Slow Food for Thought...

"A gastronomer who is not an environmentalist is just stupid. Whereas an environmentalist who is not a gastronomer is sad."
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Monday, February 24, 2014

Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014

The 2014 edition of the international Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto world meeting of food communities, held in Turin, Italy, from October 23-27, will display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair.

While Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto are open to the public, each country cultivates and sponsors a delegation that represents the diversity of its good, clean and fair food movement. Delegates are chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home.

Slow Food USA will have a 240-person delegation for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2014. Regional selection committees will help guide the selection of the majority of U.S. delegates.

This year, the theme of Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture, especially as expressed through Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and Presidia projects. The events also will closely coordinate with the International Year of the Family Farmer. The Slow Food USA delegation will also celebrate the immense human and cultural diversity present in the US. Thus farmers and producers of Ark of Taste products, as well as people of color, youth immigrants and native peoples, are especially encouraged to apply.

Learn more about Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014 and the application process here. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2014. Deadline has been extended to March 23, 2014.

For those not attending as delegates, tickets to Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014 will be available in June 2014. 

As additional information about Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014 becomes available we will share it here. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign Kickoff Meeting

Food & Water Watch has invited Slow Food folks to get involved in their upcoming "Healthy Farms, Healthy Families" campaign. You can learn more and attend a kickoff meeting this Thursday. See details below.

Every year, 2 million people contract antibiotic resistant infections. I think that is 2 million too many. Unless we rein in the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, the medicines we rely on won’t work when we really need them. We have a chance to protect our antibiotics and our public health starting here in Cleveland – and we need your help. Please join us on Thursday, January 23rd in Cleveland to find out more about our new local campaign, which is part of a nationwide effort to rein in antibiotic overuse on factory farms

What: Food & Water Watch's Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Campaign Kick Off Meeting
Where: Thursday , January 23rd, 2014 7pm- 8:15pm
Where: Cleveland Heights Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Right now, 80% of antibiotics in the US are used on factory farms, primarily to make animals grow faster and to compensate for filthy conditions. This is not how our antibiotics should be used. Low doses of drugs only kill some of the bacteria, leaving behind the stronger bugs, and when humans get sick, these antibiotics may no longer work to make us better.

I want to live in a world where life-saving medications will be there when my family members get sick, but factory farms are playing by their own set of rules and putting the rest of us in danger.That’s why we're launching a nationwide effort right here in Cleveland, to pass local City Council resolutions showing Congress and Senator Sherrod Brown that the people want action to ban the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. And we need your help! 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Eat Pizza, Help a Local Farm

Local farmers, Courtland and Jenny Rocco of Blueloon Farm have been longtime friends of Slow Food. As they begin a new micro-dairy venture on their West Salem farm, they're looking to the local food community for help.

Learn more about their plans to build a micro-dairy and their Kickstarter campaign below. This Tuesday, January 7, you can enjoy a free pizza at Bar Cento just by donating.

We invite you to help however you can and spread the word.

Blueloon Farm Micro-Dairy Kickstarter Project

Eat Pizza, Help a Local Farm on Tuesday, January 7

Happy 2014!

Hope your holiday season has been merry and bright! 

Here's to a good, clean, fair new year!

-Slow Food Northern Ohio

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Heirloom Apples & CWRU Farm Harvest Festival

We thought we'd share some photos of last weekend's Farm Harvest Festival hosted by Case Western Reserve University's Food and Farm Program at Squire Valleevue Farm. 

Slow Food Northern Ohio provided apples for the student chapter of Slow Food @CWRU to host a tasting at the event along with educational information about bees and their importance to our food system. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Two Dinners You Should Know About

We just received word about two unique, local dining opportunities that celebrate the summer season. Both are happening on Monday, August 26 -- one in Cleveland, and one in Youngstown. We thought our members and friends might be interested. So, here you go. 

Conscious Bite In

Central Roots Farm is working with Morningside Farm in Hinckley and other local growers to offer a nourishing vegan and vegetarian dinner buffet at Bon Vivant in Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood. Enjoy live music; locally made beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Youngstown Supper Club Pop-Up 6.0

The Youngstown Supper Club will offer six courses and a string quartet for their sixth installment of Youngstown Supper Club's Pop-Up Series. It will be held in Youngstown on the terrace of the beautiful D.D Davis Center overlooking Lake Glacier.

For additional information, pricing and reservations click on the links above.

Bon App├ętit!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Farmer's Market Week!

In case you didn't know, August 4-11 is National Farmers' Market Week. If you haven't done so already, why not get out this week and support your local market? And if you're already a seasoned locavore and farmers' market veteran, take this opportunity to introduce a friend to your favorite farmers' market.

To help locate a market near you, check out this handy farmers' market directory compiled by our friends over at Edible Cleveland.

And if this doesn't inspire you, just take a look at that beautiful photo above. You can almost taste those juicy peaches and sweet blackberries, can't you?

It's prime time at the markets with almost every fruit and vegetable we can imagine in season right now. Here's a little more inspiration from one of our favorite food writers, Mark Bittman and the New York Times Farmers' Market Recipe Generator!

Now, get out there and shop, chop, cook and enjoy!

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