Over the past 15 years Meredith Leigh has worked as a farmer, butcher, chef, teacher, non-profit executive director, and writer, all in pursuit of sustainable food. We've invited her here to Richmond to discuss her new book, Pure Charcuterie, where she makes a case for meat preservation not only as a means of artistic expression and flavorful eating, but also as a form of activism.
You have your choice of two events--The Demo or The Dinner, or for the truly curious, both--to mine Meredith's knowledgable mind for all your meat, farm, poetry, art, cure questions. This unique event will not see its equal any time soon and tickets will be limited! We'll also have Pure Charcuterie on hand for purchase and for Meredith to sign!
Tickets are available here.
Join Slow Food RVA for a Meet the Producer event. This event will showcase the talented James Beard nominated Evrim Dogu and his artisan wood fired bread. You'll hear about heritage grains, the process for milling and creating some of the region's best bread.
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.
Gastronomic Adventure with Nordic Food Lab
Insects as food are a hot topic. Particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, their low ecological impact by environmentalists, and their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix all our problems of global food security.
For the past three years a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab, made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore, has been travelling the world to learn what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows them as they forage, farm, cook, and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. During their journey, they encounter everything from revered termite queens and desert-delicacy honey ants to venomous giant hornets and long-horned grasshoppers. By using powerful floodlights to temporarily blind the insects, the film captures impressive images rarely seen.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds – worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Filmmakers Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’ Seed: The Untold Story paints a more expansive picture of world seed variety than we may have known, especially with regard to seed-saving efforts around the world
The 2017 RVA Environmental Film Festival (EFF) is proud to announce that, with the support of Slow Food RVA as a sponsor, there will once again be no charge for admission to a spectacular showcase of over 20 films. Between February 6 and 18, these amazing documentaries will help raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.
There is a variety of films for both children (The Lorax and Planetary) and adults with titles likeHow to Let Go of the World and Love All of the Things Climate Can’t Change, Bag It, NY Times Critic Pick - The Messenger, Beautiful Swimmers Revisited, Catching the Sun, and Disney's Oceans.
The award winning Catching the Sun takes viewers on a voyage across five oceans and to 50 different worldwide locations to hear environmentalists’ thoughts on solar energy.
Another compelling film is How to Let Go of the World and Love All of the Things Climate Can’t Change, produced by Oscar-nominated documentarian Josh Fox (Gasland). It is described as a highly entertaining, imaginative, and often emotional road trip that reveals the effects of fossil fuels on the Earth — from superstorm Sandy to Greenland’s melting ice sheet to urban China’s toxic levels of air pollution to oil spills in Ecuador.
These are just two of the many films brought to Richmond for the public’s enjoyment and education which will take place at six locations in the Richmond metropolitan area. See complete film descriptions, locations, and times.
Join Slow Food RVA for A Film About Coffee
A Film About Coffee is a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee.
Post-screening panelists are Stephen Robertson from Blanchard's Coffee Roasters, Ryan O'Rourke from Ironclad Coffee Roasters, and Bayardo Reyes, coffee farmer at Finca San Jose de las Nubes, Nicaragua who is town for a business trip with Blanchard's.
Blanchard's will also serve their coffee and hand out whole bean samples pre-screening, and Ellwood Thompson's will provide espresso chocolate cookies.
The film examines what it takes, and what it means, for coffee to be defined as “specialty.” It whisks audiences on a trip around the world, from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. Through the eyes and experiences of farmers and baristas, the film offers a unique overview of all the elements - the processes, preferences and preparations; traditions old and new - that come together to create the best cups. A Film About Coffee bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical, evoking flavor and pleasure, and providing both as well.
Slow Food RVA presents
A Slow Fish Festival
Celebrating Sustainable Seafood
- Restaurants include East Coast Provisions, Sugar's Crab Shack, Lehja, and more.....
- Oysters from Virginia's 8 regions
- Beer from Ardent and Brown's Feel the Local program
- Chef Demos featuring Craig Perkinson and others
- Shucking Contest
- Farmstands featuring Field of Dreams Farms and Sullivan's Pond
- Live Music including Amy Henderson, Kurt Stemhagen, and Cole Sullivan
- Kids activities
- Educational events
Join Slow Food RVA for a night to remember with some of Richmond's most celebrated chefs:
OYSTER & EAR / VEGETABLE & ROE / TAPIOCA CRAB PUFF
(SNACK)(PROSECCO, TOM COLLI)
DALE REITZER, ACACIA
SMOKED BLUEFISH, CELERY ROOT, LOCAL APPLE & CELERY SALAD, LEMON MOUSSELINE
(TOM COLLI, VERMENTINO)
PAVE OF CAROLINA SHRIMP & SWEETBREADS,
TUNA TONNATO & PRESERVED MEYER LEMON
(THE COUNTRY VINTNER, FIANO DI AVELLINO)
DUTCH & CO.
BUTTER POACHED SUGAR TOADS, CELERY, FENNEL AND BRANDADE CREAM
(FREE RUN, WINE)
SMOKED EEL, SUNCHOKE, QUINOA, MAITAKE, PRUNE
BRITTANNY ANDERSON, METZGER BAR & BUTCHERY
CAROLINA WRECKFISH, CARROT, TANGERINE, SKYR, VERBENA
(BUSKEY CIDER, CIDER)
WALTER BUNDY, SHAGBARK
CRISPY SKIN CHESAPEAKE BAY ROCKFISH, AUTUMN ROOT VEGETABLES, VIRGINIA CHESTNUTS, SURRY SAUSAGE, BRUSSELS, SAFFRON-CLAM EMULSION
(GENEVELYN STEELE, WINE)
SEAWEED, WHITE SESAME, HONEY
(FREE RUN, WINE)
(BELLE ISLE, COCKTAIL)
Slow Fish 2016, promotes the talents of our local restaurant community and the bounty of seafood from the Chesapeake Bay to highlight the Slow Food tenets of GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR food. Our seafood industry is in peril and Slow Food and the Slow Fish movement works to educate the community and constituents in the hopes of transforming a system in need of reform.
Tickets are available at A Slow Fish Feast
Celebrate Good, Clean, Fair Food at Graze on Grace!
Join us for the 2nd annual GRAZE on Grace (www.grazerva.com) food festival, which aims to promote the amazing locally-owned restaurants and food producers that make Richmond, Virginia a great place to live and visit, while highlighting an exciting and growing part of downtown. The inaugural GRAZE on Grace event entertained and satiated a crowd of 5,000 with over twenty restaurants and specialty food providers. Hosted by Downtown Neighborhood Association, GRAZE on Grace benefits FeedMore and Slow Food RVA. Graze on Grace is part of a Slow Food RVA roving food series where close-to-home food advocates are the focal point.
A Fine Fall Feast
The event takes place THIS Sunday, November 8 from 12-5pm and occupies four blocks on Grace from 4th to 7th Streets. Admission to this fall harvest is free and for just $3 per sample, the public can taste signature dishes from over 20+ of Richmond’s finest sustainable restaurants. Wines will be poured by Tap 26, and all local brews provided by Taste the Local program from Brown Distributing.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS SPRING'S GRAZE AT ORIGINS FARM.
Tickets are available here.
The GRAZE Food Series was created to provide an ongoing and roving celebratory food experience where the highlights are Virginia chefs and the close-to-home food sources that make them true slow food advocates. The 2015 spring gathering will take place at Origins Farm on Sunday, May 17, and will celebrate Slow Meat, an effort that is the focus of activites throughout 2015 for Slow Food RVA.
Slow Food RVA and the Science Museum of Virginia are excited to host a TEDxManhattan Viewing Party!
The 5th annual TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat,” will be webcast live from NYC on Saturday, March 7. Slow Food RVA and the Science Museum of Virginia have teamed up to host a viewing party on March 7th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Science Museum.
This event is free to the public, and lunch is provided. REGISTER HERE in advance so we know how many to expect! Come for one talk or for the whole day!
Location: 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
From TED: “The 2015 all-day event includes over a dozen dynamic speakers spanning the entire food spectrum from farming to food arts. * Joel Berg – New York City Coalition Against Hunger * Dana Cowin – Food & Wine * Alkemia Earth – DJ and plant-based nutritionist * Robert Graham, MD – Lenox Hill Hospital * Henry Hargreaves – Photographer and artist * Kendra Kimbirauskas – Friends of Family Farmers, SRAP * Nikiko Masumoto – Masumoto Family Farm * Michele Merkel – Food & Water Watch * Danny Meyer – Union Square Hospitality Group * Danielle Nierenberg – Food Tank * Ali Partovi – Angel Investor * Stephen Reily – Seed Capital Kentucky * Stefanie Sacks – Culinary nutritionist, author * Anim Steel – Real Food Challenge * Shen Tong – FOOD-X * Marcel Van Ooyen – GrowNYC * Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita – Eco-HipHop * TEDxManhattan Award Winner – Green Bronx Machine
Topics will include:
* The necessity of women farmers in the food movement
* How US law favors large agribusiness companies and not small farmers
* Teaching students about health through hip hop
* Food as medicine
* Beyond food hubs – local food and local food economies
* Why organic really isn’t more expensive
* What we really need to end hunger
* How small changes in your eating can make huge differences