Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mark Your Calendar Now For January Soup Supper

After the holidays, we want simple, delicious goodness. We want soup!
On Monday, January 14th, 2008, SF members Gini and Ralph Behrendt will host the year's first potluck. You are invited to bring your favorite soup (in a crockpot, please; there will be plenty of counter space and outlets) or bread to share. Bring your recipe and come prepared to talk about why you love soup!
The event will be at Flying Rhino; details to follow.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mushroom Feast

SFMV member Michael Szuberla has shared this link for information about the Michigan Mushroom Hunters upcoming feast; watch their website for more details:

Smelling and Slurping

Eight Slow Fooders were members of the first-ever coffee class at Flying Rhino on Sunday October 21st. After a delicious brunch, SFMV members and Flying Rhino owners Ralph and Gini Behrendt talked about the history of coffee, demonstrated a range of roasting methods, and "cupped" a selection of coffees for us to taste.

With varying success, we learned to smell the changes in the roasting beans and slurp to aerate the coffee and maximize its contact with our taste buds. Just like wine tasters, we used spit cups and rinsing glasses to allow us to taste the subtle differences produced by different beans and differing roasts, while avoiding more of a buzz than we bargained for.

At their 13th street location, Ralph and Gini offer coffee beans for your at-home experimentation of a selection of beans that they roast in their vintage commercial roaster (pictured above). Check out their website ( for more information about their growing local business.