Friday, February 29, 2008

Too Much Tuscan Sun author Dario Castagno Booksigning at Flavors From Afar

Nancy and Gary Krabill invite Slow Food members to extend their Italian holiday Monday March 3 by visiting Flavors From Afar where author Dario Castagno signs his latest book A Day in Tuscany. His first book Too Much Tuscan Sun outlines his adventures as a Chianti tour guide, and his second lays out a typical day in Tuscany. The signing takes place from 3-7, and will be accompanied by wine and cheese from the colorful gourmet boutique.

Where: Flavors From Afar
6712 Snider Plaza

David Uygur taping Taste of ...

See and hear our 2006 Terra Madre delegate, David Uygur, at the taping of "Taste Of ...". Slow Food members get $10 off the ticket price to the taping. Mention that you're with Slow Food when you order tickets.

Milestone Culinary Arts Center presents a live taping of “Taste Of…” with hosts Dan Potter and Chef Sharon Van Meter. Chef David Uygur, Executive Chef at Lola joins us on March 3rd.

David Uygur is the Executive Chef of Lola the Restaurant and The Tasting Room at Lola. Raised by a working American mom and a Turkish journalist father, he began his culinary adventures at a young age. He has worked in fine dining restaurants in Austin , Atlanta and Portland , Oregon . In April 2003, he became the opening Executive Chef of the Tasting Room at Lola in Dallas . The restaurants offer seasonally-based menus that change frequently. Bill Addison of The Dallas Morning News lists Lola as one of his Top Ten Upscale Favorites of 2007. Chef David was invited to cook at the James Beard House in 2005. In 2006, Slow Food selected David as a Cook Delegate to represent Dallas at Terra Madre, a biennial meeting of World Food Communities held in Turin , Italy .

"Taste Of" audience members can look forward to sampling different types of gnocchi prepared by Chef Uygur including Gnocchi Verdi with Lemon Butter, Potato Gnocchi with Pancetta and Sage, Semolina Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu, and Gnocchi de Susine. Audience memebers will also enjoy wine pairings provided by our "Taste Of" wine sponsor, Glazer's

To sign up call Millstone at 214.217.2811 or go online at

March 3, 2008
6:30- 8:30pm
Please arrive 6:15pm
Tickets $40.00

Show will air Sunday March 9th at 2:00pm on KLIF 570-AM

See David's Terra Madre slides - pdf

Thursday, February 21, 2008

DMN - Eating green: Buy food produced close to Dallas

In the Dallas Morning News Food section, fellow Slow Food member, Kim Pierce, details how you can buy and support locally produced foods that taste good and are healthy. Beyond getting rid of plastic bags and bottles, "eating greener really comes down to paying attention to what you eat, where it comes from and whether it required a lot of processing."

Link to Dallas Morning News article and list of local producers.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Slow Food / Slow Art

Calling all Slow Food art lovers…

Gestures of Resistance: Craft, Performance, and the Politics of Slowness is both an exhibition and a panel presentation at the College Art Association Conference taking place this year in Dallas.

Slow Art is sponsored through Slow Food USA. Slow Art asked artists to bring pieces to exhibit that would fit the criteria for Slow Art. This is the first time that we know of that such an idea has been implemented. Slow Food Dallas is participating by co-sponsoring the opening reception, and by encouraging our members to come and view the exhibition.

Gray Matters Gallery
113 N Haskell Ave
Dallas TX 75226

Exhibition runs February 20 - March 22, 2008
Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 12-6 pm.

During the College Art Association Conference (Wednesday, February 20 - Sunday, February 24) the gallery will be open daily 12 - 6 pm.

More Details on the Exhibition
§ One panelist, Kelly Cobb, is presenting on her 100-mile suit (a direct translation of the 100-mile diet) which involved making a man's suit (including underwear, shoes, and tie!) with materials and labor all sourced within a 100 mile radius of her home in Philadelphia.

§ Robyn Love has over fifty volunteers working with her to knit a mile of duplicate yellow stripe to be installed along a Dallas road.

§ Sherri Wood will be publicly sewing her Repent/Mercy banners at the Conference Artspace. She invites your participation.

§ Anthea Black is producing a limited edition postering campaign around Dallas.

Workshop with Frau Fiber: White Collar Shirt Production
KO Manufacturing–every little bit helps.
Saturday, February 24th 10am to 5pm

This workshop presents an alternative to participating in the consumption of disposable garments. Participants will learn sewing construction techniques for producing a “white-collar” shirt. Knocking off a ‘white-collar’ shirt originally purchased at a Tesco’s store for $7 generated the pattern for this garment.

Tesco is a UK-based international grocery and general merchandising retail chain. It is the largest British retailer by both global sales and domestic market share, and is the worlds third-largest retailer, behind Wal-Mart of the US and Carrefour of France.Workshop Materials: old disassembled clothes, recycled domestic linens, found or borrowed thread, scissors, tape measure, sewing machine, pins and a pencil.

Frau Fiber will provide – pattern and instructions.

Recommended donation $20.
To sign up for workshop send e-mail to .

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Slow Life Picks Up Speed

Great article by Penelope Green in The New York Times on Slow Design...designers that Slow Food priniciples of "good, clean and fair" in their work.

Here's an excerpt...
"I HAVE a little spiel I like to give about thread,” Natalie Chanin said the other day. “The ladies laugh at me and call it my Oprah moment, but here’s how it goes: It’s called loving your thread, and it’s all about talking to the thread, coaxing it to take the path of least resistance. At the crux of it, that’s what Slow Design is all about.”

Ms. Chanin runs a company, Alabama Chanin, that sells hand-stitched garments made from old T-shirts and home goods like flea market chairs with seats woven out of Goodwill neckties. Designed by Ms. Chanin and her collaborator, Butch Anthony, and hand-made by artisans — the ladies, as she calls them — in her hometown of Florence, Ala., her products are examples of Slow Design, which is not so much a metabolic term as it is a philosophical one.

Slow means that Alabama Chanin is run on the tenets of the Slow Food movement, which essentially challenges one to use local ingredients harvested and put together in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Above all it emphasizes slowness in the creation and consumption of products as a corrective to the frenetic pace of 21st-century life. “Good, clean and fair” is the Slow Food credo, and it has — rather slowly — begun to make its way out of the kitchen and into the rest of the house.

While Slow Food is now in its third decade, an established global movement with an official manifesto and about 85,000 members in over 100 countries, Slow Design is still in its infancy. But it does have an increasing number of proselytizers, like John Brown, an architect in Calgary, Alberta, whose year-old Web site,, urges consumers to say no to “fast-food architecture,” and Geir Berthelsen, a Norwegian motivational speaker whose Web site, which is to go online in mid-March, has as its goal to be a hub for all things slow, from slow travel to slow shopping to slow design, he said. Ms. Chanin, meanwhile, has a book, “Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Design” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) due out in March. It gives instructions on how to make her stenciled, poetry-embellished sheets and teaches her Slow credo, which is to use discarded materials to make something new — and to take as long as necessary doing it.

For some designers, that means leaving the studio. Christien Meindertsma, a Dutch designer, knits rugs on needles as long as yardsticks with wool spun from the fleece of Welsh sheep she’s seen in person. That’s very slow, meeting your wool. (Ms. Meindertsma’s company is called Flocks.)"

To read the whole article, click here.