Don’t be a turkey.
Don’t be a turkey.
THE CHALLENGE: This September 17, you’re invited to take back the ‘value meal’ by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person. Cook a meal with family and friends, have a potluck, or find a local event.
WHY: Because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. If you know how to cook, then teach others. If you want to learn, this is your chance. Together, we’re sending a message to our nation’s leaders that too many people live in communities where it’s harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops. Everybody should be able to eat fresh, healthy food every day.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Sign up for the challenge! You can cook a meal with friends and family, find a local event, or host your own event. When you sign up, we’ll send you $5 cooking tips.
Through stories of hand-rolled pasta and homemade chutney, local markets and backyard gardens, and wild mushrooms and foraged grape leaves—Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens recounts in loving detail the memories, recipes, and culinary traditions of people who have come to the United States from around the world. Chef, teacher and author of this book, Lynne Christy Anderson, has gone into immigrant kitchens and discovered the power of food to recall a lost world for those who have left so much behind and we are lucky enough to have her in our own backyard. Lynne will be joining us for an evening of recounting stories including the people she has met along the way, who come from all over the world, but all have the same connection to food. We will also hear more about what inspired her to write this book and her realization of the powerful relationship between food and culture.
The enticing, easy-to-prepare recipes feature specialties like Greek dolmades, Haitian soup joumou, Dominican sancocho, Persian Kou Kou Sabzi, and Sudanese mulukhiyah. Together with Robin Radin’s beautiful photographs, these stories and recipes will inspire cooks of all levels to explore new traditions while perhaps rediscovering their own culinary roots.
Books will be available for purchase and Lynne will be on hand to sign copies following her reading and discussion.
Lynne Christy Anderson (www.lynnechristyanderson.com) is a writer, teacher, and cook who lives in Jamaica Plain. For many years she worked professionally in award-winning restaurants until she turned to a career in teaching, first working with immigrant adults learning English as a Second Language. Her students–mothers and fathers from places like Guatemala, Pakistan, Vietnam and Morocco, grandparents from Haiti, Cape Verde, Brazil, and China–shared the triumph and loss that marked their coming to America and the way that food lessened the struggle by serving as a link to the past and a bridge into the future. These stories led Lynne to first consider the powerful relationship between food and cultural well-being and were the inspiration for her book, Breaking Bread: Stories and Recipes from Immigrant Kitchens. Lynne was the recipient of a Bread Loaf Rona Jaffe Foundation scholarship in non-fiction in 2008. Currently, she teaches at Boston College and Bunker Hill Community College.
Thursday, April 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at Local 121, 121 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903.
$20 at the door – this includes cover and heavy appetizers. There will be a cash bar.
To start off 2011 strong, we are hosting our annual meeting on Tuesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Local 121. There will be hors d’oeuvres available for $15.00, cash bar, and we are requesting a donation of $5.00 (or more) per person to help fund this year’s efforts and events. As you may know, local Slow Food chapters are run entirely by volunteers, and our funding comes from event fees and donations to the chapter.
During the meeting, we will discuss our plans for this year and beyond – and we want to hear your ideas as well. We’d like to know what types of events you’d like to attend, and, of course, if you’d like to coordinate an event, we’d love that as well!
We will also vote on officers for our chapter, including Chairperson, Secretary and Communications. The current officers are Chair, Amy McCoy, Secretary, Ingrid Lofgren and Communications, David Dadekian.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and feel free to send along any questions or suggestions for the chapter. As always, if you are interested in volunteering with Slow Food RI in any way, please drop us a line at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting and making plans for this year and beyond!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Local 121 (downstairs)
121 Washington Street
directions: click here
Making a tax-deductible donation to Slow Food USA before December 31st will make sure this work can continue, and will increase your 2010 tax refund:
This year has seen countless events around the country, including hundreds on the same day for our ‘Dig In’ day of action, new chapters opening every single month, and great victories on child nutrition and food safety.
Over 170,000 people took action on our ‘Time for Lunch’ campaign, we’ve grown to over 200,000 supporters, and we now have over 220 chapters across the country doing amazing work in their local communities.
This wouldn’t be possible without your generous support. Next year, we plan to continue our growth locally and our impact nationally, working together to build a food system that is good, clean and fair for all.
By donating today, you can support the work of Slow Food USA and increase your tax deduction for 2010.
Just click this link to contribute today, while your deduction will still count for the 2010 tax year:
Development Director, Slow Food USA
Thursday, November 4th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute on the URI Kingston Campus
Ken Ayars – Chief of the Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing of the RI Department of Environmental Management
Kristen Castrataro – Cooperative Extension Specialist – URI
Chef Matt Gennuso – Chez Pascal
Pat McNiff – Pat’s Pastured
Moderated by Rick Rhodes – Associate Dean of Research and Outreach – CELS – URI
From Slow Food Boston:
Location: Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro, Foxboro, MA
When: Thursday, 10/07/2010 6:30PM
October brings the real first tastes of fall — and of winter! We’re talking squash (like the Boston Marrow) and root veggies (like the Gilfeather Turnip) and items from the Allium family (Wethersfield Onions, anyone?) Wait, wait. Never heard of them? Maybe that’s because they’ve been classified as ‘endangered’ and entered into the listings of Slow Food USA’s RAFT Program.
As we continue our RAFT Heirloom Harvest Dinner Series, you’ll actually get the chance to taste all of these lovely veggies, and more! Your next opportunity comes Thursday, October 7th at 6:30pm down in Foxboro. (Don’t worry, the Patriots aren’t in town, so traffic is no excuse to miss out!)
Chef Matthew Maue at Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro is planning a major to-do for you: a reception with passed apps and then a four course dinner (hmm heirloom lettuce salad with country ham, braised short ribs, squash mousse!) This is the time to indulge in the late harvest, so definitely plan to join us for this scrumptious meal.
Cost for the evening is $60 with wine pairing available for and extra $15. As usual, we do require preregistration and payment.
**Since this will be a pre-planned set menu, please be sure to alert us of any food allergies or intolerances ahead of time. Thanks!**
Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro is located at 201 Patriot Place in Foxboro, directly across from CBS Scene. More information and directions can be found on their website.