Slow Food is cool. Period. We became familiar with this organization in the 90s when our inner conscious foodie was developing and food seemed to be becoming an issue. But not so much a nutritional issue: Slow Food is about food and politics.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded by the charismatic Carlo Petrini in 1989, to prevent the disappearance of important local foods, food cultures and traditions, as well as to counteract the rise of the "fast life"— a compromise of fundamental cultural tenets based on a traditional perspective around eating, meal times, food and community. Slow Food has emerged to combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Go Slow!
The bi-annual conference in Turin, Italy, is the foodie mecca for small-scale, artisanal producers of foodstuffs from all over the world. Thousands of food producers set up their small stalls in a cavernous old Fiat factory for 5 days and invite the public to come and hear their stories, meet their people, and of course, taste their wares. It is a glorious carnival and paean to the wonder of our species — food, with its stories, flavors, and history. Step in and and savor the goods.
In search of Piedmont goodness
Encrusted old world, and endangered squashes
Old old world cheeses, and Korean monks
Breton oysters and Greecian olives
And with that, buono gusto!
Come gather around the warm glow of the fire and listen, watch, share, discover, and be inspired by the conversation. It is here where we explore stories, and new ideas. Pull up a rock.