Tomorrow Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Mayor Gavin Newsom will throw on their best overalls and make like farmers for Community Planting Day at the new Slow Foods Victory Garden at City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.). They'll be planting around 40 heritage organic vegetables including lettuce, kale, beets, corn, and dill. If all goes according to schedule, most of the produce will be ready for harvest for the Slow Food Nation Labor Day Event, and will be donated to local food banks and meal programs. Surprisingly, this is not the first time City Hall has hosted an edible garden, just the first time since 1943 when the war effort strained food supplies and good old Uncle Sam wanted a row of lettuce in every garden. And like Uncle Sam, the Slow Foodies want YOU:
"We’re looking for volunteers—experienced gardeners and novices alike—to help us keep the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden thriving from July – September 2008. For more details and to enroll as a Victory Garden Volunteer, please email your contact information and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Victory Garden' in the subject line."
And after all that hard work in the garden, Slow Food Nation is hosting a celebration benefit dinner called Dig In For Victory (PDF) at ACME Chophouse (24 Willie Mays Plaza). It starts at 6:00 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction, followed by a three-course family style dinner (with wine) -- and you can bet all of the food will be fresh, local, and Slow. Dinner runs $120 per person (tax deductible donation). For tickets call 415-369-9950 or visit www.slowfoodnation.org.
-- Brian Bernbaum