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By: Slow Food Calgary  09-12-2011
Keywords: Financial Resources, Slow Food, Local Food Community,

Slow Food Calgary » Slow Food Calgary

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. 

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

Seeds of Diversity invites YOU to its AGM

Posted October 3rd, 2011 by Tonya Lailey

Meet us at the Calgary Zoo
Sunday October 30, 2011

Our Annual General Meeting is in Calgary this year! Come out and meet our board of directors, staff, and local members.

At 10:00 visit the Atrium in the Karsten Discovery Centre, to view tables set up by local gardening groups and seed companies. Bring seeds to put in the seed exchange! At 10:30 Jeffrey Casey, from Casey’s Heirloom Tomatoes, will lead you in a Seed Saving Workshop. Then you can visit the exhibits, return to the seed exchange to pick up seeds, and enjoy lunch at the Kitamba Café.

At 1:00 see speaker Bob Wildfong, executive director of Seeds of Diversity, mix science and storytelling to reveal the secret lives of seeds, plants, and pollinators in the garden. Our annual AGM follows at 2-2:30 pm. All lectures take place in the Esso Auditorium of the Karsten Centre.

Directions: The Karsten Discovery Center is at the north end of the Zoo, the first building on the right hand side as you exit the tunnel.  To get to the café (Kitamba) walk across the bridge, then turn right, and Kitamba is the first building on the right hand side.  The café has Starbucks coffee, cold lunches (sandwiches, salads), hot lunches (burgers, hotdogs, fish and chips, soup, and lunch specials), snacks, and desserts.

A smashing way to polish off some seasonal garden veggies…

Posted September 13th, 2011 by Tonya Lailey

Courtesy of Slow Food Calgary’s 11th Annual Feast of Fields,  here are two unconventional ways to serve up the season’s best produce.

Check out these cheeky cocktails:



The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Facilitated Discussions, Financial Resources, Local Food Community, Slow Food, Sponsoring Partners,

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