On Thursday, June 9, Alchemy restaurant in South Park will host an artist’s reception for local chef and artist Melissa Mayer, whose AGRI*PLANET show was created in collaboration with  Grass Fed Beef Week.

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Opening Reception: “AGRI*PLANET” @ Alchemy June 9th from 6pm-10pm

AGRI*PLANET is a suggestive, provocative and often irony-laden series of work within multiple mediums that is a social commentary on the state of our food culture and the food industry.  The artist’s reception will include temporary installations and the remaining works within the show will be on view @ Alchemy into early July, 2011.

10% of the proceeds from the sales of the artwork in this collection will benefit Slow Food Urban San Diego, a 100% grassroots organization supporting and promoting food that is good, clean and fair.

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    A presentation by chef and filmmaker Jessica Theroux based on her book titled Cooking with Italian Grandmothers will be followed by her short documentary film In Pignata: Calabrian Fireside Cooking and director Ermanno Olmi‘s 2009 film Rupi del vino (Wine’s Stones).

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    May 21st 


    The Birch North Park Theater

    Tickets: $18 available online or at the event

    In Pignata tells the story of fiercely proud Carluccia Colace, a farmer who at 80 still produces almost all the food her family needs, and who maintains the food traditions at the center of her culture.

    Rupi del vino presents a lush and almost mesmerizing progression of the seasons in northern Italy as these farmers carve mountain stone to make room for their vines and the drywall terraces staggered into the flanks of the Alps.  

    For more information about this event, visit San Diego Italian Film festival’s website

    Cheese-Making Class with Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing Co.

    Join us for a cheese-making class led by award-winning brewer Peter Zien, owner of AleSmith Brewing Co.   In addition to being San Diego County’s only “Grand Master” Level One Beer Judge, Peter is an accomplished artisan cheese maker and will be demonstrating and sharing his knowledge, techniques and tastes of his own cheese on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.  Class space is limited to Slow Food Urban San Diego members only.  Tickets are non refundable. This event is Sold Out.