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PAST EVENTS in 2014
- November 23rd, 2014 : Fine, Feathered Fowl, an evening of gastronomic discovery. Guests dined by a fire at community tables and begin the evening with an appetizer course of pear and Grey Barn cheese. There was a tasting comparison of the three types of duck where guests and chefs Michael Brisson of L’Etoile, Noah Kincaide of Atria, and island chef Jean-Mark Dupon shared their thoughts on taste and flavor as they sampled grilled breasts from each of the three ducks. Then guest chefs talked about why they choose the side dishes they prepared for the dinner, in an effort to use the whole duck.
- Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm shared her experience in raising the Cayuga duck (listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste), the Khaki Campbell and the Muscovy. She explored with the guests and chefs the viability of raising ducks in greater numbers for the table, and in general, talked about what it takes to get a duck from its egg to your fork.It was an evening of conversation and exploration.
- May 15th, 2014 : A Dinner of Ancient Grains prepared by Chef Nathan Gould at the Harbor View Hotel.
Special Guest Glenn Roberts guided diners through the world and culture of Ancient Grains while they enjoyed dishes such as Fried Honeysuckle Oyster in Native Blue Corn Meal with Radish Aioli • Sweetbreads & Black Polenta with Shaved Alba Truffle, Polenta di Riso Nero, Spring Squash, Fig • Duck Cassoulet with Carolina Gold Rice Broth, Sea Island White Rice Peas, Red Peas, & Purple Cape Beans, Sorrel • and to finish, Heirloom Yellow Flint Popcorn & Brown Butter Ice Cream. A truly special evening.
- April 17th, 2014 : Slow Food’s Annual Meet-up | Potluck and Craft beer Talk. Every year the members of Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard gather together to celebrate the spring, the Island community and Slow Food’s commitment to connecting people together through food.It was an evening of food and conversation with special guest Neil Atkins, Head Brewer for Offshore Ale, who spoke about Craft Beer. This year’s annual meeting held elections of the new members of Slow Food MV’s Leadership Group. As the history of Martha’s Vineyard is rich in agriculture so too is our Board of Leaders, each one an integral part of the food and Island community.
- April 5th, 2014 : A Conversation with JD McLelland, the documentary film producer
whose current project, The Grain Divide, tells the history and future of grains through stories of some of the world’s top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists.
- JD shared a new trailer of the film, and talked with us about the behind the scenes work he has been doing with the global leaders who are shaping the future of grains in fields, kitchens, and labs. Glenn Roberts, a leader in the movement to revive heirloom grain traditions spoke about the local and national efforts and the next steps in the Island’s grain future.
- February 9th, 2014 : The Intimacy of Our Farmers was our farmers brunch event on the joys and challenges of farming. The morning started with buckwheat waffles, local cheeses and yogurt, and egg and veggie frittatas. We heard Jim Athearn (Morning Glory Farm) talk about soil health challenges and the joys of family on the farm, Liz Packer (Spring Moon Farm) speak to the love and responsibility it takes to raise poultry and livestock, Mike Holtham (Menemsha Fish House) share about his growing knowledge of farming the oceans, and Todd Christy (Chilmark Coffee Co) reminisce about the starting of his coffee company with coffee being the second most traded commodity besides oil. Great stories & delicious food at the Chilmark Community Center.
- PAST EVENTS in 2013
- December 8th, 2013 : We celebrated Slow Food USA’s Terra Madre day with a potluck of local and/or endangered foods. We heard stories from Island personalities on heritage breeds, seeds, and preserving local, regional & endangered foods and maintaining biodiversity. And we had a drawing of local goodies ranging from short ribs to scallops, duck, bread, seeds, and a piece of jewelry in the spirit of Slow Food.
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October 22, 2013 : In Celebration of Oysters. It was an evening of feasting on Oyster hors d’oeuvres and dinner at the Port Hunter restaurant in Edgartown, sponsor of the event benefiting Slow Food MV and the MV Shellfish Group. Shellshocked, the movie, showed us why oysters are important to our eco-system and our health. Nic Turner of Honeysuckle Oyster Farm and Rick Karney of MV Shellfish Group lead a Q & A about what it means to be an oyster grower in Katama Bay, and the world of oysters and their importance here on the Vineyard. …. read more & see the photos…
October 5th, 2013 : Living Local Harvest Festival. An active day of community. Slow Food organized tastings from various food suppliers, from Lattanzi’s ice cream to Pie Chicks to MV Salt. In the Slow Food booth we gave samples of Beach Plum Brandy, showcased our year’s events and talked to people about Slow Food’s principles of Good Clean and Fair Food. read more…
August 15-18th, 2013: The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. Four days of country fair activities | the livestock barn – our chicken exhibit, Freddie Fisher’s sow giving birth to 10 little ones & lots of island animals | the draft horse and oxen pulls | the fiber tent with it’s animals | the racing pigs | the exhibit hall of art, veggies, crafts, and island orgs | woodsman competition | skillet throw | equestrian shows | sheep shearing | and food and rides and more! see the photos….
Coop de Ville Tour August 4th 2013 : An egg-elicious brunch followed by a farm and backyard coop tour that gave visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of the Vineyard’s fine-feathered friends and uncovered the mystique of the Local Egg. Visitors learned about “fresh” eggs, “local” eggs and the chicken keepers that make it all happen. Some of the Tour topics included egg labeling, how laying chickens are raised, the flavor of an egg, chicken breeds and what eggs they lay, the farm-to-table movement, and how to become a chicken keeper. Click here for more event information and photos.
May 5th, 2013 10am-2pm : Heavy Nettle, a Festival.
It was a day of celebrating nettles and other wild foods growing on the island. Herbalist Holly Bellebuono gave a talk “For the Love of Nettles” and there were cooking demos by local chefs Gabrille Redner & Zephir Plume, Chris Fischer, Cathy Walthers, and Jan Buhrman. Sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. read more…
March 23, 2013, 6pm : Cheese & Wine Paringat Morning Glory Farm Stand. Participants enjoyed a full tasting of cheeses and wines of the world and shared in a discussion led by Jacqueline Foster, cheesemaker of Mermaid Farm, and Jan Buhrman of the Kitchen Porch on the topic of terroir: a taste of place. … read more
PAST EVENTS in 2012
October 11th, 2012 : Seaweed, the New/Old Vegetable, at the Beach Plum, co-sponsored with the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group. Diners enjoyed seaweed delights prepared by Jan Buhrman and Aaron Oster of Kitchen Porch while speaker Paul Dobbins of Ocean Approved Cultured Seaweeds shared his experience and helped us explore the nutritional and environmental goodness of seaweed. … read more
July 17th, 2012 : Recipe for Change | a summer potluck. Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard hosted its annual potluck dinner at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury.
Fair Food Network founder Oran Hesterman,a leader in sustainable agriculture, was the special guest. … read more
for a full listing of events from 2006 click here