Slow Food Oxon update - August 2007


Dear Slow Food Oxon Members:

This is my monthly update, for August, with a summary of recent events and updates.

It Was Time to Salsa on Friday, 3 August ,

A few members volunteered to prepare a Mexican homemade dinner for all those who love tortillas, tacos, fajitas, chilli con carne, guacamole, salsa, and many more. It was fun, with Mexican music, margaritas, tequila and Corona. Tolhurst Organic kindly offered their place at the Hardwick walled garden and the weather allowed us to dine outside in the beautiful setting. Liz Wilding brought along a small show of all possible shapes and shades of chilli, Muryel made about 3kg of guacamole, to go with Tony’s case of Corona and Liz’s home-made (real Mexican, with lard) tortillas. This was all on the top of Tamara’s taco shells, rice, home-made baked beans, chilli-non-carne, fajitas, salad and salsa. But the peak of the dinner were Liz’s chocolate chillis. Liz did well with the chocolate chillis, “just remembers” Geoffrey, after a number of tequila shots, ritually raised with salt and lime.

Thank you all for your support! The £130 raised will go towards our Convivium seat at the SF Congress in Mexico in November. Donations are still gratefully accepted, of £10 or more, by cheque made payable to Slow Food Oxon and posted to the address below, thank you.

Important changes to the membership procedure

The SF UK office ( is now in a position to handle the membership administration system in hope that it will improve the system and ease the burden on Leaders. What this means is that membership money from UK will be kept within the country and the international office will transfer to UK all membership money received via their website.

For you it means that next time, when you decide to renew your membership, you should send your cheque to SF UK, or use the credit card option on the form. Do not send cash in the post. The new application form will be sent to you in time, it will be available from our website or you can request a copy by email from me. You can renew on-line via or

To our Convivium this means that membership money (our share) will come from the UK office, on a monthly basis, directly into our account. Let’s hope this will work better than with the international office.

If you happen to have renewed your membership recently, do not worry, as a transition period is naturally allowed and just wait for your next reminder. I hope this is clear, if not, let me know.

A complete document about this new procedure will be shortly posted on our website

New events

All planned events are posted on our website, and this is a new one:

Monday 29th October 7.30pm


Food producers in Gabon are planning to hold their own Terra Madre and to support them Terra Madre chef Raymond Blanc, Slow Food Berkshire & Wiltshire and Slow Food Oxon invite you to this very special dinner at a very special venue. This dining celebration features local, seasonal and traditional ingredients, introduced by regional Slow Food producers. A contribution from every ticket sold at this event will help enable artisan food producers in Gabon to attend Terra Madre in 2008.
Venue: Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 8PD by kind permission of Raymond Blanc.

Also kindly supported by local Slow Food producers, Italian Wine Importers and Consorzio San Danielle Ham.
Cost: £90 (Include details of your Slow Food membership number with your ticket application for a £10 discount). Contact Clare Marriage at