Slow Food’s international “Food for Change” campaign has been launched to offer solutions starting from our everyday actions and to international projects; both will strengthen clean local economies, fair trade and support regenerative, climate aware producers. Our food and its producers are on the front line of global climate change, however, with our support, we believe they can also be a major part of the solution.

Last year we took over 1000 Trades for a week to high light one part of the problem, Food Waste. Now we want to take over Birmingham for the year!

Below are the first dates as part of this year long event called Menu for Change.

Join us on Oct 2ndto say Thank You to the local producers who are suppling our new JQHub at first of a range of nights at 1000 Trades with our first guest chef Suzanne Russell, Artisan Epicurean.

Thursday Oct 10 we are particularly excited that Hampton Manor is working with Just Kidding to bring you a Billy Goad dinner in the new Smoke House at Hampton Manor, places are limited to 20 but you can also enjoy the “Blind Five” in Peels that night. (but we can’t possibly tell you what’s on the menu there as its always a secret)

Just Kidding are Slow Food supporters who give value to what is considered waste in the growing Dairy Goat industry and pasture raise Billy Kids.

We look forward to keeping you up to date as new events come up and where to look for the Menu for Change logo. It will be on menus alongside specials that are driven by locally grown veg, that may also feature meat/fish but not as the hero of the dish, in line with the idea we should eat more veg, and less, but always grass-fed, well farmed meat.

You will find booking links at the bottom of this email, but be quick places are limited.

Wednesday Oct 2

Thursday Oct 10

Tuesday Oct 15 – Food for Thought

Kitchen Food School


Past Events

We would like to thank everyone who had given their time to arrange events for Slow Food Birmingham. We are a group run by volunteers and any profit made from events helps us supports new urban food projects in Birmingham.

Taste Workshop combined with AGM & Planning

Wednesday January 16th 7pm – 9:30pm
Kitchen School, Digbeth
We enjoyed an oil tasting and a talk from local producers McNeils Smokehouse. We also elected a new committee, and now have 7 committee members. and we are working to set up the first Slow Food Hub

Slow Food conversations with Chefs and Producers at Hampton Manors 
Monday 29th October – Starting from 10am
Tickets:  £40 for the full day or Ark of Taste workshop and BBQ only £15.

“As chefs, our job is to pursue the best possible flavor.  We’re not environmentalists. We’re not doctors or nutritionists or community activists. Chefs are none of these things, but we’re also all of them too, whether we get up on the soapbox or we stand silently behind a stove. Because truly great tasting food has, by definition, the right environment behind it. A delicious tomato does not originate from degraded soil. “ – Dan Barber

Slow Food Birmingham invites Midlands Chefs and Producers to come together for a day of Conversations and Ideas at Hampton Manor on Monday 29th of October to engage in the questions Slow Food raises, to showcase best practice from the producers and restaurants across the Midlands and learn more about the Chef Alliance.

Leading chefs, producers and thinkers will contribute to a range of talks, interactive sessions and tastings in a day designed to introduce the Slow Food movement to those at the heart of Birmingham food scene.

Topics covered include; Ark of Taste – using forgotten foods, Menu for Change – sustainable practice for uncertain times, Good Clean and Fair – working with the our producers.

The day will start at 10am and finish with a casual BBQ, with lunch, tastings and speakers in between.

Ark of Taste Workshop and BBQ

As an added bonus to the end of this unique industry event we are inviting friends of Slow Food to an interactive Ark of Taste workshop and the end of day BBQ.
Monday 29th October – Starting from 5:30pm
Tickets are only £15 or £10 for members.

Join USE IT! & Slow Food Birmingham in a conversation with community food activist Claudio Oliver

Tuesday October 16th 2018  6:30 – 9:00pm
Memorial Hall, crn Summerfield Cresent and Gillott road Summerfield B16 0EZ

Welcome to the first of our new Food For Thought sessions. The plan is for these gatherings to share, inspire and connect with others interested in the many different aspects of food in Birmingham ……

Our first session is Tuesday October 16th. Together with USE-IT! we invite you to celebrate World Food Day with our special guest, Brazilian community food activist Claudio Oliver from Casa da Videira. Please join us for soup and conversation as we learn what drives Claudio to do what he does . . . food, community and  complimentary currency, and to talk about where this inspiration can take us on our food journey.

Why October 16th?
It is the UN’s World Food Day, so it feels like a natural date to start. Across the world people will be gathering to reflect on the challenge of this year’s theme — “Building a Zero Hunger Generation.”

For the last 20 years, Claudio has been leading Casa da Videira to incubate experiments in local food production, food micro-enterprises and start-ups, complementary currencies and social inclusion.

Join us as we explore lessons from Brazil (and beyond) about the why, what and how of re-weaving three ingredients that belong together: food, community and complimentary currency.

Who is USE IT!
Unlocking Social and Economic Innovation Together is an exciting three-year programme tackling poverty and social deprivation across four wards in Birmingham and Sandwell. USE-IT! provides support for social entrepreneurs and those wishing to start or grow social enterprises, cooperatives and community businesses.

Who is Slow Food Birmingham?
We are part of the largest food activist group in the world. Slow Food has 1 million plus members in 164 countries.
We believe that all people should have access to food that is Good, Clean and Fair. Our aim is to bring about a change to the food system of Birmingham and the West Midlands through advocacy, education and action. Anyone is welcome to follow and support us.

Another World Happens …

Slow Bread Workshop

Artisan baker Rachel Kershaw will be introducing us to the art of bread making. With a strong belief that the more we know about food the easier we can make good food choices, our Slow Food Youth Network is planning to hold a few different workshops. The first of these is all about bread.

Rachel Kershaw will be showing us the art of bread making at the Kitchen Food School in Digbeth. Whether you want to learn a new skill, eat better, or meet with likeminded people, come and learn how to make a sourdough, take home a starter and a pizza dough to use the next day.

Zero Waste Great Taste

A week of zero Waste eating

Putting a Delicious End to Food Waste in Birmingham

Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th September 2018

@1000 Trades

Slow Food Birmingham is taking over 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St Birmingham, to mark international Zero Waste Week from the 3rdto 8th September 2018.

Working with members and supporters of Slow Food the invited chefs are treating diners to meals that not only tantalize the tastebuds but also highlight the all too common problem of food waste as part of the Slow Food’s campaign Menu for Change. Using forgotten cuts, foraged and surplus food as the starting point, some of Birmingham’s best chefs will be showcasing just what is possible with a bit of ingenuity.

Featuring on the line-up over the six days was:

The Real Junk Food Project (Monday) A Taste of Waste 

TRJFP Brum has been operating since 2014 – rescuing over 15 tonnes of waste food and serving over 2,000 meals every month. The project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and other sources; turning it into healthy, nutritious meals for all. They run community cafes and also have a catering arm. £15 donation + Pay As You Feel

ChangeKitchen (Tuesday) Pan-Asian Vegan Food Journey

Offering innovative vegetarian and vegan menus at both their pop up café and also catering events in Birmingham and beyond. founder Birgit cooked with Slow Food Youth Network Brum at their Disco Soup earlier this year and will be showcasing their delicious, nutritious and ethical dishes that can be shared and enjoyed by all. Established as a social enterprise, ChangeKitchen has always had a strong ethos marrying both environmental and social impact, recognised when they won Birmingham’s Green Restaurant Award in 2012.£24.50, three courses of sharing plates

Kitchen Supper Club (Wednesday)Found: A Three Course Wild Dinner Sourced in Birmingham  

A not for profit Kitchen School founded in the kitchen of Jayne Bradley in 2014 and recently established with their own premises in Digbeth, with classes led by some of Birmingham’s best chefs, home cooks, suppliers and producers and aimed at eager homecooks, beginners and disadvantaged Birmingham residents. With zero food miles and no supply chains involved they celebrate everything that can be found in Birmingham. Jayne and Chris are challenging us to think about where our food comes from. Their FOUND menu is all about what we can forage. £30, three courses

Artisan Epicurean (Thursday) Four Course Italian Inspired Menu

Slow Food member Suzanne runs Artisan Epicurean bespoke personal chef services, offering beautifully inspired and unique menus at home with the emphasis on ethically sourced, seasonal & home grown produce. Drawing inspiration from her Italian grandmother Suzanne will be using surplus artisan bread and other delicious ingredients to create four courses of Mediterranean sunshine on a plate.£34, four courses

Ox & Origin (Lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday) Seldom Seen, Not Easily Forgotten

Traveling chefs Josh and Mike have previously wowed diners at 1000 Trades with their skillfully crafted plates of fancy. Most of the time they travel around the country taking care of private catering events both big and small but they will be moving back in for two days to create delicious dishes from some of the ignored or less used ingredients around today.£25, three courses.

On tap throughout the week will be Craddocks Wasted Pale Ale, made with surplus bread. Cradocks are supporters of The Real Junk Food Project Brum.


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