Slow Food Porchetta Dinner May 20, 2011

Slow Food Urban San Diego and The Lodge at Torrey Pines present aspecial opportunity to taste a traditional Italian porchetta, a whole roasted pig cooked by our guest, a master butcher from Abruzzo, Italy - Ercole Fasciocco - prepared with a locally-raised pig from Nathan's Farm.  

Culinary star Ercole Fasciocco continues decades of family tradition at Antica Macelleria Fasciocco.  A "macelleria" is a butcher shop, but the Fascioccos do much more than Americans would expect of a butcher.  Buying animals only from small-scale local farmers,  they are also artisan "salumieri", making many types of sausages and cured meats. They are also renowned as the best meat cooks in the region and are famous for their porchetta, a specialty of the Abruzzo region.

Participating San Diego chefs will also be contributing their own artisan food to the dinner - charcuterie and salad from Pete Balistreri of Tender Greens, a seafood appetizer from Paul Arias of The Fishery and porchetta accompaniments from Antonio Friscia of Stingaree and Jeff Jackson and the chefs of The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Also included in the $50 price of dinner is craft beer from Vince Marsaglia of Pizza Port/Port Brewing Company and wine from Palumbo Family Vineyards and Falkner Winery in Temecula.   Lorenzo Scarpone, founder of Slow Food San Francisco and VNO Wines will also be on hand to share his perspective on Slow Food internationally.  

Tickets are available for purchase online only, no walk-ins.  $10 from each ticket sold is a contribution to Slow Food Urban San Diego, a grassroots volunteer-driven non profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy for good, clean and fair food.  TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT.

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.

Good Food Awards Celebration at Tender Greens

Celebrate the San Diego Finalists and Winners of the Good Food Awards!
Join us at Tender Greens on March 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. to honor and
sample food from the the local artisans who were recognized in this
year's first annual Good Food Awards!
130 finalists in a variety of food categories were chosen as
outstanding producers of delicious, sustainably-produced foods.  Among
the San Diego honorees were Tender Greens for their smoked prosciutto,
pickled baby carrots and spiced apple pumpkin butter, The Linkery's
house cured country ham and Chuao Chocolatier for their Limited
Edition Origins 77% Cacao de Chuao
bar.   Tender Greens and Chuao Chocolatier were awarded one of the top
prizes in the Pickles and Chocolate categories.
Each participant will be on hand at the March 5 event to talk about
their food and craft and share tastes of their products.
Tickets are $30 and include wine and local beer.  Space is limited - purchase tickets here. 

Tender Greens Farm Dinner

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We're excited to announce that tickets are now available for this event! This is a very limited event, so we expect it to sell out quickly. To purchase a ticket use this Brown Paper Tickets link.
This dinner will celebrate the debut of Primal Cuts: Cooking With America's Best Butchers, a book celebrating the art and craft of butchering by Marissa Guggiana. We're especially excited, as the book includes a profile of Pete Balistreri.
The dinner takes places on October 27 at 6 pm at Point Loma Farm, 2431 Willow Street, San Diego, CA 92106. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes a copy of the book. If you're interested in attending, act now, as this event will sell out!

Camp Confab - September 11th & 12th


Take a look at what the Cooks Confab Chefs have cooked up this time!

Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12: Camp Confab! 

That's right, it's an overnighter with the Confablieri and the amazing people at Suzie's Farm in Imperial Beach, California, Bring your own tent and enjoy nature and nature's bounty with a variety of activities and excursions sure to please even the most urbane camper. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Slow Food Urban San Diego. 

Our participating Confablieri include: 
Amy DiBiase - Cosmopolitan 
Andrew Spurgin & Donald Coffman - Waters Fine Catering 
Antonio Friscia - Stingaree 
Christian Graves - Jsix 
Ian Ward - Snake Oil Cocktail Co. 
Katie Grebow - Cafe Chloe 
Melissa Mayer -Suzie's Farm 
Olivier Bioteau -Farm House Cafe 
Paul McCabe - Kitchen 1540 

Cooks Confab has also invited two guest chefs from Loews Hotel to join us, please welcome French Master Chef Marc Ehrler , Corporate Chef, Loews Hotels and Executive Chef, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, as well as Patrick Ponsaty, Chef de Cuisine, Mistral at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. These chefs have a wonderful relationship with Suzie's Farm. as well as a stake in the neighborhood, and we are excited about their participation. 

Ticket Price is 225.00 and includes all activities listed below (with the exception of the beach horseback riding and the MIHO Gastrotruck lunch, which require payment on premises plus some awesome camping swag! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010 

Make Camp! - 8:00am-4:00pm 
Bring your gear and set up your own camp on site. 

Suzie's Farm Tour - 10:30-12:00pm 
Join Lucila De Alejandro, Head Weed Puller of Suzie's Farm, for this personal and informative hands-on walking interview that will incorporate descriptions of the farm, 
its history and ideals 

Tijuana Estuary Tour  10:30am-12:30pm 
Take a tour with Kristen Goodrich from Slow Food Urban San Diego of the Tijuana Estuary, wetlands that protect a variety of plant communities and wildlife. Discover the richness that unfolds around the Visitor Center, be it upland plant adaptations or the significance of our estuarine habitat. Learn about the flora and fauna and this stunning and fascinating ecosystem. You will be transported from Suzie's Farm to The Tijuana Estuary. The cost of this activity is included in your ticket price. 

Dinner Harvest - 12:30pm-1:30pm 
Join Suzie's Farm's Harvesters, Head Weed Puller Lucila De Alejandro and Cooks Confab Chefs as they forage through the farm and decide what's for dinner tonight 

Beach Horse Ride - Booking Times Open 
What better way to see the beach than from horseback! Take this one-of-a-kind tour conducted Sandi's Rental Stable. Please contact Sandi's directly 619-424-3124 to make your arrangements. The stable is within walking distance from Camp Confab! 
- Supplemental cost and pre-booking applies 

MIHO Gastrotruck Luncheon in the Field - 12:00pm-2:00pm 
Kevin Ho and Juan Miron bring their Gastrotruck to Suzie's for their "Farm to Street and 
Back to the Farm" cuisine enjoyed in the field. On-site individual cash basis please 

Coffee Boot Camp - 2:00pm-3:00pm 
James and Paul, owners of The West Bean--a local micro-batch coffee roaster--will walk you through coffee from start to finish. You'll learn the value of a perfectly-roasted coffee bean, and why it will change your appreciation of a well-brewed cup of coffee. Boot Camp will begin with their selection of the raw green beans. How varying roasting methods bring out the different flavors and nuances of the beans. The intricacies of a properly brewed cup of coffee. You'll learn how to French press, drip-over brew, and expand your coffee palate. This class is definitely a 5-hour energy drink for your taste buds! 

Composting 101 - 2:00pm-3:00pm 
Want to know how and why? Now is your chance. Spend time with Master Composter Aaron Turner as he shows you exactly how you can bring this skill home for everyday use 

Getting to Know Cheese! - 3:15pm-4:00pm 
San Diego's leading specialty artisan cheese shop Venissimo joins us with Cheesemonger, Cheese Whiz and owner Gina Freize. Gina will share a little history, how it's made, what to pair, how to serve, ways to store & much more! Think 101 with a lot of 102 thrown in for good measure. Oh, and yes of course you get to try some of these gems. You'll walk away well on your way to becoming a Cheese Whiz too! 

A Few Words About Craft Beer - 4:00pm-5:00pm 
Join world renowned Master Brewer Tomme Arthur from The Lost Abbey for this not to be missed personal hands on session. Tomme will walk and taste you through what it takes to produce his world-class award winning brews. You'll come away with a little insider's knowledge and greater appreciation of this craft. "Fresh beer is great. Aged beer is better" - Tomme Arthur 

Camp Confab Harvest Dinner Celebration - 5:30pm - 8:30pm 
Join the chefs for this memorable community family-style dinner, fresh from the field. A barbacoa of locally-raised goat, stick fire roasted locally-caught fish, and a bounty of wonderful produce from Suzie's Farm and more... also included: beer pairings with The Lost Abbey, tequila tasting courtesy Casa Noble, and a cheese course assembled by Venissimo. 

Camp Fire Program - 8:30pm-10:00pm 
Skit and Talent Show: Dust off that harmonica and guitar, bust out the puppets, dress up like a ghost and tell a chilling tale, Yep, it time for the talent show! Contest for the best sing a long, skit, talent, puppet show, you name it,  it's up to YOU! Fantastical Prizes given for the best of the best! 

Bed Time! 
Off to your tent for a good nights sleep! 

Sunday September 12, 2010 

Clearing of the Fields - 6:45am-7:45am 
Join Falconer Andrea Asbaugh, along with Seely the Harris Hawk and Gossip the Jack Russell. Gossip flushes the vermin and then Seely goes to work. This dramatic early 
morning experience is not one to be missed! 

Cowbell Breakfast with Cooks Confab - 8:30am -10:00am 
Join the Cooks Confab chefs as they rustle up a "Harvester" breakfast for you 

Camp Strike - 12:00noon - 2:00pm 

Your tax deductible contribution is $135.00  
Slow Food Urban San Diego is a 501c3, educational, all volunteer, member supported non profit organization. 

Many thanks to Suzie's Farm for hosting this really fun time! 

NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

CineCucina = Italian Film + Slow Food + You

On Saturday, May 22, Slow Food Urban San Diego and the San Diego Italian Film Festival will present CineCucina, a day-long celebration of film and food.  The event will take place at the Birch North Park Theatre, and will feature an outdoor food fair from 11 am to 6 pm followed by "Slow Life in a Tuscan Town" a presentation by Douglas Gayeton and a screening of  Foccacia Blues at 6:30 pm.  Foccacia Blues is an independent film about a Southern Italian bread maker who stands up to a large corporation.  Purchase your ticket today!

Coffee Tasting and Education Class

Spend an afternoon learning about and appreciating the art of coffee! Local North Park roaster and coffee bar, Caffe Calabria, will host a special coffee class for Slow Food members on Saturday, February 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. Caffe Calabria's Arne Holt and Annalyn Lehnig will share their knowledge of coffee history, proper espresso and coffee brewing methods. Attendees will also sample coffee and learn about the coffee tasting technique known as cupping, and will be able to observe the cafe roast a batch of their renowned coffee beans. Class size is limited to 25 people and is $15 for Slow Food members, $20 for non-members. Register:

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

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