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Join Us for a Taste of Lebanese

Traditions @ Zeina's Cafe

Sunday, March 1st, 4-6 pm *****

607 Varick Street, Utica 13502

Learn to make & enjoy Turkish coffee,

taste an assortment of Lebanese Mezze

It's Souper Bowl Time!
     Join Us Sunday, January 26th, 3-5 pm
          As Slow Food Mohawk Valley (SFMV) hosts 
the first TEDx Utica Salon of 2014!  
 Combining with our annual "Souper Bowl" Potluck, featured speaker at TEDx Utica Marty Butts will join 
to inspire us to 'Dream, Desigh & Deliver' the next big ideas for growing a regionally resilient food system.

Who should attend?
Everyone who shares a passion for food.  
Anyone who understands food 
is a vehicle that creates community.
Everyone who eats.
What do you mean,  'Souper Bowl Potluck'?  
Bring a soup to share!  Not required, but an opportunity to show your cooking flare.  Slow Food members will provide bread to break and everything needed to share your soup along with Coffee, Teas and Water. 

Where and When?Sunday, January 26th, 3-5 pm @ RCIL's Smith Center for Advocacy (map here)

Along with Marty's talk, we will screen a few select TED Talks to inspire us to dig in whether it's supporting  community gardens, CSA's or as a producer working to move your product to larger markets to build our local economy.

RSVP required as reservations are limited.
Click here to join us!

Wood-fired Mud-oven Pizza Party!
Saturday, July 20th, 4 - 8 p.m.
Rain Date:  Sunday, July 21st, 4 - 8 p.m.
$20.00, limited to 20, reserved today!

Slow Food Member Debra Richardson will host the seasons first Wandering Fork Dinner at her home in Utica, New York.  

Pizzas will be to your taste:  a smorgasbord of toppings will allow you to create your own to-die-for pizza that you can bake yourself!  Debra will share her experience building out the mud-oven from urbanite, friend's empty wine bottles, a lot of sand and stone, some straw and yes, mud.  Lots of mud. 

Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided along with all the makings for your pizzas as well as some extra side salads. You are welcome to bring your own spirits! 

Limited to 20, with 8 advanced reservations already taken . . . contact Debra today at:

 Half the proceeds go to our kitty to seed gardens both here in our region as well as Slow Food International's "1,000 Gardens in Africa".

Stay Tuned:  More Forks to Come!
Want to host your own?
The Wandering Fork series is our chapters way of raising funds to support projects and programs that support the mission of good, clean, fair food.  Our intention is to provide pleasure with food to do the dirty work of fundraising . . . 
TEDxManahattan- Changing the Way We Eat
February 16th, 2013

Presented in partnership with SF Hamilton College 
and Bon Appetit HC...

At Hamilton College in Clinton, in the KJ Auditorium.

Starting at 9:30 for coffee. 
Lunch will be available for purchase.

This is a great shared learning experience; as those of 
you who were there last year know
... Please join us

Directions to Hamilton college

Register here (it's free)


March 3rd, 2013   Save the date...
Field trip to Mitsuwa Japanese marketplace 
in New Jersey


Coffee, Lunch and Spirits..
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Come join us for an Exploration of Local Producers.
11 a.m. Utica Coffee Roasters Demo and Tasting.
12:00 For Lunch at Nail Creek.
1:30 Tour and Tasting at ADK Distillery.

Food For Thought Film Series:
Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 6:30 pm
@ The Other Side, Genesee St., Utica
Free Film Screening, $5 Coffee & Chocolate tasting to follow in support of community gardens here in Utica and Africa.
Click Here for Trailer:
As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one mans fight for a fair price.
GMO:  Genetically Modified Organism.
We have the right to know . . .

                                  just what is in our food!?! 


         Saturday, Jan
uary 21st:
  • TEDX Manhattan
    10 am - 6 pm, Hamilton College.  Registration is open, click here to sign up for this FREE event.
    Seats are limited!

  • Sunday, January 29th
  • "Souper Bowl Sunday" Potluck 
    1 - 3 pm @ RCIL's Smith Center for Advocacy
                                             click here for google map
    Who doesn't love a Community Pot Luck?  Bring a soup and share an afternoon of community building with a dash of informative updates, a few presentations and lots of information on upcoming events to plug into this year!
    Saturday, January 21st:
    Wandering Fork Dinner presented by
    Westmoreland Food Swap NY
    In the Westmoreland Firehouse,
    100 Station Road,Westmoreland, NY

    This meal will be served in Tapas style, with food stations set up around the room in real wandering fork style! Please bring a small plate, place setting, wine glasses and your beverage of choice. Water, coffee & tea will be provided.
  • This will also be a FOOD SWAP – each participant must bring food items they have made, grown or foraged to swap. Dress up your food items, with ribbons and labels. Get creative! 

    For more inspiration go to the Westmoreland Food Swap NY –Facebook page – we will be posting links to other swaps and sharing lots of inspiration with you over the next few weeks there.

    We have room for 30. Call Denise Szarek at 315-853-5901 to make your reservation. $20.00/person

    Country Pâté w/ Housemade Mustard, Assorted Local Cheeses, Assorted Pickles & Jcookies Crackers

    Sautéed Szarek Farms Swiss Chard w/ Raisins and Walnuts

    Artichoke Heart, Fennel, Kalamata, Hearts of Palm & Tomato Salad, Lemon/Caper Viniagrette

    Caribbean Plaintain Tostones Filled w/ Bay Scallop Ceviche

    Salvadoran Papusas made w/ Gianforte Farms Masa, Filled with Combination of Chicharrones & Queso or Red Turtle Beans & Queso, Traditional Curtido & Salsa Accompaniments

    Maple Hill Yogurt Cheese Tortoni w/ Cherries & Almond


Cooking Time with Cat!

The Foodshed blogger Cat Macera teams up with Slow Food Mohawk Valley for a series of cooking classes this Fall.  

Sunday, Oct. 16th, 11am-1pm:  Gnocci
Limited class size, a few spots left!  
RSVP today to Cat at macera44@live.com

Sunday, Nov. 13th, 11 am - 1 pm: Moroccan Inspired Tagine Cooking 
Again, limited class size, sign up today!

Sunday, Dec. 11th, 11 am - 1 pm
Baking For The Holidays 
Limited to ten, sign up today.

All classes are $10 for members of Slow Food or The Foodshed. $15 for non-members. They are being held on Sundays at RCIL from 11 to 1. Only 10 spots per class. For more details and to register, check out the classes page on The Foodshed site

Visit Cat's blog and also check out the canning classes The Foodshed has scheduled!

$5 Challenge Web Promo Image   


This September 17, you're invited to help take back the 'value meal' by getting together with family, friends and neighbors for a slow food meal that costs no more than $5 per person. Find an event happening near you, host a dinner, or have a potluck.

WHY: Because slow food shouldn't have to cost more than fast food. If you know how to cook, then teach others. If you want to learn, this is your chance. Together, we're sending a message that too many people live in communities where it's harder to buy fruit than Froot Loops. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Take the pledge to share a meal with family and friends, find a local meal or host your own. If the date doesn't work you, you can still take the pledge to show your support -- and we'll send you $5 cooking tips and updates on the campaign.

For more background on the day and the campaign, read frequently asked questions or our August 16 press release. 

For $5 cooking tips and other resources, click here.

A disturbing look at the economic, political and spiritual implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.
This film also examines the current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connections between humans and honeybees.
Presented in conjunction with the Mid-York Beekeepers who will be available for questions all-things-honeybees after!  FREE to the public!
Wednesday, May 18th, 7 pm @ Cornell Cooperative Extension:  directions here!

Monday, May 2 @ 7 pm
       Ecuadorian Chocolate Tasting with
       Slow Food Presidium & Terra Madre delegates  

5/2:   A very unique Chocolate Tasting Experience.  Join representatives from the Kallari Association of Cacao Growers of Ecuador to experience the world through dark chocolate in this tasting.

This lecture helps you learn to distinguish chocolate notes, discern roasting techniques and recognize origins. Participants will savor chocolates from around the world.

Learn about the stages in cocoa production and bean preparation from an Amazon cocoa grower. Then, an experienced chocolatier will share about the flavors of cocoa beans, the process involved in chocolate making, and the economic impact of the world's third most important commodity.

Chocolate processed near the cocoa groves will be matched up against the top rated chocolates in a blind tasting that will challenge even experienced chocoholics. Monday, May 2 @ RCIL, 1607 Genesee Street, Utica  7:00 pm;   $10 Fee

Sunday, April 10th, 2011 Dinner and a Movie!
4:00 pm Potluck Dinner - McEwen Hall*
6:00 pm Film Screening of Dive!
7:15 pm Film Screening of Pig Business 
1. the art or science of good eating.  
2. culinary customs or style.
Come for Dinner, Stay for a Movie or two!
You have no idea how great food & conversation can be until you experience a community-wide Slow Food Potluck meal!  Gastronomy at it's best.
Joining us will be the newly formed Slow Food HamiltonCollege chapter.  The students will be preparing their gastronomic contributions with the assistance of the College’s excellent food service, Bon Appetit.  Thanks to Reuben Haag, Jeff Golden, and Patrick Raynard for continuing to support the student efforts in raising consciousness on campus about food issues.
So bring a dish to share along with your plate, utensils and something to drink . . .  we'll be brainstorming ideas of Slow Food Mohawk Valley initiatives and want to hear what you wish to see happen. If it's not happening, it's because you're not doing it:  plug in, plant some seeds and see what grows!
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 Albany No Farms No Food Rally & Lobby Day 
SFMV  joined farmers, food advocates, local officials, environmentalists and other Slow Food chapters and met with legislators at the State Capitol about the critical importance of farms and food to New Yorkers. 

Sunday, March 27th, 11 am: 

By popular demand, Breadmaking 101 returns!  details coming . . . please contact slowfoodjoe@yahoo.com to get on the list, only ten spots and some are already filled. We don't even know what's on the menu yet, but folks are signing up!

Sunday, March 20th, 2 pm:  
Mill Hollow Maple
Join Brian of Mill Hollow for a tour of his "Sugar House" and learn about the processing of maple sap into syrup.  Weather permitting, we will follow sap being collected from trees, observe the boiling process in action and taste maple syrup right from the spigot.  "Sugar on Snow" demonstration if the weather is just right . . .  No charge, only strong encouragement to bring home some Mill Hollow Syrup!  drichardson111165@hotmail.com
Photos from our Mill Hollow Maple Tour:

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Photos from our Mill Hollow Maple Tour:

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Saturday, March 12th, 7 pm
Wandering Fork Dinner
hosted at The Farm
Second dinner of the Wandering Fork season . . .
Limited to 10, $20 pp with half the proceeds supporting Slow Food initiatives here locally.
For the full menu, click here
To make your reservations,
contact Laura at lauraknight@thefarmandbandb.com 
or call 315.895.0060
2.12.11  TEDX: Changing The Way We Eat  (106 registered!)
Slow Food Mohawk Valley co-sponsors local TedX event organized by Foodshed Buying Club
TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will take place February 12, 2011, in New York City.  The one-day event will highlight several aspects of the sustainable food movement and the work being done to shift our food system from industrially-based agriculture to one in which healthy, nutritious food is accessible to all.

THE FOODSHED will stream the entire all-day conference at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Oriskany. We'll provide breakfast at 10am, as well as lunch and a mid-afternoon snack. Come meet local food advocates, farmers and other like-minded people in the community making a difference in our region's food and farming system.

The entire event is free, but you must register at http://tinyurl.com/tedxoneida.

Heritage Cheesemaker Shannon Nichols of Heamour Farm highlighted in the Wall Street Journal
Active with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a Slow Food partner in "RAFT": Renewing America's Food Traditions, Shannon's goat cheese and caramel are in the spotlight! 
1.22.11 Wandering Fork Dinner
"An Evening with Julia"
Slow Food Mohawk Valley is pleased to announce the first Wandering Fork dinner of 2011, hosted by Celeste Friend on Saturday, January 22nd. Click here for menu
12.10 Foodshed Buying Club Generates $100K in Local Food Sales 

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Foodshed is a web-based business bringing local products from the farm to your table.   The innovative and green idea started small, but business is picking up with the click of every button.  For full story and video link, click here.

Did you know?  According to the American Independent Business Alliance, when a consumer spends $100 at a locally owned business, $45 of it stays in the community.  When that same $100 is spent at a national chain store, only $13 remains local.

Thank you Foodshed, for supporting our producers and enabling our community to be 'co-producers' with each and every purchase.  Foodshed Buying Club is a local-only grocery shopping experience.  Click, Shop, Support.  Here. 

12.10.10  Terra Madre Day   Thousands of people around the world will be celebrating Terra Madre Day on Friday, December 10th.  Click Here for World Map!

Join the Slow Food Mohawk Valley Terra Madre delegates
at 5:30 pm at RCIL's
Smith Center for Advocacy for a multi-media presentation of their Terra Madre experience
in Turin, Italy in October.

Learn about Slow Food and Terra Madre initiatives like:

Honoring Indigenous People
1,000 Gardens for Africa
RAFT: Renewing America's Food Traditions
The Presidia/Ark of Taste project

...and find out how our Mohawk Valley Maple Syrup has journeyed around the world!!!

Dig In!

Breaking Ground, Breaking Bread: Slow Food

National Volunteer Day


Saturday, 9.25.10

Ark of Taste/RAFT Introductions @ Hamiton College, 2 pm

All to Meet at the Science Center building at 2 pm for presentation, followed by activities and tour of the Garden!

Map of Campus: http://www.hamilton.edu/virtualtour/images/campusmap-large.jpg

Visit Hamilton College’s 1812 Garden, which is a reconstruction of an early-19th c. kitchen garden and functions as the "laboratory" project of College Seminar 235 "Food for Thought: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Food.".

Presentation on the planning of The 1812 Garden; seed preservation and heirloom recovery; and the Slow Food initiatives, The Ark of Taste and RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions)will be explored.

The presentation will take place in the Science Building, followed by a visit to The 1812 Garden, where, weather permitting, we will harvest heirloom varieties of potatoes and corn. Participants will be presented with seed that we offer through Seed Savers Exchange for the 2011 growing season.

Hosted by Professors David Gapp and Franklin Sciacca, Project managers of The 1812 Garden. (Frank Sciacca is also co-leader of Slow Food Mohawk Valley Chapter.

9.26.10 Raise the Roof!
Join Slow Food friends and members of MadArt to build a shed roof over the community mud oven at Common Thread Farm in Hamilton. Builders convene at noon on Sunday.

On Sunday September 26th at Noon we will raise a roof on the MUD OVEN at Common Thread Farm. We have the metal roofing, now we need the wood framing. With help from the Slow Food Mohawk Valley chapter, we will raise a simple shed roof over the oven to make it more usable for the community. Bread making is an art form that everyone can enjoy!



Four - 10’ 4”x4” posts

Lumber for framing the roof


Big Foot footers or tubes

Cement for the footers


Contributions of materials can be brought to Common Thread:

OR Call Leigh Yardley  315. 263.0957


Wandering Fork Event

Sunday, September 19, 2010; 12-3pm

A Glorious Grilled Cheese Luncheon!!

Hosted by Local Cheesemaker Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese

193 County Highway 19; Leonardsville, New York


Three genuinely grilled (not just fried) cheese sandwiches will be on offer, all made with Renate’s own traditionally handmade artisinal cheeses:

  • Traditional cumin cheese on Heidelberg’s Sourdough Boule by Renate herself
  • Matthew Herzog, chef at the Horned Dorset Restaurant will twist the classic Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese on white bread)
  • Valerie Jackson, ex slow food leader of Berkely,CA, pastry chef, caterer, sustainability expert and foodie par excellence will surprise all with a Grilled Goat Cheese Surprise

Also served will be homemade pickles and chutneys and both tea and mint tea

All this for a modest $10! Children under 12, $5


The luncheon will be served on the grounds of Renate’s lovely home: please feel free to bring a lawn chair. 


Renate’s cheeses will be available for purchase during the afternoon with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Wandering Fork fundraising efforts.   


Tickets for this event can be purchased at the following locations up until September 13th:


The Jones Family Farm at the Clinton Farmers’ Market on Thursdays

Tom’s Natural Foods in Clinton

Café Domenico in South Utica, at 2011 Genesee Street

Food Shed pick up on Fridays 3:30 – 5:30pm at RCIL -- 1607 Genesee Street in Utica

From Renate at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on sunny Saturdays 8am -12pm

From Frank Sciacca at Hamilton College: email: fsciacca@hamilton.edu


For further information, contact the Wandering Fork Coordinator, Celeste Friend at: celestefriend@gmail.com.


* The Wandering Fork is a series of food events sponsored by Mohawk Valley Slow Food to raise funds to promote our various programs, including subsidizing CSA boxes for families in need.

Hop to it!  A visit to an historic hop farm . . .
For Photos, click here
Saturday, August 14 3-5 pm
Wrobel Farm, 927 Rt. 8 North, Bridgewater, NY
Join us as we take a short walking tour of a local farm that is re-introducing hops to this area.  This farm was a center of hops production in the late 1800's.  Our tour will include a discussion of the history of hops cultivation in the area and of the issues involved in growing hops today. A highlight will be a chance to look at the only cobblestone hop kiln in the state.  Click Here for Details!
Hop to it!
A visit to an historic hop farm.
Saturday, August 14 3-5 pm
at Wrobel Farm, 927 Rt. 8 North, Bridgewater, NY
We'll take a short walking tour of a local farm that is re-introducing hops to this area.  This farm was a center of hops production in the late 1800's.  Our tour will include a discussion of the history of hops cultivation in the area and of the issues involved in growing hops today. A highlight will be a chance to look at the only cobblestone hop kiln in the state.
Participants (over the age of 21!) are encouraged to bring a six-pack of an interesting beer or beers to share, and after our tour we'll have a do-it-ourselves beer tasting and discussion of the influence of hops on the taste of beer.
We will also enjoy freshly picked sweet corn (grilled or boiled) on the premises.
Garlic from the farm will also be available for purchase.
Cost per person is $5, payable at the event.
In the event of inclement weather, check our website or facebook page for up-to-the-minute information.
Although reservations are not required, please drop an email to slowfoodjoe@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.  This will help us in knowing how much corn to pick!!!
Directions to Wrobel Farm
from the north:  Follow Rt. 8 south from Utica.  Just past the Sauquoit exit, note the point at which Rt. 8 ceases to be a divided highway and drops to two lanes. From that point, follow Rt. 8 south for 7 miles.  Wrobel Farm is on the right and can be recognized by the sweet corn stand and our Slow Food banner at the end of the driveway.
from the South: Follow Rt. 8 north from the intersection with US Rt. 20.  Pass Cemetery Rd. on your left, then look for Wrobel Farm about one quarter mile farther north on your left. You'll see the sweet corn stand and a Slow Food banner at the end of the driveway.
Sunday June 6, 2010  Cheesemaking Class with 
Dutch Girl Cheesemaker Renate Nollen, 9 am - 6pm
Fresh Goat Cheese: Deliciously tangy and smooth                        
Jalapeno Queso with Cow Milk: Mexican cheese, great for eating as is and also in omelets or other dishes that require a cheese that doesn't melt
La Mozzarella:  The queen of melting and stretching
Food For Thought Film Series 
Thursday, May 27th :  "All In This Tea"
Utica College, 6:30 pm Free Admission
Followed by a demonstration of traditional Chinese Tea preparations by Mei-hua of the
Mohawk Valley Chinese Association
Film Trailers @
Food For Thought Film Series:

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Community Bread Baking
Saturday, May 15, 10 am – 4 pm
Leader: Leigh Yardley
Location: Common Thread Community Farm

Be part of a creative community with bread!  In 2009 MAD Art and the community built a sculptural oven with mud and recycled materials.  Join others and learn to build the fire for a wood fired oven, prepare dough for baking, then sample the bread or pizza baked in the oven.  

Free and open to all!
Saturday May 8, 2010
Great photos from The Ferris Farm of baby lambs being welcomed into pasture. 
Click here for updated lamb photos, 5.8.10

Ferris Farm Lambs Arrive

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Slow Food Mohawk Valley presented "Krugerrand Cheese FarmTour". 
Here's a peak at a snowy but fun filled day . . . and the cheese, oh the cheese!

Krugerrand Farm Tour: Say Cheese!


Slow Food Mohawk Valley
"Time For Lunch" Makes the News! 
On March 24th, members of SF MV assisted students at the Martin Luther King Elementary in writing letters to their House Representative Michael Arcuri and Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, asking for support of increased funding for healthy school lunches. 

Congressman Arcuri Eats School Lunch


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New Year's Eve Dried Sausage Making
Old Path Farm's Nancy Grove and Pete Bianco teach the art of sausage making!

Slow Food Dried Sausage Making

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