Slow Food Columbus

2011 Events

2011 Events

Off the Menu: The Flavors of Italy

Knead Urban Diner
505 North High Street, Columbus
Saturday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
$60 member / $70 nonmember, all-inclusive

Our Off the Menu series recognizes the fact that consumers bear some responsibility for what ends up on the plate at restaurants.  We offer chefs an audience for the food that they’re most passionate about—whether it’s ultra-traditional, experimental, cutting-edge, or just the sort of thing that lights up a food geek’s eyes.

Following our first event, a traditional eight-course Thai meal at Nida’s, we are very excited to announce a partnership with Rick Lopez and his team at Knead Urban Diner.  Rick, whose skill with classic Italian food earned him a loyal following at Trattoria La Tavola, will offer an evening of Italian food that will transport you to the Osterias of Modena and Genoa.  Authentic Italian fare ranges from the Fritto Misto to the Raviolo to the traditional winter Zampone and the biodynamic Italian wines.

Reserve your space at this unique event now. (We’ve made paper tickets available for this event… they make great holiday gifts.)

Visit Knead on the Web

Only Love Beats Butter: Making Butter with Warren Taylor

North Market Dispatch Kitchen
59 Spruce Street, Columbus
Saturday, January 29, Sunday, January 30, or Saturday, February 12 (various times)
Free of charge (reservation required)

Simply put, Warren Taylor is a force of nature.  His boundless energy and passion are engaging and inspiring; they led National Public Radio to refer to him as a “one-man insurgency” against the conventional dairy industry.  His company, Snowville Creamery, produces “milk the way it used to be”—from grass-fed cows, pasteurized at very low temperature.  Snowville sells milk no more than 48 hours after it leaves the cow and sends representatives to whisk it off of the shelves before it goes bad.

This event is a rare opportunity to come to the North Market, meet Warren, and have him show you how to make butter out of Snowville’s cream—for free.  And as Warren himself puts it, “Only love beats butter.”

Yeah… you don’t want to miss it.

Visit Snowville Creamery on the Web

Annual Membership Meeting

North Market Dispatch Kitchen
59 Spruce Street, Columbus
Saturday, February 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free of charge

This has been an extraordinary year in many ways.  Central Ohio sent its first delegation to Terra Madre, a group that comprised nearly one-fortieth of the entire US delegation; we helped two Columbus chefs celebrate their nominations for James Beard awards—another first; we inaugurated our Off the Menu series to give chefs the opportunity to explore new and different culinary avenues; and we expanded our Chapter Board to more than double its size and adopted a committee structure in order to become more flexible and responsible to feedback.

Where do we go from here?  Well, we have some ideas… but if you’re a member in good standing (hey, if you forgot to renew, did we mention that Slow Food USA lowered the price to $25?) we’d like to hear yours.

So please take a look at the Year in Review summary and the committee structure that we’ve linked to on the right, so that we’re all on the same page, and come to our Annual Meeting with thoughts about how we can better accomplish our goal of promoting good, clean, and fair food, and what role you yourself might be able to play.

Read our “Year in Review” Blog Post

Explore our new committee structure

“Slow Food on a Fast Food Budget” Potluck

North Market Dispatch Kitchen
59 Spruce Street, Columbus
Sunday, March 13, 2–4 p.m.
Free of charge

One indicator of how messed up our food system has become is this:  People with very little money now believe that having someone else prepare your food for you is less expensive than cooking it for yourself.

We’re trying to rectify that.  “Slow Food on a Fast Food Budget” is a kitchen primer that we have been developing to help people learn to cook better, cleaner, and fairer food for themselves, for less money than it would cost them to eat out.  Our goal is to publish it in such a way that sales will fund additional copies that will be donated to local community centers, food banks, and charities.

We’d like your help.  We have some recipes for the book already, but we’d like more.  If you think you have a recipe to contribute to the book, bring it, along with a completed recipe information sheet about the recipe itself (available to the right), to our potluck on March 13 from 2-4 p.m. in the North Market Kitchen.  The ideal recipe should:

  1. be inexpensive and simple to make;
  2. involve a small number of ingredients; and
  3. be surprisingly good—if you were on the fence about whether or not to cook, this should be a recipe designed to convince you.

Crucially, they should involve no pans other than a cast-iron skillet and/or a 6-quart Dutch oven, and no electrical equipment such as KitchenAids or Cuisinarts—though a blender is OK.  (The very short set of equipment that we recommend for first-time cooks is included in the book excerpt above.)  You can come prepared to make or re-heat your food, but kitchen space is very limited.  The recipes will be evaluated by a panel of people on limited budgets without advanced cooking skills—Ohio State University graduate students.  Those recipes that best meet the above criteria will be included in the book, and everyone who contributes a candidate recipe will be thanked in the preface.  The event is free; a quick RSVP would be appreciated, just to help us plan.

Slow Food Columbus Benefit: Local Pairings at Latitude 41

50 North 3rd Street, Columbus
Thursday, March 24; 6–7pm cash bar, 7pm dinner
$65 per person + tax/gratuity

All too often, friends of the local food movement are stymied when it comes to the drink menu.  Even though our favorite restaurants have incorporated local sourcing into everything from the appetizers to the desserts, it can be difficult to find a local wine, beer, or spirit on the menu.

That’s why we were thrilled when Chef David MacLennan of Latitude 41 offered to put together a dinner featuring not one but three local beverage producers: Middle West Spirits, Rockmill Brewery, and Brothers Drake Meadery.  Chef David, whose dishes have won rave reviews from local foodies, will pair these producers’ vodka, ales, and mead with a menu designed to show off their strengths.

But that’s not all!  Latitude 41 asked whether $10 of each meal could go to us, your local Slow Food chapter.  (We didn’t have to think about the answer to that one for very long.)  And they’ve put together a dynamite list of live auction items—a day at Middle West learning to make vodka (and a signed vodka bottle from Brady and Ryan); 4 of Matt’s beers from Rockmill, and an extra bottle of Middle West Spirits whiskey-barrel-aged tripel ale (not yet available on the market); a tasting with Matt at his farm, with food made by Chef David; a private tasting, tour, and Mead 101 session with the Brothers Drake; and use of the Brothers Drake event space for up to four hours for as many as 100 people—all proceeds to go to Slow Food Columbus.

So make your reservations now and come show your support.  It’s for a great cause (ok, maybe we’re a little biased…) and it will definitely be delicious.

Visit Latitude 41 on the Web

Off the Menu: An Offal Evening at Basi

Basi Italia
811 Highland Street, Columbus
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.
$55 member / $65 nonmember (gratuity not included)

Our Off the Menu series recognizes the fact that consumers bear some responsibility for what ends up on the plate at restaurants.  We offer chefs an audience for the food that they’re most passionate about—whether it’s ultra-traditional, experimental, cutting-edge, or just the sort of thing that lights up a food geek’s eyes.

We are very excited to announce our next Off the Menu event, An Offal Evening at Basi, on April 6th, 2011. John Dornback, owner and chef of Basi Italia, is a longtime friend of Slow Food Columbus and a passionate supporter of local foods.  Johnny and his team are bringing an exciting menu of offal meats to diners, highlighting the rich and delicious flavors of organ meats.  With a seven-course tasting menu featuring sweetbreads, cheeks, monkfish liver, bone marrow and more, this is a rare opportunity to experience unique, and often overlooked, flavors.

Reserve your space at this unique event now.

Visit Basi on the Web

Jacques Pépin WOSU Chefs in the City Book Signing

Dispatch Kitchen at the North Market
59 Spruce Street
Thursday, April 21, 4:15-5:00 p.m.
Free (first 35 to sign up have reserved spots)

While Chef Jacques Pépin is in Columbus for WOSU’s Chefs in the City event on April 21, WOSU and Slow Food Columbus will offer an exclusive book signing opportunity with Chef Pépin at the North Market from 4pm to 4:45pm on April 21.

The first 35 people to register will be assured a signature. After that, Chef Pépin will sign copies as time permits up until 4:45pm. Participants must obtain a virtual ticket to reserve a spot in line. Only one virtual ticket per person will be allowed. Those with a virtual ticket must arrive and check-in at the event registration table between 3pm and 3:30pm. If you arrive after 3:30pm, your spot in line is not guaranteed.

Books by Chef Jacques Pépin available for purchase during the event include: The Apprentice  My Life in the Kitchen for $25; and More Fast Food My Way for $35.

Note:  Personal items may be brought to the event and signed for a $15 autograph fee (limit 2 items per person).

Mother’s Day Potluck at Pleasantview Farm

Pleasantview Farm
20361 Florence Chapel Pike, Circleville
Sunday, May 8, 3:00 p.m.

Events at Pleasantview Farm always stem from the idea that we can always learn from others—and what better way to learn, than through experience over a meal! This event brings urban and suburban folks to a local organic dairy so they can see, ask questions and discuss, firsthand, how certified organic dairy cows are milked and live.  The main focus of the event will be to allow Slow Food members and friends to experience and learn what it takes to get organic milk from the cow to the table. They will also experience a meal prepared with farm-fresh dairy products while having the opportunity to discuss what they have learned… all of which will take place at a certified Ohio Century farm.

Guests will arrive at 3:00 p.m. and will be greeted with appetizers consisting of fresh farm made ricotta cheese infused with farm raised honey, topped with walnuts and homemade organic Belgian-style beer.  At 4:00, we will tour the dairy.  At 5:30, we will return to the house for meatloaf sandwiches, made with farm-raised grassfed beef and mozzarella, along with side dishes and beverages provided by guests.  Come join us for an afternoon on the farm.

Slow Food Columbus at Green Drinks

Easton Farmers’ Market
Fadó Irish Pub, Easton
Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The folks at Green Drinks Columbus have asked our Chapter Leader, Colleen, to be their featured speaker this month.  Colleen was happy to say “yes”—we always love to talk about good, clean, and fair food!  So please come join her, and us, at Fadó Irish Pub at Easton from 6 to 8 on Thursday (Colleen starts speaking around 7).

Prior to Green Drinks, enjoy the Easton Farmers’ Market; it’s a new arrival on the Columbus farmers’ market scene, but given its impressive list of participants it’s one that’s well worth checking out.  We’ll be there, too, from 3-7 p.m., along with the good folks atSnowville Creamery, spreading the word about Slow Food and giving out samples of some of Snowville’s amazing chocolate milk.

You-Pick Strawberry Meetup

Schacht Farm Market
5950 Shannon Rd., Canal Winchester, Oh 43110
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Free, except for price of whatever you pick

It’s summer, and that means strawberries.  Come meet up at Schacht Farm Market, pick strawberries and visit with fellow Slow Food Columbus members and friends. The market is on the east side of Columbus, about a mile from Pickerington Ponds. The only cost is what you pick!

Columbus Welcomes Will Allen

Reception and keynote address
Franklin Park Conservatory
Friday, July 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
$35 keynote, $50 keynote+reception

Urban gardening workshops
Church of the Redeemer United Methodist
Sat.-Sun., July 16-17, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$170 per person

In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation called Milwaukee’s Will Allen a genius for the work that he has done in developing urban food gardens in poor neighborhoods.  In 2010, Time Magazine called him a hero and declared him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

It is a profound honor, therefore, for us to be able to work with Mr. Allen’s new Columbus affiliate, Stiletto GardenerFranklin Park Conservatory’s Growing to Green program; and other leaders of the Columbus progressive food movement to introduce Columbus to Mr. Allen and his work.

Mr. Allen will begin his visit on Friday, July 15, with a small reception at the Conservatory.  The reception will be followed by a keynote address describing his organization, Growing Power, its philosophy, its methods, and its accomplishments.  On Saturday and Sunday, the 16th and 17th, Mr. Allen will lead two hands-on workshops on the details of urban food gardens, with subjects ranging from how to build a hoop-house to vermiculture to urban aquaponics.

Tickets for the keynote address alone are priced at $35; reception and workshop tickets (limited availability) are $50 and $170, respectively, and include free admission to the keynote address.

You-Pick Blueberry Meetup

Berryfield Farm
6424 Township Road 199, Centerburg, Ohio
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Free, except for price of whatever you pick

Our You-Pick meetup series continues, this time with blueberries!  Come gather at Berryfield Farm, pick blueberries and visit with fellow Slow Food Columbus members and friends. The farm is about 45 minutes north of town, just off of I-71. The only cost is what you pick!

Read about Berryfield Farm on the web

Take the $5 Challenge

Your house, or your neighbor’s house
Central Ohio and across the country
Saturday, September 17

Let’s face it: The “value meal” is no value. But people tend to assume that, just because bad food is cheap, good food has to be expensive.

Not so.

On September 17, Slow Food chapters around the country will come together to show the world that good food doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here in Columbus, people will host dinners and prepare inexpensive meals for one another.  Read more about what you can do, either to host such a meal or to support it by attending, here on our blog.

Read about the $5 Challenge and sign up

Charity Happy Hour at Hills Market

The Hills Market
7860 Olentangy River Road
Wednesday, August 31, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Free, except for price of whatever you eat and drink

The Hills Market has instituted a series of charity happy hours on their veranda.  The idea is simple: Each week, someone from a different nonprofit comes to the veranda to tend bar at their outdoor beer-and-wine bar, and the proceeds from pizza sales are donated to the nonprofit in question.  Colleen Yuhn, our Chapter Leader, will be tending bar.  It’s a great opportunity to come out, support the chapter, and get to know more about Slow Food and the chapter’s activities in central Ohio!

Read about Hills Market on the web

Shake the Hand That Feeds You IV

5329 Van Fossen Road, Johnstown, OH (map)
Saturday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. (tour), 5:45 p.m. (refreshments and dinner)
$40 members / $60 nonmember; kids 12 and under $20; + $10 optional camping/breakfast

Our most anticipated event of the year, the annual farm-to-table dinner at Flying J organic farm, is back! And this year, it’s got a lineup of features that you won’t want to miss.

Arrive at 5:00 for a free farm tour. At 5:45, start off the evening with a signature Middle West Spirits OYO vodka farm-to-table cocktail designed for the event by Nicolene Schwartz, formerly head mixologist at the Rossi, whose unique, artisanal style won rave reviews there.  Move on to a seasonal bounty from the farm, including dishes made from Farmer Dick’s organic vegetables and grass-fed brisket, expertly prepared by the Caskey family of Zagat-acclaimed Skillet Rustic Urban Food in German Village. Enjoy wines provided by United Estates importersHouse Wine, and Wine on High, and beer from Columbus Brewing Company.

The centerpiece of the dinner, in a nod to Skillet’s acknowledged expertise with all things porcine, will be a whole, whey-fed pig from Athens’ Integration Acres, delicately and lovingly slow-cooked to perfection. Finish the meal by joining Snowville Creamery’s dynamo Warren Taylor for a turn on his ice cream bicycle—work off dessert while you make it!  And there may or may not be something pawpaw flavored to accompany… we’re not saying. Campers and those who plan to relax and enjoy the whole evening are welcome to pitch a tent, stay overnight, and enjoy breakfast.

Similar open-air dinners elsewhere can range from $150-$300, but thanks to the skill of our chefs and the generosity of our sponsors, event team, and host, we can bring it to you for less… much less. How does a member price of, oh, $40 sound to you? Nonmembers, sorry, you’ll need to pay $60; kids 12 and under, member or nonmember, are $20. (Have we mentioned that annual membership only costs $25?)  Camping and next-morning coffee and breakfast are available for an additional $10 donation to the farm.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 21, at noon, for members and nonmembers alike, and we anticipate brisk sales—past years have sold out quickly. Membership in Slow Food USA is available 24 hours a day.

We hope to see you out at the farm!

You-Pick Raspberry and Brussels Sprout Meetup

Ann’s Raspberry Farm
6645 Blair Rd., Fredericktown
Sunday, September 11, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Free, except for price of whatever you pick

Our You-Pick meetup series continues with a raspberry and Brussels sprout meet-up!  Come gather at Ann’s Raspberry Farm—you may remember Ann’s from the cover of last summer’s Edible Columbus—and pick raspberries and sprouts with fellow Slow Food Columbus members and friends. The farm is about 45 minutes north of town, off of I-71, in the heart of Amish country. The only cost is what you pick!

Ann is closing the farm to everyone but us and planning a tour, soplease RSVP if you plan to come!

Read about Ann’s Raspberry Farm on the web

Off the Menu: The Flavors of Autumn

The Refectory
1092 Bethel Road, Columbus
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
$75 member / $85 nonmember (all-inclusive) + $1.99 ticketing fee

Our Off the Menu series recognizes the fact that consumers bear some responsibility for what ends up on the plate at restaurants.  We offer chefs an audience for the food that they’re most passionate about—whether it’s ultra-traditional, experimental, cutting-edge, or just the sort of thing that lights up a food geek’s eyes.

We are very excited to announce our next Off the Menu event, the Flavors of Autumn Dinner at the Refectory. Chef Richard Blondin, chef of The Refectory and a native of Lyon, France, who studied under chefs Pierre Orsi and Paul Bocuse, and Kamal Boulos, the Refectory’s owner, will delight us with a unique menu featuring autumn flavors, including wild game paired with regional French wines. Chef Blondin’s passion and culinary expertise—his French country-style game recipes have been collected in a cookbook entitled The Hunter’s Table—are the inspiration for the menu.

The full, rich flavor of the field-harvested meats that comprise the menu underscore Slow Food’s central message: ethics, sustainability, and pleasure go hand in hand. Please join us.

Visit The Refectory on the Web