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Slow on the Go
Design Team

David Baker FAIA LEED AP
Amanda Loper LEED AP
Jessica Cunningham

Cass Calder Smith AIA
Dera-Jill Lamontagne AIA LEED AP
Bryan Southwick

 

Come to the table! DBA is happy to be one of many local creative firms tapped to design and build the infrastructure for Slow Food Nation, a grand food event taking place around the city over Labor Day weekend.

The Slow on the Go food stands with canopy during the event. Image: Mark Darley

Slow on the Go Vendors

Vik’s Chaat Corner
Berkeley, California

Primavera Tamales
Boyes Hot Springs, California

Blue Bottle Coffee Company
Oakland, California

Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams
Madisonville, Tennessee

S. Wallace Edwards & Sons’ Virginia Ham
Madisonville, Tennessee

Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
Seattle, Washington

Salumeria Biellese
New York, New York

Fatted Calf
Napa, California

Out the Door
San Francisco, California

Imperial Tea Court
San Francisco, California

Bi-Rite Creamery
San Francisco, California

RoliRoti
Berkeley, California

El Huarache Loco
San Francisco, California

Let’s Be Frank
San Francisco, California

The Victory Garden and Slow on the Go area in front of San Francisco City Hall during the 2008 Slow Food Nation event. Image: Mark Darley

We teamed up with CCS Architecture to create Slow on the Go, an open-air area of local vendors cooking and serving up "slow fast food" in Civic Center Plaza. Slow on the Go and the Marketplace—an area offering tastes of foods that meet with Slow Food's "good, clean, fair" philosophy—flanked the Victory Garden in front of City Hall. The garden will remain in place through November. Our 14 vendor booths featured street food—small sweet and savory items that you eat as you stroll.

Volunteers step up.

Slow on the Go Volunteers

Lorelei Lamberson
Jeshka Dold
Lucinda Otto
Catherine Keep

Evan Schively drops off the massive eucalyptus planks that will serve as Slow on the Go's countertops.

Designer Amanda Loper takes a peek at the "Come to the Table" canopy.

The Civic Center was overflowing all weekend. People were very happy with both the farmers market and the food booths. Even though lines were long, they moved fast and spirits remained high. A much overheard sentiment about Civic Center Plaza that weekend: "I wish it could always be like this!" A book featuring the designers and the designs of Slow Food Nation is in the works.

Burlap coffee sacks collected from Blue Bottle Roasters will skirt the vendor booths.

Marcus Guillard of Scene2, the production company building Slow on the Go.

The canopy in action!

Materials Path

Scaffolding: Rented and returned

Eucalyptus planks: Borrowed, returned to Evan Schively to be milled into lumber

Straw bales: Donated to Clancy's Pumpkin Farm in San Francisco to be used in seasonal displays and then scattered on next year's pumpkin patch.

Flame-retardant muslin tarps: Donated to local production shop Scene2 to be used as scenic backdrops

Signs: Returned to the DBA woodshop to be repurposed into Park(ing) Day signage

Canopy: Donated to local maker Jenny Hurth to be made into reusable shopping totes. Soon to be for sale through the Slow Food Nation website.

The Victory Garden and Slow on the Go area in front of San Francisco City Hall during the 2008 Slow Food Nation event. Image: Mark Darley

The Victory Garden and Slow on the Go area in front of San Francisco City Hall during the 2008 Slow Food Nation event. Image: Mark Darley

The Slow on the Go stand with canopy during the event. Image: Mark Darley

The Slow on the Go stand with canopy during the event. Image: Mark Darley

The Slow on the Go food stands with canopy during the event. Image: Mark Darley

Slow going: The mock-up booth starts coming together with the addition of the first sign.

Signmaker Dave Brandon with his works-in-progress.

Volunteers step up.

"Weeding" the signs is a delicate process.

Hay bale seating fans out in Civic Center's shady grove.

Designer Amanda Loper takes a peek at the "Come to the Table" canopy.

The canopy in action!

Marcus Guillard of Scene2, the production company building Slow on the Go.

Carpenter Chris Ray Collins at work in the shadow of City Hall.

Evan Schively drops off the massive eucalyptus planks that will serve as Slow on the Go's countertops.

Burlap coffee sacks collected from Blue Bottle Roasters will skirt the vendor booths.