Slow Food for Thought...

“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

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Upcoming Events

We have several upcoming opportunities and events to tell you about...

Valentine's Day Cookie Orders
One of our newest members recently introduced us to Edna's Amish Cookies. Edna, an Amish farmer in Ashland, uses her own farm-fresh eggs and butter to make these plump, tasty, heart-shaped sugar cookies. And these cookies are baked the old-fashioned way -- in a wood-fired oven! So, I guess we really can call them slow cookies.

For Valentine's Day, Edna is offering Slow Food members a special deal on packages of four cookies for $3 each. To order cookies for your sweetie (or for yourself), call Kari at 216.225.6311 by Saturday, Feb. 9. Cookies will be available for pick up or delivery on Monday, Feb. 11. Details will be provided when you place your order. Happy Valentine's Day!

Slow Readers Book Club
Member, Stephanie Richards has generously offered to host our Slow Readers book club and potluck at her home in Pepper Pike on March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We will discuss Michael Pollan's new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

In keeping with the book's theme, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.", our potluck will be mostly vegetarian. Slow Food will provide veggie lasagna and guests are asked to bring a salad, side, dessert, and/or a bottle of wine to share.

For additional information about Michael Pollan and this book, you can visit Michael Pollan's website. In Defense of Food was published by Penguin Press. It costs $21.95 (232p) and the ISBN is 978-1-59420-145-5. It should be widely available at local bookstores and libraries.

Space is limited. Please email Kari at to reserve your spot. The address and directions will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

Traditional Indian Dinner at Fire Food and Drink
Slow Food member, Douglas Katz has extended a personal invitation to Slow Food Northern Ohio members to attend a traditional Indian dinner at Fire Food & Drink on February 28 featuring guest chef Radhika Rajwade.

The menu will include locally sourced ingredients (including goat meat raised by our friends at Goatfeathers Point Farm in the Cuyahoga Valley) and traditional Indian preparations by Ms. Rajwade including the following...

appetizers: masala fried fish, tandoori paneer, shammi kebab, tandoori chicken
kerala fish curry: fish, fried eggplant, yogurt sauce, cilantro and steamed rice
chicken makhani with naan: butter chicken with claybread and garlic butter
kheema masala and saag paneer: spicy minced goat, spinach and cheese
bhuna gosht: braised goat with saffron rice
assorted indian chutneys: raita, kacchumber
kheer: vermicelli pudding
drinks: mango lassi, rose sherbet, assorted Indian beers, masala chai

The details:
Traditional Indian Dinner with guest chef Radhika Rajwade
Thursday, Ferbruary 28, 2008, 6:30 pm
$65 per person. For reservations please contact Fire Food and Drink directly by calling Amber Smith at 216.921.3473 (x148)

Save the Date:
Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at Siam Cafe: Sunday, March 2
One of our most popular events each year is Chinese New Year at Siam Cafe. Once again, chef/owner, Michael Hong is creating a very special menu especially for Slow Food that features an unbelievable variety of traditional Chinese dishes. Pricing and menu information will be available soon. For reservations please email Linda at

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