Saturday, November 28, 2009

Slow Food Dallas on Facebook

Stay in touch with Slow Food Dallas on Facebook. Follow the link above or search "Slow Food Dallas" after signing into your Facebook account. Learn about upcoming events and interact with fellow members.

We've also started a Slow Food Dallas recipe swap. Click on discussions to share your favorite recipes with other members.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Slow Food Holiday Gathering

Join us at the home of Christopher Tuck, our Co-Leader, for some fun, food, and holiday cheer. Bring your favorite hors d'ouevres and a drink to share. Hope to see you all there!

What: Slow Food Holiday Gathering
Where: Chistopher Tuck's
1111 Plymouth Dallas, TX 75208 US
When: December 5th, 2009, 6:00-8:30 PM
Contact: 214-325-1651

Stay tuned for more information regarding this event......

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Post Thanksgiving Potluck

For those who missed the Thanksgiving family feast, come for a Thanksgiving potluck gathering on Saturday at the home of Jane Mathews. It will be come and go from 5:00 to 8:00 or so. I'll provide a turkey. Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvres or one of Thanksgiving's supporting stars, and/or champagne/wine to share.

When: November 28th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: 4431 Holland Ave Unit D
Dallas, TX 75219 US
Phone: 682-552-1351

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cheese Making Class - Latte Da Dairy

Latte Da Dairy will host a hands-on cheese making class for Slow Food Dallas on November 21st, at 1:30 p.m. Latte Da Dairy, a sustainable farmstead in Flower Mound, has won numerous awards for its artisanal goat cheese.

Visit Latte Da's cheese operation. Learn more about the cheese making process. Meet the goats and try your hand at actual cheese making (with some to take home).

Due to the size of the milking room, this class is limited to 6 people. The fee for this class is $60./pp.

The class should last about 2-3hrs, and wrap up in time to view the milking of the goats at 4:00.

What: Hands-on Cheese Making

Where: Latte Da Dairy

1304 Bridle Bit Rd

Flower Mound, TX 75022

When: November 21st, 2009

1:30 p.m.

View the evite here.

Latte Da Dairy

Monday, November 9, 2009

Special Thank You For This Year's Events

As we look forward to the coming calender year of programs, I’d like to send out a special thank you to everyone that opened your homes and businesses to our group this year. Thank you for sharing both your knowledge and your passions. Your generosity & hospitality made this year a tremendous success!

  • Jan. Winter gardening, Northaven Garden Center
  • Feb. Artisanal bread making 101, Empire Baking Co.
  • Feb. Cookbook Creation, Studio of Tricia Barnett
  • Mar. Olive oil tasting, Flavors From Afar
  • Apr. Farm tour, Garden Harvests Farms
  • May. Grilling + Pot Luck & Rancher showcase, Home of Peter Schaar
  • Jun. Berry Picking & Jam making, Greer Family Farm
  • Jul. Pickles / Hands-on canning, Home of Jim Shade
  • Aug. Gelato, Paciugo’s
  • Aug. Canning Across America - canning adventure, Home of Jim Shade
  • Oct. Cheese 101, Scardello’s (2 classes)

Latte Da Dairy Open House

Latte Da Dairy will be hosting a fall open house on November 15th, 2009 from 11am-3pm.

The goat farm and cheese dairy is located at :

1304 Bridle Bit Rd, Flower Mound, Texas.

Visit Latte Da's website for more details.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dallas Farmers Market Friends Hoedown

Each year, the Dallas Farmers Market Friends host an annual “Hoedown” which is their largest fundraiser. In partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s program “Go Texan”, farmers from around the state donate ingredients that are used by local chefs to create unique and delicious samplings for event participants. In addition, local Specialty food producers sample products from cheese to salsa to tapenades and dips. To round out the experience, local wineries contribute wine, and local artisans bring their products. This year’s event will be held in early November. The event will honor the rich heritage of the Market while anticipating a thriving future.

Visit the website for more details.

Wine & Chocolate Pairing Event

Join us for a very special evening of outstanding chocolate, fine wines and spirits, Thursday, November 12th when Vicki Peterson of Paper and Chocolate hosts a fundraiser benefiting Slow Food Dallas.

Featuring the chocolate of Amedei Tuscany, we will sample several varieties of their Toscano Black chocolates as well as a Jamaican and White chocolate. These will be paired with wines and spirits specifically selected to enhance the chocolate's aroma and taste.

The cost of the event is $45/pp and will be benefit Slow Food Dallas' general fund.

Attendance is limited to 25 people and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at the following link.

There are still plenty of tickets left for this "treat yourself" event.

Special thanks to Chris Tuck of Regent Wine and Mark Monfrey of Artisanal Beverage for providing our wines and spirits for the evening's event.

What: Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Where: Paper & Chocolate

5640 W. Lovers Lane

Dallas, TX 75209

When: Thursday, November 12th, 2009 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Starting Something New - Dallas Farmers Market (DFM)

For those members who have been dreading going to the Dallas Farmers Market because it is too far or just need to feed off someone else's culinary vibe, this is you chance to voice your opinion!

I would like to propose a carpool/meet up of Slow Food members on a certain day and time (preferably on a weekend). This event would not be a Slow Food meeting per say but rather a chance to meet up with other members and draw some energy off their culinary vibes. For those of us who live a long distance away this could also be a chance to carpool.

Either way I wanted to get the ball rolling and see which weekend day and time would work best for our members.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Slow Food Dallas Annual Meeting 2009

A sunny, mild Sunday provided the perfect atmosphere for Dallas Slow Food members to enjoy one another's company at Dali Wine Bar. The annual meeting was filled with old greetings, new introductions, and re-capping the past slow year for the Dallas chapter. Our new leadership team was introduced:

Claudine Martyn ~ Leader
Christopher Tuck ~ Co-Leader
Shane Stephens ~ Secretary
Kelly Ingram ~ Events Chair
Jim Shade ~ Events Co-Chair
Alfred LaNasa ~ Membership Chair
Melissa Althen ~ Communications
Richard Silverston ~ Webmaster

It was exciting to see several brand new members (welcome, and thank you for coming). Thanks to Paul Pinnell and the staff at Dali for hosting. Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of slowing down together with small bites and great wine in the inspiring Arts District of Dallas.

2010 promises to be a super year for Slow Food Dallas!

Dali's Wine Bar
Ugo Ginatta & Mark Monfrey
Enjoying Company [photo includes Jim Shade(center) & Richard Silverston(standing)]
Kelly Ingram, Claudine Martyn
Enjoying Conversation [photo includes Shane Stephens(with wife, Melissa - seated right)]

Mark Monfrey, Kelly Ingram

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Clean Food" Book Signing October 19th

Join EdibleDFW and Terry Walters October 19th at Barnes and Nobles for a book signing/cooking demo:

19 OCT. 2009
Barnes &Noble (Store #2884)
7:00pm, Cooking demo & signing
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX

Visit and for more information.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Annual Slow Food Dallas Meeting at Dali Wine Bar

Sunday, Oct 18th, 2009 - Annual Meeting at Dali Wine Bar, One Arts Plaza, Dallas

Time: 2 - 3:30 pm
Location: Dali Wine Bar
One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh Street
RSVP: email Claudine at martynclaudine [at] gmail [dot] com

There will be appetizers provided and a cash bar. We'll talk about our plans for this year and introduce our new Leadership Team. We love to hear your suggestions and ideas, so please bring them with you!

Dali advised us that October 18 is going to be the Arts District opening there will probably be challenges to parking, but Dali will let us know what will work best. Watch for a follow-up email regarding parking if you have rsvp'd that you are attending.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

JOHN BESH at Sur la table

Dallas Slow Foodies,

I want to invite everyone to the book signing with Chef John Besh, at Sur la table, Knox Street location on Friday October 9th at 5:00 pm.
I hope that everyone can make it!
Hope to see y'all there,


Monday, October 5, 2009

Slow Food National Membership Drive Extended

Wow. It’s been a pretty exciting few days. Our September membership drive—where we waived our traditional $60 membership fee—was a huge success. More than 5000 people joined Slow Food, over ten times our normal monthly rate. It turns out there was some pent-up demand for lower membership rates, after all, and not just from my fellow non-profit-employed friends.

Perhaps our most incredible response came from Mr. Donald Sussman. He was so enthusiastic about the positive results that he encouraged us to keep the drive going. And his encouragement was particularly compelling: he has offered to match all new gifts that come in between now and October 15 dollar for dollar.

As you can imagine, there’s been a lot of excitement and positive spirits here in the Brooklyn office of Slow Food USA. What a welcome break from the grey spirits of a year where we’ve seen dips in charitable giving across the country and so many of our friends deal with layoffs and downsizing. If you haven’t yet joined Slow Food, now is the time. Help us maximize this incredible opportunity that Mr. Sussman has given us. And if you have, know that there is an office full of hard-working food advocates toasting you with a glass of locally-grown, seasonally appropriate apple cider.

Visit to join now!

Volunteer with Days of Taste!

“In this age of fast and frozen food, we want to teach school children about real food – where it is grown and how it is produced – so that they can develop an understanding and appreciation of how good food is supposed to taste.” - Julia Child, AIWF co-founder

“Old McDonald had a farm, not a drive through.” - Joanne Bondy, Days of Taste Volunteer, Executive Chef, The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine,Texas

Chefs, Foodies, Nutrition Experts, Farmers and Growers—come one, come all!
Be a part of the Coolest Field Trip of All!
It’s Days of Taste Time Again!

Join us as we explore the ABC’s of Taste & Health through the American Institute of Wine and Food Days of Taste Program. Held at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, Days of Taste provides a unique field trip experience for 4th and 5th grade elementary students in Dallas public schools. Through the program, students have the opportunity to explore the nuances of taste through the five senses with a tasting component guided by a chef, a visit with a local farmer to discover the wealth and variety of products grown and that are available locally, and prepare a Harvest salad using fresh produce that the they have purchased themselves at the Dallas Farmer’s Market. Volunteer culinarians and nutritionists share their enthusiasm for fresh ingredients, cooking, and love of food. The program teaches kids the concept of “from farm to table”-one that is difficult for kids to grasp these days.

Our FALL 2009 Dates:

Monday, Nov. 2
Tuesday, Nov. 3
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Thursday, Nov. 5

Monday, Nov. 9
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Thursday, Nov. 12

Shifts are from 9:00AM-1:00 PM
10/12 volunteers needed per day-bring your friends!
Dallas Farmer’s Market
Free parking
T-shirt, Lunch and Volunteer Instructions are provided

Volunteer responsibilities include:

* Greeting the students and teachers as they arrive at the market
* Overseeing hand washing
* Assisting chefs and growers as needed
* Assisting students with tasting component
* Assisting in the shopping and preparation of the Harvest salad
* Clean up and other duties as assigned

For more information and to sign up, please contact Robin Plotkin at or 214-725-3947. To learn more about AIWF and the Days of Taste Program, please see the Days of Taste link under Programs.


Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Culinary and Nutrition Communications Consultant
Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
PO Box 38217
Dallas, Texas 75238-0217
214-725-3947 phone
214-348-7491 fax
See what’s new at

Friday, October 2, 2009

Slow "Hell's Kitchen" Down

Turn the heat up in Gordon's kitchen with some slow cookin'.
Official press release:
FOX’s HELL'S KITCHEN is looking for top-notch Chefs, 21 and over, who are passionate about cooking and skilled at their craft.
Can YOU stand the heat?
OPEN CALL: October 12th
12pm - 5pm
The Iron Cactus
1520 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
For more information go to
Call: 310-482-0564 // HK hotline 866-226-2226

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Celebrate Cheese Glorious Cheese

Join Sidedish tomorrow, September 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, at Celebration Restaurant to celebrate local cheese makers Latte Da, Lucky Layla, and the Mozzarella Company. They all won national awards at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Competition in Austin.

Click here for more about Texas Cheese

Wednesday, September 16, 2009



New Farm-to-School Tactical Teams Will Assist School Administrators Transition to Purchasing More Locally Grown Foods as Part of USDA's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative'

USDA Launches 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative to Connect Consumers with Local Producers to Create New Economic Opportunities for Communi

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative - 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' - to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity. To launch the initiative, Secretary Vilsack recorded a video to invite Americans to join the discussion and share their ideas for ways to support local agriculture. The video, one of many means by which USDA will engage in this conversation, can be viewed at USDA's YouTube channel, . Producers and consumers can comment on the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' YouTube playlist, as well as submit videos or provide comments on this initiative by e-mailing

Read the rest of the news release here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Barn Aid and "Fresh" Screening

Sept 19th, 2009
2nd Annual Barn Aid & Dinner at Eden
w/Chef David Gilbert & Friends

Limited availability reserved tickets only for dinner;
  • Welcome & musical entertainment by Lorynn the Red Head 5pm
  • Dinner in the Garden - 5:45pm
    • 3-course organic/local dinner in the gardens (Locally sourced produce and other products all prepared and served by Chef David Gilbert & Friends)
    • Speaker - Pamela Walker - author "Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas" Sponsored by Edible Dallas & Fort Worth
    • Farm Tour - Eden's Garden - highlighting the renewable energy irrigation system and sustainable organic gardens as featured in an upcoming issue of Mother Earth News.

Gates open free to the public at dusk.....

Free Movie Screening - FRESH! - starts at dusk (about 7:30)

  • celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

See the Eden's Organic Website for details.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Time for Lunch Eat-In

Slow Food Dallas met for a Slow meal Labor Day, 2009, in coordination with the National Time for Lunch Campaign. The Eat-In was held in a serene setting adjacent to White Rock Lake in Dallas. Over 30 members attended the event, including several new members who made this their first Slow Food experience!

Attendees were encouraged to ask friends to sign the online petition in support of bringing Real Food to schools. The group also discussed the September Slow Food membership drive and ways we could recruit new members this month.

All enjoyed a Slow evening of great food and camaraderie.

See the Slow Food Time for Lunch site for coverage and photos of the event.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Slow Food September Membership Drive

Please pass on the following letter to all your Slow Friends!

Dear friend,

Soggy tater tots. Mystery meat. Fast-food pizza and refined sugar.

This is the reality of our children’s school lunches and it is time for some serious change.
On September 7th, people in all 50 states are coming together at nearly 300 “Eat-ins” to show their support for real food in schools. With the National Day of Action just a few days away, we critically need your gift today to help grow our movement and force our legislators to take notice.

And here’s the best part: during the month of September only, your donation of any amount will make you a member of Slow Food USA.

Here’s why we need your support right now. Slow Food USA is working to directly impact national and local food policies. From the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act to the Farm Bill, we will be building alliances, bringing in key industry experts and heading to Washington to demand change.

Our National Day of Action marks the beginning of these efforts. Your gift today will allow us to take immediate action in the days following September 7. With your help, we can turn the power generated by thousands of people attending hundreds of Eat-ins into a movement that makes real impact on America’s food policy. Will you help us grow the movement by becoming a member today?

As a member of Slow Food USA, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
* Invitations to local, national and international events celebrating good, clean, fair food.
* Member-only discounts on select events and publications.
* Getting connected with your local Slow Food chapter, made up of people who care about food, agriculture, health and the environment.
* Opportunities throughout the year to take action and have an impact on critical legislation affecting food and agriculture in the U.S.

Membership normally starts at $60, but from now until September 30th, your gift of any amount makes you a part of this movement. Give more if you can and less if you can’t. The point is – we want you with us.

Our kids deserve more than mystery meat and our communities need access to fresh, real food. Your support today will help make that happen.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to your involvement! Become a member today by visiting

With thanks,
Josh Viertel President, Slow Food USA

Monday, August 31, 2009

Time for Lunch Campaign

It’s Time for Lunch: Slow Food Dallas Pushes to
Get Real Food into Schools

Local Slow Food Chapter joins more than 280 Community
Eat-Ins for National Day of Action on Labor Day

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – August 31, 2009 - On September 7, 2009, Slow Food Dallas ( will orchestrate a public potluck (called an “Eat-In”) to demonstrate that our community is ready to provide our children with real food at school. This event is just one of hundreds taking place across America as part of Slow Food USA’s ( Time for Lunch National Eat-In.

The Slow Food Dallas Eat-in will be held in an air conditioned facility at White Rock Lake, in Dallas, at 6:00 p.m. Members will enjoy a slow meal with family, neighbors, teachers, community leaders and others concerned about the need to get real food into schools. Attendees will bring a dish to share, drinks, and the desire to make a difference in the type of food the next generation eats.

In the midst of a national obesity epidemic, our schools struggle to serve anything but the fast food and junk food that endanger children’s health. This year, with the Child Nutrition Act up for reauthorization, we have an opportunity to fix this problem. By giving schools the resources to serve real food, we can make a down payment on health care reform, we can build a strong foundation for our children’s health and we can make sure that the legacy we’re leaving them is a future filled with opportunity, security and success.

Our schools lack the resources to serve children the real food they need. To solve this problem,
Congress must:

Invest in children’s health. Give schools just one more dollar per day for each child.

Protect against food that puts children at risk. Establish strong standards for all food sold
at school, including food from vending machines and school fast food.

Teach children healthy habits that will last through life. Fund grants to start innovative
farm-to-school programs and school gardens.

When children learn that real food is both delicious and good for them, they ask for it at school and at home. As Michelle Obama has said, “What I found with my kids [is that] if they were involved in planting and picking it, they were much more curious to give it a try.”

On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, people in communities across America will participate in a National Eat-In by sitting down to share a meal with their neighbors. This day of action will send a clear message to Congress: It’s time to provide our children with real food at school. There will be petitions available to sign at the event, as well as letters for individuals to mail to their Congressperson. To learn more and sign the Slow Food petition online, visit To learn more about your local Eat-in, visit

Host: Claudine Martyn
Location: Big Thicket at White Rock Lake
430 E. Lawther Lane
Dallas, TX 75218 US
When: Monday, September 7, 6:00PM
Phone: 214 325-1651

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gelato Happy Hour

Slow Food Dallas members recently had the chance to beat the heat and learn the art of making gelato at the Paciugo headquarters in Dallas. Lucky participants even got some gelato to carry home with them. Hope to see you all at the next Slow Food event!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Slow Food Dallas Leader Featured in DMN

Recently our leader, Claudine Martyn, was the subject of an article written by Kim Pierce for the Dallas Morning News. Read about the meal Claudine creates from visiting local markets here : Slow Food Dallas Leader Whips Up Entirely Local Menu.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

National Chains Dipping Into Buy Local Movement

Corner Bakery has announced that the tomatoes used in this summer's feature item, the BBLT, will be sourced from local purveyors. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the double bacon sandwich with cracked pepper balsamic mayo dressing will go toward Corner Bakery Cafe's Community Garden Grant. It would be nice to know just how large a portion.

Chipotle announced that it will expand it's purchase of local produce this year, with "at least 35 percent of at least one bulk produce item in all of its restaurants from local farmers when it is seasonally available." Doesn't seem like much, does it?

What do you think - blatant marketing ploys or a step in the right direction?


Corner Bakery

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

55th Summer Fancy Food Show

I returned from the 55th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City last night, my belly full of around 50 different cheeses and my head even more full of ideas. As always, there was no shortage of cheese, olive oil, and specialty meats to try. There was also an abundance of honey, tea, and fig items at this year's show. I would predict to see variations of these flavors continuing to pop up in new products to come. Blood Orange is becoming more approachable; as the name becomes commonly seen it is drawing appeal rather than fright.

Things that stood out to me at the show:

Chocolate with Panko bread crumbs - Chuao Chocolatier, led by the culinary talents of Chef Michael Antonorsi, introduced their dark chocolate bar with Panko bread crumbs. The Panko provided mainly a different texture experience, not far from a rice crisp bar, but with a more upscale feel. My favorite in their chocolate line, however, is the Modena Chocopod - dark chocolate with a strawberry & balsamic caramel center.

Black Garlic - Huh? It's black. It's fermented. It's sticky. Black Garlic (this is also the company name) is fermented garlic that is sweet and reminiscent of soy sauce in flavor.

Wine Cellar Sorbet - This sorbet made from wine extracts has actually been available in this area for awhile at retailers like Whole Foods and Central Market, but this was my first time to give it a try. I chose the Cabernet Sauvignon, thinking it would taste a bit like watered down wine. Wrong! This stuff was full of intense wine flavor. It was sweet, however, so if you're into dry you might skip this one.

Pancakes with Chocolate Bacon - Vosges Haut Chocolate was cooking up pancakes using their Mo's Bacon Bar. The Mo bar is milk chocolate with applewood smoked bacon and alder wood smoked sea salt. Think chocolate chip pancakes with a side of bacon - pretty tasty!

Cottage Cheese - of course because it was from our own Paula Lambert! I stopped by the Mozzarella Company's booth where Paula was displaying, among her other cheeses, the cottage cheese she developed for Kent Rathbun. I've judged a lot of cottage cheese in my day, and I have to say that Paula knows her stuff. Her version has a nice balance of acid and diacetyl with an extremely clean finish.

Passion Fruit Cocoa Butter Caramel - from Amella. I love that this company uses real fruit to flavor their mouth watering caramels. The passion fruit flavor was intense and married nicely with the creamy caramel. Using cocoa butter instead of butter allows for a lighter, fluffier caramel, with cocoa butter melting beautifully at mouth temperature.

Farm Tour Features Three Local Farms (and Lunch)

If you’re interested in getting better connected with local farmers, you might be interested ins a day-tour of three local farms on Saturday July 11, sponsored by and Food Roots both owned by Slow Food members. The culinary bus tour will take you (in air conditioned splendor) to JuHaRanch, Oak Grove Farms and Garden Harvests where you'll discover how three farmers bring sustainably grown produce, meat and dairy products to our community using organic and natural methods. And bring the kids. It’s a great way for them to learn where their food comes from.

The trip, which includes lunch at the Brown Street Cafe and Kolache Depot in Ennis, is $89 but there's a discount for Slow Food members. Just drop a line to brian@eatgreendfw and I'll send you the coupon code that's good for 10% off.

Mary Kimbrough of Food Roots has lined up three great places to visit and learn about local agriculture. And it even looks like there will be a wine tasting with wines from Calais Winery during our stop at Oak Grove Farms. You can find out more and sign up here.

You don't want to miss it. You will have an opportunity to buy pick of the season at all of our stops.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cozy Find in Downtown Grapevine - Into the Glass

Sometimes I forget just how charming historic downtown Grapevine can be. Yesterday a co-worker of mine suggested we venture over to Main Street in Grapevine to have lunch at one of her favorite hideaway spots. Into the Glass is a cozy wine bar & Texas cafe owned by Wayne Turner. Wayne was behind the bar when we walked in from the sultry sun blaring sidewalk to the darkened, cool cafe with local art work on display. He greeted us right away and sat us like family, making us feel completely at home and sharing his specials of the day. Specials included halibut tacos with choice of one side and lamb chops over field greens with sauteed mushroom salad and a balsamic drizzle.

I chose the lamb and Wayne picked me out a nice California Zinfandel to go with the dish. The chops were perfectly done and the fresh greens were peppery and stood up well to the meat and Zin. My co-worker had the fish tacos with a side of gorgonzola grits. The halibut was flaky and flavorful. The grits - gorgonzola lovers look out! These creamy grits were bursting with pungent, cheesey goodness.

Wayne sources as much of his produce locally as he can, visiting several Farmer's markets each weekend and hitting up F.M. 1410. He was an attentive, gracious host, and I love the fact that none of their plates match! If you find yourself near Grapevine - I recommend stopping by the eclectic Into the Glass.
322 S. Main St. , Grapevine, Texas

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Supper Clubs

I was curious if anyone had any interest in a local supper club concept for Slow Food Dallas. We always meet at restaurants but during the summer growing season I would think it would be better dining al fresco at say a member farm. I am just throwing out ideas but I have included some links to a few I found.

Here are a few ideas I pulled up from a quick Google search:

Food Creates Community from here in the DFW area

Dai Due from Austin

Pick Your Own

I wanted to share the website below with everyone if they are in the mood to pick you own this year. The listings are by county (surrounding DFW) and include what is available. I would highly suggest you call the farm to get directions and to see what is in season before you head out. Also I make to claims to the accuracy of the information (i.e. phone numbers)

This coupled with several Slow Food Dallas member farms would make a generous list of local farms.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cristiana Ginatta of Pacuigo Gelato Teaches 5th graders about the Taste and Science behind Gelato Making

Slow Foods Member Cristiana Ginatta shared her passion and science secrets for perfect gelato making with the kids from Travis Elementary at the American Institute of Wine and Foods Days of Taste Program at the Dallas Farmer's Market. Click here for a peek at what they learned!

Thank you to Cristiana and all of the Slow Food Members who participated in another successful Days of Taste Event!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Impromptu Meetup at Scardello Artisan Cheese - Uptown

For those who would like to join us several members will be meeting at Scardello Artisan Cheese in Uptown (Corner of Lemmon and Oak Lawn) around 5:30 pm tomorrow May 6th, 2009. We have nothing planned so this is not a formal meeting persay.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bella Cucina Introduces New Tuscan Grill

Hand-made in Tuscany, the Tuscan Grill is designed for cooking over hardwood and can even be used in a fireplace!

What a neat item - take it outside in the summer and use it in a fire pit; then bring it inside in the winter to keep you warm while filling your home with aromatics from the grill.

Read more here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Obamas to Plant First Garden at White House Since Roosevelts

Read more on how the First Lady intends to send a strong message about local food and educating children through planting the White House's first garden in decades:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Boggy Creek on the Atlantic blog

Check out Carol Ann Sayle of Austin's Boggy Creek Farm (and Terra Madre delegate) at Atlantic's new Food blogs (

The Atlantic Food Channel showcases weekly ramblings by artisans, chefs, shop keepers and many more food related pros.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Dallas & Fort Worth Get edible!

March 12, 2009

edible Dallas & Fort Worth Magazine
Celebrates Dallas/Fort Worth’s Food Culture
New magazine connects producers with buyers
And recounts the Metroplex’s dynamic food scene.

Dallas & Fort Worth – Texans across the Metroplex and in 34 surrounding counties now have a go-to source for the latest information on the area’s evolving culinary scene.

“edible Dallas & Fort Worth defines and honors the sustainable lifestyle of buying local,” explained editor and co-founder Karen McCullough. “The magazine is brimming with engaging stories and enticing photography and advocates preserving food traditions, savoring food experiences, and pulling back the curtain on where our food comes from and how it gets to you.”

Published with every season, the magazine celebrates the diverse food and delicious culture surrounding Dallas & Fort Worth and surrounding counties in North Texas. It will bring you the inside scoop on food pioneers, define the regional flavors and favorites, take you off the beaten-path to new food finds and introduce you to local wineries, brewers, and sustainable lifestyle chefs.

edible Dallas & Fort Worth ( will be available at no cost in groceries, wine shops, farmers markets, restaurants, coffee shops and online by subscription for $28.00 (

edible Dallas & Fort Worth is part of a growing community of hyper-local food magazines that celebrate the harvest of their communities season by season. (

Magazines will be available the week of March 16th.

For information, please contact
Karen McCullough, 505-710-2345,

Friday, February 27, 2009

Slow Food Potawatomi Teams with Restaurant For Slow Dinner

A Michigan Slow Food convivium makes the news. Read more at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

GM Beet Sugar

Last year nearly the entire nation's supply of sugar beets was planted using Monsanto's Round Up Ready GM sugar beet seeds. There wasn't a broad industry announcement about this conversion, but rather the change slipped quietly, almost secretly, into fruition. A lawsuit set for April 3rd petitions the court to stop the sale of GM beet seed and require the USDA to conduct a thorough investigation of the safety of these seeds.

Read more on this at The Organic & Non-GMO Report.

A registry exists for companies who pledge to avoid GM beet sugar. If you operate a business and would like to vow not to buy GM beet sugar, I urge you to voice your concern here:

Non-GM Sugar Beet Registry

The more companies that express the desire for non-GMO beet sugar, the more likely there will be beet producers willing to plant the non-GMO seeds. GMO sugar beet crops are being planted close to other types of beets and chard, other plants of the same species, that risk cross-pollination. Cross-pollination presents immediate danger to those farmers planting non-GMO crops near GM sugar beets.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ice Cream Slows Down

Haagen Dazs gets it. The company's latest new product launch features five flavors of ice cream, each containing only five ingredients. They have cut out all the fluff and kept it simple - ice cream you could churn at your own neighborhood picnic.

Each ice cream starts with the same foundation of milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. The only other ingredient is the flavoring. Nothing artificial. Nothing you couldn't find in a pantry. If you can't churn out your own homeade ice cream to enjoy during movie night, Haagen Dazs "five" might be a good alternative.

Could it be our food industry is listening to what consumers want? Haagen Dazs "five" is a good sign. And a good reason to keep asking for good, clean and fair food.

"Five" new flavors: mint, ginger, coffee, vanilla bean, passion fruit, brown sugar, and chocolate.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen to Open Feb. 23

Kent Rathbun's new casual dining concept will feature locally grown produce and Latte Da Goat Cheese.

Read more in Restaurant News, Guidelive, or Rathbun's Website.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Time for Turnips!!!

To anyone who wants any, my dad has a bumper crop of turnips. I have approximately 5 lbs of them with the greens still attached. If anyone would like any please feel free to contact me. I will have them until Sunday Feb 15 then I will have to get rid of them. Both of us just picked them this morning. Free to all....hopefully they will go quickly!

214-404-7444 if you would like to call

Sorry if this is not directly related to any foodie news or Slow Food related news.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Slow Food Gardening Series: Winter Gardening

Saturday, January 17th, Slow Food members met at North Haven Gardens in Dallas to learn about winter gardening and spring garden preparation. The class, organized by Kelly Ingram, had a good turn out and was informative no matter what the size of your garden.

The group discussed in-ground, raised bed, and container gardens. We learned about soil preparation and seasonal produce, as well as how to get rid of pesky garden critters (rascally rabbits)!

After members had a chance to ask questions of North Haven's Horticulture expert, we toured the display gardens. Even with the city's recent freeze, the gardens were abundant with leafy greens, herbs, broccoli, carrots, and more. Several members got to take samples home.

North Haven Gardens has an impressive inventory of items, and offers consultation and free classes. See their website for the upcoming event schedule:

Members attending this class had a lot of fun learning. We hope to see you at our next event - baking bread at Empire Baking Company!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Last Chance to Stop NAIS

"Protect Our Food Supply - Stop NAIS!" is still in the running at, but it needs over two thousand more votes to make it into the Top 10 Ideas.  And only the top 10 entries in this online contest "win" and have their ideas presented at the National Press Club on January 16th and advocacy campaigns organized to promote them.  
The competition ends this Thursday, January 15, at 5 pm eastern time.  In addition to voting for stopping NAIS, please let everyone you know who is interested in supporting local, sustainable agriculture know. 

Step 1: If you are not already signed up for the site, register at:  
Step 2: Go to   Be sure to click the box labeled "Vote!" to the left of "Protect Our Food Supply -- Stop NAIS!"    Leaving a comment does not count as a vote.  
After you click the Vote box, it will change color and show "Voted."  If it does not do that, shift your mouse a bit and click again, because it sometimes take several tries.