Slow Food South Bay

November 2017 Newsletter


Slow Food South Bay Dinner Event

It's time to get SLOW!

There is always something fun and engaging happening with Slow Food South Bay and endless opportunities for any SFSB member to take a leadership role to help with our  events and projects.

Do you have an idea to help raise awareness for folks in our community about the importance of thoughtfully growing, purchasing and cooking, preparing and serving food? 

Perhaps you found the perfect
"s l o w"  restaurant, maybe a local farm, or a cooking class that you want to share and promote? 

Maybe you discovered a new movie, a book or a talk that inspires us to understand our complex --and often broken-- food system.

Our chapter is here to help you take those discoveries and passions and turn them into events for our members and the public.

Feel free to contact our leaders directly, or attend our next leaders meeting to launch your idea. You can write to "" and one of us will reply promptly.

Our next Leaders' meeting will be Wednesday, Nov 15th, 7:30pm. Contact us for the location.

Also, mark your calendar for our Annual Holiday Leaders Dinner, a potluck on Thursday, Dec 7th, in Cupertino.


Scott's Backyard Farm
and Food Column
Each month and season brings me a new harvest item to enjoy from my backyard farm and this month it is pomegranates.  If you are looking to plant a fruit that is fairly easy to grow, squirrels don't seem to bother the fruit and you can slowly harvest the fruit over several weeks, this is the perfect plant for your garden or planter box/pot.  You can get a nice 1-2 gallon potted pomegranate tree to get started at most plant nurseries.
The other trick to help your success with dealing with the fruit is efficient harvesting of the vitamin rich seeds.  The best way I found is to cut the pomegranates in about quarters on a paper towel to avoid staining and then grab the quarters individually  in a large bowl of water, and you can easily break out the seeds from the white fleshy part.  The seeds will sink to the bottom while the white parts will float making it easy to separate the seeds.  First grab and dispose of all of the floating bits and then pour the seeds and water through a strainer. Let the seeds dry a bit and place them into a container with a paper towel to keep them dry and fresh in the frig for a few days.     Excellent on yogurt or in salads. 

Scott is our Board Chair for our Slow Food South Bay chapter. 

20 years young!
Our chapter was formed in 1997. We are proud to say that our chapter was one of the 1st five Slow Food chapters here in the US. 

Upcoming events

TONIGHT: Polenta Potluck and stories - November 6th, 6:30-8:30pm.
This is part of Slow Food's participation in the "Meatless Monday" initiative. Bring a vegan or vegetarian polenta dish, and /or a story to share. Cupertino.
RSVP with Joni, at
See announcement, below.

SFSB Leaders Meeting
November 15, 7:30 PM.

Contact us for the location. (

SFSB Leaders and Members Holiday Potluck and cook together! 
Thursday Dec 7th
SFSB is all about cooking, sharing and eating together. Come to this year's annual holiday Leaders and Members potluck and cook together.
Thursday December 7th:
  • 5:00pm:  Folks are welcome to come cook together. 
  • 6:30pm: Arrive, add your dish to the buffet table. 
  • 6:45pm: Dinner time.
  • 8:30pm: Goodbyes
Location - Cupertino, CA - for address, please RSVP to host Joni Sare at

SFSB -- Terra Madre Day
Sunday, Dec 10th

Details to come

Past events...

Tour De Coop 2017 - Cluck!
Another year of coop goodness! 1793 folks signed up for the 2017 Slow Food Food South Bay - Silicon Valley Tour De Coop in September!  Thank you for attending this year's event, and we hope you are ready to sign up for next year's happening on September 15, 2018! 

Check out pictures from past Tours, including this past September: Tour De Coop Website.

Sign up for next year's tour to be a coopster, or a tourist, on Tour De Coop Website!


Jessica's Food as Medicine Column:
As Vice President of Slow Food South Bay, I'll be sharing news and information that supports nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. For more information on my various projects and passions, please check out my blog at

Hillie's Seed Column:
As Treasurer of SFSB, my currency -- my passion -- is seeds. A wonderful full day of seeds, seed exchanges, presentations, cooking demonstrations and more happened in mid October at the 3rd annual "Seed Day" event.  We hope you enjoyed this event and went home with a pocket full of seeds and inspirations to start saving your own seeds.

Do you want to get involved in promoting local seed libraries and other seed saving projects?  Please contact me at the Silicon Valley Grows website listed below, or send an email to:

For more information on local seed libraries and on-going seed related events, check out my seed saving website at

Joni's Cooking Column:
As one of our Slow Food South Bay leaders, I will be sharing education, news, tips, and events focusing on FOOD, cooking, sourcing, etc.

TONIGHT! I am hosting a potluck at my home in Cupertino (Monday, Nov 6th), as part of Slow Food's participation in the "Meatless Monday" initiative.

6:30 - 8:30PM

The theme for this event is "POLENTA, and a story" ...bring a vegetarian, or vegan, polenta dish --and or a story to go along with it.

I will share info about the Chef's Alliance, the Ark of Taste and Anson Mills.

RSVP to me at "

Here's more about me:
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