Guerilla Dining: November 1

October 21, 2008

Join Supplement on Saturday, November 1st at 6:00 pm for our first ever Supplement potluck dinner.

We will supply the location, tables, tablecloths, chairs, plates, hockey rink, glasses, eating implements, and napkins. You bring the food and drinks.

Cost: $0

How: RSVP to supplementws@gmail.com
You will receive an email with directions to the dinner once we have received your RSVP.

Join us on All Hallows Day 2008 for food, drink, revelry, political discourse, and general mirth. We’re putting the luck back into potluck!
Hurry! There is only room for 43 people.


World Food Day 2008

October 10, 2008

World Food Day 2008

World Food Day takes place on October 16, this year. The theme is World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.

World Food Day provides an occasion to once again highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come.–/www.fao.org

For more information, click here.

To check out how to get involved globally, click here.

To participate in a food blogging event highlighting World Food Day’s mission, click here.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Guerilla Dining: October 18

October 3, 2008

SUPPLEMENT #5-Bourbon, Beer, and Barbecue

Join Supplement on Saturday October 18th at 7pm for a Fall Harvest/Low Country dinner. We will have a choice selection of small batch bourbons and microbrewed beers available for the “cocktail hour” and serve dinner promptly at 8pm. For dinner we will be showcasing local foods from the area and pork from Moore Farms in Liberty, NC. Brad Moore raises pastured pork on his farm and will join us for dinner to talk about his passion for local and sustainable foods.

From Brad’s website:

I am a part time farmer working on my family farm near Liberty. I sell delicious pork from hogs raised on pasture. They are free to roam, root and play in the sunshine without added hormones or antibiotics. Also, I grow on farm many of the grains fed to the hogs. I sell sausage, ribs, chops, tenderloin and fat back at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and from the farm by appointment.


Cost: $35 donation

Where: You will receive an email with directions once you have sent your RSVP to supplementws@gmail.com

*Really good vegetarian options will be available.

Hurry! Seats fill up fast.

http://supplementws.blogspot.com – for more info, videos, etc.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Dining from the outside-in

September 27, 2008

Do you remember drive-in movie theaters?

The lure of going out on Saturday night, paying one price and seeing up to three movies? The snack bar called to you with words like “popcorn”, “hot dog”, “french fries”, and “candy” didn’t it? You’d turn your radio to a frequency or put the speaker inside the car window for the surround sound effect.

Well, have you ever heard of an Eat-In?

According to the Web site, Eat-Ins.org was launched after 250 students and young farmers, cooks, artisans and activists gathered for an Eat-In in San Francisco’s Dolores Park during the inaugural Slow Food Nation.

Do you know of any local Eat-Ins? Would you like to start one?

Let us know. Post a comment here or a link.

If you would like more information or would like Eat-Ins.org to post an announcement for or summary of your Eat-In, please write gordon [at] slowfoodnation.org.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Slow Times Fall 2007

October 10, 2007

Slow Food Piedmont Triad News
Fall 2007

Announcements

Informal Book Discussion Group

Slow Food members Stephanie Reck and Laura Frazier are reading the new book by Nina Planck, Real Food: What to Eat and Why. A book discussion over coffee is being organized for late October. Stay tuned! An email announcement will be made about the meeting place and date.


Events

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tuesday Gardening Series: “Slow Food – Break the Fast!”
Reynolda Gardens Greenhouse, Wake Forest University
100 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Free admission

Jim Toole will speak about Slow Food at the education wing of the greenhouse at Reynolda Gardens, a preserve of woodlands, fields, wetlands and formal gardens originally part of the Reynolda estate. Learn more about how you can make a difference – one delicious mouthful at a time! For directions and more information about Reynolda Gardens, please visit www.reynoldagardens.org.

Bettini Farm produceSlow Food snail logo

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Workday and Potluck at Bettini Farm
2830 Lees Chapel Road, Greensboro
Begins at 10 am, lunch begins around 12:30
Please RSVP to Laurie at lponeill@slowfoodpiedmont.org by Oct. 24.
www.bettinifarm.com

Come out to the Bettini Farm on the skirts of Greensboro and participate in planting a sustainable muscadine grape vineyard. Help is needed in constructing the trellises (holes will be pre-dug!) and planting the vines that the Bettinis are now rooting from heirloom stock found on their family farm. Information will be provided on the process, and Deb and Randy will be happy to show you around the other parts of their farm. The persimmons may be ripe!

Not able or willing to get your hands in the dirt? Bring food to the potluck lunch, kick back, watch the trains, and socialize with other Slow Food Piedmont Triad members at the farmstand!

Please bring work gloves, a shovel or rake if you plan to participate in the work, and a lawn chair and a dish of slow food and a beverage for the potluck. The Bettinis will provide cutlery, plates, cups, ice and tea.

Agenda:

10:00a: Meet at Bettini Farm, 2830 Lee’s Chapel Road. Park in the driveway, additional parking is at the roadside produce stand.

10:15a: Welcome and intro to Bettini Farm – We will go over logistics, and what we are going to be doing.

10:30a: Overview of the softwood cuttings and layering method of rooting Muscadine plants. A handout of the rooting steps to prepare for next Spring’s planting will provided.

11:00a: Walk over to the vineyard site, discuss row placement, soil preparation, then break into teams and begin installation of posts and trellis system into the pre-dug holes.

12:30p – until: Lunch will be served at the produce stand, which will give us an opportunity for questions and answers, or just be railfans and watch the trains go by.

Goat at Goat Lady DairySlow Food snail logo

Sunday, October 28, 2007
Fall Open House at Goat Lady Dairy
3515 Jess Hackett Rd., Climax NC
1 to 5 pm
Free Admission – no pets please!
336-824-2163 www.goatladydairy.com

  • goats, chickens, pigs, cows
  • organic gardens, dairy barn, cheese-room
  • award winning cheese
  • local potter & woodcarver
  • art exhibit
  • local, pasture raised chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat & ostrich for sale

Come out for a family afternoon on the farm. Get up close and personal with our goats, chickens, pigs and cows. Tour the organic gardens, dairy barn and cheese-room. Learn about sustainable agriculture. Taste our handmade, award winning cheeses (and buy some to take home!) Make a pot with local potter, Odell Routh. Watch our local woodcarver, Chris Corbett. Enjoy a special art exhibit of farm and animal paintings by the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society. SPECIAL EVENT: Our local chapter of SLOW FOOD is sponsoring several local farmers who will bring their clean and humanely raised meats for sale. They will be on hand to tell how they produce local chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat and ostrich. We will have samples for you to taste the flavor difference in local, clean raised meats. We look forward to your visit! For directions visit www.goatladydairy.com

See you on Oct. 28th – RAIN (we hope!) OR SHINE.

Friday, November 2, 2007
RAFT Picnic – Saving Authentic American Foods
The Inn at Celebrity Dairy
144 Celebrity Dairy Way, Siler City, NC
Space limited. $50 per person. Advance tickets required.

This event is the fourth of the five national RAFT picnics sponsored this year by The Renewing America’s Food Traditions Project. RAFT is a coalition of seven of the most prominent non-profit food, agriculture, conservation, and educational organizations dedicated to rescuing America’s diverse foods and food traditions. These organizations include: American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, Chefs Collaborative, Cultural Conservancy, Native Seed/SEARCH, Seed Savers Exchange, and Slow Food USA. The coalition was formalized between January and March of 2004 to support a synergy between these partners and local, tribal, or regional groups of producers in their on-going work of safeguarding and revitalizing authentically American foods.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) will host its 30-year Anniversary Conference Reception on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at The Inn at Celebrity Dairy. This year ALBC will also be celebrating their role as a partner in Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) by featuring rare breed meat, fruits, and vegetables from ALBC’s Conservation Priority List and the RAFT “Red List.” This will be a rare opportunity to sample endangered foods unique to the North American continent while celebrating ALBC’s 30 years of conservation of livestock and poultry breeds.

Come feast on an aromatic Armenian stew prepared with Tennessee Fainting goat, topped with organic tomatoes and nestled in a bed of Carolina Gold Rice. Sample Buckeye and Java chicken prepared in a lovely cream sauce that compliments their hearty and satisfying flavor. Enjoy warm apple crisp made from Stayman apples topped off with Celebrity Dairy’s own famous goat milk ice-cream—and much, much, more!

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is dedicated to conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. ALBC monitors breed populations of eleven traditional agricultural species in the US, identifies endangered breeds, documents breed performance, and promotes their use. The preeminent source for information on genetic conservation of livestock and poultry in the US, ALBC has long recognized that sustainable agriculture is the ideal habitat for many of breeds that are regionally adapted and selected for self-sufficiency.

As with any great feast, space is limited. All tickets are advanced sale. Tickets are $50 each, and can be purchased through the ALBC website at http://albc-usa.org/conference2007/RAFTpicnic2007.html, or by phone at (919) 542-5704.

More information about the conference can be found at http://albc-usa.org/conference2007/conf2007.html

More information about RAFT can be found at Slow Food USA.

Directions and more information about Celebrity Dairy can be found at www.celebritydairy.com/inn/inn_directions.htm.

Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 2007
22nd Annual CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Durham, NC

Registration and more details at www.carolinafarmstewards.org. Keynote speakers: Friday night, Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm. Saturday night: Michael Ableman. Workshops, farm tours, meals, and socializing.


Events on September 8

September 6, 2007

There’s one big day on our calendar for September, and it’s coming up on Saturday!  There will be a breakfast to raise funds for the Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market at their annual Farmer’s Appreciation Day on Saturday, and Slow Food will have a table there.  After that, you can head out to Rising Meadow Farm for their fifth annual Farm Fest!  This event will be especially interesting for the knitters, crocheters, and weavers among you, but they will also have great music and local food!  Please check out the details below.

October and early November will be huge months for Slow Food and related organizations, so get ready for some big Slow Food fun next month!  Curious?  A few of these events are listed on the events page now, and more will be added in the next few days.  Please send me any food-related event announcements (non-commercial) to send to the list and put on our events web page.

Saturday, September 8, 2007
Farmer’s Appreciation Day
Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market, corner of Yanceyville and Lindsay Sts., Greensboro
6 a.m. – noon

The Market celebrates its anniversary and salutes the local farmer. This event features live music, exhibitors, free food tastings, door prizes, and more! Slow Food Piedmont Triad will have an information table at this event.

Saturday, September 8, 2007
Farm Fest Five
Rising Meadow Farm, Randolph County
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

A celebration of the Fiber Arts and “Good Living” featuring:

  • Great Local Food – see description below!
  • Fiber Animals
  • Fiber Artists and other Fine Artisans
  • Hands-On Demonstrations
  • Sheep Dog Demonstrations
  • Live Celtic Music- “Seamus Stout” from Fort Worth, Texas (www.seamusstout.com) including a couple of Pipers from the North Texas Caledonian Pipe Band

From Ann Fay: “We will have plenty of food to eat at Farm Fest as well as some things to buy and take home. On the menu will be two lamb offerings from Rising meadow Farm. Sliced leg of lamb and kefta (a Moroccan “burger”), both served in pita with homemade tzatziki sauce and homegrown tomatoes – hamburgers from TT Grassfed Beef, all beef hot dogs, and Middle Eastern fare from Zaytoon Restuarant in Greensboro. (hummus, spanokopita, felafel, Greek salad). For beverages there’ll be homemade apple cider (made right here by Windy Hill Orchards, Ararat, VA), homemade root beer (Three Waters Farm, Graham) and homemade lemonade by Girl Scout Troop #578, Grays Chapel. To top it all off there’ll be ice cream cones from Homeland Creamery and homemade coconut cake from “Sisters” (a couple of neighbors who bake wonderful goodies).

“As folks leave they can buy apples, jams and jellies from Windy Hill Orchard, honey and gourmet honey vinegar from Honeybee Harvest, Julian , grassfed beef from TT Grassfed Beef, Trinity and of course our Rising Meadow lamb.

“The whole idea about Farm Fest is that everything is homemade, handmade, homegrown, etc. The food goes right along with that!”

Directions at www.risingmeadow.com.


Wine, Cider & Mead Progressive Tasting Tour

August 14, 2007

Saturday-Sunday, August 25-26, 2007
Wine, Cider & Mead Progressive Tasting Tour
Foggy Ridge Cider, Blacksnake Meadery, Villa Appalaccia, Chateau Morisette and Amrhein Winery, Virginia

From Diane Flynt at Foggy Ridge Cider: “Each winery (or cidery and meadery!) serves an appetizer portion of food paired with a free tasting of selected wines, cider and mead. So for $20 you visit five great looking sites, taste First Fruit Cider, Bee Brew, Sangiovese, Vigonnier, a nice dry Riesling and many more wine, cider and mead selections. Plus you taste interesting food pairings including brick oven pizza, BBQ with three dipping sauces, Kabobs, etc. Some people make it a day trip and others stay at a local B & B and visit over two days. We had incredible customer response last time and almost ran out of food!”

For details, please visit www.blueridgewinetrail.com