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Making time for some Slow Food: Locally-grown ingredients at Magpie Cafe

Scrivner Hoppe-Glossen delivers Jimmy Nardello’s sweet peppers to Magpie’s, a food item on the Ark of Taste list

Slow Food Sacramento will partner with Magpie Cafe to present Cool Food on a Hot August Night, an event that will bring together food, wine and beer. The best part – it’s all local, and it’s all fresh. Local farmers will be showcasing their produce at the event which is part mixer, part dinner. 

Slow Food Sacramento, a chapter of Slow Food USA, “advocates for good, clean, fair food for all,” according to Charity Kenyon, Board Member and Slow Food USA’s Central Valley Governor.

“It’s basically the opposite of fast food,” Kenyon said, explaining the organization’s name. “Food that’s good for the producers, good for the planet, good for the people.”

“Fast food has kind of taken over the way people eat and grow food,” Kenyon explained. “The varieties of food we eat have narrowed down. We used to have hundreds of varieties of potatoes … [but now] the main [kind of potato] grown is the one that’s used in fast food restaurants.”

Cool Food on a Hot August Night will feature gazpacho and watermelon salads, cold seafood and raw meat. Track 7 will provide the brew. 

Local farmers will provide ingredients from the Slow Food Ark of Taste list – compiled by Slow Food USA to include many of the “endangered species” of fruits and vegetables. Kenyon believes it’s important for people to taste these varieties of foods they may have never even heard of before.

“One of our missions is to try to stop the loss of these delicious foods,” Kenyon said.

Magpie Cafe will donate all proceeds to Slow Food Sacramento. The event will be held on Sunday night, August 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

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