Saturday, February 27, 2010

Annual Members Meeting

This year's Slow Food Delta Diablo annual member's meeting was once again held at Knoll Farms in Brentwood.  As Josh put it on our group's Facebook page "If ya weren't at the members meeting Sunday, you missed out!!! Wood oven pizzas, good company and lots of exciting plans for the year ahead!"

Time For Lunch

We discussed last year's highs and lows including our most successful events: the Pork on Your Fork event at Ennes Ranch and our Slow Food Time For Lunch Eat-In.

Time for lunch

Gail informed us that our third annual film screening at Los Medanos was attended by 60 students and featured the movies Fresh! and Homegrown.

Member's Meeting: Rick Knoll graced everyone
with his delicious homemade rosemary dough

Leslie Styles reported on our Slow Food in Schools Projects at Diablo Community Day School and College Park High School. We have two flourishing garden projects at these schools.  Read more about them here.

Member's built their own pizza's with potluck pizza toppings
and then fired them up in the Knoll's wood-burning oven.

New Head Table assignments were announced:
Gail Wadsworth: Leader
Kristie Knoll: Treasurer
Lucy Meinhardt: Membership
Gianna Banducci: Communications and Outreach
Lesley Stiles: Slow Food In Schools
Josh Hammack: Events
Susan Hammack: Graphic Design and Blog!

Event ideas for the coming year were also discussed including fundraisers, educational, and social events.  All members were sent a link to Survey Monkey to ask their input for this coming year.  Please let us know what you'd like to see our convivium do.  We covet your contribution!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Prize Dessert

The Slow Food Delta Diablo members' meeting was sparsely attended but those who braved the rain and came out to Knoll Farms had fun. The meeting itself generated some great ideas for events in 2010. Members should have all received a link to survey monkey. This survey gives you all an opportunity to express your thoughts on events for our chapter in 2010.

After the amazing pizzas, baked in the Knolls' woodfired oven, we all tried desserts prepared by members of the Head Table. Lesley made her famous brownies, Josh brought sweet toppings for dessert pizzas, Gail contributed cupcakes, Lucy a rich fruitcake with a Danish cream. The crowd favorite, however, was Gianna's grandmother's date bars. So, for all of us and especially for members who didn't come to the meeting, Gianna has agreed to share her grandmother's recipe with us all. I'm going to buy some dates at the farmers' market this weekend and make these!

Date Bars
by Nonna Pauline Banducci

Butter a 9 inch pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 cup flour to form a soft dough.

Pat the dough into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Mix 2 eggs beaten, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 tbsp. flour, and 1 tsp. baking powder. Add 1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup chopped dates, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. (Walnuts can be substituted.)

Spread this mixture evenly over the crust. Bake for 25 minutes until it is set in the center and lightly brown.
Cool and cut.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Annual Member's Meeting Sun Feb 21 1pm Knoll Farms

Come celebrate the start of a new year with Slow Food Delta Diablo! All current and lapsed convivium members are welcome. We look forward to discussing 2010 plans and ideas while dining on freshly-made pizza and salad. Please bring your preferred pizza toppings and drinks. 

For more information, or to RSVP please go to our E-VITE.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 Calendars

Our convivium's own Lesley Stiles (caterer, blogger, and school garden coordinator) has put together gorgeous calendars benefiting local school garden projects. These calendars make fabulous gifts and will be a daily reminder to partake in each season's bounty of produce.

A fifteen-month guide
to what's seasonally fresh,
with sensuous recipes
by Lesley Stiles
and delicious watercolors
by David Johnson.


Also available
unbound, for

Monday, February 8, 2010

Greetings Slow Foodies! Looks like I have been bestowed the fabulous honor of updating our convivium's blog, so I wanted to begin by introducing myself. My name is Susan Sanelli Hammack. I am one of the founding members of Slow Food Delta Diablo. I am not a farmer or a chef, just another person who loves food that is good, clean, and fair. I'd love to know more about you, so feel free to comment or make suggestions for content.

Slowest regards,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A new year with new expectations

Slow Food Delta Diablo will be having its annual members' meeting this month. It will again be a pizza pot luck at Knoll Farms. Look for an evite coming from our newest Head Table member, Gianna Banducci. This is always a fun event and is a great opportunity for members to voice their opinions and lead the chapter. We hope to see you all there!