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Save the season canning workshop

July 21st, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

If you’re overwhelmed by garden produce and you want to learn how to preserve it, then this workshop is for you. We will be focused primarily on tomatoes and will have several tips and recipes available for other delicious canned goods. We will also discuss different tools and materials used for canning and the safety precautions necessary for keeping canning fun. And best of all you will get to take home a jar of canned tomatoes. All materials are supplied.

When: July 27th, 1pm

Where: Plaid Apron, 1210 Kenesaw Ave, Knoxville TN 37919

How Much: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from brown paper tickets:

**Note** Tickets are NOT sold at the door and we will cap the attendees at 15 people.

More information available on the facebook event page:

Summer Cocktail Workshop

June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

It’s that time of year when your herb garden is going crazy and there’s only so much you can use in the kitchen. Join us at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm to learn simple recipes to get tipsy on your garden aromatics.

We’ll learn to muddle, shake and stir three cocktails while noshing on light treats from Stephanie of the Plaid Apron. A tour of the premise is encouraged and they’ll be plenty of plants for purchasing.

Buy tickets for $39.00 at Erin’s Meadow’s website before June 26th to attend. See link below.

Saturday June 29, 2pm-4pm at Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm
Tickets available:

Kick off market season with a potluck!

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Join us for a potluck to kick off the summer farmers market series around the Tennessee Valley!

When: May 4, 6-8pm

Where: Ijams community room

Cost: Bring a dish to share made from ingredients acquired from the farmers markets. OR donate $5.

Bring: Your own place setting (plates, bowls, utensils, beverage glasses). Remember, we try to be waste free!

Guest speaker: At 6:30 Jenny Newby will give a  presentation about Ijams and take the attendees on a short tour.
We hope to see you there!

Cheese! Cows! Wow!

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Family day on the farm.

Welcome our newest board members!

April 15th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

We would like to welcome our newest board members, Kimberly and Emily. Make sure you say hello to them if you see them out and about at our upcoming events!

Ark of Taste: Children’s Gardening Workshop

March 30th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
Members of the Slow Food Ark of Taste Committee will be hosting a children’s planting activity on the following dates. Visit our booth while doing your shopping and we’ll teach your kids how to make easy biodegradable planting pots from newspapers, how to plant seeds, and how to grow their own vegetable plants. We’ll be planting beans and lettuces and each kid will go home with their own decorated pot with a planted seed from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste list.
The Ark of Taste is a living catalogue of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates. Learn more about the Ark of Taste here.

Ijams Plant Sale, April 26, 9am-2pm

Earth Fare Turkey Creek Family Dinner Night, May 1, 4-8pm

Market Square Farmers Market on May 24 and June 21, 9am-2pm

Now taking application for board members and leadership team volunteers

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Interested in promoting good, clean, and fair food in East Tennessee? Join the Slow Food Tennessee Valley Board of Directors! SFTV is currently accepting applications for Board and volunteer positions for 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn more about issues related to food on a local, national and international scale, network with other community members interested in food, develop and strengthen skills that can help you personally and professionally, try something new, make a difference in our community, and work with a great group of volunteers dedicated to supporting local growers, encouraging sustainable practices and preserving artisanal methods. Email if you have questions or would like to apply.

3rd Annual Pie Contest – the results are in!

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

We had a great time last night. Thanks to everyone who came to eat pie with us; we raised over $300 for the Center for Urban Agriculture! Special thanks to Cruze Farm for the ice cream, Old City Java for the coffee, Aud Pottery Studio for the pie plate that went to the “audience favorite” winner, and Mary Constantine for donating the cookbooks that went to the winners of the “sweet” and “savory” categories.

We hope to see all of you next year at the 4th Annual Pie Contest!

Third Annual Pie Contest!

November 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (147 Comments)

Slow Food Tennessee Valley is excited to announce our third annual pie contest! The pie tasting and bakeoff takes place Sunday, November 10th from 5-7pm. This year’s event will be held at the Knoxville Botanical Garden located 5 minutes from downtown at 2743 Wimpole Avenue Knoxville, TN 37914.
All proceeds will benefit the Center for Urban Agriculture.

Entrance is a pie or $7 to eat pie.
To qualify for the contest, all pies MUST be homemade with at least one local ingredient.
Pies will be judged based on external characteristics (shape, surface), internal characteristics (texture, crust) and flavor.

Pie categories are best sweet, best savory and audience favorite. Winners will take home lovely prizes from our favorite local businesses. Judges are last year’s winners!

Remember: We strive for zero waste events. Please bring your own place setting (plate, utensils and drinking glass/mug).

Pesto Festo Menu Announced; online tickets sold out!

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Slow Food TN Valley in Uncategorized - (8 Comments)

1174698_625393704158202_1674197393_nOnline Pesto Festo tickets are sold out! We will have a VERY limited number of tickets available at the Market Square Farmers’ Market in Knoxville on Saturday. First come, first serve. Market opens at 9 a.m. Sorry, we can’t hold tickets for anyone. Look for the Slow Food booth.

Chef Ben Willis-Becker has announced our menu. First, we’ll have an array of pestos on the table using different kinds of basil from our host, Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm, and everyone’s local favorite, The Tomato Head. We’ll also have a homemade white bean and garlic spread. Rolls from VG’s bakery of course!

Next, a fun flair on an old classic- Panzanella caprese salad. I wonder how many different kinds of locally-grown tomatoes we can fit on one plate? Homemade foccacia bread anyone?

After that, we’ll be keeping with the Pesto Festo Italian theme by serving a helping of Ribollita- a Tuscan bean soup.

Followed by an eggplant, corn and tomato salad with creamy pesto polenta and braised pork. All three will be served separately so no worries if you’re a vegetarian or if you don’t like your food to touch (we understand).

And finally, if you saved some room for dessert, we’ll have basil panna cotta, peaches, and pecan brittle.

Don’t forget to pick up some Cruze Farm Ice Cream throughout the day (at Pesto Festo, you can have your ice cream before your dinner) and a cup of coffee from Old City Java for the drive home.