Why you should join Slow Food San Diego?
Slow Down: We live in a hectic world, always on the go, eating on the run. An important focus of Slow Food is to consciously slow down, to enjoy family, friends and meet new like-minded people. Part of the pleasure of the Slow food movement is in sharing your passion for food. Monthly events are gatherings where together we explore local restaurants, retailers, farms, dairies, breweries, wineries, cheese makers, often with tours, demos and tastings from these fair trade suppliers. We even meet for potlucks which are some of our most incredible feasts. The resources in our area are vast and ethnically diverse. Living the slow life with food as the focus is as rewarding and you can do it every day. Invite a friend over, plan a family meal squeeze your own orange juice, linger over a glass of wine and a slice of cheese…eat sitting down instead of standing up! Create a new food memory for a child. Grow herbs on your terrace. Start a kitchen garden and the harvest the food for a family meal. Preserve your ethnic food traditions. Get Mom or Grandma to show you how to make that family recipe to pass down to the next generation. Most of all, it’s convivial to share food experiences with family and friends bringing back the table as a center of pleasure.
Social Action: Once you’ve gotten together, ideas will flow about how to help the community. For the past two years Slow Food San Diego has been supporting the San Pasqual Academy, a residential and education option for foster teens. Benefit proceeds from Slow Food’s 2005 annual fundraiser launched a one-acre student sustainable farm. Located on the academy grounds, the project is part of the agricultural program headed by farmer and teacher, Scott Murray, Slow Food San Diego board member. Slow Food funds were matched by various other local donors. The project is expected to expand to 120 acres and ultimately hopes to supply local area restaurants. The 2006 August fundraiser helped further that goal with the addition of four interns from South America . In June 2006, Heritage Foods USA delivered two severely endangered red wattle pigs for the teens to raise. Slow Food San Diego is committed to awakening young people to the enjoyment and health benefits of wholesome food. The sustainable farm is successfully teaching teens about ecologically sound food production while giving them a sense of positive accomplishment through land stewardship.
The Real Food Network:
There are Slow Food conviviums around the world. When you travel, you’re part of the international Slow Food movement, so you’ll never be alone if there are ‘slow foodies’ at your destination. When you join, you’ll be informed of regional, national and international events. Members all receive The Snail and the award winning Slow magazines where you’ll get news in the food world not found in any other publication.
The bi-annual Terra Madre, created by Slow Food Founder, Carol Petrini, is a true food network. This year’s bi-annual meeting was attended by 5,000 food producers from 150 countries on 5 continents held in Turin, Italy. These global delegates, including six from San Diego , discussed a wide range of topics from the production of ingredients to promotion of end products. They are united in the fight against the onslaught of GMOs and the monopoly of multi-national food corporations. In 2006, Slow Food San Diego raised funds to send a farmer from a third world country to this incredible food community conference.