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Grain-Free Cooking Class

harvest pizza

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On November 10th Slow Food Urban San Diego hosted a class on grain free cooking at Cups Culinary in La Jolla. Michelle Guidroz and Rachel Helmer demonstrated to attendees how to put a healthy spin on some of their personal fall comfort food favorites. At the conclusion of the class students sampled and left with recipes for grain free apple crisp, pumpkin harvest muffins, autumn pizza and persimmon carpaccio.

Join Slow Food Urban San Diego for a Pig Pickin’ in Support of Organics in 4H Programming

There are just a few days left to purchase your tickets for Slow Food Urban San Diego’s Pig Pickin’ in Support of Organics in Local 4H Programming.  We can not express how proud we are to bring you this event, which is the result of the hard work and incredible dedication of Henry Kraus of Valley Center who, at the age of 12, set out to raise his Heritage Berskshire Piglet organically. By attending this event, you can show your support for Henry and the future of sustainable farming in San Diego.  You can send a message to his peers and to the community that humanely raised, antibiotic and hormone-free meat is something we want to see more of in San Diego.

Some of San Diego’s best chefs and purveyors are coming together to make this event an afternoon of delicious savories and drinks. Chefs will be preparing tastes of this local pig, along with flatbreads and salads utilizing local produce. Tickets for the event are $30 and any proceeds from the event will go towards supporting organics and heritage breed projects in the 4H program.  Community Partners for this event include  Lightning Brewery,  Hanis Cavin – Carnitas Snack Shack,  Max Bonacci – El Take it Easy,  Edible San Diego,  Roots Community Kitchen,  Suzie’s FarmTAJ Farms and Triple B Ranches.

Join us in supporting Henry’s vision and courage.  It’s going to be delicious!

Salone del Gusto, Terra Madre and the International Congress in Italy

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, Slow Food’s biennial international food fair and sustainability conference concluded last week in Turin, Italy.  This year, the event was attended by Slow Food Urban San Diego’s Co-Leader, Candice Woo and the chapter’s Co-Founder, Donna McLoughlin, who were among the 200,000+ attendees – including Slow Food leaders, activists, educators and farmers – who participated in educational sessions focused on animal welfare, health, social issues and food waste and attended taste workshops featuring wine, craft beer, cheese and artisan food.  Among the speakers at the event’s opening ceremony were Alice Waters, Slow Food’s vice president, famed restaurateur and founder of the Edible Schoolyard and Nikki Henderson, Executive Director of the People’s Grocery in Oakland.

The week in Turin also hosted the International Congress, a global Slow Food gathering of 650 delegates from 95 different countries, including two delegates from Southern California.  The key event purpose was to help define the future of the organization and was led by Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food and the non profit’s current president, who was re-elected for another term.  Petrini spoke about his next goals for Slow Food, or “Slow Food 2.0”, including increasing the number of food gardens being created by Slow Food chapters in Africa, expanding the work to protect biodiversity of food products around the world and growing Slow Food’s network, which is currently comprised of 1,500 international chapters.

Speakers from countries across the globe, including China, Israel, Brazil and Somalia, gave presentations on issues concerning their local food communities and U.S. delegate Michael Dimock, Slow Food Russian River founder and President of Roots of Change, proposed a motion and received the delegation’s support of the goal of Proposition 37, the Label GMO ballot initiative in California, which Slow Food Urban San Diego also supports.


– By Candice Woo