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Monday, January 23, 2012

Golden Glass: Slow Food, Wine, and Free Tickets on Us

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hey, want to go to Slow Food's Golden Glass event? SFoodie has two tickets to award to the person who writes the best one-line description of a wine, real or imagined, in the comments section below.

If you like Italian wines, you'll like the Golden Glass wine and food event, and we may even be able to take you there (more on that at the end of the post). Golden Glass is Slow Food's annual tasting focused on wines from Italy.

The large-scale tasting at Fort Mason, Slow Food's eighth, offers wine and food from "artisans around the world in celebration of Slow Food's work to advocate for sustainability, biodiversity and preservation of food traditions." This year's event also celebrates the launch of Slow Food's new wine publication, Slow Wine, "Slow Food Italy's new, comprehensive and meticulously researched guide to Italian wines." The guide looks at how the wines taste and how ethically and environmentally they were produced.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Making the Perfect Fast-Food Meal, at Home

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Assembling your own fast-food meal at home might seem the antithesis to the idea of fast food, which came into existence because people wanted hot food with no waiting that they didn't have to cook themselves.

But cooks are like scientists: They can't help but reverse-engineer things to find out how they work and improve upon them. These intrepid bloggers have taken the initiative and created beloved fast food items from scratch. For your pleasure, we present a roster of recipes for each component of a full fast-food meal.

1. The Fries


The level of care and research that went into this recipe for perfect french fries by Serious Eats writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt borders on obsessive. A lover of McDonald's fries, the author susses out the optimal recipe through trial and error, even taking the time to photograph a french fry lineup of previous attempts, labeled with dates. We can only assume that the resulting fry is as glorious as the photography.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

YBCA and Slow Food Nation Host OPENrestaurant

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 8:47 AM


Slow Food Nation and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission) will co-present a special edition of OPENrestaurant (roving food gatherings hosted by Chez Panisse staffers) on Tuesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. The focus will be on ways the Bay Area can maximize our natural resources for growing food, or, as they posit, "How do we make the urban landscape more productive?" This discussion, led by farmers from local spots such as Alemany Farm and Ascend Garden, is both free and open to the public, but $20 buys you a ticket for a meal of greens, beans, ham stew, rillettes, a glass of wine and dessert. More info is at the YBCA site. -- Tamara Palmer

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Slow Food Nation Presents Civil Eats

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 6:48 AM


Just as Slow Food International finished its epic annual Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy earlier this week, Slow Food Nation back here in SF has just created a new online space to continue its bloggery. Recent entries on Civil Eats discuss ways to eat well in tough times, the New York Times Magazine food issue and farm policy for the next White House administration. —Tamara Palmer

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Civic Center Extension for Slow Food Nation Victory Garden

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 8:18 AM


Slow Food Nation's Victory Garden in Civic Center, from which 100 pounds of produce a week is currently being harvested (according to SFN founder Alice Waters), was just granted an extension to remain in place on-site until November. Organizers had planned to move it to a permanent location before the end of this month.

"By all accounts, this has been a wonderful installation for the city and has been a highly visible demonstration of our commitment to the issues embodied in how our food system operates," said Mayor Gavin Newsom in a press statement. "From protecting the environment, to supporting our local and regional economy, to ensuring we can provide access to wholesome, nutritious food for all San Franciscans, the Victory Garden has given us a powerful platform from which to make the case for more good, clean and fair food in this country."

The Victory Garden has had its detractors and critiques for being heavily guarded by security and not actually feeding the homeless who need it in the immediate area. But it is hopeful that San Francisco citizens will learn lessons of both community and just how easy it is to raise one's own food in these climes.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Slow Food Rocks Interview: Lillie Belle Farms

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 12:56 PM


"I just got Gnarls Barkley all jacked up on Hippie Crunch!" exclaims Jeff Shepherd.

When it comes to artisan chocolates and confections, Lillie Belle Farms of southern Oregon is a personal favorite. Indeed, the Shepherd's Hippie Crunch (dark chocolate covering big chunks of caramelized crisped rice) has been known to induce fits of fiendishness, while his chocolates continually push the envelope of flavor profiles -- whether in a sublime blue cheese truffle, a fleur de sel caramel infused with lavender or a berry cordial made of fruit grown on Lillie Belle's organic farm.


While familiar with Lillie Belle's hippie aesthetic, I didn't realize that Shepherd is a truly dedicated Deadhead; he also mentioned that his chocolates have been on the tour buses of legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Steely Dan and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. After asking the probably very obvious question of whether he was looking forward to catching today's Slow Food Rocks headliner Phil Lesh & Friends, he decided to give us a quick look at his secret stash. —Tamara Palmer

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Slow Food Rocks Interview: White House Organic Farm Project

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 1:25 AM



The White House Organic Farm Project travels the country to share the dream of building an organic garden on the lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The group braved the mean streets of San Francisco on Friday night, getting their beautiful optical illusion of a school bus unceremoniously tagged with graffiti while parked in the Mission District. Yet, by Saturday afternoon, when they made their first appearance at the Slow Food Rocks festival, they were undeterred from the task at hand: Gathering signatures to present to Washington.

We asked TheWhoFarm's Daniel Bowman Simon to explain their mission to balance the presidential diet and "reconnect our country to its rock 'n roll and agricultural roots."

-- Tamara Palmer

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Saturday and Sunday: Slow Food Rocks

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 12:01 AM


Slow Food Rocks

Great Meadow at Fort Mason

August 30-31, 2008

Review by Tamara Palmer; Photos by Missy Buchanan and Tamara Palmer

Better than: Two days without brisk breezes, good tunes and creative culinary delights including Grateful Dead-themed chocolates.

The musical companion to Slow Food Nation provided nourishment for the body as well as the soul, with Saturday's headliners Gnarls Barkley a certain highlight. The deliciously leftfield band, spearheaded by singer/rapper Cee-Lo and production whiz Danger Mouse, have routinely been playing much larger venues. It even sold out the 17,000-seat Hollywood Bowl last month, so catching Gnarls Barkley at the relatively intimate environs of the Great Meadow at Fort Mason was a real treat.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Taste Interview: Build Your Own Earth Oven

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

At last night's preview of Slow Food Nation's Taste event, a scent of smoke wafted through the outdoor (and hallowed) Hall of Bread. The pair responsible: Oregon's Kiko Denzer and Hannah Field, authors of Build Your Own Earth Oven. The book details how one can create a working oven out of mud in under a day and enjoy a cooking ritual that's over 4000 years old. Field and Denzer, who are building a full-size oven during today's sold-out Taste sessions, took a moment to give us a quick look.

--Tamara Palmer

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Taste Interview: Askinosie Chocolate

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Wandering into Taste's chocolate pavilion, I met Shawn Askinosie of Springfield, MO's Askinosie Chocolate. I learned of his commitment to fair trade as well as a pretty sweet initiative to help the homeless and low-income citizens of his hometown, a program that he calls Chocolate University.—Tamara Palmer

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