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What is the WorldBeat Cultural Center?

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Slow Food Urban San Diego is excited to host this year’s Good Food Community Fair at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. The Good Food Community Fair is our largest annual gathering of food activists, producers and purveyors. This year we’re integrating the theme of ‘The True Cost and Value of Food’ into the day’s activities. We hope to bring awareness to the parts of the food system people don’t see, good and bad, and to focus on food justice concerns. With this in mind we couldn’t think of a better place to host than the WorldBeat Cultural Center (WBC).

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The WorldBeat Center is a non-profit multi-cultural arts organization committed to “healing the world through music, art, dance, education and sustainability” housed in a repurposed 1-million gallon water tower. They provide programs and services that nurture the spirit of children, elderly and everyone in between. Ultimately, they seek to heal the world by creating unity through diversity. Its doors are open every day to all people, regardless of color or creed, as a place to celebrate all cultures, art, music, dance, and people.

THE EDUCATION GARDEN

One of the many beautiful assets of this venue is the Children’s Peace Garden. This native garden is a favorite location for school garden projects, nutritional education programs, summer camps, field trips, and partnerships with local organizations dedicated to food security. Through this garden, the WBC  raises awareness around sustainability, urban wildlife, conservation, and urban gardening teaching inner city children and adults about recycling, composting, gardening and bird watching.

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The WBC utilizes this space to educate the public about the role of plants in society today along with the relationship of plants in the local and global indigenous cultures of the past. In 2015, in coalition with the local Kumeyaay, the World Beat Center embarked on a multi-level terraced garden of endemic and indigenous plants and vegetables that are part of the Kumeyaay lasting traditions.

THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Not only is the building constructed of a repurposed water tower it’s sustainably run with LEED Certification, solar lighting fixtures, recycling and composting programs & handi-capable bathroom facilities.

With the inside walls covered in murals by local artists brightly commemorating important leaders and historical cultures, there are multiple galleries and small shops within the building where healthy local foods are served, locally-sourced goods are sold, and a gallery of art and artifacts is displayed. Flags of all nations fly from the ceiling while the stage and dancefloor have hosted hundreds of famous and upcoming acts, artists, and events to the delight of tens of thousands of fans and attendees.

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Known throughout California and Mexico for its exterior murals celebrating Egyptian, African, and Indigenous Cultures, the WorldBeat Center is leading as one of the most-important multicultural art and event centers in San Diego and we are proud to collaborate with the WBC and host the 2017 Good Food Community Fair in their space. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn More about the Fair Here:  www.goodfoodfair.com

And get your tickets here (Only a $5 Suggested Donation!) 

Sincerely,

Michelle PolinerGood Food Community Fair Chair

Special Thanks to the WorldBeat Center Website and Facebook page for the photos used in this post. 

5 Slow Things to Do in San Diego on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

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By Slow Food Urban San Diego Board Member, Kathryn Rogers

In sunny San Diego, with our near-perfect year round weather that is the envy of northern dwellers across the country, one of the strongest indicators (besides those 4:30 sunsets) of the long-anticipated holiday season is a whole lot of marketing. We get e-blasts, mailers and point-of-purchase reminders galore that the best way to celebrate this holiday season is by buying as much as possible.

Long gone are the days when retail employees spent the Thanksgiving holiday at home with their loved ones. Now we can jump on those holiday deals while we’re still in the first clutches of a Thanksgiving feast food coma. We’ve traded retail therapy for good, old-fashioned family time.

This Thanksgiving, Slow Food Urban San Diego invites you to reclaim your dining table with gratitude for the bounty of food and the people who produced it, with a heritage turkey and locally sourced, seasonal side dishes. You can enjoy slow living the whole weekend and throughout the season, perhaps by opting for these five local activities in lieu of the mad crowded rush that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  1. Visit a Farmers’ Market. Whether you intend to purchase produce and homemade goods or just want a great reason to taste seasonal fruits and veggies and chat with local farmers, a day at the farmers’ market is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Many markets also have a wide selection of prepared foods (in case you’re still hungry) and some even have live music.
  2. Get Outside. The County of San Diego manages more than 120 parks and preserves throughout the region with locations ranging from the beach to the valleys, the mountains to the desert. Not to mention all our local parks and open coastline. These trails, scenic vistas, playgrounds, and lakes are perfect for hiking, cycling, strolling, or horseback riding. Being active is a great way to avoid the crowds and burn off some of those extra calories.
  3. Make Homemade Gifts. Nothing says “I love you” more than a gift crafted from the heart. Whether its beeswax candles, a hand knitted hat or your famous holiday cookies, you can “wow” your loved ones while saving time and money by making presents in batches. Stock up on your supplies and ingredients in advance so you can spend all of Black Friday cozy at home, crafting away. Any little ones in your house will surely enjoy lending helping hands as well.
  4. Enjoy Arts and Culture. This Friday, Balboa Park has scheduled more than 20 exhibitions, 15 film screenings, botanical garden tours and family activities including holiday puppet shows, many of which are free and open to the public. Hop on your local bus line or bike path to make it a completely green day while avoiding parking woes. Then enjoy the natural and historical beauty in the company of your dear ones.
  5. Share your Abundance. As you are feeling extra grateful for all the good in your life, take time to give back to your community. Local organizations offer a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals and families, including preparing and serving meals to people experiencing food insecurity. Wild Willow Farm and Shakti Rising are also hosting a Give 5 Black Friday Challenge where you can volunteer your time or make a donation in support of sustainable farm education programs.

If the buying bug is still tugging on your purse straps or wallet folds, shop local whenever possible. This puts money back in our local economy, and you’re likely to discover more unique gifts compared to online or in big box stores. Check out Edible San Diego’s Holiday Guide for tasty local gift ideas, stroll shops on Adams Avenue during Small Business Saturday (November 28) while enjoying festive libations, or head over to South Park on December 5 for the Holiday Happenings Walkabout.

To find additional small businesses in your area, check out the Urbanist Guide.

Wishing you and yours a slow start to the holiday season!

More than Honey and Sweet Sips Networking

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Honey tasting.

Big thanks to everyone who came out for our Sweet Sips networking event in July at Local Habit. Mead tastings by Golden Coast Mead, honey tastings offered by Wild Willow Farms and local beekeepers from the San Diego Beekeepers Society and special honey-based dishes by Chef Jimmy. A sweet time, indeed.

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And thanks to all who joined us for the re-screening of the More than Honey documentary. This is an amazing, intriguing, beautiful and quirky film. Please see it if you haven't already.

For those of you interested in learning more about bees and what you can do locally, here are a few great local resources:

San Diego Beekeeping Society holds classes and meetups to encourage responsible beekeeping. Lots of expert members there. You can find a list of beekeepers on their website who perform live bee removals and other bee resources in the county.

Wild Willow Farm is a non-profit organization offering beekeeping classes (also farming classes). The instructor is very knowledgeable about bee issues locally and globally and can tell you about hosting a hive on your property.

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Girl Next Door Honey offers beekeeping classes and workshops, one-on-one consulting, a host-a-hive program and performs live bee removals.

If you need to remove bees from your property, please consider live removal by one of these folks or those listed on the Beekeeping Society website. Bees are important to our food supply and need a helping hand. Stay tuned for future bee-related events.

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Road to Healthy Meals in Our Schools with Chef Ann Cooper

Meet the leader of the School Lunch Revolution, Chef Ann Cooper, a.k.a. "The Renegade Lunch Lady" and author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children.  Chef Ann is on a mission to ensure that every child in America receives healthy, delicious food every day in school.  Hear her thoughts on how San Diego area schools can make simple, yet significant changes to improve lunch programs. Pre-lecture reception with local food artisans and community food groups 6-6:30 PM.   Co-presented by Slow Food Urban San Diego and Whole Foods Market

Thursday, February 18, 2010; 6:30-8 PM

Advance registration recommended.

$5 per person

For more information or to register, contact 619/255-0203 or visit http://www.sdnhm.org/education/lectures.html

San Diego Natural History Museum
1788 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619/255-0203

December Metro Mixer - SOLD OUT

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December Metro Mixer
Wednesday, December 16
5:30pm-7:30pm
Vela Restaurant
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Slow Food Urban San Diego Metro Mixer Save the Date!
Wednesday, December 16, 5:30 p.m. at Vela Restaurant in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
We're celebrating our first year as a Slow Food chapter and Slow Food International 20th Anniversary and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support and participation.  Please save the date, December 16, to join us for a free farm-to-table mixer at Vela Restaurant, coupled with a Super Food Drive for the San Diego Food Bank.  
Sign up at www.slowfoodurbansandiego.org to be included in our invitation email list. 
To attend: RSVP to the invitation that is emailed.

Cooks Confab: Street Food!

Cooks Confab: Street Food!
At Little Italy Mercato
Saturday, December 5, 2009
9am-1pm
From hot dogs and tacos to ceviche and pizelle, what's not to like? Each Confab chef will be set up in a stall and slinging the street food they love...100% of proceeds will be donated to ARTS-- A Reason To Survive. We also encourage you to bring along a new or gently-used musical instrument or unwrapped toy for the kids at ARTS.

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Sustainable Agriculture: A Necessary Transition

Lecture
December 1, 2009
6:30pm-8:30pm
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego, CA 92101
Please Join SFUSD at the San Diego Natural History Museum
Sustainable Planet: Food Lecture Series hosted by Loren Nancarrow.
December 1, 6:30-8:30
 
Dave Hensen, Executive Director , Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
With a growing human population, climate changes, water insecurity, erosion of good soils, peak oil, and dramatic losses in biological diversity all upon us at once, how will we feed ourselves tomorrow?
Tickets: $5.00 www.sdnhm.org : Sustainable Planet

Local Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6 p.m.


International House

UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92037

858-534-2230


$15 for Slow Food members, $25 for non members and $5 for students

Join us for an early Thanksgiving dinner at UCSD's International House.  Share a memorable meal with members of the Slow Food community and students from UCSD and the Art Institute.  Local pastured turkeys from Womach Ranch will be prepared by Chef Jeff Jackson of A.R. Valentien; other delicious dishes, all using local produce and ingredients, will be cooked communally by Slow Food volunteers and students.  Tickets for this delicious local feast are only $15 for Slow Food members, $25 for non members and $5 for students.  We hope you'll share a meal with us!  Proceeds from this dinner will go to the student Slow Food on Campus chapters at UCSD and the Art Institute.  

Reserve your seat by purchasing a ticket here.

Presentation and Book-Signing with Su-Mei Yu of Saffron Restaurants

Thursday, November 12, 2009
at  6 p.m.

International House, UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-534-2230

Su-Mei Yu, award-winning cookbook author and chef-owner of the local restaurants Saffron Noodles & Sate and Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken, will be speaking about and signing copies of her latest book, The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living.

Based on the Thai concept of "food as medicine," the book's collection of recipes and remedies shows readers how to revolutionize their diets and use their personal "home element" to cook and eat with optimum health, beauty and spiritual well-being in mind.  Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion, plus a book-signing , at UCSD's International House.

Celebrate the Craft

Sunday, November 1, 2009

from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-453-4420

Tickets $65.00

Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Celebrate the Craft event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.  This unparalleled afternoon of food and wine tasting showcases the craft of the best local farm-to-table chefs as they use their talents to highlight Southern California's bounty from regional farmers, fisherman and ranchers.

You'll also taste the creations of local food artisans, from bakers, chocolatiers and boutique wineries.  All this, set in the gorgeous Arts & Crafts backdrop of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, makes for a not to be missed afternoon.

Join us by clicking here to purchase tickets.

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

Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 1:30 p.m.


Fixtures Visions For Living
9340 Dowdy Drive
San Diego, CA 92126
858-966-3600

Cost:  $15 members / $25 non-members with advanced registration

We are thrilled to present this special opportunity for a hands-on cheese-making class led by award-winning brewer Peter Zien, owner of local AleSmith Brewing Co.  Already an accomplished craft cheese-maker, Peter has attended professional artisan cheese-making courses at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo and will be demonstrating and sharing his knowledge and techniques on Saturday, October 17. Class space is limited; purchase a $15 Slow Food Member / $25 Non-Member ticket.
To purchase your ticket Click Here.

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
619-232-3821

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.

Agriculture & Local Meat Panel

Sunday, October 4, 2009

from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

L'Auberge Hotel
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA

Cost:  Free

Join us for a casual panel discussion with knowledgeable meat experts, local farmers and ranchers who will share their experiences with raising animals, opinions on sustainable eating and buying habits and answer questions.  Panelists include Phil Noble of Sage Mountain Farms, Thomas Ryan from Chefs Warehouse and formerly Niman Ranch, plus other local ranchers.  

Click Here to reserve your seat.

Local Home Brew Competition & Beer Tasting Event

Saturday, October 3, 2009

from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Wine Cellar
302 West Mission Ave.
Escondido, CA

Cost:  $15 in advance

We're co-hosting Holiday Wine Cellar's 1st Annual Anniversary Ale Home Brew Competition. Taste from 90+ beers made by local home brewers and vote for your favorite -- the winning recipe will get to professionally brew their beer and have it distributed locally!

To purchase tickets please Click Here.

SLOW Book Signing & Cooking Demo with Tender Greens

Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Little Italy Mercato Farmer's Market 
Date and India Streets 
Little Italy, San Diego, CA 
Cost:  Free  
Photographer, writer and dairy farmer Douglas Gayeton will sign copies of his new book, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town with a cooking demo from Chef Pete Balistreri of Tender Greens.
RSVP by clicking here.

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