The fastest, most condensed elucidation of Slow Food you’ll ever get…
Posted November 29th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
What’s Pecha Kucha? [from Wikipedia: Pecha Kucha (Japanese for chit chat) events consist of around a dozen presentations, each presenter having 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds on a timer. Thus, each presenter has just 6 minutes and 40 seconds to explain their ideas before the next takes the stage. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced. ]
Slow Food Calgary President Kris Vester stepped up to the plate to speak for Slow Food.
He swung hard – and fast.
Slow Food Calgary and Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association invite YOU to Celebrate Terra Madre Day on December 10th
Posted November 27th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
When: Saturday, December 10th. 5:00 – 9:00 PM. (dinner at 6:00)
Where: The Hearthroom at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320, 5th Ave. N.W.
Why: To eat and discuss in solidarity with thousands of other eaters and producers around the world who are holding similar events on international Terre Madre Day. To further the cause of good, clean and fair food within the local context by engaging in facilitated discussions on the subject of food in general.
Who: Slow Food Calgary (SFC )and Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA) are sponsoring partners in this event. All interested members of the public are welcome to participate and there is no cost to attend. Attendees are asked to bring prepared food, using as much local content as possible, sufficient to feed themselves plus one. Registration is encouraged, as there is limited space in the venue. Only those who register will be guaranteed a seat at a table. We are inviting cash donations at this event and all funds collected will be used to support the Calgary Food Bank. Suggested donation is $10 per person.
Registration details are forthcoming.
Slow Food Calgary refines its Mandate
Posted November 23rd, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
We’ve been thinking about the best way to spend our time, energy and very slim financial resources to help to cultivate a thriving local food community in support of good, clean and fair food.
Our planning committee met on November 19th to exchange these thoughts and to develop an action plan for 2012.
The content of the plan will appear as we post news of upcoming events and projects in the coming weeks and months.
Here is our mandate. It is not so much new as it is refined and newly explicit:
• Making local connections between consumers, chefs, producers and processors of good, clean, fair food.
• Building public awareness of agricultural systems.
• Promoting the concepts of equality and responsibility for our food system.
Join us on this road less travelled!
Slow Food Calgary Planning Committee seeking Slow Ideas, Fast
Posted November 4th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
On Saturday November 19th, the Slow Food Calgary planning committee will convene in order to live up to its name.
SEND YOUR BRILLIANT IDEAS DIRECTLY TO
SLOW FOOD CALGARY’S LEAD SNAIL:
Kris Vester [email protected]
May the slow ideas flow…
December 10th is Terra Madre Day…How will you celebrate?
Posted October 27th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
Local food is our future, and celebrating these foods and their producers – in daily life and through special events – is the best way to protect them.
Last year Terra Madre Day traveled across 120 countries, from a wild food festival in the green forests of Java, Indonesia to traditional cooking workshops in Palestinian villages, to a solar-cooker banquet in central Costa Rica and an Eat-In at Kings Cross, London. But the best place to be on December 10 will be with your own community, participating in an event as simple or complex, as big or small as you wish.
To help cook up your own fun celebration, visit the and download the Information for Organizers guide. Remember to check the online where you will find the logo and other graphics that you can use in your local promotions. on the Slow Food International website prior to November 10 and we will send you a Terra Madre Day flag.
30 or under? Get into some local dirt…join the Slow Food Youth Movement
Posted October 8th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
If you are 30 or younger and have a desire to change the world one bite at a time, join Slow Food Calgary’s Youth Movement.
Slow Food Calgary is proud to support “harvest of the hills dinner” organized by Slow Food Southern Alberta
Posted October 7th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
”harvest of the hills dinner”
a convivial evening shared in the spirit of slow food
WHEN: Saturday October 22nd, 2011
Cocktails: 5:30 pm Dinner to follow
WHERE:: Taste of Heaven Café, Claresholm
148 – 49th Avenue West
Come experience and savour the “terroir” of the hills in a five-course meal created and presented by a “heavenly” gang.
Toast the harvest season with three complementary wine tastings from Birds & Bees Organic Winery in Brosseau, AB.
COST: $39.95 per person
TICKETS: Available at Taste of Heaven Café
Slow Food Southern Alberta Information Session
Posted September 27th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
WHEN: Thursday, October 13th, 2011 - Doors open 6:45 pm; Session begins at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Westside Community Church, 480 McMaster Blvd. West, Lethbridge
Admission: Healthy “tapas”/snack to share
Beverages will be provided
All are welcome!
What is Slow Food?
In a nutshell, Slow Food is a worldwide volunteer driven/not for profit organization that seeks to promote good, clean and fair food production systems. It also seeks to position food, culinary traditions and mealtime as important features of any culture’s identity. Slow Food views dinner with family and friends as a time for communicating and sharing important values as well as enjoying conviviality, the sensory pleasure that can be derived from great tasting food, and the appreciation of a food’s production. The movement began in Italy and quickly spread throughout the world.
The following is from the official Slow Food International website:
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 convivia – our local chapters – worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods. For more information visit
When You Support Slow Food Southern Alberta, You Are:
Sharing the message about our good, clean, fair local food and helping people discover and savour the flavour of our local bounty and terroir; Advocating for the sharing of food production know-how, culinary knowledge and the benefits of local products throughout our region and beyond; Supporting international and Canadian projects aimed at the protection of food biodiversity (i.e. heirloom varieties); Encouraging public debate and discussion of environmental themes, particularly as they relate to the production of food; Ensuring the preservation of local culinary traditions; Advocating for a food production system, which has exceptional taste, quality, fair pricing, and sustainable farming practices as top priorities.
How To Join?
Jacqueline L. Chalmers Harvest of the Hills, October 22nd, 2011 in Claresholm New Oxley Garlic Naturally!
Box 3226, Claresholm, Ab. T0L 0T0 Slow Food Southern Alberta Convivium, President
Slow Food Delegate , Terra Madre 2010,Turin, Italy
VANDANA SHIVA presents “THE FUTURE OF FOOD” on Sept 23
Posted September 20th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
The 2011 Calgary Peace Prize recipient, Dr Vandana Shiva will be presenting an exhilarating talk on “The Future of Food” at the River Cafe on Princes Island Park, Calgary on Friday September 23rd, 6:30pm. This event is a Meet & Greet reception over food & drinks for passionate Calgarians interested to meet & exchange ideas with Dr Shiva on food policy, peace activism, international development & environment. During this event Oxfam Canada will be also be presenting their new campaign called , which focuses on food justice and women’s rights. Vandana Shiva books will be on sale at this event. For details and tickets ($60) to this event, .
VANDANA SHIVA receives 2011 CALGARY PEACE PRIZE & presents “MAKING PEACE WITH THE EARTH” on Sept 24
Oxfam Canada, Calgary Food Policy, Alberta Food Policy, Slow Food Calgary, Calgary Seedy Saturday, Hugo Bonjean – Author, Community Natural Foods, Planet Organic, Ten Thousand Villages, The Zeitgeist Society of Calgary, The Arusha Centre, River Café, Project Ploughshares, Initiatives of Change, Bullfrog Energy, Sheldon Chumir Foundation, David Swann (Liberal Party), Vogel and Company (lawyers), EPCOR Centre, Green Calgary, Indian Canada Association of Calgary, Shastri Indo Canada Institute, Judy MacLauchlan of UC Senate, Faculty of Social Work at UC, Faculty of Environmental Design at UC, Faculty of Nursing at UC, Social Work Student Association at UC, Political Science Students at UC, Eco Club at UC, U of C Student Union
Slow Food Calgary’s 11th Annual Feast of Fields!
Posted August 20th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey
WHEN: Sunday September 11th, 2011 from 1 to 4 pm
WHERE: In the Garden at ROUGE RESTAURANT
1240 – 8th AVE. SE, Calgary
Join us for a delicious afternoon of grazing, sipping and conviviality in the beautiful, historic garden at Rouge restaurant. Come and meet the people who grow your food and the chefs who create dynamic dishes with our wonderful Alberta harvest. Music by Simply Sinatra.
Tickets available at:
THE COOKBOOK CO. COOKS -(403) 265-6066
Members: Adults $65; Youth 8 – 18 $20; Family of 4 $145
Not yet members: Adults $75: Youth 8-18 $35; Family of 4 $170
Kids under 8 eat free!