Category Archives: Slow Food SF Events

Introducing the 2017 Slow Food Summer Lecture Series


Slow Food San Francisco introduces its first-ever Summer Lecture Series, to promote and highlight the keystone issues that create a society that produces food that is good, clean and fair for all.

This year’s series will focus on fish, farms, and wine, and we will offer a varied program for our community!

The efforts of this year’s event go to promote the Winemmem Wintu Tribe’s Salmon Restoration Project, and their honorable mission to bring native California Salmon back to the Bay Area.

July edition here.

Meet Slow Food San Francisco’s 2016 Terra Madre Delegate

Sandi McGinnis of McGinnes Ranch in Royal Oaks California represented San Francisco at 2016’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy Sept, 22-26, 2016. As delegate, Sandi brought back stories from the event to share at our Jan, 23rd Member Meeting, and produced a documentary. Check it out!
Hear about the experience of attending Terra Madre from Sandi, in her own words:
Growing up on the farm prepared me to have a strong work ethic and gave me a “can do” attitude, which served has me well in life.  I have come back to the farm in the hopes of keeping it running for future generations, and to transition to organic practices.  We are in our second year of farming organically, with positive outcomes indicating it is possible to return to organic farming.  In working toward this goal we have also experienced our share of setbacks and some crop failures, but I look at them as learning experiences.  I was given a major learning experience by Slow Food SF to attend Terra Madre as a delegate in 2016!
It was an unforgettable experience and it gives me hope and satisfaction to continue the farm, and keep the biodiversity of our crops going.  Without family farms we would be left with corporations growing our food, and harming our environment.  I feel a responsibility to steward the land and leave a positive impact on the ecosystems around me.  Slow Food brings awareness to the importance of biodiversity, which we need now more than ever.  I have put together a video to give a glimpse of my Terra Madre experience.
You can visit us at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market out front, on Tuesday and Saturday.
Sandi McGinnis
McGinnis Ranch

Thanks for attending our 2017 Membership Meeting!

Hello Slow Food San Francisco,

We are thrilled with the outcome of our 2017 Membership Meeting! We had close to 50 people in attendance and heard from a wide variety of stakeholders in the Slow Food mission of good, clean, and fair food.

First, we heard from Sandi McGinnis, Slow Food Member and owner of McGinnis Ranch. Sandi was our Terra Madre delegate and attendee, and she shared her Terra Madre story. Sandi showed a fabulous video she made documenting the incredible sharing of regional cultures and slow producers from all over the world that is Terra Madre! She even brought delicious samples to be raffled off to attendees at the end of the night. Sandi was so generous, almost half of our attendees walked home with a free prize.

Next, Dava Guthmiller, Chief Creative Officer/Founder of Noise 13 and former president of Slow Food San Francisco, passed the fork to the new Board. Dava spoke about her work with Slow Food, and how excited she is to participate as general council to the next group of Slow Foodies, ensuring that her invaluable expertise will continue to be tapped to produce quality events for Slow Food San Francisco.

With the official passing of the fork, Slow Food San Francisco got its first opportunity to meet the new Board, and hear about their plans and passions for our community. You can read more about the individual board members here.

Our final speaker of the night flew in all the way from Italy to share with members of Slow Food San Francisco a brand new vision for educating people on the entire Slow Food process. Paolo Ferrarini, of Slow Food University, shared information about the world-class, cutting-edge programs created by Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini.

We also shared cheese, and jam donated by INNA jams, oils and wines donated by McGuinnis Ranch, and bread baked by our very own Kelly Geiser and donated by Acme Bread!

Overall, it was a fun-filled hour of the good, clean, and fair food mission we are all so passionate about!


Get Involved by Volunteering!

As Slow Food San Francisco looks forward, we have lots of ways for people to volunteer and get more involved in community and food. These are the first of many opportunities with Slow Food San Francisco! We are grateful for your support, and could not do this work without your support. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

  • Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference: The Childhood Obesity Bay Area (COBA) conference is an annual event hosted by Slow Food San Francisco to bring awareness, education, and solutions to a national epidemic. Now in our sixth year, we are looking for volunteers this fall to play large leadership roles in planning and executing the event on Saturday, November 4th at UCSF. If interested please reach out to Sally Rogers:
  • Community and Partnerships Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: The Community and Partnerships Committee is looking for members to be involved in creating connections within the community and developing educational workshops that facilitate growth and expansion of the values behind Slow Food. This could be any part of the following process: creating a relationship with a local business to use their space and developing, scheduling and executing a workshop featuring a local talent. Please contact
  • School Gardens Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: SFSF has implemented gardens in several schools in San Francisco as well as hosted a tour of a garden at a prior COBA conference. We will be organizing an event on Earth Day 2017 (April) in conjunction with a few other organizations in SF that will be interactive for families. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with this event and who are eager to push Slow Food principles to the youth for future projects in this Committee. Tasks may include: helping maintain organization; picking up donations, set up and clean up, being a “game leader” when we break off into groups, keeping track of raffle ticket sales, some marketing and helping the workshop leaders with their tasks. Contact if you are interested.
  • Communications Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: Want to use your voice to connect people to Slow Food San Francisco? Our Communications Committee is looking for key volunteers to help with the monthly newsletter, redesigning our website and social media outreach. If you’re interested, get in touch with

Past Events:

  • Slow Wine 2017 Tour: Next Tuesday, January 24th, Slow Wine will be in downtown San Francisco! We would love for you to volunteer at the event from 12-5, helping with logistics (registration, coat check, etc.). You would have significant breaks during that timeframe, however, so you would have access to explore the event and all the fabulous Italian wine! Contact if you are able to help.