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

*Really good vegetarian options will be available.

Hurry! Seats fill up fast. – for more info, videos, etc.

~Nicolette Miller-Ka


Have you seen it?

September 27, 2008

Young people are the future. Personally, I am only 27 years old and I still feel like I am part of the future of America…the world, even. The decisions I make now will affect my future children and their children, too.

That being said, young adults in the college-age and young adult brackets have much come-uppance as of late. Baby boomers are impressed and intrigued by us. We intrigue ourselves.

The Greenhorns is a documentary film that debuted last year. It explores the lives of America’s young farming community—its spirit, practices, and needs. As the nation experiences a groundswell of interest in sustainable lifestyles, we see the promising beginnings of an agricultural revival. Young farmers’ efforts feed us safe food, conserve valuable land, and reconstitute communities split apart by strip malls. It is the filmmakers’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians.

According to Kerry Trueman, “…with dwindling resources, global food shortages, climate change, and the triple threats of peak oil, peak soil, and peak water nipping at our heedless heels, industrial agriculture is becoming a “luxury” we can’t afford…”

~Nicolette Miller-Ka

Slow Times Fall 2007

October 10, 2007

Slow Food Piedmont Triad News
Fall 2007


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.


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

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 by Oct. 24.

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.


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!

  • 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

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, or by phone at (919) 542-5704.

More information about the conference can be found at

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

Directions and more information about Celebrity Dairy can be found at

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

Registration and more details at 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 ( 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

Sanders Ridge Farm Potluck

July 1, 2007

sanders ridge potluck

The Slow Food potluck at Sanders Ridge Farm near Boonville was well attended, considering that it was a holiday weekend of sorts. Or would that be next weekend? Or would you split the difference? Anyway, we estimated that there were about 30 adults total and 6-7 children, who were entranced with collecting eggs from the chicken tractor.

What’s nice about a Slow Food potluck is that people are proud of the ingredients. When the produce is good, it’s enough to slice it up and eat it just as it is. Cindy, Sanders Ridge organic farmer, sliced up lemon cucumbers and Green Zebra tomatoes, among other delicious varieties. She told me that Green Zebra was Alice Waters’ favorite tomato. I can see why – it might have to be my next heirloom tomato try in the Back Forty.

Jim included homemade mozzarella in his homegrown green bean dish, which he was inspired to make after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I was tempted to do it too, and after tasting Jim’s and hearing first hand how easy it was (“I laughed it was so easy!”) I think that I’ll have to try it before One Local Summer is over.

There was pickled okra too. Pasta with lots o’garlic. Mac and cheese. Bread from Ollie’s Bakery. Homemade herb yogurt cheese with homegrown veggies to dip it up with. Amish butter. Mint and cucumber salad. Oatmeal cookies and cakes from a farmer’s market baker. Organic dates. Foggy Ridge hard cider. Pink lemonade with strawberries. Yum.

Update: Michael Hastings reports on the event in the Winston Salem Journal.

sanders ridge potluck

sanders ridge potluck

Laurie O’Neill

Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events April 27-29

April 23, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007
CHANGE! Slow Food Film Series: “King Corn”
Meet-up starts at 7, movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

This is a rare opportunity to see a sneak preview of the documentary King Corn, as it has been shown only 5 or 6 times in the U.S. The filmmakers made it on their own and it is now making the film festival circuit.

The movie is free, but we will ask for donations to send to the filmmakers to help them toward recovering the costs of production. There will be a couple of DVDs for sale.

From one of our Slow Food members: “King Corn is a fun and informative look at the life of corn from the farm to the feedlot and grocery store through the eyes of two college grads who rent an acre of farmland in Iowa on which to grow their own corn. Viewers are introduced to local farmers, townsfolk, agricultural agents, university scientists, and Michael Pollan along the way. This is a delightful, no-hype, enjoyable documentary that is more in the spirit of ‘The Real Dirt On Farmer John’ than ‘The Future of Food.'”

Meet other Slow Foodies and socialize at 7:00 p.m. Stay after the movie for discussion of the film! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Deep Roots Market Taste Fair
12-4 p.m.
3728 Spring Garden St., Greensboro

Join Deep Roots Market for this free community celebration, featuring delicious tastings of freshly prepared organic foods and drinks, and wellness samples. There will be activities for the kids, a raffle and more. Bring the entire family and spend the afternoon outside listening to live music, enjoying new flavors and savoring old favorites! Slow Food Piedmont Triad will staff an information table. Call 336-292-9216 or visit for more details.

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Open House at Goat Lady Dairy
1-5 p.m.

The Spring Open House at Goat Lady Dairy will be Saturday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m. Tour the dairy, gardens, and pastures of a Slow Food farm. It’s a popular destination and event, and well worth the lovely drive! Goat cheese will be available for sale. A nearby sheep farm, Rising Meadow Farm, will be holding an open house the same day, so you and your family can commune with humanely and sustainably raised animals all afternoon! Directions and details are at

From Goat Lady Dairy:

Goat Lady Dairy & Rising Meadow Farm
Sunday, April 29th  1 to 5 pm
Come out to the country for a lovely afternoon on the farm with all the family – ours and yours!  We are all spiffed up and ready to welcome you at both farms to see goats and sheep, kids and lambs plus cows, llamas, pigs, chickens and organicgardens.  At Goat Lady Dairy you can meet the animals, see where we make our cheese and taste and buy cheese.  You can also “throw a pot” on our local potter’s wheel.  At Rising Meadow you can see beautiful lambs and see how we turn soft wool from our multi-colored flock into beautiful yarn and yarn products.  All of our fiber and products will be for sale including fleeces, roving, sheepskins, yarn and soap and a limited supply of lamb.

This event is free and open to all EXCEPT – Please no pets!  Directions and photos at and

See you on Sunday, April 29th, rain or shine!

Slow Food Piedmont Triad Events This Week

March 18, 2007

 Tuesday, March 20, 2007: “The Slow Food Revolution”

The first Slow Food film of 2007 will be shown in Winston Salem at Parkway United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 2151 Silas Creek Parkway (corner of Irving St. and across from Forsyth Tech). Parking lot accessible via Irving St.

Meet-up begins at 7:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7:30. Admission is free but we encourage donations to Slow Food to help defray the cost of our programs. Contact Laura Frazier for more info: 336-971-3834.

San Marzano tomatoes“Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast

foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production. The movement is now active in 45 countries.

“This film travels around the globe to record this phenomenon. Italy is the home of the Slow Food movement and there is a revival of growing such regional foods as Bronte pistachios, Sorrento lemons and the original Neopolitan tomatoes. Towns,like Orvieto, have declared themselves to be “slow cities,” free of fast food outlets, neon and noise.

San Marzano tomatoes

“In Mexico indigenous farming communities have revived ancient ways, cultivating vanilla beans and the nutritious amaranth. In Australia there is an increasing interest in Aboriginal knowledge of native “bush tucker” and a school program reconnects children to the land and its riches. The Botanical Ark in Queensland grows endangered food from all over the world, saving plants from extinction. Beautifully photographed, Slow Food Revolution is a celebration of the sustainability, seasonality and quality of the earth’s bounty.”


inoculating mushroom logs

Mushroom Inoculation and Potluck at Handance Farm, March 24

A repeat event from last year, Pat and Brian Bush invites Slow Food members to learn about shiitake mushroom production by lending a hand with inoculating their logs with mushroom spawn. Explore their farm and relax with foodie friends at a potluck after the logs are finished.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lend us a hand inoculating logs with shiitake spawn. Get some hands-on experience and help us get the work done.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Take a tour of Handance Farm and learn more about the Slow Food movement.

    chickens at Handance Farm

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a covered dish and join us in a potluck.

Bring a potluck dish to share and folding chair if you like. Utensils and beverages provided. Wear work clothes and comfortable shoes (work gloves optional). Children are welcome at 3 p.m. for a special activity and potluck. Please leave dogs at home.

Rain date: March 31.

Directions: From Greensboro take Church St. Ext. north past Hwy 150 & 158 where it becomes Woolen Store Rd. and T’s into Ironworks Rd. Go right, then take the immediate left onto Sandy Cross Rd. Go approx. 2 miles (you’ll pass Breckenridge Mobile Home Park on right) and take left onto Baker Crossroad. Go about 200 yards and 2541 is the first house on the right (2-story white house with huge stump in front year, a big holly tree and boxwoods).