Archive - 2009

Local tasting menu


The best meal I have ever had, beating even the twelve part antipasto in a
Slow Food restaurant in Italy! It was exemplary, in terms of using high
quality local produce, identifying the origin on the menu and - really
importantly - the staff introduced each dish as it arrived, so that we knew
which vegetables had come from the garden and how the dish was prepared.


Book Club - Jay Rayner, The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

20 Jan 2010 - 19:30
20 Jan 2010 - 22:00

I thought that we could try to re-invigorate the group and organise a meeting for the new year. It doesn't seem realistic (at least for me) to read something and meet before Christmas.

Tamara has suggested a book which sounds ideal for us:
Jay Rayner, The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner

Let's set the date for Wednesday 20 January
7.30 pm at my house (37 Hayfield Rd, Oxford OX2 6TX)
I'll provide nibbles if others don't object to bringing a drink?

If this date turns out to be inconvenient for too many people I'll change it.

Local tasting menu a success for Oxfordshire Convivium


With Terre Madre day a month away, the Oxon Convivium jumped the gun, and twenty Slow Food members enjoyed the talents of Andrew Hill, chef at The Half Moon, Cuxham, a thatched 17th Century gastro pub near Watlington, Oxon.

The efforts of Eilidh Ferguson, Andrew's partner for the last 8 years, in sourcing nearly all the produce from sustainable and local growers within 10 miles, shows just what can be done.  Post aperitif, Bob Nielson, the head viniculteur at local Brightwell Vineyard, gave a history and appreciation of his local wines, to set off  the whole evening perfectly.

From the initial service, the guests were quietly astonished, and as the meal progressed slowly with the rising volume of discussion and good comments heard so positively, all knew this was a special occasion.

Tasting Menu at The Half Moon, Cuxham

10 Nov 2009 - 19:00
10 Nov 2009 - 22:00

Dear Slow Oxon Members,

We have some spaces left, so hurry if you want to book up your seat at this exciting Slow Food Oxon event.

See the attached menu - you get ALL the courses. I am providing the beef. SF Oxon is offering an aperitif. The event starts at 7:00pm, for 7:30pm at The Half Moon, Cuxham, OX49 5NF.

RSVP by email to "admin at". Cost is £50 per head. Please send your cheques made out to Slow Food Oxon to

Holmes Oak Farm, Goring Heath,
Reading RG8 7RJ

by November 3rd 2009.

The Rise of Real Bread: Changing Britain's Daily Loaf

14 Nov 2009 - 10:00
14 Nov 2009 - 17:00

To be held at St Anne's College, Oxford on 14 November 2009, 10am-5pm.

Nothing is more important than bread, truly it is the staff of life. Yet the majority of us are eating highly processed bread packed with additives - designed for industrial production rather than nutrition and taste. This one day conference brings together growers, bakers, millers, consumers and campaigners to discuss how to substitute mass-produced bread with locally produced all-natural bread - better for our communities and our palates.

Palm oil conference - POSTPONED

1 Aug 2009 - 19:30
1 Aug 2009 - 21:30

Sadly, it has been necessary to postpone this event until further notice.

Once a new date is known it will be advertised here and by email.