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Vinavanti Urban Winery Brings Locally Sourced, Craft Wine to San Diego

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Vinavanti Urban Winery, San Diego In a San Diego market overflowing with craft breweries, craft wine could be considered the black sheep (or bottle) of the bunch. Until you try it, that is. Then you just might become a dedicated convert like we are at Slow Food Urban San Diego.

What is craft wine anyway?

According to Eric Van Drunen, winemaker and owner of Vinavanti Urban Winery, “Craft wine is the punk music of the wine world.”

Most makers today have their wines down to a science, adding yeast, sulfites and other flavors to fit a specific “classical” or “pop” flavor profile. Van Drunen, however, takes a truly minimalist approach to winemaking where he adds nothing more than San Diego County grown grapes (they have a great map in the tasting room that shows all the local farms they source from!) and lets nature do its thing. Unique and surprising wines with subtle flavors representative of the grapes and farms where they are grown are the result.

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Van Drunen’s Vinavanti label and tasting room evolved out of many hours drinking wine and eating good food with friends. He started buying and blending wines in 2007 to develop flavors that paired well with food and that he could sell at an accessible price. In 2010 he made his own wine for the first time using conventional methods. It turned out so-so. Bored of the limited flavor profiles of traditional wines, in 2011 he made his first natural wine and hasn't looked back. From there, he continued to refine his process, focusing on doing as little as possible (or nothing at all) beyond sourcing local, organically grown grapes and letting nature and wild yeast do the work in the fermentation process. He bottles his wines unfiltered, highlighting the terroir through distinct colors, textures, and tastes.

Now, five years later, Vinavanti has more than 11 wines on their always evolving tasting menu, ranging from a sparkling Ladona Muscat grown in Pauma Valley that tastes something like a cross between a sour beer and kombucha to their most popular GSM, a rich and smoky blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grown in Temecula Valley.

So what can you expect when stopping by the only certified organic winery in San Diego?

“We aim to create an environment where you can enjoy a unique tasting experience in an inviting space,” say Van Drunen.

Van Drunen himself is often pouring glasses at the bar and loves to chat about natural winemaking, his background in physics and many topics in between. Community tables make for great social gathering spaces, and romantic two-tops are perfect for quieter date nights. 

Vinavanti is located at 1477 University Ave in Hillcrest, and as Slow Food Urban San Diego’s newest Member Benefits Partner, they offer a 10% discount on wines to card-carrying Slow Food members. Be sure to check them out for weekly specials and events including cellar tours (they ferment most of their wines right in the urban winery) and movie nights, and ask them about their membership program and wines on tap.

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Bringing the Table to the Farm - Deckman's en el Mogor

by Sarah M. Shoffler, SFUSD Board Member

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In the heart of the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, up a hillside you’ll find the sensate joy of Deckman’s en el Mogor. Set on Mogor Ranch, this restaurant aims to “bring the table to the farm.” It delivers a Slow Food feast.

The extensive Mogor Ranch and winery grows or produces all the wine, vegetables, herbs, lamb and eggs that the talented Drew Deckman uses in his outdoor-served cuisine. Not only is the food fresh, you get to experience the terroir in which it was grown while you eat it. Sipping Mogor’s wine in the place its grapes were grown and the wine vinted, nibbling produce grown not feet away from where you sit opens the senses to a place. Drew sources all his seafood and other ingredients, from salt to cheese to beef, as locally and as responsibly as possible. He knows his food producers.

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This all means that the menu is seasonal, ever changing and made to order. I’m no food writer, but I can tell you his food is delicious, cooked with care and creativity. Deckman is also passionate about oysters. So if you love these bivalves, you’ll find a friend at Deckman’s.

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Deckman’s is an outdoor restaurant, sometimes equipped with haybale walls and a makeshift roof, but outdoors nonetheless. It overlooks the Valle. You see wineries for miles from your table. You smell the warmth from the Ranch rising as the sun sets. Deckman, who refers to himself as an ingredient facilitator not a chef despite his Michelin star, cooks on an outdoor grill. He chats with guests as they come and go. It’s altogether convivial. The Ranch dog, Pyrenea, might make a pass through the restaurant for a few scritches if she’s off duty from guarding the flock. All to say, it’s a magical experience rooted in the place.

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Slow Food Urban San Diego is pleased to welcome Deckman’s en el Mogor as one of our newest Member Benefit Partners. SFUSD members get 10% off their entire Deckman’s en el Mogor bill. We encourage you to make time to visit the winery, as well.

Magic night at Mogor Ranch. Photo credit: S. Shoffler

Deckman's en el Mogor Km. 85.5 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada San Antonio De Las Minas, Baja California, Mexico Contact them at mogor@deckmans.com / telephone: 646-188-3960

Board Members Sought

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Are you organized, passionate and willing to help with the nitty gritty of accomplishing Good, Clean & Fair? Then we want you! Seeking detail-oriented energetic folks to round out our board. All positions are voluntary. Send a resume or bio and letter of interest to volunteer@slowfoodurbansandiego.org with subject header "Board Application."

Members of the Board serve up to two two-year terms in any one position. To be eligible, you must have or obtain a Slow Food membership. Open positions described below.

The Great American Slow Food Revolution

Good Food Community Fair Chair  Slow Food Urban San Diego is seeking an organized event planner that is passionate about building community around good, clean & fair food for all. The Chair will run committee meetings and organize/manage logistics, fundraising opportunities and special programming for the 4th annual Good Food Community Fair. The Good Food Community fair is a gathering of good, clean & fair organizations and a celebration of local food and craft drinks with cooking demos, art, discussion panels and more. For more information visit: http://goodfoodfair.com/. Also seeking Co-Chair to train up into the position.

 

Become a Member Benefit Partner!

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Our members are always on the lookout for Slow Food-friendly restaurants and businesses. These are establishments that provide delicious food created with locally-sourced ingredients and good, clean, and fair practices. We strive to recommend businesses our members should support to satisfy their Slow Food cravings. Our goal is to encourage members to stimulate the local economy and support local restaurants and the long food chain that supports them from farmer to chef. We hope that, by providing our members with special discounts at select Slow Food-friendly restaurants, they will be encouraged to experience and support the culinary gems of urban San Diego.

How It Works

All Slow Food Urban San Diego members receive a Member Benefits Card that they can present to receive a small (10% suggested) discount on their food bill (including or excluding alcohol) or a special offer at Slow Food-friendly businesses. With your participation, we hope to encourage our engaged and passionate community of members to shop and support Slow Food-minded businesses such as yours.

Join SFUSD

Participating restaurants and businesses will be highlighted on the Slow Food Urban San Diego website, newsletter and Facebook page. To view current program participants please visit our Member Benefits webpage.

We at Slow Food Urban San Diego are very excited about the support that our Membership Benefit program will provide to the local San Diego food economy. If you think that you might be interested in becoming a part of this program, please complete the attached application. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have - thank you for your consideration!

If you would like your business to participate in our Member Benefits program, please complete and the application below send your it to us at the following address:

Email: membership@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

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Post:    SFUSD Membership 301 Washington St. Box 216 San Diego CA 92103

Membership Benefits Program Application

If you have any questions about the Member Benefit Program or partnering with SFUSD, please contact us at: membership@slowfoodurbansandiego.org.

 

 

SFUSD Welcomes a New Member Benefit Partner, Local Habit

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Local Habit large logoSlow Food Urban San Diego welcomes our newest Member Benefit Partner, Local Habit! With "Cali-Creole" food, created by executive chef Nick Brune, Neopolitana-style pizzas, house-cured meats, local produce, and a seasonal menu, the newly re-opened Local Habit embodies Slow Food's mission. SFUSD members get 20% off drinks. Check out their farm-driven sustainable menu in Hillcrest.

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Psst: And keep your eye peeled for a SFUSD Slow Sips event at Local Habit in July!

Interested in becoming a Slow Food Member Benefit Partner? Email:membership@slowfoodurbansandiego.org.

GET INVOLVED! 2015 Board of Directors Elections

Apply by November 7th to info@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

 

Slow Food Urban San Diego is seeking qualified and passionate volunteers for our 2015/2016 term. Terms, unless otherwise noted, are two years with the option to re-apply for a second term. The following positions are up for re-elections:

 

Co-Chair, Adult Education

The Education Committee Co-Chair for Adult Education works with Education Co-Chair for Youth/Family to hold monthly Education Committee meetings, striving to engage and include Slow Food Urban San Diego's Membership as much as possible.  The Adult Education Committee Chair is expected to organize two classes annually geared towards adult taste and cooking education.

Chair, Food Justice

The Food Justice Chair holds monthly committee meetings and organizes Slow Bucks, a program which provides free local produce to low-income seniors.  The Food Justice Chair is also the liaison to the Slow Food California Policy Committee, which meets monthly via conference call.

Good Food Community Fair Chair

The Good Food Community Fair Chair is responsible for producing our annual event, The Good Food Community Fair, in conjunction with Food Day in October.  This position also leads other events as determined by the Board.

Secretary

The secretary takes minutes during board meetings and administers annual elections.

Communications

The Communications Chair holds monthly committee meetings and oversees the newsletter, blog, website and social media.

Treasurer

The Treasurer maintains the books for the organization, handles expense reimbursements, accounts payable, and annual filings.  The treasurer is responsible for leading the budgeting process and providing financial guidance to the Board.   This position presents a Treasurer's report at monthly board meetings.  A working knowledge of Quickbooks is required but training by the outgoing treasurer will be provided if necessary.

Co-Chair, Membership

The Membership Co-Chair maintains and updates the membership list and reports membership status at each board meeting.  Membership co-chairs share the responsibility of organizing membership drives in accordance to Slow Food USA directives and take the lead in planning Slow Food Urban San Diego's Annual Membership meeting. Membership Co-Chairs may develop and coordinate additional programs to build the Chapter membership.

Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinator handles the volunteer database, organizes volunteers for Slow Food and partner events and organizes one volunteer appreciation event annually.

Chair-elect/Vice Chair

The Chair-elect works with the Co-Chair to administrate the Slow Food Urban San Diego Board of Directors and maintain chapter standing.  Candidates must have served on the Slow Food Urban San Diego Board for a minimum of one year and agree to assume the Board Chair position in 2016 for a one-year term.

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The Chair administrates the Slow Food Urban San Diego Board of Directors and maintains chapter standing.  Candidates must have served on the Slow Food Urban San Diego Board for a minimum of one year.  This is a one year term.

If you are interested in applying to the the Slow Food Urban San Diego Board of Directors, please email a brief bio and letter of interest indicating the position in which you are interested to info@slowfoodurbansandiego.org by November 7th.  In-person interviews will be scheduled the second and third weekends in November.

Sincerely,

Slow Food Urban San Diego Board of Directors

March Slow Sips!

Join us for Slow Sips on March 19th, 6-8pm, at Fish Public! This month we have a extra special treat for you! We'll be celebrating Sustainable Seafood Month as part of our monthly Slow Sips event!

As always, you'll be able to learn more about getting involved in our grass-roots organization, sign up to be a volunteer, and meet and mingle with like-minded friends. There will be a cash bar and full menu available for ordering. In addition, thanks to a Collaborative Fisheries Research West grant awarded to researchers at California Sea Grant based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and at University of San Diego we are also able to feature  complimentary samples of local seafood prepared by the Fish Public kitchen!

This is a Slow Sips event you won't want to miss!

Please let us know that you're coming: RSVP here!

 

About Fish Public: Restaurant visionary Tracy Borkum manifests a quaint 3,500-square-foot seafood eatery in San Diego’s charming Kensington neighborhood with Fish Public, which opened doors in June 2013. Fish offers quality sea fare at accessible price points and draws culinary inspiration from the Atlantic’s Gulf Coast, New England and English Coast as well as West Coast of America, Baja and Pacific Rim regions. Unique offerings include an artisan retail area and a custom chef’s oyster counter with peek-a-boo views into the kitchen. The interior design, spearheaded by Borkum herself, is reminiscent of a Nantucket-inspired beach cottage with a light and airy appeal.

Focal details include whitewashed wood accents and unexpected lighting fixtures fashioned from old fishing nets. Fish Public’s beverage program is comprised of draft craft beers, an international wine selection and an eclectic cocktail menu with all mixers, syrups and infusions made in-house.

Fish Public is located at 4055 Adams Avenue and is open Sunday from 5-9pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 5-9pm, and Friday through Saturday from 5-10pm. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Sunday from 5-6:30pm. For more information please visit www.fishpublic.com or check or call 619.281.4014. For updates visit Fish Public on Facebook at www.facebook.comm/fish.public or Twitter at @fishpublic.

Join Slow Food Urban San Diego at the first annual Good Food Community Fair!

When: Sunday October 27th, 10am-2pm

Location: San Diego Public Market, 1735 National Avenue, San Diego, California 92113

As a celebration of Food Day, San Diego organizations in the Good, Clean & Fair Food communities are gathering for a day of learning, sharing & fun!

Join us at the San Diego Public Market to meet and mingle with San Diegans working towards a sustainable & delicious San Diego.

This is a free community event open to the public. There will be prizes a schnazzy Slow-photobooth and of course...food!

Participating Good Food Community Fair partners include: The 1:1 Movement,Alchemy, California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter, Catalina Offshore Products, Edible San Diego, Feeding America San Diego, Jack Ford, Front Burner FundGolden Coast MeadSan Diego Food BankJeanne's Garden Program for Children, Leah's Pantry & EatFresh.org, Meals4Hunger, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Peace Garden, Project New Village, San Diego Community Garden Network, San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego Hunger Coalition, San Diego Public Market, San Diego Unified School District's Farm to School Program, Seeds@City Urban Farm, Slow Money SoCal, Specialty Produce, Starlite, Totes Upcycled, UC San Diego Pediatrics - School Wellness Program, Susie's Farm, Veg-Appeal, Whole Foods Market Hillcrest, Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Who are we?

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On the cusp of the transition to 2013, you may be asking yourself a boatload of questions pertaining to your job, your family, your hobbies. How am I making a difference? Is my job meaningful to me? How can I improve my family life in this coming year? Is crocheting for me? The answers to those reflections buzzing around in your head can probably be summarized in a few words: love, happiness, community, health, etc. Those simple words can mean a lot of things, but constructing the connotations behind the widely understood definitions can bring you closer to others you discover feel the same way.

Organizations need to define what is important to them too. Slow Food has a few words that have brought us all together and I think the beginning of a new year is a good time to revisit our purpose. How will Good, Clean, and Fair influence your life choices in 2013?

Good:

The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

Clean:

When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.

Fair:

We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.

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.

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!