Although everyone else in the world has mentioned this, I still want to bring up Slow Food Nation. Slow Food International founder Carlo Petrini has just published a new book, Slow Food Nation. Beginning with the release of the book, Slow Food USA has begun “a year-long campaign to galvanize the Slow Food movement in the United states.”
The campaign will peak with a four-day long exposition from May 1-4, 2008 in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center that will attract over 50,000 participants, among them hundreds of farmers, producers, and chefs. It will feature discussions, lectures, exhibits, tastings, demonstrations, an international food film festival, and a market of American artisanal foods.
The Squad is already making plans to attend. Honestly, it is a bit hypocritical to talk about sustainable, local food then jet across the country to hobnob with other foodies. Obviously the internet has been an excellent tool for us. We have used it to make connections around the world. We have used it to make ourselves better gardeners and cooks.
For us though, nothing replaces the personal connection. We get our hands in the soil in the backyard, and we talk to farmers at the farmers market. We cook our own creative meals, and we talk to chefs at demos and classes. We just attended our first Slow Food Memphis meeting. A roomful of like-minded people was very invigorating. Next year, we have the chance to chill with a few thousand of our dear friends. We can’t pass up the chance to experience that level of energy and, hopefully, to bring some of that energy back.