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Six Must-Do Events at Slow Food USA

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Slow Food Nations has finally landed in Denver. Since its start in 1989, the Slow Food movement has grown globally involving millions of people reaching over 160 countries. So what is Slow Food? Slow Food is a grassroots organization, with a mission to prevent the disappearance of local food and traditions and to counteract the rise of fast life and disconnect to food. This three-day long event will focus on sustainable sourcing, food policy, and a return to clean eating. There are many free and ticketed events happening all weekend long; here are some of our favorites.

Whole Beast Feast 

Hearth & Dram dining room

Hearth & Dram’s dining room

When: July 13, begins at 7pm
Where: Hearth & Dram {1801 Wewatta Street, Denver}
Cost: $150 per person
Deets: Experience the entirety of the pig at Hearth & Dram. Utilizing pork from Corner Post Meats in Colorado Springs, each chef will cook up a certain section of the pig—from marrow to kidneys—for a full course dinner that is sure to be as delicious as it will be adventurous.

There’s No Such Thing as ‘American’ Food: How Diverse Cultures Influence Our Cuisine

Dana Rodriguez

Chef Dana Rodriguez (credit: Work & Class)

When: July 15, 9-10am
Where: WeWork at Union Station {1550 Wewatta Street, Denver}
Cost: $35; buy tickets here
Deets: Diversity is what makes us strong. Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, will be hosting a conversation with national and local talent—including our own Dana Rodriguez—on immigrant cuisines in the states.

Taste Marketplace

Photo courtesy Slow Food Nations

When: July 15, 10am-6pm
Where: Larimer Square {1430 Larimer Street, Denver}
Cost: Free; more info here.
Deets: Taste Marketplace will shut down all of Larimer Square to celebrate good, clean food. This free tasting event will showcase nearly 100 vendors with scrumptious samples and products to buy. This event is family-friendly so bring the whole crew!

Oyster Workshop

When: July 15, 11am-noon
Where: Jax Fish House {1539 17th Street, Denver}
Cost: $40; buy tickets here
Deets: Learn about our favorite bivalve at Jax Fish House. This workshop will cover the profiles of oysters from Baja to Virginia, led by Executive Chef of Jax Sheila Lucero and Drew Deckman of Deckman’s in Guadalupe Valley. Slurp while you learn, as passed oysters and cocktail pairings will be in rotation throughout the class.

The Art of Day Drinking

the way back

Photo by Morgan Carter

When: Juy 16, 9:30-10:30am
Where: Cooper Lounge at Union Station {1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver}
Cost: $52 per person; buy tickets here
Deets: You had us at day drinking. Learn the art of being buzzed without being a buzzkill with The Way Back’s own Chad Michael George. Learn all about low-alcohol aperitifs and wine cocktails while learning how to craft your own signature Pimm’s Cup.

Zero Waste Family Meal

Alex Seidel

Alex Seidel

When: July 16, 5-7pm
Where: Larimer Square {1430 Larimer Street, Denver}
Cost: $26 per person; buy your tickets here
Deets: Food waste is a hot button issue when it comes to the restaurant scene. On Sunday, chefs Daniel Asher, Jamey Fader, Evan Mallet, Alex Seidel, and more will whip up a delicious dinner only utilizing food scraps from Slow Food Nations. Learn how to reduce your waste and taste the possibilities.

Morgan Carter, Editor