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“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Join us Tonight for Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity

Tonight is Slow Food Night at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

Slow Food members and friends can enjoy free admission to Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity. We hope you're planning to join us.

Why does Ferran matter? Here are few videos by local chefs, cooks, and our own Slow Food Northern Ohio co-leader, Mary Holmes offering us a few ideas on what Ferran Adrià means for food, farming, and cooking.

Why Does Ferran Adrià Matter? Mary Holmes

Why Does Ferran Adrià Matter? Douglas Katz, Ben Bebenroth, Jonathon Sawyer and others share their thoughts on the importance of Ferran Adrià.

Be sure to stop by the Slow Food table to say hi!

See you tonight!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Slow Food Night @MOCA for Ferran Adrià Exhibit

We hope you'll join us on October 23 at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland to explore the new exhibit by Ferran Adrià, Notes on Creativity.

Slow Food members and friends will enjoy free admission to the exhibit with a guided tour beginning at 6:30pm. MOCA will have a cash bar available from 6-8:30pm.

You're invited to discuss the exhibit and meet fellow Slow Food folks at our "Slow Food Cafe" on the main floor. 

To learn more about Ferran Adrià and his work we've attached a few articles and videos here.

Many thanks to our friends at MOCA Cleveland for making this event possible.

We look forward to seeing you at MOCA on October 23!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Terra Madre 2014 Delegate Alex Razavi

We're very proud of Slow Food at CWRU chapter founder, Alex Razavi who will be serving as a delegate to Terra Madre 2014 next month in Turin, Italy.

Read more about Alex in this article by Joe Crea of the Plain Dealer.

Terra Madre is a biennial gathering of food communities from around the globe hosted by Slow Food International. This year's event takes place in October 23-27 along with Slow Food's Salone del Gusto event. You can learn more about both events here.

Congratulations, Alex! We'll look forward to hearing more about Terra Madre 2014 upon your return.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CWRUFarm First Thursdays

Join Case Western Reserve University Farm for First Thursdays @The Farm: July 3rd, August 7, and September 4, 2014 from 5:00-8:00.

This Thursday July 3rd 5:00-8:00 shop the Farm Market table, sample wines and appetizers.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Farm while listening to music by CWRU community members! 

Enjoy free yoga hosted by 1-2-1 Fitness, hike in the Farm’s forest or tour the gardens.

Demonstration, educational talks and crafts for kids will complete a perfect evening at The Farm..

The event takes place rain or shine!

Join us at the CWRU Farm!

Enjoy the Case Western Reserve University Farm!

When:  July 3, August 7, September 4 from 5:00-8:00
Location:  The Silo Theater
8 Valley Ridge Drive
Hunting Valley, OH 44022.

The Silo Theater at the CWRU Valley Ridge Farm

For additional information about this event please connect with The Farm at: 216.368.027,, or via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @CWRUFarm or visit the website.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dan Barber at MOCA Cleveland: June 10, 2014

Slow Food Northern Ohio is looking forward to welcoming chef Dan Barber to Cleveland for a speaking engagement and book signing at MOCA Cleveland on Tuesday, June 10. 

We hope you'll make plans to attend and hear more from Barber about his new book The Third Plate in which he proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating. Barber points out that the way we eat today – focusing on a very select group of vegetables and grains (many of which are huge energy guzzlers) and eating large amounts of choice cuts of meat – isn’t good for the land and it isn’t good for our health.  It’s also going to be less and less practical as our natural resources are stressed and depleted. In this thoughtful (and entertaining) book, Barber explores how we might finally fix our broken food system – from the ground up. 

Details about this event are included below. 

Advance tickets are recommended, click here to order.

THE THIRD PLATE: Dan Barber + Michael Ruhlman
June 10, 2014 / 6:00pm
FREE for MOCA Members
$8 In Advance; $10 At the Door
6pm Book Signing / 7pm Talk Begins

Americans have strong opinions about food. In his new book, The Third Plate, award-winning chef and author Dan Barber offers a new vision for the future of American eating. Barber applies his extensive research into innovative agricultural and food production across the globe to argue for significant changes to the way we grow, cook, and eat. This talk will focus on Barber’s new book, his development as a chef, and his interests in food policy and practices. Barber will speak in conversation with Michael Ruhlman, Cleveland-based author of over twenty culinary-focused books.

Dan Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Join Slow Food for a Garden Celebration: June 4, 2014

Slow Food Northern Ohio will be helping Cleveland Montessori students celebrate the installation of their new Neighborhood Heritage Garden next Wednesday, June 4 from 1-3pm in Little Italy.

The Neighborhood Heritage Garden is meant to offer a glimpse into the history of Little Italy community through plants. 

In the 19th century, people who emigrated from other countries would bring plants with them to remind them of the places they had left. Many immigrants to the United States brought crop seeds from plants they grew for food, such as bean seeds; or cuttings from fruit trees; or other plants their families had grown and loved, such as roses.

The Little Italy neighborhood was once made up almost entirely of immigrants.  There were so many families and children that, at one time, there were two schools in the community.  Most people had gardens in their backyards and they grew tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and peppers.

Today, the neighborhood has changed.  There are few gardens, there is more ethnic diversity, and Cleveland Montessori is the only school in the neighborhood.  Some families who live in the neighborhood send their children to Cleveland Montessori and have gone to the previous school, Holy Rosary, themselves.

Although the neighborhood has changed since it was first established, there are people who have lived in the community their whole lives. Students have interviewed a number of local residents and organizations and have done a great deal of research to create a beautiful garden honoring the rich heritage of the Little Italy community.

Celebrate Cleveland Montessori's Neighborhood Heritage Garden!

When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1-3pm

Location: The corner of E 120th and Mayfield Road. The garden is next to Cleveland Montessori School. Parking is available on E 120th at the church/school parking lot.

Students will speak about the work that went into their garden project. Signs with stories from the community will have been added as permanent fixtures in the garden. Light fare and refreshments will be provided. 

Slow Food will also have free seeds available for you to take home and plant in your own garden!

For additional information about this event please contact:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Crown Point Organic Plant Sale This Weekend!

The Greenhouses at Crown Point are brimming with fresh, new plants in preparation for the Crown Point Annual Organic Plant Sale on May 17 and 18 with a special Crown Point member only night on Friday, May 16. 

This year’s plant sale will once again feature more than 200 varieties of organic plants all grown at Crown Point including Slow Food USA Ark of Taste heirloom varieties. Plant prices range from $3 to $5 each.  

On Saturday and Sunday, food vendors selling breakfast items, coffee and refreshments, as well as a variety of vendors selling accessory garden items, will be on-site. In addition, a free container gardening workshop will be  present by Crown Point’s own education coordinator Lynn Gregor at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  

Organic Plant Sale Hours: 

Friday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for members only. 

(Crown Point memberships may be purchased at the sale.)

Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

All proceeds from this annual Crown Point fundraiser support Crown Point and its mission.

For additional information, visit

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