Slow Food Huron Valley Monthly Meeting

When: 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30pm
Where: Jefferson Market & Cakery, 609 W. Jefferson St., Ann Arbor, MI
RSVP to join us: slowfoodhuronvalley@gmail.comTEDx2014
Slow Food Huron Valley’s Leadership Team meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month to discuss the business of our organization. Everyone is welcome to attend.







8th Annual HomeGrown Festival

When: Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI

The HomeGrown Festival is a FREE grassroots community event showcasing the best of our region’s locally grown food, drink, music and fun. This year’s line-up of bands, food vendors, and Michigan tables will appear soon. Mark your calendar and come to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market to taste, listen, learn and dance!


Celebrating Beef with Zingerman’s and Nicolette Hahn Niman

When: Sunday, September 13th, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI

Celebrate Slow Meat and support Slow Food Huron Valley by joining us for an evening with Zingerman’s and Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of “Defending Beef”!  In “Defending Beef”, Nicolette Hahn Niman, an environmental lawyer and rancher, makes a case for the positive and essential benefits of cattle when managed in a sustainable manner. Attendees will enjoy a delectable meal featuring American beef and dairy, and stimulating conversation about creating change in the food system. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Slow Food Huron Valley.


It’s Easy Being Green with Ann Arbor District Library

When: Sunday, September 27th, 2015 from 12-5:30pm
Where: Downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave

The Ann Arbor District Library is hosting their first green fair! Come visit us to learn about Slow Food and Community Supported Agriculture. While you’re there, check out the how-to workshops on canning, beekeeping, and permaculture among others. There will be eco-friendly wares from local vendors, and food trucks galore!




PLU9th Annual Pie Lovers Unite!

When: Sunday, October 11, 2015. Doors open at 5:00pm for Pie Entrants.  Doors at 5:30 for the public.
Where: Ypsilanti Ladies Literary Club,  at 218 N. Washington Street in in Yps-pie-lanti, MI

More details coming soon!






Slow Food Huron Valley Annual Membership Meeting and Honey Tasting

HoneycombWhen: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Description: Join us for a “Bee Social” with the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Come at 5:30pm for a potluck, and bring either a salad, main dish or desert that incorporates honey, or is seasonal! We’ll also enjoy a visit to the apiary at Matthaei, and a honey tasting run by Zingermans.
Note: This event is FREE and welcome to all members and non-members!




CSA Fair Observer Draft 063rd Annual CSA “Farm Share Fair”
Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
 Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
This fun, free event provides a “speed-dating” approach for you to learn about dozens of vegetable, meat, or  prepared food CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers and producers. Come out and meet your farmers!
3pm Tour: 
We will offer a guided tour of the Washtenaw Food Hub at 3:00pm!
This event is FREE to the public. CSA Farmer/Producers sign up to reserve a table here:

Participating CSAs Include: 

Fresh Produce



TEDxMan2015TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:30am – 6:00pm
Where: 1040 SNRE on the Umich campus
Come join us at this live screening to hear a wonderful lineup of food system thinkers, activists, and entrepreneurs.  Please bring a potluck dish – and we’ll have free burritos!


Registration is now open! The 7th Annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit was held on February 15th, 2015 at the University of Michigan Central Campus. See:

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker will be Judy Wicks, founder of White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally-based economy.
The Local Food Summit is a full-day event focusing on sharing cultures, perspectives, and experiences to unite participants around creating a food system that we love. Our theme of Food Love reflects our desire to nourish and cherish our bodies and our minds to grow a healthy, fair, and innovative food system together.


3rd Annual Terra Madre Day Dinner at Silvio’s Organic Ristorante
Where: 715 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 6:30-9:00pm
Tickets:  $40 in advance, $55 day of

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Please join us on December 10th, Terra Madre Day, as we celebrate Slow Food’s anniversary with more than 1,000 other communities around the world. Terra Madre Day is part of Slow Food’s campaign to promote the diversity of food traditions and production, and show how our network is using its creativity and knowledge to build a better food future.

Once again Silvio Medoro is observing his family traditions in preparing an incomparable Italian meal in support of the Slow Food Movement, and helping us send Michigan delegates to represent our region at the international Slow Food conference.  There will be a cash bar.

– Puff pastry/grissini/assorted pizza appetizers
– Heirloom Italian Pumpkin Stew
– Kale Salad
– Ossobucco alla Milanese
– Baba au Rhum

We’ll have news from the 2014 Terra Madre event in Italy, featuring the Ark of Taste and sustainable farmers. And we’ll give an update about what Slow Food Huron Valley has done over the past year and what we’re planning for next year.


Thanks to Lily Fink-Shapiro for the pie collage from 2013!

8th Annual Pie Lovers Unite!
Pie Categories for 2014:
Sweet, Savory, Kids 13 and under, All Local and (new this year) Ark of Taste
Admission: Free with a pie. $10 with no pie. Sweetie-Pies 10 years old and under will be admitted free.
Ypsilanti Ladies Literary Club,  at 218 N. Washington Street in in Yps-pie-lanti, MI
Sunday, October 26, 2014. Doors open at 5:00pm for Pie Entrants.  Doors at 5:30 for the public.
Bring: Apron for our Apron Pie-Essence Contest.  Also, we strive for no waste events, so please bring your own tableware.
FREE admission for volunteers who sign up in advance here:

Mark your calendar and grab your rolling pin – we’ve reserved the Ladies Literary Club for our 8th Annual Pie Lovers Unite! event. Keep your apron on for our new “Apron Pie-Essence Contest.”  We’ve identified a secret team of judges who will be looking out for the best apron and pie-essence of presentation to award our prize.

Bring a pie in any of our 5 categories to win adulation and a prize!  Judging will be crowd-sourced and people’s choice prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening. Please bring a label with the name of your pie, and the recipe to share it. Pies entered in the “All Local” category must list the origin of all products used except salt and leavening.

New this year, we will award a prize for the best pie featuring an Ark of Taste ingredient. The Ark of Taste is a Slow Food initiative to preserve endangered foods that are both incredibly delicious and connected with a specific region. New foods are being continuously added.  Learn more about foods on the Ark of Taste here:

While we ready the pie table, you are encouraged to write a Pie-ku or two, extolling the virtues of pie, pie memories, or anything else pie related. Later we will hold several pie walks, where you may win a pie to take home.

Once again big thanks to  Mighty Good Coffee and Zingerman’s Bakehouse who are supporting our event with delicious coffee and pie prizes!



 7th Annual HomeGrown Festival
When: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI

The HomeGrown Festival is a FREE grassroots community event showcasing the best of our region’s locally grown food, drink, music and fun. This year’s line-up of bands, food vendors, and Michigan tables will appear soon. Mark your calendar and come to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market to taste, listen, learn and dance!


Special one-night screening of “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds”
Where: The Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI
When: Tuesday, June 10th, 7:00pm (Not 7:30, also tickets must be reserved online!)
Cost: $10
Register and please share:

Do you want to learn more about who controls the complex world of seeds, the basis of all our food and of community food security?   Please register online to bring a special screening of “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” for a one-night-only engagement to the Michigan Theater on Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00pm through Gathr Films.
In order for the screening of this amazing film to take place, the film company requires a minimum number of tickets (60) to be reserved online by May 17.  Your credit card will not be charged until that number is reached and the screening is confirmed.


Slow Food Huron Valley Membership Meeting and Urban Garden Walk
Where: Starting at 8th Street in Ann Arbor
When: Thursday, July 10 from 6:00-8:00pm
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for our first ever urban garden walk. We’ll be visiting a couple of amazing neighborhood gardens bursting with fruit, vegetables, chickens, and honey bees, and we’ll end up at the Edible Demonstration Garden at Wurster Park.  At the start of the garden walk we’ll hand out tickets for a (delicious, locally sourced) free ice cream treat from the Sweet Dirt ice cream cart which will be meeting us at Wurster Park.  We hope you’ll come and talk to us about your interest in Slow Food.


6th annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit – “Many Cultures, One Movement”
When: Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31, 2014
Where: Washtenaw Community College

The Summit will open with a family-friendly Good Food Film and Potluck on Sunday, March 30th, starting at 5:00pm. We have received permission for a special advance screening of the award winning documentary “American Revolutionary” featuring Grace Lee Boggs “a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.”

The focus of this year’s Local Food Summit will be on appreciating what we individually bring to the table and on building our strength together to promote health, equity and integrity in our food system. We will examine movement building and the conditions necessary for systemic social change, with remarks from founder of the Boggs School and featured speaker, Grace Lee Boggs.

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2nd annual CSA “Speed Dating” Shareholder Matching Fair
When:  Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor Street, Saline, MI (in the cafeteria)
Free to the public
CSA Table Registration:
Fee: $15
Registration Deadline:  March 19, 2014
Held in partnership with the Saline District Library, this year’s CSA Fair will take place during the Saline Winter Farmer’s Market at Liberty School. This is an opportunity to connect in person with the farmers of dozens of our area’s most sustainable and diversified farms. You’ll be able to gather information about CSA options and also sign up for memberships to receive locally grown produce, meat, garlic, frozen fruits and vegetables, roots and grains, and more.  We’ll also have representatives from farmers markets, information about the health benefits of CSA membership, and a new business will be selling local, open-pollinated seeds.

4th annual potluck and public screening of  TEDxManhattan – “Changing the Way We Eat”
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:30am-5:30pm
Where: 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, MI (at Food Gatherers)
FB sign up:
Bring if possible: a dish to pass, and a healthy and shelf stable donation to Food Gatherers
Sponsored in partnership with Food Gatherers, this is a free, local screening of the live event taking place in NYC. Our agenda for the day includes a tour of Food Gatherers’ newly expanded facility and a break for lunch with burritos provided by Chipotle. The live screening features national leaders in the food system speaking on initiatives like food hubs, the People’s Grocery, and “meatless Mondays,” and topics including hunger in America, food justice, food worker wage equity, school food, the science behind antibiotic resistance, and more. Speakers include leaders like Saru Jayaraman the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United); Nikki Silvestri, the Executive Director of Green For All; Michael Rozyne,  Executive Director of Red Tomato, a non-profit produce ‘food hub’ based in Plainville, MA; and Chellie Pingree, congresswoman from Maine.

 December 10, 2013 – Terra Madre Day dinner at Silvio’s Organic Pizzeria e Ristorante

– November 3, 2013 – Visit to Alber Orchard – heirloom apple tour


7th Annual Pie Lovers Unite!
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 5:30-7:30. Doors open at 5:00pm (for participants with pies – tickets on sale at 5:30pm).
Place:Ypsilanti Ladies Literary Club, at 218 N. Washington Street in in Yps-pie-lanti, MI
Bring: We strive for no waste events, so please bring your own plate, fork and coffee cup
Tickets: Your own homemade pie is your ticket. Or buy a ticket for $10 at the door. Sweetie-Pies under 10 years old will be admitted free.
FREE admission for volunteers who sign up in advance here:
Enter your pie to compete in the following categories: sweet, savory, use of most local ingredients, or kids’ pie. A prize will be given for best in each category. Pies will be judged by the pie-eating crowd, so bring your supporters. Please bring a list of ingredients, and the recipe if you would like to share it. Pies entered in the “most local ingredients” category must list the origin of all products used except salt and leavening. While we ready the pie table, you are encouraged to write a Pie-ku or two, extolling the virtues of pie, pie memories, or anything else pie related. Later we will hold several pie walks, where you may win a pie to take home. The Ladies Literary Club is a charming venue. Doors open at 5 pm for those bringing pies, and ticket sales start at 5:30pm. Registration for pies closes at 6pm, so be sure to come on over early if you’re entering a pie!


‘Ark of Taste’ Annual SFHV Membership Meeting
When: Thursday, May 2, 2013 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Chelsea Train Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea, MI 48118 *Bring a potluck dish to share and your own dish/silverware.* *Free, though donations appreciated.* This year’s membership meeting celebrates the Ark of Taste with seed, plant, and food samples from our Great Lakes region and beyond, as well as the announcement for our summer fundraising dinner featuring local Ark of Taste foods prepared by chef Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen and Bar. During the meeting, we’ll hear a report from last year’s Terra Madre participants and the chapter’s latest accomplishments and plans for the coming year. The potluck is always the highlight of our membership meetings, and this year we encourage everyone to bring a dish featuring an Ark of Taste ingredient*.  Please bring your own dishware as well, so that we can minimize clean-up and waste. We’re excited and encouraged by what’s happening locally in food and farming, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of the new growing season than with a meal cooked and shared by many.  Please join us. *Learn more about ‘Ark of Taste’ and food possibilities, including hand-harvested wild rice, Lake Michigan whitefish, Christmas lima beans, and dry Monterey jack cheese, at


Love of Beer Screening & Beer Tasting

When: Thursday, April 25 @ 6:30pm (movie starts @ 7:00pm)
Where: Wolvering State Brewing Co. (Gulo Room), 2019 West Stadium, Ann Arbor *Admission $5 at door – all proceeds benefit Slow Food Huron Valley. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Join Whole Foods Market & SFHV at this special screening of The Love of Beer. From farm to consumption, women are fighting their way to become some of the most influential people in the craft beer world. Space is limited, so arrive early and enjoy locally-brewed suds. Four free samples if you’re over 21!

Spring CSA Fair – Speed Dating for Seasonal Food Sponsored by Slow Food Huron Valley On Sunday, March 24th, 24 CSA farms and 200 people from around the area met up at the Pittsfield Union Grange for our first annual shareholder-matching fair. Our raffle winner was refunded her CSA share cost to Honest Eats Farm LLC! What are CSAs? CSAs are Community-Supported Agriculture farms, and they are a staple in the local food movement. Buy a share with a local farm at the beginning of the growing season, and you will receive fresh produce every week (the agreements vary farm to farm).  Learn more about CSAs at







TEDxManhattan – Changing the Way We Eat – Viewing Party and Potluck Sponsored in partnership with the UM Sustainable Food Program, this all-day, drop-in event features (live) speakers talking about the food system issues of the day via videoconference.  Bring a potluck dish to share – we’ll break for lunch around noon.
When: Saturday February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Where: Dana Natural Resources Building, Room 1040, University of Michigan Campus, 440 Church



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Pre-Summit Gathering and Film Screening of “The Greenhorns” Sponsored in partnership with Whole Foods Market Where: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor (map)
When: Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: On sale for $5 at the Michigan Theater starting 7:00 p.m. Join us the evening before the HomeGrown Local Food Summit for this lively film about the USA’s young farmer community, bound to inspire folks considering farming as a career. After the film, enjoy a reception with snack and drinks from Whole Food Market, network with other attendees, and meet with representatives from the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition. (More about the Greenhorns organization.)


5th Annual HomeGrown Local Food Summit
When: Friday, February 22, 2013 from 8:00am-4:00pm
Where: Washtenaw Community College
Registration is required ($40 until Feb. 15th) and scholarships are available. The theme of this year’s Summit is “(Re)Imagining a Fair Food System” with keynote speaker Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. More info coming soon about the day’s program.


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