February Newsletter

Greetings from our Board...

It's that time of year when cold, blustery weather prompts visions of gardens and tomatoes throughout Chicagoland. As Slow Food members start poring through seed catalogs and old seed packets, I would like to encourage you to check out our Ark of Taste program.

Slow Food's Ark of Taste recognizes foods that have cultural or culinary significance. Because our modern food system values tomatoes that can ship in trucks, for instance, over tomatoes with great flavor, many of these varieties are endangered. Slow Food has identified over a thousand different items that need protection. How do we protect them, you might ask? It's easy. Grow them. With names like Amish Deer Tongue lettuce and Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifter tomato and  - my personal favorite - Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Italian Frying pepper, you're sure to find some gems. With great flavor and intriguing history, these foods will draw interest and rave reviews from family and friends alike.

To spring!

Rob Montalbano
Slow Food Chicago, Board of Directors

New! Food Book Club Gathering!
We're thrilled to announce our Food Book Club series for 2015, in partnership with Graze Magazine! Our first book will be "The Carnivore's Manifesto: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat" by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA. 
When: 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, March 3rd
Where: Beermiscuous
Tickets: This is a FREE event! Please RSVP here.

Pasta Making Workshop at Osteria Langhe
Roll up your sleeves and come join us for a 2-hour hands-on pasta making workshop. You'll get to enjoy the fruits of your newly acquired skills at the end of class!
When: 10am-12pm on Saturday, February 21st
Where: Osteria Langhe
Tickets: $50. Call (773) 661-1582, ask for Cameron or Beth Ann to make a reservation

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.

Our Kitchens, Ourselves - A Panel Discussion
What does it mean to be a woman and a chef? Or is the conversation over—is there equality in the kitchen?Graze, Render, and Women and Children First are hosting a panel discussion about food and feminism from the perspective of four top Chicago chefs.
When: 7pm-10pm on Wednesday, February 25th
Where: Revolution Brewing
Tickets: $20, include food and drink. Purchase here.