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Why school gardens and school food are so important

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution debuts Friday March 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Barbacoa Time! Photos from 2009 One Field Meal

Barbacoa pit at 2009 Slow Food Eugene One Field Meal

Barbacoa was on the menu for Slow Food Eugene’s One Field Meal, August 30, 2009. Prepared by Brendan Mahaney, of Belly Restaurant, and hosted at the Deck Family Farm in Junction City Oregon, this fine meal of pit roasted goat and lamb, mole negro, and farm fresh vegetables fed 250 diners, volunteers, and farm workers. Watch the slide show!

Third Annual One Field Meal: Mexican Barbacoa at Deck Family Farm!

Lamb, Goat, and Beef-All In One Meal-All From One Field Meal–August 30, Deck Family Farm


Slow Food Eugene’s Third Annual One Field Meal will feature a heritage meal from our neighbors South of the Border. The meal will be truly delicious and the company (you and your friends) will make it even better. We are expecting a large crowd so get your tickets early.

Brendan Mahaney of Belly Restaurant will be preparing barbacoa. For those unfamiliar with this traditional Mexican repast, get ready for a taste treat. Barbacoa features whole lamb, whole goat, and cabeza de vaca beef cooked underground on embers and hot rocks over a cauldron of carrots, celery and onions. There will also be side salsas, mole, home made organic corn tortillas, short ribs, and other taste delights. We’ll be sending you a complete menu as soon as its available.

Our friends at High Pass Winery and Ninkasi Brewing Co. will provide wine and beer for an additional charge.

Our special guest this year is Jorge Navarro. Jorge owned one of our favorite restaurants some years back, Navarro’s. He will be on hand every step of the way to make sure this year’s event is the best ever.

We can’t celebrate without music. Kelly Thibodeaux and Acoustic Etoufee will bring New Orleans foot stomping swamp rock to the One Field Meal. We had a chance to book Kelly for this event and couldn’t miss the opportunity, even if we have to mix French and Hispanic cultures. Once our hands are clapping, no one is going to mind.

Bring your kids. This is an event for the entire family. Kelly will bring his kid-sized fiddles and ask them to join in. Everyone will be invited to walk through the garden and see the Deck’s animals. Please be aware that this is a working farm and you will have to supervise the kids that you bring along.

Important Details:

Where: Deck Family Farm, 25362 High Pass Rd., Junction City, OR 97448 ( directions )

Date: Sunday, August 30

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $25 adults, $5 kids;
Tickets are available at Long’s Meat Market , 81 E. 28th Ave., Eugene,Newman’s Fish Co., 1545 Willamette St, Eugene, Newman’s Grotto on Coburg Road, 485 Coburg Rd., Eugene, and Brown Paper Tickets .

Volunteers Needed:

Want to enhance the fun? We need volunteers to make this event a success. So please below for a list of jobs that you can help out with. Email eddurkee@yahoo.com and chris.bailey@gmail.com to sign up for extra fun by helping with the event at the Farm.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Digging or helping assemble the barbacoa pits-Saturday, August 29
  • Table set up and decor-Sunday afternoon
  • Greeting table (checking tickets) 3:30 to 5:00 on Sunday
  • Serving food-5:00 on Sunday
  • Food Prep Saturday
  • Food Prep Sunday afternoon at 3:00
  • Parking coordination/direction
  • Serving wine and beer (requires OLCC permit)
Many thanks to Janice Durkee and Diana Nagai for design of this year’s beautiful poster. Help spread the word by putting up a poster at your workplace, school, or community center. Printable PDFs: 8.5×11 8.5.17

Meet The Sweets Tix Available Online

“Meet The Sweets” Tickets Now On Sale On The Web–Come Enjoy An Evening Of Food, Fun And Music Sunday, June 28, 2009

Having trouble scheduling a trip to buy your Meet The Sweets tickets. Your life just got simpler. You can buy tickets on the web at Brown Paper Tickets. It’s fast, convenient, and a portion of the modest service charge goes to support charitable organizations. There is no excuse now for missing a fabulous summer Sunday evening meeting the sweets.

How sweet will this evening be?

  • Sweet Cheeks Winery hosts our evening on their lovely terrace overlooking the lovely Briggs Hill Valley. They are featuring their superb Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and other fine wines.
  • Sweet Briar Farms will be offering sausage and filing sandwiches with pulled pork cooked at their farm.
  • Sweet Creek Foods is plating a selection of preserved foods, including a fine salad nicoise made with their succulent tuna.
  • Sweet Water Farm And Nursery–Oh, those vegetables, salads, and breads. This is the time of year when the veggies emerge from the fields and land on our plates in a matter of hours.
  • Sweet Life Patisserie–Is there a better end to a summer evening than strawberry shortcake and chocolate?

We’ve also lined up Ken Luker, a local guitarist who has shared stages with Steppenwolf, Eric Burdon, The Drifters, Ray Stephens, and the Coasters. You can learn more about Ken and hear samples of his music on his web site, kenluker.com.

This event is brought to you by Slow Food Eugene and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Food Alliance. A portion of the proceeds will help support the School Garden Project Of Lane County and the Farm To School Program.

Here Are The Details:

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Rd
Eugene, OR 97405, (541) 349-9463. Get directions.
Bring: Your smiling self, friends, and family and your own plates and flatware. If you have a hankering to picnic, bring a blanket for sitting on the grass.
Cost: $25 per person, includes dinner and a glass of Sweet Cheeks wine or another beverage. Slow Food members will receive a ticket for an additional glass of wine or serving of your choice.

Tickets are available at Newman’s Fish Company, 1545 Willamette St., 541-344-2371, Long’s Meat Market, 81 E 28th Ave., 541-344-3172 and Brown Paper Tickets.

June 2009 Newsletter

Featured this month

- Meet the Sweets event June 28. Download the poster (PDF) and help spread the word!

- Saturday Market Information Table near the Sweet Briar Truck on Park Street. Contact Bev Mazzola if you would like to help out. orebevie@comcast.net or 484-5689.

- HB2800 (Farm to School and School Garden Bill)

Coming Up…

- Run for Sustainable Schools, June 14

- Sunday, June 28, visit Slow Food Eugene’s booth at the KLCC Garden Tour. We will be in the Audel Ave cul-de-sac near Garden #2.

- Sunday, August 30, One Field Meal at the Deck Family Farm.

Want more? Download the full issue (PDF)


"Meet The Sweets" — An Evening Of Food, Fun And Music Sunday, June 28, 2009

Slow Food Eugene and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Food Alliance invite you to an summer evening with Lane County’s sweetest providers. The proceeds of the event will help support the School Garden Project Of Lane County and the Farm To School Program.


How sweet will this evening be?

- Sweet Cheeks Winery hosts our evening on their lovely terrace overlooking the lovely Briggs Hill Valley. They are featuring their superb Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and other fine wines.

- Sweet Briar Farms will be offering sausage and filling sandwiches with pulled pork cooked at their farm.

- Sweet Creek Foods is plating a selection of preserved foods, including a fine Salade Nicoise made with their succulent tuna.

- Sweet Water Farm And Nursery–Oh, those vegetables, salads, and breads. This is the time of year when the veggies emerge from the fields and land on our plates in a matter of hours.

- Sweet Life Patisserie–Is there a better end to a summer evening than strawberry shortcake and chocolate?


We’ve also lined up Ken Luker, a local guitarist who has shared stages with Steppenwolf, Eric Burdon, The Drifters, Ray Stephens, and the Coasters. We’ll tell you more about our evening entertainment as we get closer to the 28th.

Here Are The Details:

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Rd
Eugene, OR 97405, (541) 349-9463.
Get directions.
Bring: Your smiling self, friends, and family and your own plates and flatware. If you have a hankering to picnic, bring a blanket for sitting on the grass.
Cost: $25 per person, includes a glass of Sweet Creek wine or another beverage. Slow Food members will receive a ticket for an additional glass of wine or serving of your choice.

Tickets are available at Newman’s Fish Company, 1545 Willamette St., 541-344-2371, and Long’s Meat Market, 81 E 28th Ave., 541-344-3172.

May Newsletter & 2009 Events Calendar


Slow Food Eugene’s Line Up Of Events Is Rounding Into Shape

There’s been a lot of planning going on behind the scenes. This year’s schedule of events is looking outstanding. We’ll have potlucks, showcase events, and our annual One Field Meal. All of these events will highlight the work of the farmers, providers, and chefs that provide us with good, clean, and fair food. We are partnering with several other community groups to strength our efforts.

The tough economic times make it imperative that we redouble our efforts to support local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen producing those high quality vegetables, fruits, meats, and eggs that we have come to enjoy.

Here is a summary of the events already on the schedule.

Saturday, May 2, 2pm-10pm–Eat Here Now, Helios Resource Network potluck, workshops, and entertainment at the Lost Valley Educational Center.

Thursday, May 21, 6:30 pm– Back To Your Roots Potluck at Bev Mazzola’s and John Simoni’s. Bring a dish you learned from one of your ancestors.

Sunday, June 28, KLCC Garden Walk Booth, all day. Visit Slow Food Eugene’s booth.

Sunday, June 28, 6:30 pm, Meet The Sweets, at Sweet Cheeks winery. A joint event with the Willamette Valley Sustainable Food Alliance. This is an evening with our sweet friends, Sweet Water Farm, Sweet Cheeks Winery, Sweet Creek Foods, Sweet Briar Meats, and Sweet Life Patisserie.

Sunday, August 30, around 4:30 pm, One Field Meal at the Deck Family Farm.
Still to be scheduled is a special RAFT Garden showcase. RAFT means Restoring America’s Food Traditions. There’s more information about our RAFT Garden project below.

VERY IMPORTANT: To make these events successful. We need your help. If you are interested in volunteering to work at an event, joining the membership team or have ideas for events, please send us an email.

Remember, there is strength in numbers. Bring friends who are interested in joining Slow Food Eugene or who just want to find out what this “Slow” thing is all about.

For more details, check out the May Newsletter. (PDF format)

Oregon Truffle Festival, January 30-February 1, 2009

The Oregon Truffle Festival returns for another great year in Eugene. This should be the best ever.

Join the celebration of truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table. For three extraordinary days in January, you are invited to an experience unique in North America.

Only at the Oregon Truffle Festival can you:
- Experience multiple course truffle dinners prepared by some of this region’s most renowned chefs
- Drink Oregon’s finest wines paired with our magnificent native truffles
- Chase truffle dogs on the hunt
- Savor a Truffle Marketplace with its wealth of local artisan foods, truffle tastings and truffle cooking demonstrations
- Meet people from all over the world who share a passion for all things truffle

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Mark Zolun Of Iraila Restaurant Needs Our Help

One of Slow Food Eugene’s dearest friends and fervent supporters needs our help. Mark Zolun is co-owner of Iraila Restaurant along with his partner, Kenne Glen. Mark and Kenne are long time supporters of local farmers. Mark was lead chef at our Pig Roast last summer and a contributing chef at our Slow Food Dinner in 2006. Mark and Kenne hosted a benefit dinner for Kenyan Slow Food members in 2007.

Just recently, Mark was diagnosed with bladder cancer. And, he doesn’t have health insurance, like so many of his fellow Americans. His friends and supporters are organizing a series of benefits to raise money for Mark’s treatment.

“When Life Gives You Cancer, Give A Variety Show and Flea Market,” will be held January 9, 2009, at Cozmic Pizza, 8th and Charnelton, 7-11 pm. (Click on the link to see how you can help.) The cover charge is $10. The variety show will feature music, dance, juggling, and other entertainment to rouse the spirit.

You can be part of the flea market. Clean out the closet and donate that priceless white elephant that you have wanted to get rid of for years. The items will be priced and sold at the event. Help with an additional contribution, if you can. All proceeds go to help Mark out.

Coming up on February 14 is the Valentine’s Day Benefit atSecret Garden Bed & Breakfast, 1910 University St
Eugene, OR. Mark and some Iraila cooks will be making a yummy meal for Valentine’s Day. There will some scenes from Shakespeare, a contemporary scene with Kim Donnehey and Dan Pagoda, and music from the Cascade Harps. There will be seatings at 5:30 and 7:30. Each table holds 6-8 people, so be ready to enjoy some company and spread the love on this special day. The menu and price will be available shortly. Email info@iraila.com for more information.

Mark has a long road ahead of him with radiation and surgery on the horizon. Let’s help him out.

January 2009 Newsletter!

Featured in this month’s issue:

Membership Meeting and Potluck:
DATE: Sunday, February 22, 2009
TIME: 6:00 pm
PLACE: Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street, Eugene
Parking is available across the street at the Planned Parenthood office building

also in this issue:
Benefit For Iraila’s Mark Zolun

New Beginnings For Andhi Reyna

Healthy Advice From Marianna Beres

Join Slow Food

Oregon Truffle Festival Returns

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