January – February 2017 Newsletter

January 16th, 2017 by
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Slow Food Vermont

The Essential Slow Food


Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Our approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.  The full definition can be found in the Slow Food Manifesto for Quality.  Below, you’ll find three stories that illustrate Slow Food Values in recent news.


quality, flavorsome, healthy food

The School of the New American Farmstead offers continuing education courses for agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs and lifelong learners. The roster of classes is out and they are really exciting! Their hands-on courses will require you to roll up your sleeves and dig in or get cooking. The School of the New American Farmstead’s experiential approach will engage all of your senses and impart techniques perfected by some of the world’s most skilled ecological farmers and craft-food producers. Their instructors, who are sustainable agriculture pioneers and reverent food artisans pair their singular expertise with enthusiastic and effective teaching. Give your passion for food and farming the time and space it deserves. Explore a lifestyle or career that feeds your body, mind, and soul. Learn to replenish the land, relish its bounty, and revive time-tested rural arts.


production that does not harm the environment

Slow Food Nations is a national Slow Food event that will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks in July 2017. For three days, Denver, CO will become the center of the North American food universe. Innovation meets tradition during exciting culinary workshops, seminars, dinners, tours, informal eating and drinking, and a grand flavor bazaar.

The event will feature producers, organizations and prominent food figures from across North America, giving attendees a taste of the Slow Food movement as it occurs in different regions. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate as delegates, where they will arrive early to participate in a day of discussions, panels and educational programming alongside like minded Slow Food advocates and receive additional benefits throughout the weekend. The general public will have free access to tastings and installations throughout Slow Food Nations, as they experience Denver at historic locations like Denver Union Station and Larimer Square. Slow Food Nations will bring people together to rally around the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair food for all. We are planning on having a very large Vermont presence!


accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers

On December 2 over 50 people came together to collaborate in a benefit dinner and fundraiser to support Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante. A panel discussion with organizers from Migrant Justice, UVM Juntos and Real Food Revolution, as well as everyone who attended the event to support fair food. They raised almost $400 for Migrant Justice!

Migrant Justice builds the voice, capacity and power of the migrant farmworker community here in Vermont, and engages community partners to organize for social and economic justice and human rights. They have done so by pushing 13 food corporations to pay fairer wages and change conditions in the fields. Vermont organizers are learning from the CIW as they develop the Milk with Dignity Campaign here in the Green Mountain State.  You can follow the group’s work on social media, and watch Food Chain$ on iTunes.


Located in Shelburne on Route 7, the up-and-coming Vermont Artisan Village is a community of Vermont food producers and artisans that showcases some of the best handcrafted products Vermont has to offer. Slow Food Vermont member Macy Mullican first had the vision for the project after chairing the 400 year Vermont Quadricentennial Celebration, “Taste of Champlain” during the summer of 2009. The center is now home to Vermont Tortilla Company, Douglas Sweets, Fiddlehead Brewery and many more! They have a new building that is looking for tenants by the end of 2017. Check out their Facebook page for updates!

Happy 2017!

This week with MLK Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, I am thinking about community and the wonderful and constant support we can feel when we are involved locally. I am so grateful to be a part of our food community – not just through my vegetable farm, but through the many potlucks, classes, dining, food shelf and food donation opportunities that connect us so deeply with this vital part of our lives!

To help you with doing this more in your life, your Slow Food Board has been diligently working to get several food events on the calendar around the state! In this newsletter you’ll find that there’s plenty of food fun coming up in the next couple of months, so mark your calendars, RSVP for the events, and start thinking of all the Good, Clean & Fair ways you can celebrate your Winter with us!

Slowly yours,

Mara Welton
Slow Food Vermont Board Chair
Slow Food USA State Governor (VT)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 28th: Ramen and Tampopo!

For our first Slow Food Supper of 2017, all we could think about was sharing hot steamy bowls of ramen and watching one of the best early foodie films of all time! This event quickly filled, but we are trying to get creative and host another one in the near future. Thanks for your interest and passion for potlucking in Vermont in Winter! Slow Food Vermont potlucks are always free to attend, but we kindly request that you register online!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: Culinary Trivia Benefit for SFVT

Show your culinary trivia chops in a night of friendly competition complete with foodie prizes and snacks! Our celebrity question reader is bartender extraordinaire from Hen of the Wood Burlington, Chris Maloney! This evening is a benefit for Slow Food Vermont. Entry is $5 per person and will be collected at the door. RSVPs are NOT required.

Sunday, February 12, 11-3 pm: Wintervale! Hot Chocolate Tasting!
Join us at Burlington’s Intervale at 282 Intervale Road (former site of Intervale Compost Products) for x-country skiing (if there’s snow!) and socializing and snacking all afternoon! Free ski and snowshoe rentals for the whole family, Kids activities and games, delicious food and drink for purchase: Slow Food Vermont will be there with Hot Chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates! Proceeds go towards our Summervale Tasting Series.

Saturday, February 18: NOFA-VT Post Conference Meet-up, 7-10pm If you’re looking to continue your conversations after the workshops have concluded, head downtown to Hotel Vermont for drinks and light snacks hosted by Slow Food VT & The Vermont Young Farmers Coalition. Slow Food Vermont is working with Chef Doug Paine to create some appetizers that feature items from the Slow Food Ark of Taste, which is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates! This social event seeks to create community and celebrate food enthusiasts, homesteaders, and farmers. Open to everyone, and there will be plenty of time to mingle after the conference and into the night!

Snail of Approval

We are so proud of our Snail of Approval awardees throughout our state! We are currently accepting applications!

The Slow Food Vermont Snail of Approval is awarded to those restaurants, food and beverage artisans, stores and markets which contribute to the authenticity,
quality, and sustainability of Vermont’s food supply and have been deemed outstanding among peers.

Here’s some upcoming news!

Brot Bakery: Newsletter is here. Their winter class schedule is up and there’s so many lovely ones to choose from! Detox Soups and Broths, Bread Baking with Ancient Grains and Handmade Breads for February!

Mary’s Inn at Baldwin Creek Has so much on tap for 2017! Everything from Wednesday burger and beer deals to special wine dinners and snow-season getaways! Also on their list of offerings are classes – one coming up on February 25!

Eden Specialty Ciders had a wonderful story done on them in December by Cidrbox! Complete with beautiful videos, tasting notes and diving deep into the varieties of apples they use for their incredible specialty ciders. Check out their Tasting Bar in Newport to experience their love and care in each bottle!

Misery Loves Company has a recent newsletter that features a Chinese New Year menu on January 28th, new hours, and a new Patrons of Misery investment opportunity! Don’t forget their amazing brunch on Saturdays and Sundays!

In addition to celebrating 10 years of operation, Crystal Maderia has partnered to open a second shop, this one is an incredible bar and butchery called BEAU! Open Mon-Fri, 11 am – 7 pm, located at 207 Barre Street in Montpelier! They have amazing meat options like: local beef cut to order, chicken & pork in all forms from roasts and chops to sausage, pates, rillettes and even some seafood. They have collagen rich bone broth, braised and smoked meats, and cured fish & oysters. They even have vegan and vegetarian delicacies, not to mention a full bar with vintage era cocktails, wines by the glass and local beer & cider. Congratulations!

Are you a Slow Food Vermont Member with events or news you’d like to share with your fellow members?  Email us at with the details and we’ll get your info out to the rest of the membership!

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