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Slow Food California Grant Winner: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

Slow Food Urban San Diego and the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market were awarded a $500 grant from Slow Food California this past month.

San Diego has long been home to a seafood-centric industry. Its waters still provide for numerous fishing families who depend on the day’s catch for their livelihoods. The Tuna Harbor Dockside Market has worked alongside Slow Food Urban San Diego since its founding almost six years ago.  The market supports multi-generational families of fishermen in San Diego who harvest their fisheries sustainably.  Each family brings a variety of seafood to the market that often changes with the fishing seasons. 

During the COVID quarantine, the fishermen in San Diego lost much of their restaurant business, however, the community continued to rely on fresh seafood.  Since then, the market launched an online portal to take pre-orders on Thursday and Friday before opening on Saturday morning.  This allows visitors to practice safe social distancing while providing access to fresh, healthy seafood. Visitors can expect a variety of fresh shellfish, whole fish, and sea urchin. With the Slow Food California grant, the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market plans to continue to expand their online portal and help the consumer gain a better understanding of their seafood and who/where it is coming from. 

If you are interested in learning more about Slow Food Urban San Diego’s projects, visit them at slowfoodurbansandiego.org or reach out to their board at info@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

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Slow Food California Grant Winner: GEO Academy

By Brenda Ruiz, Slow Food California and Slow Food Sacramento Board Member

Slow Food Sacramento board member Chef Brenda Ruiz teaches high school students cooking and sustainability skills through her work with GEO Academy at Grant High School. The classes were moved online due to social distancing protocols.


To make sure that all students have the ingredients and tools they need to continue to learn and prepare healthy meals at home, Slow Food Sacramento teamed up with Produce Express to provide California food boxes and cooking kits for students in the program. On Monday, June 15, 100 food boxes & cooking kits were distributed to North Sacramento students — that’s more than 500 people who will enjoy multiple home cooked meals!


Thank you to YOU our members who support our work through your gifts and participation, to the amazing youth leaders of the Grant High community, to the Sacramento State Dietetic Internship Program and Slow Food California Governor, Lisa Frank, (for help with distribution), to Slow Food Sacramento for supporting a “Good Clean and Fair Food For All” mission, and to the Slow Food California Board for their vision to support California communities impacted by the pandemic.

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Slow Food California Grant Winner: Soup-er Heroes

In June local farmer, chef, and Slow Food advocate Becky Herbert was awarded a $500 micro-grant from Slow Food California for her “Soup-er Heroes” project.

The local chapter, Slow Food San Benito Bounty, encouraged Herbert to apply. Eat with the Seasons is the Herbert family’s CSA, a subscription-based service that has been providing customers in San Benito and the Bay Area boxes of locally-sourced, organic produce, pasture-raised meats, and artisanal products for decades.

According to Becky, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, her CSA subscribers wanted to donate to community members in need. Becky collaborated with chef Mike Fisher, a culinary teacher at San Benito High School, and Maria Lynn Thompson at the Community Food Bank, to make soup with fresh vegetables for distribution to vulnerable seniors.  

Herbert and Fisher launched a GoFundMe site in March which has raised funds allowing them to provide 300 servings of soup for local seniors every week.  The two meet at Herbert’s Farmhouse Café in Hollister on Tuesday evenings to cook and package the soup.

Says Becky, “While I enjoy having a restaurant to sell my soup, the product I’m most passionate about, I’ve always wanted to find a way to share it with people who don’t have access or the ability to buy a bowl.  For me this project is one I’ve been dreaming about for years. I’d love to have a full-time soup kitchen operation one day!”

“Soup-er Heroes” is certainly a project that fits the Slow Food motto: Good, clean, and fair food for all. Donate at GoFundMe. Learn more about Slow Food San Benito Bounty on Facebook or email sanbenitobountyca@slowfoodusa.org

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Update: 2020 Slow Food California Leaders Meeting

After much deliberation, we’ve made the decision to delay our meeting until later in the spring. Our agenda and speakers have come together, but we’ve encountered a hitch (last minute venue concerns) that struck us as a reason to take a breath and postpone for a few months.

It’s important to us that we gather intentionally and that we all walk away with actionable steps, replicable ideas and tangible resources, just as you’d asked for in your survey responses. And we want to foster a sense of connection to the greater Slow Food California whole. So we’ll use the extra time to really focus on what we’re all hankering for: the tools, examples, and insights for building and rebuilding resilient chapters. We’ll do more outreach within and outside the network to ensure we all come away with renewed energy and enthusiasm for changing the food system for good, clean, and fair.

If you are a California Slow Food leader wanting to learn more or provide suggestions to our planning process, please join the calls on Thursday afternoons. Email info@slowfoodcalifornia.org for more information.

Your Slow Food CA Board
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Terra Madre Day in California

By Kelsey Maher, Slow Food California Member of Board of Directors

Each year on December 10th, all around the world Slow Food chapters celebrate Terra Madre Day. This international holiday celebrates good, clean, fair food for all. On this particular December 10th, chapters are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Slow Food Manifesto.

Find your nearest chapter’s event below:

  • Slow Food East Bay: Join local experts Nancy Ash & Kathryn Tomajan (with Roberta Klugman’s input, too!) for an informational and fun olive oil workshop and tasting. We’ll learn how to taste oils and then be guided through a series of this season’s new harvest oils with accompanying foods, all while learning more about the production of olive oil from tree to bottle. This is on December 8th. Cost is $50 per person.
  • Slow Food Sacramento: In honor of the 30th anniversary of Slow Food, we are celebrating Terra Madre Day with an Italian-themed potluck party. This event is free; RSVP is appreciated. Please bring a dish to share! We will be meeting on the 2nd floor of the Sacramento Co-op.
  • Slow Food San Diego: Come mix and mingle with us and meet your 2020 Slow Food Urban San Diego Board of Directors! We look forward to meeting our dedicated family of Slow Food members and volunteers in the community! Our general meeting from 6-7PM will be open to the public if you want to learn more! Tickets are free.
  • Slow Food San Francisco: Come join us for a night of delicious wine and food as we hear from Dr. Raymond Isola, a transformative leader in social justice for California public schools inspired by Italy’s Reggio Emilia approach at Casa Soto. Menu includes: pasta, porchetta, Slow Food Ark of Taste Vella Dry Jack Cheese, Acme Bread and desserts by Emporia Rulli. Ticket price is $30 per ticket.
  • Slow Food Sonoma North: We will gather in our candle-lit barn to celebrate 30 years of Good, Clean, and Fair Food with Slow Food around the world.Our meal will be prepared by our Leadership team and feature appetizers, roast pork, Bodega Red potatoes from our chapter garden, roasted vegetables and salad from Lantern Farm, and apple crumble.Wine will accompany dinner, and Irish coffee will finish off the evening.Come see old friends and meet new ones, get to know your Board members, and let us know what you’d like to see in 2019. We especially welcome those of you who are new to our community! Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non -members.
  • Slow Food Yolo: Join Slow Food Yolo as we celebrate Yolo County producers and recognize the diversity of foods and sustainability efforts. 2019 Snail of Approval Award winners will be announced at this event.Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar at Snail of Approval Award Winning restaurant Preserve, in Winters. Meet and mingle with Slow Food Yolo members and Snail of Approval winners past and present. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non members.