Slow Food Columbus

2012 Events

2012 Events

Cin-Cin! Coffee at Luck Brothers

Luck Brothers Coffee House
1101 West 1st Ave., Grandview Heights
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 p.m.
Free (coffee available)

Every other month we will be hosting Convitality Cin Cins (Italian for “cheers!”).  Our first event will take place February 12th, at 1 pm at Luck Bros’ Coffee House in Grandview Heights.  Andy Luck will be there to host our group and discuss all things Arabica.  This event, as are all Cin Cins this year, is free, with the exception of what you choose to sip.  Be on the look out for firmer dates in the month of April (wine), June and August (cocktails), October and November.

Visit Luck Brothers on the Web


Snailblazer Award and Annual Meeting

The Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street, Columbus
Thursday, February 23, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (meeting), 6:30-8:00 p.m. (reception)
Free / cash bar

Join us at the Wexner Center in the cafe area downstairs as we give our first annual Snailblazer award, our way of recognizing outstanding individual contributions to the food system in the spirit of Slow Food.  We are proud to announce our first recipient is our dear friend, dairy evangelist and 2010 Terra Madre delegate, Warren Taylor of Snowville Creamery.  Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Slow Food Columbus, created by fellow Slow Food members John and Kimberly Skaggs from Heirloom.  There will be a cash bar available. We will also hold our annual Membership Meeting from 5:30-6:15; this event is free to all members and friends who are interested in knowing more about Slow Food Columbus, about what we did in 2011 and what exciting things are coming in 2012.

In recognition of the passion and drive with which Warren champions the ideals of Slow Food, Slow Food Columbus is donating $500 to Snowville’s community-sourced Kickstarter campaign, designed to fund a yogurt-production facility. What’s more, additional money will be set aside to give you (and everyone else in the city) an extra incentive to join us. Taking our cue from November’s Big Give campaign, we will designate matching funds to be added to every Kickstarter pledge made between now and February 10. So if you haven’t given to Snowville’s yogurt project yet, or if you have and you want to donate again in order to make a bigger impact, don’t hesitate: visit the Kickstarter website today and make a donation.

Our immense thanks to the Wexner Center, and to John and Kimberly Skaggs from Heirloom, for their generosity in making this event possible.

Visit Snowville Creamery on the Web

Contribute to the Snowville Yogurt project


Cin-Cin! Wine at Wine on High

Wine on High
789 North High Street, Short North
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Free (wine available)

Every other month we will be hosting Convitality Cin Cins (Italian for “cheers!”).  Our April event will take place on the 25th, at 6:30 p.m. at Wine on High in the Short North.  Although the sustainability of wine may not always be apparent (the European Union only arrived at a definition of “organic wine” two months ago, for example), smart winemakers around the world have been using sustainable practices for centuries.

This event, like all Cin Cins this year, is free, with the exception of what you choose to sip. Wine on High offers single tastings for $2.00, preset flight tastings for $10.00, mix and match flights for $12.00, a selection of beers, and a light fare menu for those who have the munchies. Be on the look out for firmer dates in the month of June and August (cocktails), October, and November.

Visit Wine on High on the Web


WOSU Q&A/Book Signing with Chef Hubert Keller

Battelle Studio at COSI
333 West Broad Street
Wednesday, May 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Free (books available)

WOSU’s annual Chefs in the City event brings some of the most famous chefs from around the world to Columbus for on-air cooking demonstrations and meet-and-greets with its donors. A few years ago, however, we suggested that people in the community who couldn’t afford a Chefs in the City-level donation would nevertheless benefit from a book signing and some one-on-one time with the Chefs.

A collaboration between WOSU and Slow Food Columbus was born.

This year’s chef is Hubert Keller, the talent behind the original Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and one of the country’s most accomplished chefs: he has opened numerous high-end restaurants on the West Coast and was the first chef to serve as guest chef for a United States President (Bill Clinton).

And for the backyard chefs among us, Chef Keller makes some of the best burgers in the world, at his gourmet Burger Bar in Las Vegas.

Chef Keller will be at COSI Wednesday at 12:30 to meet you and talk burgers—or anything else you want to talk about. For free. Hisawesome Burger Bar cookbook will be on sale at the event, and he’ll sign the first 50 that are bought. And since Chef Keller got his start as a pastry chef, we will be onhand with the folks from Pattycake Bakery to offer some original snacks for everyone. Don’t hesitate: sign up now.


Beard Award Potluck/Celebration for Jeni Britton-Bauer

Alana’s Food and Wine
2333 N. High St., Columbus

Tuesday, June 26, 7-9 p.m.
Free for members/$25 for nonmembers
RSVP hereTickets sold out! 

We are thrilled to announce a potluck dinner at Alana’s Food and Wine to honor and congratulate 2010 Terra Madre delegate Jeni Britton-Bauer on the occasion of her receipt of a James Beard Award for her book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home! Though Columbus chefs and writers have been nominated in the past, and the Dispatch’s Robin Davis brought a Beard Award with her when she moved here, Jeni is the first native Columbusite to have received this tremendous honor.

Jeni’s commitment to sustainability, quality, and sourcing have made her a household name in Columbus in a very short time and have propelled her ice creams to the national stage.  Jeni was one of two delegates who represented our chapter at Slow Food Nation in San Francisco.  She joined Slow Food at the inception of our chapter and has supported us with donations of ice cream literally from our first event.  Jeni was a founding member of Local Matters and partners with and promotes more local farmers than almost any other chef in the region.

To congratulate Jeni on having won a James Beard Award, we will give her the gift that she’s given us: food. Bring a favorite dish (soup, salad, appetizer, entree, or dessert) to Alana’s to share and enjoy the creativity of the other home chefs who comprise our membership. Alana will open her restaurant to us… and even bring an entree herself. In addition, there will be a cash bar.

Everyone should bring a dish, a label describing it, and a serving utensil if needed; couples are welcome to conspire but should still take two tickets. The event is free to members and $25 for nonmembers (who can either add a “nonmember ticket” to their order or visit to join Slow Food USA for… $25.) Tickets are available here. (This event is sold out.)

We hope to see you there.


T.E.A. and Honey at Till

Till Dynamic Fare
247 King Avenue, Columbus
Saturday, June 30, 5–11 p.m.
$5 per dish / $2 movie

The fine folks at Till Dynamic Fare are pairing up with our friend (and Slow Food Nation delegate) Dawn Combs of Mockingbird Meadows Honey and Herb Farm to create a flavorful and educational event about biodynamics. Three biodynamic dishes, created by Chef Magdiale Wolmarck with Dawn’s honey, will cost $5 each, and admission to the movie Queen of the Sun in the adjacent event space will be $2.

This is a rare (and delicious) opportunity to learn about biodynamic farming, the driving force behind Till’s food and Dawn’s honey. Anyone who has sampled either will tell you that it produces results.

For more information, and to sign up, visit the event page on Facebook.


Conviviality Cin Cin at Harvest and Curio

Harvest Pizzeria
495 S. 4th Street, German Village

Wednesday, July 11, 6–9 p.m.
Free (pizza and cocktails available)

Every other month we will be hosting Convitality Cin Cins (Italian for “cheers!”).  Our July event will take place on the 11th, at 6:00 p.m., on the rooftop at Harvest Pizzeria in German Village. Harvest offers a wide range of delicious, seasonal pizzas (see their website for a menu), and Curio’s cocktails have instantly propelled it to the short list for Columbus cocktail connoisseurs.

This event, like all Cin Cins this year, is free, with the exception of what you choose to eat and drink.  That said, be warned that the South 4th St. team is determined to tempt you: Harvest’s farmer-owners Chris Crader and Bethany Lovell will be adding a Slow Food-inspired pizza to the menu, and Curio’s owner/bartender Travis Owens will be dreaming up an off-menu cocktail to complement it.

Be on the look out for firmer dates in the months of August, October, and November.


Slow Down Wednesdays

Clintonville Farmers’ Market
North High Street and West Dunedin Road
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m., through August 29 

Clintonville welcomes its first mid-week evening market on July 11. “Slow Down Wednesdays,” a partnership of Clintonville Farmers’ Market, Global Gallery, and Slow Food Columbus, runs eight consecutive Wednesdays, July 11 through August 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the same site as the Saturday Clintonville Farmers’ Market, N. High St. and W. Dunedin Road.

Slow Down Wednesdays is an outdoor farmers’ market offering customers the chance to shop mid-week for high-season produce. The market focus is on cooking, meal preparation and market staples, which include locally-grown and produced fruits and vegetables, artisan breads and baked goods, meats, cheese and eggs, honey, and flowers. Producers include some participants of the ongoing Saturday market and also new ones such as OSU Student Farm.

Slow Food Columbus will be onsite for weekly cooking demos and taste education events at the market tent. Global Gallery will provide music and food trucks specializing in delicious food made with local ingredients.

Customers can expect the eight week Slow Down Wednesday market to accept EBT/SNAP and debit cards just like the Saturday Clintonville Farmers’ Market. The Saturday market runs April 28 through October 29, 9:00 a.m. to noon.


Farmers’ Market and Foodie Spelling Bee

The Hills Market
7860 Olentangy River Road
Saturday, August 11, 10am-2pm

Bring the family to the Hills Market on August 11 to help kick off Local Matters’ fourth annual Local Foods Week! There will be a full day of events, including a Farmers’ Market, the much-anticipated Grilled Cheese Throwdown, a Kids’ Cookoff Challenge, and our own Taste Education Station, where our Slow Food in Schools committee will turn your kids on to vegetables. (Yes, really: we save some of the best recipes from our members’ considerable libraries to serve at this event.)

Come join us and support a fellow nonprofit—it’ll be a wonderful time! A full calendar of events is on the Hills Market website.


Cookout at the Hoover Y

Hoover YMCA 
Sunday, August 12, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Here’s your opportunity to have a good meal and a lot of fun while checking out the impressive Hoover Y facility and supporting partner organization Local Matters‘ Growing Matters program. Who could resist?

The Hoover Y is not your average YMCA. It’s a 65-acre park in Lockbourne, just a few minutes outside of Columbus, with a learning garden that Local Matters helps to operate. The garden supplied produce to 400 volunteers and 150 summer camp students last year, as well as providing a significant amount for Local Matters’ Veggie Van and its for-profit affiliate, the Greener Grocer.

Join us for a summer cookout—burgers (Ohio and Luna), sweet corn succotash, blueberry-peach cobbler, Barley’s beer, and more—provided by Two Caterers at the Hoover Y on Sunday, August 12, as well as games for the kids that we’ll be organizing, and support the Growing Matters program. Tickets are $35 and are available here; kids 6 and under are free.


Pecha Kucha Columbus

Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave.
Grandview Heights
Thursday, August 16, 7:30 pm
$2 suggested donation

According to the organization’s website, “PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.”

Columbus’ Pecha Kucha Night was formed in 2007 and holds four events per year. They’re interesting and informative, and they convey the energy and passion of a vibrant city. This summer’s Pecha Kucha Night will feature our own Board Chair, Bear Braumoeller, who will discuss his reflections on repairing our broken food system. Music begins at 7:30, talks begin at 8.

We hope you can attend.


Terra Madre Dance Party

Donkey Coffee, 17-1/2 W. Washington St., Athens
Saturday, August 18, 8-11pm 

DJ’s FotoFlash and Thunderblaster are helping us raise money to send nine Ohio delegates, including Athens’ Michelle Ajamian and Brandon Jaeger, to Terra Madre’s biennial gathering that is organized by Slow Food International. This year’s Terra Madre theme is Feeding the Planet. Terra Madre gathers together people from all over the world to make cultural cuisine flourish and feed those it has sustained for tens of centuries. These foodways are threatened, and it’s time to reclaim, preserve, and nourish them. Please donate and dance: $5-$30.


Shake The Hand That Feeds You V

5329 Van Fossen Road 
Johnstown, OH
September 8, 5:00 p.m.-? 

The Shake the Hand That Feeds You dinner at Flying J Farm is our most anticipated event of the year: last year, tickets sold out in a matter of minutes. It’s not hard to see why. It takes place on a lovely organic farm in Johnstown; much of the food is on the vine mere hours before it ends up on the plate; the diners convene along a long, beautiful table in the middle of a field; and the meal is produced by the talented crew of Skillet Rustic Urban Food, the compact German Village restaurant at the forefront of the sustainable-food movement.

Farmer Dick will lead a tour of his certified organic farm. We will harvest the vegetables for our meal before dinner. Cocktail maven Nicolene Schwartz of MoJoe Lounge will get crafty with Watershed gin and garden goodies, and we will enjoy CBC beer and great wines from United Estates Importers and Wine on High as well. Chef Kevin is making soup again this year in a cauldron over wood fire with beans from Shagbark Seed and Mill, and there will be plenty of delicious sides, bread from Lucky Cat bakery, wood-fired pizzas by Susan Kaiser from Faire la Cuisine, and last but not least, grass-fed beef from the farm. Ride a bike that churns ice cream with Warren Taylor of Snowville Creamery. Camping overnight is an option; we’ll have press pot coffee and Sunday breakfast cooked over a wood fire.

To us, this dinner represents the apex of Slow Food—people coming together to harvest their dinners, making friends in the process and finding a new family at the table. Some of our best friends, and our best memories, have come from the Flying J dinner.

In short, you want to be there.

To add to the fantastic food and ambience, the proceeds from this year’s dinner will help fund central Ohio’s nine delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy. Terra Madre is a global sustainable-food network, an event that brings thousands of carefully selected applicants from all over the globe. 2010 delegates Jeni Britton Bauer, Warren Taylor, and Mike Laughlin all described Terra Madre as “a life-changing experience”—a remarkable statement from these pioneers in the sustainable food movement.

Tickets are available here. They go on sale Monday, August 27, at noon. They cost $75 for members and $100 for nonmembers—not coincidentally, membership costs $25. Please come join us at the table.


Food and Culture Colloquium at Denison University

Slayter Auditorium
Denison University
September 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Denison University’s Food and Culture Colloquium, organized by Mark Anthony Arceno, will host Board Chair Bear Braumoeller, who will talk about the Slow Food movement. The talk is open to the public and takes place between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. in Slayter Auditorium.


Terra Madre Local Chefs’ Dinner

Basi Italia
October 1, 7:00 p.m.

This is a photograph from last year’s Off the Menu dinner, An Offal Evening at Basi, held at Basi Italia and prepared by chef Johnny Dornback. The guy on the right, Chef Dave MacLennan, is now taking over as Chef de Cuisine at Basi… and he was also selected to be a delegate at this year’s Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy. He is one of nine central Ohio delegates. Help support our region’s Slow Food delegates by joining us for this amazing dinner at Basi Italia, on October 1st.

Dave and Johnny will be joined by four other chefs including Bill Glover, owner of Sage American Bistro and executive chef of Hilton Downtown’s Gallerie; Erik Till, chef/owner of Commonwealth Sandwich Bar and the forthcoming White Rabbit in the Brewery District; chef/owner Kevin Caskey of Skillet, also joining Dave as one of our central Ohio delegates; and Adam Cobb of Latitude 41.

Each chef has graciously contributed the course which they will be providing in order to raise as much money as possible for Terra Madre. All proceeds will go toward funding our Central Ohio Slow Food Delegates. The dinner will be paired with local spirits and beverage partners, including Middle West SpiritsBrothers Drake Meadery, and Rockmill Brewery, who have also agreed to help support our cause.

The cost of the dinner is $75 per person (tickets available here). There will be a cash bar available after the dinner as well; however, some alcoholic beverages will be provided with dinner.


Harvest dinner: Ohio’s own Buckeye chicken

Knead Modern Diner
November 12, 7:00 p.m.

Back before chickens were bred to grow to a large size very quickly, there was the Buckeye chicken—an animal that was raised because it actually tastes good. As the name implies, the Buckeye chicken was developed right here in Ohio, but due to their scarcity they’ve been added to Slow Food’s Ark of Taste program. (You may have read about the Ark, and the Buckeye chicken, in Edible Columbus.) Buckeyes have meaty thighs and powerful wings and take longer to raise than standard industrial breeds. Is the difference worth it? We invite you to come find out.

Slow Food Columbus is partnering again with Rick Lopez and his amazing team at Knead Urban Diner to provide a seasonal harvest dinner, served family style, that will highlight the Buckeye chicken. In the spirit of sustainability, it will be a “beak to tail” dinner; moreover, Chef Rick has promised, just for us, to make his favorite chicken recipe of all time: Zuni Cafe Chicken. Join us on Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available here.

Preliminary menu: Smoked chicken heart pate on Krista’s rosemary bread – Pan- fried chicken livers over polenta with saba and apple salad. – Fresh sage pasta, with chicken broth. – roast chicken hunter’s style. – Zuni cafe roast chicken. Sides will include greens with pinenuts, and raisins, leek gratine, roasted turnips- A pumpkin tart or crespelle, with local wines. Sides are subject to change.