March Newsletter

Greetings from our Board...

It’s possible to be speedy while advancing the Slow Food ethos. The mighty pressure cooker may be intimidating, but its handiness in cutting down kitchen time is worth overcoming one’s initial trepidation.
You’ve roasted a whole chicken, using the meat for multiple meals. That in itself is a worthy accomplishment. But to level up, use that carcass to make stock. With a pressure cooker, you don’t need to tend to a cauldron for hours. 45 minutes is all it takes, and the results are equally tasty.
Or, if you’re as intrigued by Slow Meat as we are and are making dinner on a Meatless Monday, use the pressure cooker to cook dry beans — economical, nutritious, and much tastier than canned — in under an hour. Pre-soaking is optional. And, if you’re feeling truly ambitious, select your preferred legume from the Ark of Taste and help preserve a food that’s facing extinction.
Yours under pressure,

Slow Food Chicago - Board of Directors

Instagram Takeover - The Plant
Don't worry - it's a friendly takeover! Keep an eye on our Instagram feed this Saturday, the 7th, as we hand over the reigns to our friends at The Plant. They'll be posting behind-the-scenes pics throughout the day so we can experience a day in the life at this incredible collaborative space. 

Italian Aperitivo Cocktail Hour at Eataly
Join Slow Food Chicago and Eataly for a special aperitivo - traditional, Italian cocktail hour. Gather your friends after work and come unwind with Italian wine and appetizers, including three Ark of Taste/Presidia items!
When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm on Monday, March 16th
Where: Eataly Chicago (map)
Tickets: $10, includes wine and appetizers. Purchase here!

2015 preSERVE Garden Kickoff
Spring is here and it's time to kick off the 2015 growing season at preSERVE! We'll prep the garden, plant potatoes, and talk about our goals for the year at the garden. Join us to get your hands dirty, meet new neighbors, and eat some good food!
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday, March 21st
Where: preSERVE Garden (map)
RSVP: Please email

Good Food Commons at the Good Food Festival
Slow Food Chicago will be leading a Preservation Workshop in the Good Food Commons area of the Good Food Festival! Get your tickets to the Festival today and stop by to see us!
When: 12:00pm - 12:20pm on Saturday, March 21st
Where: Good Food Festival, UIC Forum (map)
Tickets: $10 - Saturday Food Festival. Purchase here

Slow Drinks - Local Beer Edition
Slow Food Chicago kicked off its new Slow Drinks series this month with an awesome Slow Coffee-themed event at Passion House Coffee Roasters. March's Slow Drinks event will focus on Slow Beer and is scheduled for March 25th - stay tuned for more details! Cheers!

Chicago Food Book Club 
A hearty thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our inaugural Food Book Club meeting, in partnership with GrazeMagazine! Our next book will be Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr - we'll be gathering in May to discuss over themed nosh. Details to follow!

Save 10% on heirloom seeds!
Spring is around the corner and Seed Savers Exchange is offering a 10% discount to Slow Food USA subscribers on their whole collection of amazing seed varieties with the code: SSE-SLOWFOOD-2015. Check out the Ark of Taste collection for Slow Food-approved seeds you should be planting and eating.

20% Discount for Italian Classes at Sentieri
Our friends at Sentieri are generously offering a 20% discount exclusively to Slow Food members for their Spring 2015 Basic 1 Absolute Beginner Italian sessions. Classes begin the week ofMarch 30th and include 20 hours of instruction. To register, please send a check with the discount applied and write "Petrini" in the memo. Details can be found here.

Peterson Garden Project Classes
Our friends over at Peterson Garden Project have been busy putting together a stellar lineup of cooking and gardening classes this spring. From Seasonal Soups to Seed Swaps, they've got you covered! A complete list of their spring schedule can be found on their website.