Slow Food South Bay

April 2018 Newsletter:
1) April Leaders' Meeting  - New leaders welcome!
2) Slow Food state-wide Leaders' meeting (April 12 and 13). Hosts are needed for our out-of-town guests.
3) Scott's Backyard Farm and Food Column
4) Slow Food Lit Group - Event Review
5) Slow Fish Conference - San Francisco
6) Seed Saving with Hillie
7) SFSB Slow Meat event review
8) SFSB Annual Meeting and Picnic - Save the Date - Sunday May 20th
Slow Food South Bay Dinner Event
Upcoming event:
SFSB Leaders' Meeting
New members welcome

MONDAY April 9th , 2018

For leaders, members and friends
7:00 - 9:30pm

RSVP: Please contact Scott at for address and directions. - Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
State-wide Leaders' Meeting, housing is needed

Our Slow Food California chapter has an occasional state-wide Leaders' meeting and this year has selected Friday, April 13th, 2018 in conjunction with San Francisco's Slow Fish conference.

Slow Food South Bay is excited, and honored, to be this year’s meeting location. Joni Sare, our fearless South Bay Leader and resident Chef-Hostess has graciously offered to host the event, with other local Slow Food members providing support. The day is set to cover a range of topics including: the California Grain Campaign, updates on the Ark of TasteTerra MadreSlow Food Nations, and much more.

If you are interested to join us, contact Joni Sare (   

Housing is needed for out-of-town Leaders:
We are reaching out to our members to find housing for our out-of-town guests. Might you be able to host one of our traveling Leaders? Housing is needed in the South Bay and the Peninsula. Please let us know if you can host 1, or 2 (or more?) guests, and the dates you can host (anytime between Thursday, April 12th through Tuesday, April 17th). 

If you, or you know someone, who can host please contact Joni Sare ( 

Meet a couple of your Slow Food South Bay leadership team:
Scott's Backyard Farm and Food Column

April - The bees and out and swarming!

I get numerous requests from folks asking how to get started in beekeeping and my reply is first and foremost: "There are two months in the year when you can "start" beekeeping, otherwise you will have to wait another year!" Those months are primarily March and April, or probably more accurately mid March to mid May. For this year, I know it's time now because I have already received "swarm capture" calls from folks. These are the only two months when bees and queens are available for pickup to start your hives (after pre-ordering a few months ago).

Bees are very seasonal and predictable in how and when they will start to increase their hive populations. Beekeepers carefully prepare for these 2 months with preliminary equipment purchases and ordering of bees to launch another year of beekeeping.

The best way to jump start any backyard beekeeping project is to join one of our two local bee guilds.

Bee guilds are county-based organizations that help beekeepers of any level to learn and share in beekeeping.

There is the Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild: And the Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County: Probably the most important decision as to which guild to join will depend on how easily you can get to any of the guild meetings.

The Santa Clara guild meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at Dwell Christian Church, 1292 Minnesota Ave, San Jose.

The San Mateo guild holds its meetings the first Thursday of each month, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos (corner of Brittan & Alameda de las Pulgas).

Both groups have excellent beginner groups, and very happy to mentor folks and "new Bees."  I live about equal distance from each of the guild meeting locations, so I have switched back and forth between guilds and can highly recommend both guilds!  So sign up and be part of the backyard beekeeping trend.

Guild members are children up to veteran beekeepers in their 80s. They share knowledge and time through emails, monthly meetings, classes and mentorships.

Scott is our Board Chair for our Slow Food South Bay chapter and can be reached at

The Slow Food Lit Group met in March, again for a potluck, based on the latest book, “l’appart: the Delights and Disasters of Making my Paris Home” by David Lebovitz. After spending 13 years at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse as a professional baker, David left the restaurant business to write books. This latest book is filled with mouthwatering recipes at the end of each chapter, a good antidote to his harrowing stories of buying and remodeling an apartment ("l’appart”) in Paris. 


Slow Fish is coming to San Francisco in April 2018!


A Slow Fish gathering, rooted in the Slow Fish campaign, is held every two years in Genoa, Italy.  Increasingly, Fishing and Harvesting folks, activists, food-lovers, chefs, and community builders in North America are inspired for the movement to continue outside of Genoa.

Two years ago New Orleans celebrated with the first Slow Fish conference and fair in the United States. 

In 2018, we will bring Slow Fish to San Francisco.

Our format will be simple: we are providing a large space dedicated to education, awareness, and advocacy for anyone involved in sustainable fishing, and curating delicious seafood tastings, a couple happy hours, and commitment to action to make for an exciting few days!  

Slow Food San Francisco believes in the vitality and importance of a working waterfront, community supported fisheries, and transparency in seafood.

With the support of Slow Food USA and many leaders in the fishing and food community we are the net! 

Slow Food SF and Slow Fish International will come together in April: Organizing Fishing and harvesting folks, chefs, scientists, and Slow Food activists to come together to improve our ocean’s vitality, seafood transparency, and honoring the fishermen that provide us.

Learn more about the Slow Fish in Genoa:  Understanding The Oceans.

To be a part of the Slow Fish San Francisco gathering, buy your tickets HERE!


6 Upcoming
Seed and Garden Events

1) 4/7/2018  First Saturdays Garden Share*
from 2:00 to 3:00 PM 
at the Soil and Water Garden 
in the back of Heritage Park in Mountain View:
771 Rengstorff Ave Mountain View, CA 94043 [Map]

2) 4/14/2018 Santa Clara County University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners'
Spring Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park


3) 4/21/2018 Earth Day Seed Packing Party
2-3:30pm Saturday

First Presbyterian Church Hall, 2499 Homestead, Santa Clara
(on the corner of Homestead and San Tomas, the church with the big parking lot)

Join with other gardeners to sort, label, & fill seed packets with our locally grown Petaluma Gold Rush Beans to share with our local seed libraries and neighbors. Bring a snack or drink to share. Bring/share seeds.* It feels so good to sit around a table with fellow gardeners handling seeds and talking about all things garden. 


4) 4/22/2018 A Local Garden Share 
is held every Fourth Sunday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM,
from January through November,
in Sunnyvale, at Charles Street Gardens
433 Charles Street · Sunnyvale

5) 4/23/2018 Movie "Seed the Untold Story"  at the Gilroy Library (408) 842-8207 is co sponsored by the Gilroy Demonstration Garden 


6) 4/28/2018 Earth Day at the Gilroy Demonstration Garden 
10a-2p. Seed Exchange*

*Community Seeds meet no certification and make no guarantees.

SFSB Slow Meat inspired dinner
with two Slow Meat book authors
On March 7th, Slow Food South Bay hosted a Slow Meat-inspired potluck and book event. The result of a friendship formed by local South Bay Leader, Chef Joni Sare, while attending Terra Madre in Italy 2016, and of this ‘small’ world; we were fortunate to be able to host Hendrick Haase from Berlin for a review of his new book, "Crafted Meat," while he was visiting the Bay Area. "Crafted Meat" is a gorgeous, design-inspired book of the culinary process of raising, creating and eating quality meat. "Crafted Meat" is worthy of both the coffee table and kitchen as there is much to learn on the subject, with many vignettes of new and old chefs and butchers bringing old and new styles to the table. 

Our other guest, Doniga Markegard, of Markegard Family Grass Fed Beef, provided the meat for the evening with a variety of cuts from her ranch in Half Moon Bay. Doniga also shared stories from her new book, "Dawn Again," which is about her personal time in the wild, including experiences with wolves and about what it takes to be a good steward of the land and eat well. A local rancher and mother, she works closely alongside her husband and children in the grasslands along the coast. 

The Dinner was a potent success, with Slow Food South Bay members contributing a wide array of dishes from their kitchens. The menu included mushroom soup, scalloped squash, fresh salad, pate, pistachio goat cheese, home-made pate, and many other delicious bites. Joni was not only the hostess, but also our main meat chef for the evening. Her delicacies included slow-cooked short ribs, slow-cooked beef tongue, seared rib-eye steak, marinated eggplant, mushrooms and beef heart, and seared pork jowls. All the dishes and all the conversations offered an unique opportunity to learn something new. Certainly no one left disappointed, or hungry! 
Save the Date!
Sunday May 20th, 2018
11 AM - 2 PM
Slow Food South Bay Annual Meeting
and pool side picnic!
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