diversion and Food Waste Reduction. Hear from local and state leaders discuss strategies for policy, infrastructure, end markets, and the barriers and opportunities in waste diversion.
Register here for this event on Tuesday, June 26, 2018! 


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