Leaves to Greens
We have been collecting bags of leaves and raking-up cypress needles all around Faubourg St. John to enrich the soil in the Slow Food Garden and grow delicious seasonal greens. The garden has also produced a bounty of volunteer pepper grass, shown in the picture, that will be part of both the greens served at Nose-to-Tailgate and the salad at the Feast of the Epiphany.
The sustainable practice of collecting bagged leaves has huge environmental and economic benefits. Bagged leaves and yard waste comprise nearly 30% of the garbage that makes its way to overburdened landfills. Keeping this valuable organic matter out of the waste stream helps to alleviate this burden, in addition to creating rich soil for growing Good, Clean and Fair Food!
Nose to Tailgate Whole Hog BBQ at the Sugar Bowl
Slow Food New Orleans is hosting Nose-to-Tailgate at the Little Gem Saloon on New Years Day from 2-8p. Chef Miles Prescott will prepare whole-hog BBQ and the New Years traditional black-eyed peas and greens. The George Family Farm in Eclectic, Alabama is donating two pigs raised on open-pollinated corn grown on their farm.
The Little Gem Saloon is located at 445 S. Rampart on the corner of S. Rampart and Poydras, 2 blocks from the Super Dome. The entire upstairs of the Little Gem Saloon will be open to the public to tailgate (balcony-gate), enjoy a cash bar & watch the Rose Bowl (4p kick-off) on several HD flat screen TVs. BBQ plates will be sold with the proceeds going to benefit Slow Food New Orleans. Come enjoy some Good, Clean & Fair Food and be part of the inaugural College Football Playoff.
The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is hosting a 5-course Feast of the Epiphany at Cafe Degas on January 5. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the neighborhood garden operated by Slow Food New Orleans and Parkway Partners.
The dinner will feature foods from the Slow Food Ark of Taste* and the Slow Food Garden.
The all-inclusive dinner includes: •Ark of Taste specialty cocktail
•Louisiana Mirliton* crab soup
•Slow Food Garden Green Salad with a Louisiana Satsuma* Vinaigrette
•BBQ Gulf Shrimp* and Grits
•Boeuf Bourguignon, made with Pineywoods Cattle* beef
•Galette du Rois with Creole Cream Cheese* and Louisiana Strawberry* Preserves & Limoncello made with Meyers Lemons*
Diners will have their choice of white &/or red wine during the meal. For reservations, call Cafe Degas 504.945.5635 or 504.609.9670
The Slow Food New Orleans garden in Faubourg St. John is growing greens and citrus that is regularly featured on the menus of neighborhood restaurants Pagoda Cafe and 1,000 Figs. Revenue created by the sale of this fresh food will support the garden and eventually fund a Slow Food Garden in Africa. Please contact Gary Granata if you are interested in volunteering in the garden … and please visit Pagoda and 1,000 Figs for some Good, Clean & Fair Food.
Slow Food Social Media Outlets
Slow Food NOLA now has more ways for you to follow and participate in the latest developments in the world of Good, Clean and Fair Food. You have the options to follow us on our facebook page & Twitter feed. You can also interact with one another on our new facebook group and Google group. Year II of Slow Food NOLA will see us developing programs and committees around the Slow Food Ark of Taste, the Snail of Approval program, Food Communities and Gardens in Africa. Please use these social media outlets to follow our progress in these areas and become involved in YOUR Slow Food NOLA chapter.