July Meeting & Potluck

Slow Food Portland July Meeting & Potluck
Tuesday, July 19, 6-8pm @ Quimby Colony / Roma Restaurant
769 Congress Street, Portland

Come out and share the taste of Summer at Slow Food Portland’s July meeting and potluck dinner. Our gardens are producing and there’s lots of great stuff at the farmer’s markets, so it’s the ideal time to get together and share a meal and good company. This month we’re going to meet up at Quimby Colony located at the old Roma Restaurant at 769 Congress Street.


  • Tour of the Quimby Colony kitchen with a discussion of what’s going on at Quimby Colony* and potential future collaborative opportunities for Slow Food Portland.
  • Potluck dinner
  • Presentation by Karl Schatz on Slow Food USA’s initial national strategy session for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill Campaign
  • Discussion of this year’s Slow Food Day of Action, planned for Sept. 17.

Quimby Colony is a non-profit urban Artist in Residence program located in Portland, Maine’s newly designated Historic Arts District.

We are going to be inviting Portland’s Permaculture group to join us for this meeting. If you want, you can RSVP through their very organized meetup site:


or please send an email to info@slowfoodportland.org if you are planning to attend, just so we can have a rough head count


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.


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.


Young Food Writer’s Contest Deadline Extended!!

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for the Young Food Writer’s Contest!
The new deadline will be Monday February 14.
If you have students, or know of students in grades 3-12 in Cumberland County, please encourage them to enter!
Three students will win full family CSA shares for their family.
Here’s a link for more info and the online entry form:


Pot Luck Rescheduled

Whew, I’m glad we postponed last night’s potluck. It was a mess here where we live, and likely a mess wherever you were in Southern Maine last night.

We’ve rescheduled for next Tuesday, January 25th, 6-8pm. It will be held at the previously scheduled location, the old Roma restaurant building (769 Congress), which is becoming the Portland Food Lab. Bring a dish to share, and whatever you’d like to drink. We have plates, glasses, flatware. etc., and the facility to warm something up, if necessary.

We’ll talk a bit about what’s happening with the Portland Food Lab, and take a look at the facility. And we can also discuss the Young Food Writer’s Competition, and Slow Food Writer’s Night.

See you there.


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!


Eligibility update for Young Food Writer’s Contest

We are updating and clarifying the eligibility requirements for the Young Food Writer’s Competition. The contest is open to any student in grades 3-12 enrolled in public or private school, or being home schooled, in Cumberland County, or living in Cumberland County, but enrolled in school outside Cumberland County. If you have any questions about the writing competition, please email info@slowfoodportland.org.


First Annual Young Food Writer’s Contest



Slow Food Portland is very excited to announce the 2011 First Annual Young Food Writer’s Competition. The contest is open to any student enrolled in public or private school, or being home schooled, in Cumberland County. To enter, a student must write a short essay about food, which can be fiction or non-fiction, and written on the chosen theme. The 2011 theme is “The Taste of Maine.” Students are encouraged to explore this theme within the core principles of the Slow Food movement, which includes supporting local seasonal food that tastes good and is environmentally sustainable. To find out more about Slow Food visit the Slow Food USA website, http://www.slowfoodusa.org/.

Students compete at three levels: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. A panel of judges will read the essays and select one winning essay from each grade range. These three winners will each receive a full family CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from the CSA of their choice (maximum award value is $500). Three runners up will receive $50 restaurant gift certificates. The winning essays will be published on the Slow Food Portland web site, and possibly other print media. The winner of the grade 9-12 competition will be invited to read their essay at the Slow Food Portland Writers Night event on March 10, 2011, with other winning essays also being read by members of the panel of judges.

Essay length should be 500-800 words for grades 9-12, and 250-400 words for the younger grades.

Deadline for entry is Monday Feb 14, 2011. Only one entry per student. Winners will be announced the week of February 21, 2011, and winners will be able to redeem their CSA share award at the Maine CSA Fair taking place in Portland Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Woodfords Congregational Church. The Maine CSA Fair sponsored by MOFGA and the Maine Council of Churches is a celebration of If winners cannot attend the CSA fair, alternate arrangements will be made. More information about Community Supported Agriculture in Maine and the Maine CSA Fair can be found on the MOFGA website, www.mofga.org, and Slow Food Portland website, www.slowfoodportland.org.

Students can enter either by filling in the online form found below or emailing their entry, along with their name, school, grade, and email or phone contact information to info@slowfoodportland.org. By submitting an essay contestants agree to allow Slow Food Portland to publish their essay along with their name, school and grade.


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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


Bringing Home Terra Madre: A Panel Discussion on Slow Food & Maine Food

Join us Friday Dec. 10, on International Terra Madre Day for a special presentation by some of Maine’s recent delegates to the Slow Food Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy. Panelists to include Robin Alden & Ted Ames (Penobscot East), Amanda Beal (ELFC and Graduate Student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts), Lisa Fernandes (Portland Maine Permaculture) and Russell Libby (MOFGA).

The event co-sponsored by  Slow Food Portland, Portland Maine Permaculture and the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine.

The event is at the North Deering Grange, and is open to the public.
The best way to RSVP is to go to the Maine Permaculture Meetup website and RSVP on their event page:


You will need to create a login for their site in order to RSVP this way, and if you’re not connected to the Permaculture group, and their activities, I highly recommend it. If you don’t want to do that, just email me directly off the list and let me know you’re coming so we have an approximate head count. The attendance was originally set at 75, but there should be plenty of room for everyone who wants to come.

Date: Dec. 10, 2010
Time: 6pm-9:30pm
North Deering Grange Hall
1408 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
6:00 Social Hour: Local Foods Potluck (Appetizers & Light Fare)*

7:00 Announcements + Start of Panel Presentation

8:45 Q&A and loosely moderated discussion…

*Please bring something to share with a focus on local ingedients if possible. Appetizer-type items, foods for tasting, beverages and sweet things are all welcome! Consider making a label to sit next to your food items. And in true permaculture tradition, please bring your own potluck kit (dish, utensils, glass/cup, napkin) for minimal impact.



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