The Craft Brewers Conference is in town, so who better to talk to for our Digital Conversation Series than Lee Chase! Chase started homebrewing with a couple of friends. They were inspired by a 'punk rock ethics and vegetarian cookbook' called Soy, not OI, and in particular, a recipe which espoused "screw the man, make your own beer!" And so they did... After a few years of discovering the vast array of flavors to be had in homebrews, and being enthralled with the science behind the process, Chase realized his calling and attended UCDavis to study Malting and Brewing Science. Over the next nine months, his studies helped him pass the prestigious Institute of Brewing's Associate Membership Examination, a 2-day, 9-hour long essay exam covering all facets of the malting and brewing process. With less that a 30% pass-rate world-wide, those that successfully complete the test are recognized as Brewmasters. Over the 9+ years that Chase was with Stone Brewing, the brewery grew from a small time brewery to an Internationally-recognized icon of craft brewing, culminating in the construction of a $13M brewing facility, and being distributed across 19 states nationwide. Stone was recognized for it's bold beers, bold attitude, high-quality, and tremendous growth. Lee is now Partner in Tiger! Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House Restaurants as well as the head brewer at Automatic Brewing Company.+ More details
We caught up with Nicolina Alves of Terra Bella Ranch at the Promenade Mall Farmers' Market in Temecula. She shared with us some of her thoughts on Slow Food and healthy communities. Among the wonderful produce Nicolina and the folks at Terra Bella Ranch grow are Fuerte Avocados: a fruit that has been boarded on Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste. By promoting and eating Ark products you can help ensure that these endangered foodstuffs remain in production and on our plates! Urban San Diegans: you can catch Nicolina at the La Jolla Open Aire Market every Sunday from 9 - 1. Thanks Nicolina!+ More details
For our October Digital Conversation, Slow Food Urban San Diego caught up with local urban agriculture advocate, Diane Moss of Project New Village. Watch and be inspired as Diane walks us through the Mount Hope Community Garden and learn a little bit more about the garden's role in San Diego's urban agriculture ordinance as well as its role bringing healthy food to Southeastern San Diego, a food desert.+ More details
We caught up with Robin Taylor and Lucila de Alejandro of Suzie's Farm for August's digital conversation. Feeling inspired by the scenery? Then don't forget to purchase your ticket to the Autumnal Equinox Dinner. This is a great opportunity to see the farm for yourself while eating an incredible meal with old and new friends! Click the link to buy your tickets: http://www.suziesfarm.com/index.php?/site/orderOnline/#ecwid:category=917666&mode=product&product=12106839+ More details
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