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"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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Terra Madre 2014 Delegate Alex Razavi


We're very proud of Slow Food at CWRU chapter founder, Alex Razavi who will be serving as a delegate to Terra Madre 2014 next month in Turin, Italy.

Read more about Alex in this article by Joe Crea of the Plain Dealer.


Terra Madre is a biennial gathering of food communities from around the globe hosted by Slow Food International. This year's event takes place in October 23-27 along with Slow Food's Salone del Gusto event. You can learn more about both events here.


Congratulations, Alex! We'll look forward to hearing more about Terra Madre 2014 upon your return.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

CWRUFarm First Thursdays


Join Case Western Reserve University Farm for First Thursdays @The Farm: July 3rd, August 7, and September 4, 2014 from 5:00-8:00.


This Thursday July 3rd 5:00-8:00 shop the Farm Market table, sample wines and appetizers.

Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Farm while listening to music by CWRU community members! 

Enjoy free yoga hosted by 1-2-1 Fitness, hike in the Farm’s forest or tour the gardens.

Demonstration, educational talks and crafts for kids will complete a perfect evening at The Farm..

The event takes place rain or shine!

Join us at the CWRU Farm!

Enjoy the Case Western Reserve University Farm!

When:  July 3, August 7, September 4 from 5:00-8:00
Location:  The Silo Theater
8 Valley Ridge Drive
Hunting Valley, OH 44022.

The Silo Theater at the CWRU Valley Ridge Farm

For additional information about this event please connect with The Farm at: 216.368.027, farm@case.edu, or via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @CWRUFarm or visit the website.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dan Barber at MOCA Cleveland: June 10, 2014

Slow Food Northern Ohio is looking forward to welcoming chef Dan Barber to Cleveland for a speaking engagement and book signing at MOCA Cleveland on Tuesday, June 10. 

We hope you'll make plans to attend and hear more from Barber about his new book The Third Plate in which he proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating. Barber points out that the way we eat today – focusing on a very select group of vegetables and grains (many of which are huge energy guzzlers) and eating large amounts of choice cuts of meat – isn’t good for the land and it isn’t good for our health.  It’s also going to be less and less practical as our natural resources are stressed and depleted. In this thoughtful (and entertaining) book, Barber explores how we might finally fix our broken food system – from the ground up. 

Details about this event are included below. 

Advance tickets are recommended, click here to order.

THE THIRD PLATE: Dan Barber + Michael Ruhlman
June 10, 2014 / 6:00pm
FREE for MOCA Members
$8 In Advance; $10 At the Door
6pm Book Signing / 7pm Talk Begins

Americans have strong opinions about food. In his new book, The Third Plate, award-winning chef and author Dan Barber offers a new vision for the future of American eating. Barber applies his extensive research into innovative agricultural and food production across the globe to argue for significant changes to the way we grow, cook, and eat. This talk will focus on Barber’s new book, his development as a chef, and his interests in food policy and practices. Barber will speak in conversation with Michael Ruhlman, Cleveland-based author of over twenty culinary-focused books.

Dan Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Join Slow Food for a Garden Celebration: June 4, 2014

































Slow Food Northern Ohio will be helping Cleveland Montessori students celebrate the installation of their new Neighborhood Heritage Garden next Wednesday, June 4 from 1-3pm in Little Italy.

The Neighborhood Heritage Garden is meant to offer a glimpse into the history of Little Italy community through plants. 

In the 19th century, people who emigrated from other countries would bring plants with them to remind them of the places they had left. Many immigrants to the United States brought crop seeds from plants they grew for food, such as bean seeds; or cuttings from fruit trees; or other plants their families had grown and loved, such as roses.

The Little Italy neighborhood was once made up almost entirely of immigrants.  There were so many families and children that, at one time, there were two schools in the community.  Most people had gardens in their backyards and they grew tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and peppers.

Today, the neighborhood has changed.  There are few gardens, there is more ethnic diversity, and Cleveland Montessori is the only school in the neighborhood.  Some families who live in the neighborhood send their children to Cleveland Montessori and have gone to the previous school, Holy Rosary, themselves.

Although the neighborhood has changed since it was first established, there are people who have lived in the community their whole lives. Students have interviewed a number of local residents and organizations and have done a great deal of research to create a beautiful garden honoring the rich heritage of the Little Italy community.

Celebrate Cleveland Montessori's Neighborhood Heritage Garden!

When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1-3pm

Location: The corner of E 120th and Mayfield Road. The garden is next to Cleveland Montessori School. Parking is available on E 120th at the church/school parking lot.

Students will speak about the work that went into their garden project. Signs with stories from the community will have been added as permanent fixtures in the garden. Light fare and refreshments will be provided. 

Slow Food will also have free seeds available for you to take home and plant in your own garden!

For additional information about this event please contact: jill@clevelandmontessori.org

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Crown Point Organic Plant Sale This Weekend!



The Greenhouses at Crown Point are brimming with fresh, new plants in preparation for the Crown Point Annual Organic Plant Sale on May 17 and 18 with a special Crown Point member only night on Friday, May 16. 

This year’s plant sale will once again feature more than 200 varieties of organic plants all grown at Crown Point including Slow Food USA Ark of Taste heirloom varieties. Plant prices range from $3 to $5 each.  


On Saturday and Sunday, food vendors selling breakfast items, coffee and refreshments, as well as a variety of vendors selling accessory garden items, will be on-site. In addition, a free container gardening workshop will be  present by Crown Point’s own education coordinator Lynn Gregor at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.  


Organic Plant Sale Hours: 


Friday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for members only. 

(Crown Point memberships may be purchased at the sale.)

Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Sunday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


All proceeds from this annual Crown Point fundraiser support Crown Point and its mission.


For additional information, visit www.crownpt.org.

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! 


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