Friday, March 26, 2010

Get to Know Your Head Table @ Pizza Antica

On Tuesday March 23, a group of Slow Food Delta Diablo members and leaders gathered at the cozy and sophisticated Pizza Antica in Lafayette.  No big agenda other than get to know each other over some delicious artisanal food.  I counted 23 happy diners of all ages enjoying wood-oven fired pizza and seasonal salads with a glass of beer or wine.  Personally, I had the blood orange limeade which was to die for. 

In attendance were local farmers, ranchers, CSA members, families, activists and even a few new faces.  We hope to have more of these low-key social events peppered in between our usual fare of farm tours and fundraising dinners. This is in an effort to build a greater sense of community among our group which is now somewhere in the vicinity of 75 members.  Kudos to Pizza Antica's manager Robert Sykes who graciously accomodated our boisterous group.  Thank you Robert!  And our own Gail Wadsworth for putting it all together including marking our tables with a cute stuffed snail. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Visit to St. Mary's College

Gianna Banducci and I just visited St. Mary's College in Moraga to speak to a class about Slow Food. The class was a food and politics class taught by Dr. Patrizia Longo, chair of the Politics Department. Dr. Longo is a long time supporter of Slow Food. She is from Venice, Italy, and is currently working on a project involving interviews with Slow Food leaders, having recently completed an interview with Carlo Petrini. I am interested in hearing more about this work.

Our aim in speaking to the class was to introduce them to the idea of starting up a Slow Food on Campus chapter. Dr. Longo has agreed to be the faculty sponsor of a campus chapter at St. Mary's.

St. Mary's College is committed to a sustainable campus. They operate a one acre organic garden which supplies produce to the student cafes. In November 2009, the president of the college announced the formation of a sustainability committee on campus.He stated: "This committee is charged with providing useful information to the President, Cabinet and campus community to inform decision-making that meets the environmental, social and economic needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

This seems like a natural partnership for Slow Food Delta Diablo. We invited all the students to our night at Pizza Antica March 23rd. For those of you who are involved with St. Mary's College we encourage you to pursue with us the goal of creating a Slow Food campus chapter.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

An Evening at Pizza Antica

Slow Food Delta Diablo would like to announce an evening at Pizza Antica!
3600 Mt. Diablo Blvd

This will be a very informal event for members and friends.
We would like people to join us, meet the head table, and enjoy a meal or drinks at Pizza Antica in Lafayette.

Everyone will be responsible for their own meals and tables are not being reserved.

Kids are welcome!

We plan to be there on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm.
Look for us at the table marked with a red snail!
Gail, Kristie, Lesley, Josh, Susan, Lucy and Gianna
Robert Sykes
General Manager,Pizza Antica