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Terra Madre Discussion and January Potluck, Jan. 16

UPDATE: TONIGHT’S POTLUCK HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW. PLEASE STAY TUNED – WE’LL ANNOUNCE A RESCHEDULED DATE SOON.

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, we’re going to be having a potluck dinner at Mayo Street Arts center from 6-8pm, which will include a chance to hear about the experiences of this year’s delegates from Maine to Slow Food’s Terra Madre conference. Terra Madre is Slow Food International’s major bi-annual conference held in Torino, Italy held to foster discussion and introduce innovative concepts around food and agriculture and to bring together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. The delegates will talk about their trip and what new ideas or perspectives they are bringing back to Maine.

This year’s delegates from Maine were:

Heather Chandler, Sunrise Guides
Sarah Bostik, Cultivating Community
Holli Cederholm, Proud Peasants Farm

We also invite any past Terra Madre delegates to join us at the potluck and share stories of their Terra Madre trip and what they took away from the experience.

Come learn more about Terra Madre, Slow Food, and what you can do to support good, clean, fair food in Maine.
We hope you can join us.

Wed, Jan 16
6-8pm
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street, Portland, ME

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Potluck Dinner Event with Italian Student Delegation, Nov. 26

Slow Food Portland will be hosting a pot luck dinner event, Monday Nov. 26 from 5:30-7:30 at Mayo Street Arts center (10 Mayo Street, Portland), to welcome a group of students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy, who are coming to Portland as part of a Slow Food tour of New England. Portland is the last stop for the group of 10 students and one teacher, who will have already visited Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Please bring a dish or non-alcoholic beverage to share. We would especially like to highlight dishes that feature local ingredients or Maine specialties, Maine cheeses, etc.

There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP for the potluck on the Slow Food Portland Facebook events page or send an email to info@slowfoodportland.org

There will also will also be a special Slow Food lunch event with the group that is open to the public that will take place Monday Nov. 26 at 12noon at The Farmer’s Table restaurant on Commercial Street. See our earlier post of our Facebook page for more information.

Slow Food Portland is also looking for 1 or 2 volunteers who can accompany the Italian students on their tour and visits Monday & Tuesday (Nov. 26 & Nov. 27,  1 volunteer needed for each day), and help the group get where they need to go. Monday’s events include visits to a number of food shops on Commercial Street, lunch at Farmer’s Table, and an afternoon tour of Allagash Brewery. Tuesday’s itinerary will be a trip to Harpswell with visits to a coastal farm and lobster coop. Please email info@slowfoodportland.org if you are interested in spending either day with our visitors.

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Slow Food Lunch at Farmer’s Table, Nov. 26

There will be a special Slow Food lunch Monday Nov. 26 at 12noon at The Farmer’s Table restaurant on Commercial Street. The prix fixe lunch, specially prepared for Slow Food Portland and our group of visiting Italian students by Chef Jeff Landry, will feature local seasonal ingredients (see menu below).

The cost of the lunch is $19 per person and includes tax and gratuity.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Thursday Nov. 22 on the Slow Food Portland Facebook events page or by emailing info@slowfoodportland.org

Farmer’s Table: University of Gastronomy Lunch Menu

First Course

Organic buttercup squash and apple cider cream
Or
Mixed local greens, deep fried 6 minute egg, lemon vinaigrette and pickled shallots

Second Course

Pasture raised local duck confit ravioli, housemade duck egg pasta, orange scented demi-glace, roasted brussel sprouts
Or
Housemade organic egg spaghetti tossed with Maine lobster, Bang Island mussels, handpicked Jonah crab and scallops, mushroom-lobster brodo, leeks

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Harvest Festival at Broadturn Farm, Saturday, Oct. 20

Come on out to the Harvest Festival at Broadturn Farm to support The Long Barn Educational Initiative at Broadturn.

T.J. Watson Fellow Bennett Konensni will be leading a ‘Worksong Workshop,’ in the morning and performing in the afternoon, bringing agriculture worksongs from around the world to Southern Maine.  We’ll plant some garlic while we sing, and mix up the morning with a little bit of yoga too.

The music line up includes great Maine musicians, including:
Singing Hands (Children’s Musicians)
Erica Brown & the Bluegrass Connection
The Tricky Britches
The Gawler Family Band
Chriss Sutherland

Enjoy local food from Local Sprouts Cooperative (additional cost) and brews from Rising Tide & Sebago Brewing Company (2 drink tickets included in ticket price) while you listen!  Children will enjoy face painting, crafts and activities all day!

Buy Tickets

Slow Food Portland will be giving away 2 tickets to the festival on our Facebook Page this week. Check it out!

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Oct. 14 Terra Madre send-off Potluck

On Sunday October 14, 2012, we’re going to be having a potluck dinner to send off this year’s Maine Terra Madre* delegates. The dinner will take place at Local Sprouts Cafe (649 Congress Street) from 5-7pm.

This year’s delegates from Maine are:

Heather Chandler, Sunrise Guides
Sarah Bostik, Cultivating Community
Holli Cederholm, Proud Peasants Farm

We’re also inviting all past Terra Madre delegates to join us at the potluck and share stories of their Terra Madre trip, as this year’s delegates look forward to what is certainly going to be an amazing Slow Food experience.

Just prior to the potluck at Local Sprouts Cafe will be Portland Permaculture’s monthly swap.
It’s a great event, for more information: http://www.meetup.com/portlandpermaculture/events/81140452/

We are also in the process of reorganizing Slow Food Portland’s steering committee. If you have any interest in being on the steering committee, or volunteering with the chapter, please let me know.

Come learn more about Terra Madre, Slow Food, and what you can do to support good, clean, fair food in Maine.
We hope you can join us.

*Terra Madre is Slow Food International’s major bi-annual conference held in Torino, Italy held to foster discussion and introduce innovative concepts around food and agriculture and to bring together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity.

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Sept 17 – Take the $5 Challenge!

Take the $5 challenge! Join Slow Food Portland as we join thousands of people all over the country on Sept. 17 to show that good, clean, local, sustainable food doesn’t have to cost a fortune by creating a $5 slow food meal.

Slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. It shouldn’t be harder to feed our children fruit than it is to feed them Froot Loops. But against the odds, every day there are people all over the country who manage to cook healthy food on a budget. We need to make cooking and eating this way a possibility for everyone.

Slow Food Portland will be hosting an amazing $5 meal that you won’t forget. We’ll be gathering at Quimby Colony’s (located in the old Roma Restaurant) new renovated kitchen facility, everyone will put $5 into a spending pool, we’ll walk down to the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Deering Oaks Park, buy locally grown ingredients, and then come back to the Quimby Colony kitchen and together cook a delicious $5 lunch. Jonah Fertig of Local Sprouts Cooperative and Cafe will lead the farmer’s market shopping expedition and lunch preparation. We have room at the event for 30 people, so sign up today:

SIGN UP: Slow Food Portland Maine $5 Farmer’s Market Excursion Lunch

Or if you can’t attend our event on the 17th, you can still take the challenge and share a meal with family and friends and create your own $5 slow food meal. Click here – every action counts!

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Slow Food Portland Writers Night 2011

Come celebrate the sixth year of fantastic food writing and delicious food from Maine.

March 10th at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, 6:00 PM.

This year’s line up promises a great evening of entertainment.  Our writers will include:

· Melissa Coleman, local author of This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres and a Family Undone.

· John F. Mariani, food and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and author of How Italian Food Conquered The World.

· Manny Howard, journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Harper’s and New York Magazine, and author of My Empire of Dirt, A Cautionary Tale: How One Man Turned His Big-City Backyard into a Farm.

· The winner of the first Slow Food Portland Young Food Writers Competition.

As in past years there will be delicious food from land and sea before during and after the readings, Q & A’s with all the authors and book signings with the books available for sale at the event.  It is a charming night full of great readings, great food and great cheer.

Tickets are $25, $20 for Slow Food members and can be purchased by going to the SPACE Gallery website, or in person at Rabelais, Aurora Provisions and Rosemont Markets.  Doors open at 6:00PM and the readings begin at 6:30PM.  If you have further questions call Rabelais, 774 1044.

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Young Food Writer’s Contest Winners!

Slow Food Portland is proud to congratulate the winners of the first annual Young Food Writer’s Competition!

Grades 3-5
Grand Prize: Zoe Popovic, grade 4, Congin School
Second Place: Eliot Bramble, grade 3, Breakwater School
Honorable Mention: Wilson Haims, grade 4, Merriconeag Waldorf School

Grades 6-8
Grand Prize: Ellie Sapat, grade 7, Falmouth Middle School
Second Place: Luisa Hetzler, grade 6, Gray/New Gloucester Middle School
Honorable Mention: Julia Haskell, grade 6, Home schooled in Portland

Grade 9-12
Grand Prize: Ali Perkins, grade 12, Merriconeag Waldorf School
Second Place: Emma Sapat, grade 10, Falmouth High School
Honorable Mention: Gaelyn Lindauer, grade 10, Bonny Eagle High School

The grand prize winners have won a full family CSA (community supported agriculture) share from the CSA of their choice for the 2011 growing season. Second place winners won $50 gift certificates to Portland restaurants. The winning essays will be read as part of the Slow Food Writers Night event at the Space Gallery in Portland on March 10, 2011, 6pm. Selected winning essays will be published in the Portland Press Herald following Writers Night, and all winning essays will be posted on the Slow Food Portland website soon after that.

Special thanks to our judges: Meredith Goad, Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Don Lindgren, Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, and Alison Duffy.

We hope you will join us for Writers Night on March 10 to support our young writers and their work, not to mention hear from our exciting lineup of professional writers including John F. Mariani, Manny Howard, and Maine’s own Melissa Coleman.

And please also join us this Sunday, February 27, at Woodfords Church (202 Woodford Street) in Portland from 1-4pm for the MOFGA sponsored CSA Fair. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Community Supported Agriculture, meet and support local farmers.

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Tonight’s Slow Food Potluck Postponed

Due to the nasty weather, we’re postponing tonight’s Potluck. We’re not afraid of a little snow, but the forecast for freezing rain has us thinking twice. We’ll reschedule ASAP and notify everyone of the new date and time. Stay warm!

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Potluck and Meeting Tuesday January 18

Slow Food Portland will be having its January meeting and potluck dinner on Tuesday, January 18, from 6pm-8pm at the new Portland Food Lab located at the old Roma Cafe on 769 Congress Street. Please bring a dish to share and your own “kit” (serving ware, plate/bowl & spoon/fork/knife). There is a kitchen at the Portland Food Lab that can be used for heating up dishes if needed. Don Lindgren and Samantha Hoyt-Lindgren of Rabelais books, who are programming events at the Food Lab will be on hand to talk about what kinds of events and programming will be happening there. The potluck is open to all, Slow Food members and non-members (or we hope future members) alike. Hope to see you there!

Event: Potluck and Meeting
Date: Tuesday January 18
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Place: Portland Food Lab (old Roma Cafe)
769 Congress Street

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