Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Pork on Your Fork

A date has been set for the Pork on Your Fork event. April 18th at Ennes Ranch, Slow Food Delta Diablo will host an educational event that will help you to learn where your food comes from and how it gets to your table. Master Butcher Randy Sprinkle will be holding a master class for those of you who are interested in learning how to slaughter and butcher your own pig. For the rest of you, the Lentzners will host families on their park like ranch in the foothills of Mt. Diablo. We will provide lunch of pulled pork or chicken salad sandwiches and delicious locally grown salads.

For information and tickets go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/61251

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Slow Food at St. Mary's

Last night, Yvonne Prinz and I went to St. Mary's College in Moraga to hear Raj Patel speak about the theses in his book "Stuffed and Starved...." Before the talk, we met Anne Horack and some members of the St. Mary's community. There is a lot of excitement on campus about food and the food system. This year, the freshmen planted an organic garden that supplies some of the needs of the cafeteria. They would like to expand the production of the garden, although it is off to a great start. We decided to work with Anne, a member of Slow Food Delta Diablo, to screen "King Corn" on campus very, very soon. In addition, we are hoping to assist in hosting an Eat-in at the campus garden. All of these actions are with the goal of mentoring St. Mary's College in their creation of a Slow Food on Campus chapter. After all this excitement, we sat and listened to Raj Patel talk about the global food system and how Slow Food is a growing movement that can take an active role in changing the way things work globally. A good night!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Leaders Meeting and Activism

This week, Kristie and I attended a meeting for chapter leaders in our region at our regional governor's house. There were people there from the Aqua Terra, East Bay, Oakland and Berkeley chapters in addition to us. We were, by far, the smallest convivium. However, people seemed to think we were inspirational and activist. I was a little perplexed by this since it seems we are simply doing what Slow Food does and what our members want. Everyone was very impressed with our Slow Food in Schools project and our plans for 2009. I am hoping we are able to coordinate with some of these other groups on events in our area that they will plan. For example, Oakland would like to host a u-pick farm tour on the Harvest Time Farm Trail and I agreed that we could help them with that to a small degree by suggesting the best time to go and some farms they might like to visit. I was very proud of our membership at that meeting and the direction we have all chosen to take.