Food Lecture with Slow Food USA Executive Director, Erika Lesser

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Cost:  $5 advanced registration

Learn how Slow Food is growing a social movement in the U.S. and around the world to move us toward a food system that is good, clean and fair — and to a society in which food is both a universal right and a pleasure.  The organization, and our local Slow Food Urban San Diego chapter, is working towards a world in which all people can eat food that is good — for them, for the people who grow it, and for the planet. 
To purchase your ticket Click Here.

Reception for Erika Lesser, Executive Director of Slow Food USA

Monday, October 5, 2009

from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Cost: $15 for members

Please join us for a special member reception to meet and welcome Erika Lesser, Executive Director of Slow Food USA.  Erika has worked for Slow Food USA since its founding in 2000, and also spent a year working at Slow Food’s international headquarters in Italy for the University of Gastronomic Sciences, before returning to New York in 2004 to take on her current position. A native of Boston, Erika graduated from Brown University with a BA in Italian Studies and Art History, and worked in the food and nonprofit sectors while earning a MA in Food Studies from New York University. Erika also serves on the boards of Community Food Security Coalition and Slow Food International.

Erika is in San Diego to speak about Slow Food: Growing a Social Movement to Change the Food System, part of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Sustainable Planet Series.  Click Here to purchase tickets to her lecture on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.  She will also be featured on KPBS’ These Days program on Tuesday morning. 

Enjoy a private evening with Erika and other San Diego Slow Food members.  Join us on Monday, October 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.  Acclaimed chef Jeff Jackson and the chefs from The Grill will be preparing farm-to-table bites and featuring local drink specials.

The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is located in the bottom floor of the hotel, adjacent to the Torrey Pines Golf Course.  Free parking is available in the golf course parking lot; free valet service is also offered at The Lodge.  The Grill will also be offering $30, three-course dinners for those who’d like to stay on after the reception.

The cost for this special event is $15, with all proceeds donated to UCSD’s International House.  Please Click Here to purchase tickets and RSVP for this not-to-be-missed event!

Become a Member Before October 1

Slow Food Urban San Diego and our team of dedicated volunteers work to connect our local community with the people who grow our food and prepare it sustainably. We advocate for local food artisans and celebrate the preparation and enjoyment of craft foods. And with our Eat-in this past Labor Day, we hoped to help cultivate a food movement that will bring about change in our local and national food policies and make it easier everyone to access delicious and healthy food. 

We understand that there are many passionate and like-minded people who want to join us but may not be able to make the financial commitment, so for the month of September, Slow Food USA is making it possible to become a new member, no matter what your budget is.

Click Here to make a donation; a gift of any size will make you a member of Slow Food USA. Please enter “Slow Food Urban San Diego” to join our local chapter.  We are soon launching our Member Benefits card, which will include discounts at local Slow Food-minded restaurants and businesses, access to future members-only events, special member prices for classes and more. The membership rate will return to $60 on October 1st so please give what you can and join our wonderful food community today!