Join us for the 2nd North Shore Tour de Farms on Oct. 14th!
If you didn't get a chance to attend our Tour de Farms in the North Shore last month, here's a 2nd opportunity for you and your biking buddies to come check out your local farms along our northern coast and participate in a leisurely bike ride led by NOFA/MASS's very own Dan Bensonoff! Come join us on Saturday, October 14th (Rain date: 10/15) and chat with farmers of the north shore and learn about what's being sown and grown in this beautiful coastal region. Ride across the scenic New England countryside passing along gorgeous autumn foliage at its peak! You'll also get to have a delicious, satisfying lunch specially prepared by us and Dan!
For our last stop, you'll get to cool down and explore a local apple orchard, where you can go apple-picking, sample of some fresh cider and have at some warm, freshly made cider donuts if you so choose!
Rides are $60 per person which includes a guided ride across several local farms and lunch (does not include purchases made at the apple orchard); meeting location and ride details will be sent to registrants shortly before the event date. Registration is limited, so don't miss out and sign up here!
Thank You NOFA/MASS & North Shore Farmers!
Slow Food Boston would like to express our deepest gratitude to the farmers of the North Shore who participated in this year's Tour de Farms! It was our first time exploring local agriculture in this region and we could not be more impressed and inspired by the amazing work being done around sustainable farming and food cultivation up there!
Very special thanks to the Grant Family Farm, Plough in the Stars Farm, Three Sisters Garden Project, Appleton Farms, and especially Alprilla Farm for providing parking space and letting us set up shop for a fun-filled post-ride Pizza Party.
Last but certainly not least, we really want to thank Dan Bensonoff of our partner organization NOFA/MASS for leading this spectacular ride and preparing a delicious lunch for our riders, Thank You, Dan!
Also, many thanks to those of you who were able to ride with us and support our North Shore food growers, we were thrilled to meet you all and were glad to hear you had a great time!
Did you miss out on this tour? Don't fret! Tour de Farms in the North Shore part deux will be happening Saturday, October 14th (Rain date 10/15)! Same amazing ride with the same amazing farmers! Come ride in beautiful fall foliage across the north shore countryside and see what farmers have in store for this year's autumn harvest. Register here before tickets run out!
Tour de Farms North Shore This September!
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of MA (NOFA/Mass) and Slow Food Boston proudly presents this summer's Tour de Farms! This year it will take place in the North Shore on Saturday, September 16th (rain date, Sunday 9/17), where we will get to see what's in store for the fall harvest, visit farms and meet farmers along this region, and learn about sustainable agriculture. The tour will include lunch and bike escorts along the way. An optional post-ride farm-to-table beer and pizza gathering at Alprilla Farm featuring freshly made pizza sourced from local ingredients prepared by chef Danielle Glantz is also an option for riders to continue enjoying the day with Slow Food Boston and company.
Don't miss out! Find more details here to register. See you there!
Urban Homesteading Festival
The Kitchen at The Boston Public Market, managed by The Trustees, is hosting The Urban Homesteading Festival on Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, partnering with Slow Food Boston and The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). The Festival aims to teach Boston urbanites how to modify traditional homesteading techniques to work in their urban environments. The day consists of five hour-long sessions led by leading experts, including sessions on cheese making at home, beer brewing, herb preservation, broth making, and indoor mushroom cultivation. Each session will include discussions, demonstrations, and tastings.
Tickets available now: https://urbanhomesteading.eventbrite.com/?aff=Partner.
Celebrate Giving Tuesday with Slow Food Boston!
We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving the “slow” way: Celebrating the holidays with a thoughtfully prepared meal you made with products from your local producers and enjoying it with loved ones over laughter and lively conversation.
To continue the festivities and to honor #GivingTuesday, Slow Food Boston is excited to announce we will be making a considerable donation to a local organization that embodies our mission in promoting “good, clean, fair” food every day in what they do – supporting food justice and the local food movement, reshaping unsustainable food practices, and changing the future of food and what we eat with consideration to health, the environment, and all communities.
For the first time, Slow Food members will have the special opportunity to vote on what organization should be awarded for their efforts and have made a significant impact throughout Boston, whether it be providing greater access to healthy food, reducing food waste, or ensuring our future food leaders are well-equipped with the skills needed to build a better food system. Members will receive an exclusive email with a list of organizations they can select from to cast their vote!
Not a member? Join Slow Food so you can be a part of our #GivingTuesday contributions to ensure your favorite food organization has your vote and a greater chance to receive the funds needed to grow and continue doing their amazing work!
Discover the World of Spice with Lior Lev Secarz!
Slow Food Members!
Next month we are truly delighted to host a special evening with Lior Lev Secarz, one of America's renowned spice aficionados who has worked with notable chefs including Daniel Boulud, Michael Solomonov, and Marc Forgione in addition to having uniquely blended spices sold in several boutiques such as Eataly and ABC Carpet & Home. Join us for a lovely evening where Lior will provide a short and informative presentation on how to purchase spices and blend them to create original spice blends that deliver bold, innovative flavors. A short reception featuring small bites and wine from Central Bottle Wine + Provisions will follow the talk. In addition, attendees of this event will receive a copy of Lior's new book, The Spice Companion, along with a unique spice blend to take home.
Early Bird Individual Tickets: $35
Early Bird Pair of Tickets: $45
Individual Ticket: $40
This event will take place on November 2nd from 6-9pm. Discounted tickets at $10 will also be available to Slow Food Members who prefer to just attend the event without a copy of the book (details will be emailed to members only.)
Not a member? Join Slow Food Boston and attend this exciting event!
***UPDATE: Brats & Brawn CANCELLED***
Due to inclement weather, we have decided to cancel this event. We apologize for any inconvenience; those who have registered will be fully refunded.
In the mean time, stay tuned for our Fall Social only two weeks away!
Upcoming Events this Fall
We have two very exciting events this October you won't want to miss! Find out more about them on our Events page and register before tickets run out!
BRATS & BRAWN
259 Allandale Road
October 2nd, 11am-1pm
2016 Slow Food Socials
383 Dorchester Avenue
October 11th, 6-9pm
Come to the Table This September!
We're excited to kick off the fall with Slow Food USA's national membership campaign to bring food advocates throughout the country to join the Slow Food community and strengthen our efforts to build a national food system that is "good, clean, and fair."
During the month September, Slow Food nation encourages you to "come to the table" in celebrating foods locally grown, produced, and prepared, joining the conversation on how we can drive policy and grassroots efforts towards sustainable food systems, and preserving local food traditions that bring people together.
In addition, just for a limited time, SF USA is offering Give What You Can to everyone who wants to become a member at ANY amount they wish to donate! Sign up now for the upcoming year and come join us for exciting events including Slow Food Nations, Terre Madre, and your local socials.
Summer Food Blog Series Finale
This week, we conclude our summer series with a post from someone who has made her mark in food writing for some of the most renowned food magazines in New England. We are greatly pleased and honored to present a post by Annie Copps, former Editor of Yankee Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Concierge. She currently travels the globe teaching cooking classes and offering culinary tours as a manager for Bon Appétit's luxury cruise ship's culinary center.
In "Homesick for Homegrown," Annie shares discoveries on exotic, local, and celebrated harvests at central markets during her travels and divulges on the one seasonal food she misses most from home in New England when abroad.
As we wrap up, we also want to thank all of our guest bloggers who were generous enough to share their personal stories, unique insights and helpful tips on what eating locally and building community around food means to them. We thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one and appreciate their contributions to Slow Food's mission in supporting "good, clean, and fair" food!
Are you interested in blogging for Slow Food Boston? We want to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Food Blog Series, Part Six: Dîner En Blanc Boston
This week, we can hardly contain our excitement in sharing a special post from our very own SFB Board Member, Jennifer Garrett! Jennifer is our Outreach Lead and a freelance Project Manager who organizes the annual Let's Talk About Food event. She is also a consultant at Community Servings, a local non-profit dedicated to serving freshly made, home-delivered meals to residents living with AIDS and their dependents while providing a kitchen job training program to individuals in need of employment skills.
In this post, Jennifer gives a first-hand look at the glamorous and elegant festivities of this year's Dîner en Blanc - Boston, an annual public dinner that originated in Paris and has been adopted by several major cities all over the world. Read about special highlights and Q&As from attendees on why they enjoy participating in this special event.
Part Five of Our Summer Food Blog Series!
Only three more entries before our series (and summer) officially ends!
This week, we are deeply honored and privileged to have award-winning cookbook author, community activist, and consulting chef, Didi Emmons, founder of Haley House Bakery Cafe and author of The Vegetarian Planet, Entertaining for a Veggie Planet, and Wild Flavors: One Chef's Transformative Year Cooking from Eva's Farm.
Read about Didi's latest inspirational project in "Community Through Cooking:" A summer cooking class series where Mattapan teenagers are taught multicultural recipes from seniors in their community to preserve time-honored classics from their homeland and to promote healthy eating among local youth.
Slow Food Summer Highlights
Here are photo highlights that capture some of our favorite moments this summer and more!
Part Four of Our Summer Food Blog Series Now Available!
We're half way through our summer series and could not be more excited to feature this week's guest, Maggie Battista, founder and director of Eat Boutique, an online, one-stop shop for small-batch food gifts. She is also author of Food Gift Love, an original cookbook that offers fabulous food gift recipes for your culinary crafting pleasure. In her post "Save Summer: Five Ways to Keep Summer Rolling Through the Year," Maggie shares food-saving secrets to preserving summer flavors year-round. Also be on the lookout for her special summer giveaway contest happening next Thursday!
Slow Food Summer Social A Great Success!
A huge thank you to the Boston slow food community for attending our summer social and surrounding us with great company last night, to the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market for providing a beautiful and convenient space, and of course, to our partner Buffalo Trace for creating refreshing bourbon beverages to beat the summer heat!
We also want to acknowledge the Boston Public Market vendors who provided us with delicious treats to accompany our cocktails and for sharing their passion and knowledge on the foods they produce:
Interested in organizing or co-hosting other types of events and activities with Slow Food Boston? Email us at email@example.com to share your ideas on how we can work together to support good, clean, and fair food! In the mean time, continue to check our site or subscribe to our mailing list so you can find more fun events on the way this fall!
Check Out Part Three of Our Summer Food Blog Series!
Our summer blog continues this week with special guest writer Cristiano Bonino, Founder and Tour Leader of Food.Stories.Travel. In his post "Remembering Through Food," Cristiano shares his personal insights on which special homemade dishes he misses most from his native Italy and what he appreciates most about the food and agriculture here in Massachusetts.
Slow Food Summer Social Only a Few Days Away!
Join us on Tuesday, August 9th for an evening of summer cocktails and refreshments with Buffalo Trace, Kentucky Straight bourbon from one of the most award-winning distilleries in the world. Aged in oak barrels, this bourbon is rich, distinctive, and complex in flavor with a smooth finish.
You won't want to miss out on sampling some of the finest handcrafted bourbon and learning about their unique distillery process from experts, who will also provide special cocktail creations just for this event!
Admission is $5 and includes a complimentary signature cocktail. Go here for more information and to register.
Part Two of Our Summer Food Blog Series Now Available!
Our featured guest blogger this week is John Forti, Director of Horticulture at the MA Horticulture Society and one of our Massachusetts Slow Food Governors. To get an in-depth look at the history, culture and food traditions of Massachusetts, visit our Blog to read his post on "Seeds of Place ~ Rooted in Tradition."
Celebrate Terre Madre touring through Italy
It's hard to believe Terre Madre Salone del Gusto is just around the corner! In honor of the international expo, we're thrilled to announce that one of our Boston-based Slow Food Small Business Supporters, Cristiano Bonino, will be making a $100 donation to Slow Food Boston for each participant signed up for his tour during the event!
Cristiano is the Founder and Tour Leader of Food.Stories.Travel., which provides personalized culinary tours around Italy. This year, he's offering a special walking tour of Italy's Piedmont region for this year's Terre Madre to event participants who want to discover more about its food culture and history. Cristiano has been a long-time supporter of Slow Food Boston as an active member, spearheading local food projects that better connect the Slow Food community world-wide while continuing to spread his love for gastronomy, adventure, and making new friends around great food touring across Italy. This customized tour as part of the Terre Madre experience will include a visit to the site that inspired Carlo Petrini's start of the Slow Food movement, an exploration of the region's local agriculture, and an opportunity to sample some of its finest food and wine!
What is Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, you ask? It's an international 5-day conference and expo for the Slow Food and Terra Madre network, where delegates from Slow Food chapters along with farmers and food producers from around the world convene every two years in Turin, Italy to discover the latest in food innovations and initiatives happening around the world.
If you plan to attend this year's Terra Madre Salone del Gusto and are interested in this tour, visit Food.Stories.Travel. and let him know you are a supporter of Slow Food Boston and wish to sign up. All proceeds donated to Slow Food Boston will go towards Slow Food events, educational programs, and causes that align with Slow Food's mission in supporting sustainable practices that produce "good, clean, and fair" food.
Don't miss out on this exciting food adventure with one of the best tour guides in Italy!
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Part One of Our Summer Food Blog Series Now Available!
We are pleased to announce the first installment of our guest food blog series for the summer season, featuring our first guest blogger: Kimi Ceridon.
To learn more about Kimi and to read her piece written especially for our series, check out our Blog and discover what inspired Kimi to start her very own cookbook club!
2016 Slow Food Socials
AUGUST Slow Food Summer Social
Join Slow Food Boston for a special social event in August where we'll be partnering up with Buffalo Trace for an evening of cocktails and fun! Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of bourbon-based cocktails... including our very own summer social signature drink! Bring friends and meet folks in the area who share an interest in locally sourced and produced culinary specialties we aim to support in the slow food community.
The event will take place at the KITCHEN at Boston Public Market (1oo Hanover Street) on August 9th from 6-8pm; Registration for this event includes 1 complimentary Summer Social Signature Cocktail ($5 additional bourbon drink tickets). Enjoy snacks from Boston Public Market vendors plus sample other bourbon libations.
Members will be notified of registration in advanced, while non-members can sign up on July 15th. Check back here to sign up then, or visit our MEMBERSHIP page and sign up to get the latest news and access to unique offers around Slow Food Boston events and more!
2016 Tour de Farms UPDATE
This year's Tour de Farms was a huge success! 30 cyclists joined us for a fun mini-excursion in discovering the farms and food producers of the south coast. Thanks to all who attended, to our co-sponsor the Culinary Guild of New England, and to the following participants that made this year's tour possible:
Buzzards Bay Brewing, Cluck & Trowel Farm, Eva's Green Garden, Ivory Silo Farm
Round the Bend Farm, Silverbrook Farm
We hope to see you again next year!
2016 Tour de Farms
Slow Food Boston and the Culinary Guild of New England are partnering up to host another Tour de Farms along the southern coast of Massachusetts! Join us on June 18th for a leisurely 16-mile bike ride and learn about the unique variety of foods that are grown and produced locally in South Dartmouth and Westport. Participants will get to visit six local food producers along the way, hear from local experts and witness first-hand how good, clean, and fair foods are grown and made in these neighborhoods while enjoying biking alongside scenic pastures and picturesque landscapes. Cyclists will also get to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch at an organic farm along with an optional beer tasting for $5.
Space is limited; registrants will be notified about the bike route, itinerary, and meeting place via email.
Don't miss out! Tickets can be purchased here.
Local Food Events in June
Trying to find local food events in the greater Boston area this summer? Look no further! A few of our partners are hosting some important and exciting events next month on healthy and seasonal eating:
Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds
Let's Talk about Food and Harvard University are teaming up again to host another informative event for healthy food advocates on supporting sustainable, nutritiously prepared school lunch across the nation.
This conference will examine the current progress of federal school food legislation and nutrition standards, highlight research findings on linkages between healthy school lunch and academic performance, while fostering collaboration between interest groups, governing officials, and active constituents. Guest speakers at this conference include
Chef Daniel Giusti, Founder of Brigaid, a healthy school lunch initiative
Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools
Michelle Wu, At-Large Boston City Councilor
To register and see the full conference agenda, click here.
2016 Strawberry Fete
They're at it again for a 7th year in a row!
Boston City Gleaners will host its 2016 Strawberry Fete, a grand ol' time to support food waste reduction while indulging on strawberry shortcake - the best way to enjoy strawberries at their peak this season!
This annual gathering will provide the much-needed funds to kick off a new gleaning season of collecting would-be wasted crops on farm fields that will go to food pantries, meal programs, and low-income markets.
The festivities will take place on June 16th at Mass Audubon Habitat from 5:30-8pm. Attendees will also get to enjoy hors d'oeurves from local fine-dining restaurants, live music, and raffle prizes. Doug Rauch, founder of Daily Table, an affordable, locally sourced grocery store, will be this year's featured guest speaker.
Go here to RSVP and learn more about this special summer celebration!
Seeking a Social Media Director!
If you're excited about local food and social media, come join our Board!
Slow Food Boston is searching for a new Social Media Director who is comfortable representing our online presence through various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help us stay connected with the Slow Food Boston community. This person will work closely with our Marketing/Communications & Outreach teams to spread the word and share updates about Slow Food Boston events and initiatives and all things relating to eating sustainably, local agriculture, and opportunities to get involved with Slow Food.
Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31st with a brief statement on why you think you would make a great addition to our team as our Social Media lead!
2016 Slow Food Socials
Potluck Style Social!
THE FOOD LOFT
Tuesday, May 17th at 6-8pm
Show off your cooking skills at this month's Social!
We're switching things up! This month's Slow Food Social will be at The Food Loft in South Boston, but this time, it will be POTLUCK style. Please join us on Tuesday, May 17 with your favorite dish to share, preferably homemade, that highlights the bounty of spring in New England. Slow Food Boston will provide beer and wine.
We hope you use this opportunity to create a dish that incorporates a local, seasonal ingredient and represents Slow Food values: GOOD (meaning tasty, seasonal, local, fresh, and wholesome); CLEAN (meaning it nourishes a healthful lifestyle and is produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment, and ensure animal welfare without harming human health); and FAIR (meaning affordable by all and respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork).
Space is limited so reserve your spot today.
2016 Slow Food Socials
Monday, April 11th at 6-8pm
TRADE in your Monday blues for cocktails with Slow Flood!
This month, we’re switching it up! Our monthly Slow Food Social will be at TRADE in Boston but on a MONDAY. Bringing a fresh look on casual dining, the menu at TRADE features cuisine inspired by celebrated chef Jody Adams' international travels with a focus on local ingredients and big flavors. There will be a cash bar, along with complimentary light appetizers. Space is limited to 50 people so reserve your spot today.
Join us on Monday, April 11th for our spring Slow Food Social! Throughout the year, we will host Slow Food Socials (aka cocktail hour!) at various bars and restaurants around town to encourage Slow Food members and the Boston food community at large to learn more about the Slow Food movement and connect with like-minded folks.
Space is limited to 50 people so reserve your spot today.
SFB at The Trustees' Gardeners' Gathering
Slow Food Boston is pleased to participate in The Trustees' 41st Annual Gardeners' Gathering, a forum that brings together over 400 gardeners throughout greater Boston to celebrate urban gardening and its vital role in the local economy, public health, and community enrichment. Come listen to our Massachusetts Slow Food Governor and local heirloom gardening expert, John Forti, as he leads a workshop on the importance of seed-saving for veteran and novice gardeners alike. Other learning activities will include favorite food cultivation and preparation techniques like fermentation and bee-keeping to name a few. Several exhibitors will also showcase their contributions to the diverse and growing landscape of Boston-based agriculture. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear a formal keynote address from Daniel Ross, CEO of Daisa Enterprises, who will discuss the "Dimensions of Social Change through Community Gardening."
The Gardeners' Gathering will take place on Saturday, March 26th from 11am to 4:30pm at Northeastern University (Egan Center and Shillman Hall); general admission is free.
2016 Slow Food Socials
Bond Restaurant & Lounge
Tuesday, March 15th at 6-8pm
Come join Slow Food Boston for cocktails, food, and great conversation!
Join us on March, 15th for the third monthly Slow Food Social! Throughout the year, we will host Slow Food Socials (aka cocktail hour!) at various bars and restaurants around town to encourage Slow Food members and the Boston food community at large to learn more about the Slow Food movement and connect with like-minded folks.
This month’s Slow Food Social will be at Bond Restaurant & Lounge at the Langham in Boston. In the heart of Boston’s Financial District, Executive Chef Mark Sapienza serves up seasonal menus of modern American cuisine with global influence, using fresh, locally sourced meats, produce and seafood from New England farms and purveyors. There will be a cash bar, along with complimentary light appetizers.
Space is limited to 50 people so reserve your spot today.
Thanks to those of you who attended our 1st annual Disco Soup event at Ashley Street Kitchen in East Boston, it was a success! We are grateful for all our volunteers who came and helped prepare delicious meals using would-be wasted produce for those in need this holiday season.
We would also like to recognize our amazing partners, Ashley Street Teaching Kitchen and theEast Boston Food Policy Council - this event would not have been made possible without their generosity and expertise. A huge thank you to our vendors who provided a delicious meal for us, East Boston Oysters for their beautiful, fresh oysters, La Sanghita for providing equally delicious vegetarian options, Boostrap Compost and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic for all their support, and last but not least, Food For Free, who donated the produce for our cause. Also want to give a big shout out to DJ Salim Akram (of Bad Rabbits) and DJ Gary Carlow for providing great music for our disco!
Disco Soup was an idea to raise awareness on how much food in our global agricultural system goes to waste every year, particularly misshapen produce commonly discarded for not meeting cosmetic standards of food distributors. We encourage you to continue supporting food waste initiatives by "eating ugly" and play an active role in preventing food waste in your community.