Thursday, November 17, 2011

Third Thursdays Cancelled

The remaining Third Thursday cocktail socials have been cancelled.  With the upcoming holidays, we expect very low turnout.  Keep watching this space for upcoming events, though.

This year, we were very happy to be able to offer almost all of our events at low or no cost to members.  If you have ideas for things to do next year, submit ideas as a comment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Slow Food in Schools Fundraising Gala

Join us for a fundraiser for

Growing Healthy Youth
A project of Slow Food Delta Diablo

Saturday November 19, 2011
At the home of 
Stephanie Jacob and John Harrigan
315 Soule Ave. Pleasant Hill

Join us for a gala evening in support of the school garden and nutritional education programs at Diablo Community Day School and the MDUSD Bridge Transition Program. Chef Lesley Stiles will be preparing delectable hors d’oerves and wine and signature cocktails will be served. Tickets are $65. per person

Please visit Brown Paper Tickets  to buy your tickets online
or make checks payable to Slow Food Delta Diablo and mail to:
Slow Food Delta Diablo
Knoll Farms
12510 Byron Highway
Brentwood, CA. 94513


Lesley Stiles and Stephanie Jacob have been implementing school garden projects since 2005 and currently run gardening, cooking and nutritional educations programs at College Park High School, Diablo Community Day School and the Bridge Transition Program, working with special needs and at risk youth. None of the gardens would have been possible without years of dedicated support from Kaiser Permanente. Other partners have included the College Park PTSA, Pleasant Hill Community Foundation, Allied Waste Inc., Analon Cookware, Orchard Nursery, and Slow Food Delta Diablo. In these challenging economic times, we are seeking new ways to fund these important programs.

Slow Food Delta Diablo is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization. 
The charitable donation value is $45.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fair Food from the Field to the Table

Through the stories and voices of farmworkers, growers, businesses and fair food advocates, come learn about the realities of farmworker conditions and, more importantly, the promise of improved farm labor practices in American agriculture. Join us for a special, interactive evening featuring dialogue with speakers Jose Gutierrez, former farmworker and health advocate, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety; Tim Mueller, farmer, River Dog Farm; Bob Gerner, grocer, Natural Grocery Company. We'll use the multimedia presentation "Fair Food: Field to Table" to frame the conversation. You'll get a glimpse into the current reality of farmworker conditions in the U.S., meet a farmer who is providing good farm labor conditions and "doing well by doing good", and hear from a local grocer at the forefront of fair practices. The growing movement for "fair food" is tapping into rising consumer demand for food produced in accordance with fair values. Come honor Food Day 2011 by participating in this important and hopeful discussion to make everyday a fair food day!

Time: 7pm - 9pm.
Location: Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.
Cost: Free.
Info: 510-548-2220 x233,,
Wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Delicious Revolution Films: California

Saturday, October 8th at 4 pm, Slow Food Delta Diablo and the Walnut Creek Public Library will be screening "Eat at Bill's" at the downtown library. This screening is free and a brief discussion will follow.

This film is a video documentary about the phenomenon that is the Monterey Market, a family owned produce market in Berkeley, CA. The focus is on Bill Fujimoto, the market's owner. Bill's enthusiasm and experience fuel the enterprise and illuminate the Market's wide world of small growers and diverse customers.

The Monterey Market's single store supports many dozens of small (and formerly small) farms. Bill's determination to support the maximum number of small growers and his passion for connecting customers with the very best has attracted a small army of restaurant customers.

After an upheaval in management at the market, Bill left to become the produce buyer at Diablo Foods in Lafayette, CA. He has brought his passion and commitment to the east side of the hills. Join us for this intimate look into a California treasure: Bill Fujimoto.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Do Good by Eating Well

An exciting opportunity has arisen! Pizza Antica in Lafayette is sponsoring an evening of eating to raise funds for our Slow Food in Schools project. All you have to do is eat!

On the night of October 25th , we want to pack the house and keep the phones buzzing with take out orders. When you either eat in or take out from Pizza Antica a percentage of your purchase will be donated to our Slow Food in Schools project. Just mention Slow Food Delta Diablo or Diablo Community Day School and your purchase will count.

The more people we can get to participate, the more funds we can raise for our amazing project. Growing Healthy Youth is a garden to table project at Diablo Community Day School (DCD) in Contra Costa County. DCD is an alternative middle and high school for students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District who have been expelled or who have been administratively placed by MDUSD Student Services Office following referrals from: the Probation Department, MDUSD School Attendance Review Board, and/or MDUSD Positive Behavior Team. In a sense, it is the last chance for these students to complete their education in the district. The school is a small learning community averaging 50 students in all grade levels.

Our project started in the fall of 2008 with the building of raised beds, importation of soil and compost and the installation of a timed irrigation system. Students at DCD were involved in all aspects of the garden creation. From the outset there were students who were enthusiastic and others who were not. However, over the course of the project, we have witnessed changes in the students’ attitudes toward the garden and our weekly activities. It has been a valuable experience for everyone involved.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Events Past and Events to Come

Well, it's been a long time since I posted but I figured with everything coming up and everything we've done, it's time for an update.

We had a fabulous farm tour of Alhambra Valley farms with an enthusiastic and appreciative group. Tom Powers of Alhambra Valley Ranch was very gracious and informative about his farming practices and challenges. He let us know that water is his big issue and he has creatively worked to deal with it. And speaking of creativity, the farmers at Alhambra Beef and Pears have that in excess. Pearl and Ben took us on a tour that highlighted not only the spectacular location but all the innovations their family has devised to achieve the success they need to continue farming. From the pneumatic pruners, to the picking platform and finally to the incredible hay delivery system, they have it all figured out. I hope we can make this tour an annual event.

The Third Thursday Cocktail Socials have been a great way to introduce people to new places and new people. The number of attendees varies. Last month at Jack's in Pleasant Hill, we had 9 enthusiastic people. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and we will be back. I encourage you all to try it out.

This month, we will be going to Prima in Walnut Creek for our Third Thursday on September 15 at 6 pm. Peter Chastain, owner and chef, has been so supportive of our chapter since its inception and we hope a lot of people will take advantage of the opportunity to show our support back to him and his wonderful restaurant.

On Saturday, September 17, Slow Food USA has issued the $5 Challenge. They are encouraging all members to host a dinner that will cost no more than $5 a person to prepare. Check out the website for dinners in our neighborhood, there are a few. Just click the link for more information, then find a meal. Enter your zip code and a radius for the search.

Finally, on Saturday, September 24th at the Walnut Creek Library our second series of films in The Delicious Revolution will begin. The time will be earlier, with all films starting at 4 pm. This series will all focus on the food revolution in California. Keep watching this space for details or look us up on the Walnut Creek Library events page.

There are some great things brewing for October. Food Day is October 24th. I am hoping there will be some great events planned for that!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Third Thursdays

Slow Food Delta Diablo has been having a monthly social hour at venues throughout the county. Every third Thursday some head table members meet for a cocktail social hour and we invite all members and friends to drop in. The more, the merrier! These are an informal and fun way to meet other members of Slow Food in a local restaurant or wine bar that supports the many of the principles of Slow Food. We will continue to meet at 6 pm on the following schedule.

August 18: Jack's, Pleasant Hill
September 15: Prima, Walnut Creek
October 20: Bellovino, Danville
November 17: Bravo Bistro, Pleasant Hill
December 15: Metro, Lafayette

If there are any changes to the schedule, we will post them here. We hope to see you in these wonderful restaurants that support Slow Food values.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Activities

This Thursday Slow Food members and friends will be meeting at Piatti Danville for the Third Thursday Cocktail Social. These meetings are informal and offer people an opportunity to meet and spend time at venues that support the Slow Food ideals of good, clean and fair food. We will meet at 6 pm July 21.

On Saturday, July 23, we will be finally hosting our postponed Alhambra Valley Farms Tour originally scheduled for June 5 but rained out. We will be meeting at Shaadzee in Pleasant Hill between 11 and 11:30 for those who would like lunch before the tour. At 12:15 we will be organizing into a car pool. For people who would like to attend the tours without lunch, please arrive no later than 12:15. The tour is free but spaces are limited. Please contact if you want to reserve a space.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alhambra Valley Farm Tour

We are filling this farm tour up fast but still have space for 9 more people.
The tour will be on Sunday June 5.
For details see the post below.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Alhambra Valley Tour

Join Slow Food Delta Diablo for an agricultural tour of the beautiful Alhambra Valley.
When: June 5, 2011
12:30 - 5 pm

Where: Meet at Shaadzee for lunch
60 Crescent Dr
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
If you want to skip lunch or have lunch on your own,
we will divide into car pools and leave from Shaadzee at 1:30.

At 2 pm we will have a wine and olive oil tasting
at Alhambra Valley Ranch followed by a tour.
6140 Alhambra Valley Road
Martinez, CA 94553

We will then walk over to Alhambra Valley Farm
(Home of Alhambra Valley Beef and pears)
where our tour will begin at 4:15 pm.

No tickets are required but let us
know if you are coming.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Third Thursday at Pizza Antica

Join members and friends of Slow Food Delta Diablo for a cocktail social hour at Pizza Antica in Lafayette on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6 pm. This event is an informal opportunity for people to meet and share ideas and have fun. It is also a great way to support businesses in our community that support Slow Food principles.

3600 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549
T (925) 299-0500

The Delicious Revolution Films: King Corn

Film # 3 in The Delicious Revolution Film Series
Saturday, May 7 at 6 pm, Join us for a free screening of King Corn at the Walnut Creek Public Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.

In KING CORN , recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation’s most powerful crop. The filmmakers arrive in the Midwest enthusiastic about their new endeavor. For their farm-to-be, they choose a tiny town in Floyd, County, Iowa—a place that, coincidentally, both Ian and Curt’s great-grandfathers called home three generations ago. They lease an acre of land from a skeptical landlord, fill out a pile of paperwork to sign up for subsidies and discover the U.S. government will pay them 28 dollars for their acre.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Slow Food Delta Diablo: FRESH! The Movie

Slow Food Delta Diablo: FRESH! The Movie

FRESH! The Movie

Tonight at 6 pm Slow Food Delta Diablo and the Walnut Creek Library are hosting a free showing of FRESH! The Movie. If you care about your food and where it comes from, this is the film to see. It focuses on how to make alternatives to the industrial, monoculture of agriculture work. It's a positive, fresh look at our food system offering solutions instead of just exposing the bad. The screening starts at 6 pm upstairs in the community room at the main branch of the Walnut Creek Library on Broadway.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


A nice group of people showed up to the April Third Thursday at Nibblers in Pleasant Hill. The conversations were lively and the food and wine were tasty.
We were all happy to see Daniel and Trace and are thankful that they had set aside a block of tables for us. We needed them all. It was great to see some new faces and we hope to see them all again.

Next month: Thursday, May 19 at Pizza Antica in Lafayette.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

April Happenings

The turnout for "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" was really good. There were a few members of Slow Food Delta Diablo but a lot of non-members. It gave us an opportunity to introduce our movement and talk about our goals.

Our next film will be FRESH on Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm at the Walnut Creek Library on Broadway. Please join us. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Please also remember Third Thursday on April 21st, 6 pm at Nibbler's in Pleasant Hill. We will have an informal gathering for whoever would like to show up, share a drink or just hang out with other people interested in Slow Food. Both events are free!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Upcoming Events

Don't forget--

The Real Dirt on Farmer John on Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm at the Walnut Creek Library on Broadway
Third Thursdays at Nibbler's Eatery and Wine Bar in Pleasant Hill on Thursday April 21 at 6 pm

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Delicious Revolution Films

The Delicious Revolution
A series of films
Presented by
Walnut Creek Library & Slow Food Delta Diablo

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

April 16, 2011
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway
6 pm

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence.
By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

The film is a haunting odyssey, capturing what it means to be different in rural America.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Va de Vi

Thursday night was our first cocktail social for Slow Food Delta Diablo. We met at Va de Vi in the pouring rain and had some delicious wines and seasonal small plates. One highlight was the asparagus (cooked but crunchy),topped with a panko encrusted poached egg and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

The crispy pommes frites, sprinkled with garlic and parsley, were perfect with our wine and we also enjoyed the grilled prawns served on rosemary skewers. Va de Vi has an interesting selection of wines available by the glass.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Third Thursdays

Slow Food Delta Diablo is proposing a monthly social hour at venues throughout the county. Every third Thursday some head table members will be meeting for a cocktail social hour and we invite all members and friends to drop in. These will be an informal and fun way to meet other members of Slow Food in a local restaurant or wine bar that supports the many of the principles of Slow Food. We will meet at 6 pm on the following schedule.

March 24: Va da Vi, Walnut Creek (this is the only one that is not on the third Thursday)
April 21: Nibbler’s, Pleasant Hill
May 19: Pizza Antica, Lafayette
June 16: Co Co County Wine Company, Brentwood
July 21: Piatti, Danville
August 18: Jack's, Pleasant Hill
September 15: Prima, Walnut Creek
October 20: Bellovino, Danville
November 17: Bravo Bistro, Pleasant Hill
December 15: Metro, Lafayette

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Food Revolution Films

Film Series

Walnut Creek Library and Slow Food Delta Diablo will be co-hosting a series of films at the new library in downtown Walnut Creek. The films are all free. For details see the link above.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Annual Members' Meetup

It's time again for the annual members' meeting. This year, it will be held in Pleasant Hill. If you are a member and did not receive an evite, please let me know. Everyone on our membership list should have gotten an email invitation with an opportunity to respond. It should be fun! We have some great ideas for events, want to hear more ideas for events and have some things planned already. Hope to see you all.