SFRR Newsletter January 2012

Mushroom Mania - A Tour and Tasting
I am excited about this mushroom event on February the 12th, a Sunday, on the weekend after the Super Bowl! Last week I went to "Mushroom Camp", the yearly retreat of SOMA, the Sonoma Mycological Association, with lectures, cooking demonstrations and fabulous food, and, most importantly, the hunt. I am a true novice to mushroom foraging and the diversity of species that grow in the forests around us is astounding. To add to that, because of new DNA information, the names of mushrooms - the Latin names that is that go back to Linneaus and beyond - are disputed, changing and in flux. I still feel as if I will never be able to master that vocabulary. But they say it takes ten years to develop fluency in any field as complex as the world of fungi. That will be many happy years. Please join us for this exciting event!  - Zeno Swijtink      

 Zeno Swijtink, PhD, springs from a long line of bakers in the Achterhoek and, on his mother's side, a family of cattle traders in Friesland, both regions of the Low Countries. He currently teaches philosophy at SSU where he also convenes the SSU Sustainability Workgroup. He is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, and the founder of SonomaWildlife and of the Atascadero/Green Valley Creek Watershed Council. He lives in Sebastopol with his wife Thalia DeWolf, her children Tyjal and Aja, dog Cielo, cats Fuzzy Wuzzy, Oukie Moek, and Walter, and seven chickens. He is the partnership liaison for Slow Food Russian River and represents the chapter on the Sonoma County Food System Alliance.

When:     Sunday, February 12
Where:    2901 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol    Map
Time:      3-5:30
Cost:       $10 (plus ticketing fee) available at Brown Paper Tickets.

    • Tour of Gourmet Mushrooms Inc.
    • Presentations by a large and a small commercial grower, by
    a representative of the Sonoma Mycological Association, and by
    a food expert about the nutritional and nutraceutical benefits
    of replacing meat by mushrooms to your diet
    • Comparing taste differences between grilled and sauteed mushrooms
    • Tasting of wines and mushroom appetizers

Gourmet Mushrooms Inc was founded in 1977 and has been Certified Organic since 2003, both in its fresh mushrooms and its nutraceutical mushroom mycelium.

This tour is exclusive to Slow Food members. Not a member? Join us at info@slowfoodrr.org.

Order your tickets today. Space is limited!

You're invited...
Annual Members' Meeting and Dinner
Let's take a few moments out of our crazy lives to come together for a renewal of commitment to our shared purpose. The leadership team values your input and welcomes your participation.

When:    Sunday, February 19
Where:   Sebastopol Grange#306, 6000 Sebastopol Ave/Hwy12  Map
Time:     4:00
A convivial community meal:
Entree catered by Chef Evelyn Cheatham and  WOW.  
Hors d'Oeuvres and Appetizers provided by members with last names from A-J. 
Sides or Salads provided by members with last names from K-S
Desserts provided by members with names from T-Z
Wine is provided by everyone who brings some!
As we are all training ourselves to be green, please bring your own napkin, utensils and plate. Wine glasses provided.
Click here to RSVP. We need your response by Monday Feb. 7th!

Meeting Agenda:
Review of Accomplishments in 2011
Preview of Opportunities in 2012
Election of Leadership Team
Open Forum

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