Slow Food events update


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Dear Slow Food Oxon Members:

I am back from our book club meeting and would like to invite you to our next meeting on Wednesday 4 July. This time it is going to be

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Congratulations to Tina and Ben and their newly born son Francesco. He is only 7 weeks old but already made it to a Slow Food Book Club!

This is also the last reminder of our Asparagus Tasting event this coming Saturday at Tolhurst Organic Produce in South Oxfordshire.

Whatever the weather, we hope to enjoy a short walk along the Asparagus plantation with local grower Tolly telling you all about it and how long it's taken him to offer you the first harvest. This is in the field, adjacent to Hardwick Estate gates, and you can also park your car there. If you need the address for your satnav or research, here it is:
Hardwick Estate, Whitchurch-on-Thames Reading RG8 7RA

After the walk we will all meet in the Walled Garden shed (those of you who have been there before will remember how to get there, others - just follow Tolly) and a bowl of warm spinach & potato soup will be waiting for you.

Sophie Grigson will then take us through different asparagus varieties and cooking methods and we shall taste some, of course. And Ian Bird will take care of some good wine to match the greens. So, it should be fun!

Sophie Grigson's new book 'Vegetables' will also be there available for you to buy, with her signature.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please email me.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, 2pm in the field. Let me know if you have further questions,
Reminder: £10 for members, £15 for non-members, payable in cash or cheques to Slow Food Oxon.

On 10 June the Foxbury Farm will open their gates for you, with a BBQ, farm tours, their butchers and Farm Shop open too. Please see more details at www.local-food.net in Events. This is not a Slow Food Oxon event, but they are truly local producers, their food is fantastic and you will enjoy a day out!

Last but not least, the 26th annual meeting of the Oxford Symposium takes place this year at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 7-9 Sept.2007, on the subject of FOOD AND MORALITY. The opening address is to be given by Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet magazine, followed by a panel on products that present ethical problems: Raymond Blanc on Kobe beef; Henrietta Green on chickens; Armando Manni on olive oil labelling; John Scharffenberger on Fair-Trade goods; and Prof. Tim Lang will speak on public policy. About 50 papers on relevant subjects will be discussed over the two days. Registration forms can be dowloaded, and abstracts of these can be viewed on www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk. Claudia Roden and I are co-chairs of the event, in succession to the late Alan Davidson and Theodore Zeldin; and we are sure that every member of Slow Food will be interested in these issues and this event. Would it be possible for you to make this information known to your members?

With Slow wishes,
Tamara