~ Slow Food Solano Past Events ~
A Full House Enjoyed "Savoring Solano's Bounty" event at NorthBay Healthcare
More than 100 guests showed up on March 7 to learn more about how the food they eat contributes to their health, that, and to sample and purchase local wines, olive oils, jams, produce and honey.
For the second year, NorthBay Healthcare partnered with Slow Food Solano to raise money for the School Garden Grants program, which gives local schools resources to start and maintain school gardens, and integrate the experience into the curriculum to encourage Solano County children to eat healthy foods.
Featured chef Melanie Bajakian, co-owner of the Buckhorn restaurants in Winters and San Francisco, demonstrated healthful and delicious recipes. Physician Dr. Eric Hassi and nurse practitioner Karin Grumstrup offered perspective and advice on the importance of diet and nutrition in our overall health.
For more on the event, visit http://www.northbay.org/content.aspx?id=2257.
First Farm Tour a Big Success! Check out some photos here
More than 60 people, including many family groups, showed up on June 3, 2012, to tour five Vacaville area farms on our first Get to Know Your Local Farmer Farm Tour. Enjoying the sunny, warm (not hot!) weather, the participants traveled to each of the five farms, touring, tasting and raising over $1,000 for Slow Food Solano’s School Garden Grants.
Visitors were treated to informative guided tours of each farm in addition tasting honey at Soul Food Farm, wine at Mercier Grapevine Nursery, sipping herbal teas at Morningsun Herb Farm and citrus juice at Sunny Slope Orchard, and devouring pumpkin seed treats at Be Love Farm. With the spectacular Pleasant Valley as a backdrop, the tour concluded at Mercier Grapevines Nursery with visitors taking home their own grapevines, compliments of Mercier, to plant in their home gardens.
We received so much positive response from the tour goers and farmers we will be planning more farm tours in the future. So -- if you missed this one, there should be more opportunities to get to know the people producing our local food!