Slow Food is a non-profit member supported International movement, founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
|Photo by Sarah McKay, taken at our Snail of Approval event|
As part of our Slow Food Philadelphia family we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. The Slow Food movement is built on a foundation of respect for the family, represented through the communal family meal, and the acknowledgement of cultures around the world and how they are defined by their indigenous foods. Locally, we strive to honor the wealth of amazing farmers and food producers in our region, the great markets, stores, and restaurants that sell and serve their products, and the hunger organizations that make this food available to ALL people. Whoever you are we hope you are enjoying some great food this holiday season.
|This past year we can all be proud that we...|
- Were able to donate to several regional sustainable food organizations, community support groups, and hunger programs. They all have expressed their gratitude to you for your generosity.
- Have seen our membership and e-mail recipients grow dramatically.
- Increased our ranks within our organizing committee with talented exceptional people.
- Paid tribute to our Philadelphia chapter founder Hansjakob Werlen.
- Partnered with the Restaurant School of Philadelphia to host educational seminars.
- Launched our Snail of Approval Program at the Reading Terminal Market.
- Partnered with Farm to City on our 7th annual Good Food, Good Beer event.
- Hosted two luncheons with regional sustainable food, hunger, and educational groups for consensus building.
- Were honored to host our Slow Food International Executive Director Paolo Di Croce.
|Looking toward 2012...|
- Continue our educational seminars at the Restaurant School (see our Winter Schedule below).
- Planning for this year's Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre conference this October. We are hoping to organize a charter tour for the event that would also include extra days for a food and wine trip throughout Piedmont. Look for more information this coming year.
- Celebrate our 8th annual Good Food, Good Beer event and we are considering taking our event to a farm this year.
- Planning another in our series of luncheons this winter with the organizations that are a part of "Collaboration makes us stronger".
- Talking to many great speakers and locations (with a focus on Snail of Approval locations) to host events.
- Our two biggest friends Fair Food and PASA (PA Sustainable Agriculture Association) are planning on a great conference this spring for all of us to support. More information to come.
|Save the Date...|
|Thursday, February 9th|
Celebrating the Ark of Taste
Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Presentation along with a Food and Wine Tasting being held at Di Bruno Brothers on Chestnut Street. We will have more information on this event in our next newsletter coming out in the beginning of January.
|Restaurant School Winter/Spring Seminars|
Time: Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm
Location: 4100 Walnut Street (entrance on 41st Street)
Free Parking: 4207 Walnut Street
Seating is limited so reservations are suggested.
We were able to schedule a January seminar at the School and we are presenting a wine tasting seminar.
January 18, 2012Gambero Rosso, Italy's premier wine publication will be taking their award winning wines on a tasting tour of the country this spring and here is a chance to preview 6 wines that won awards from various regions around Italy. We will taste those wines and discuss the regions where the wines are grown and produced.
Award-winning Italian Wines hosted by Joe Brandolo
Beekeeping hosted by Trey Flemming of Two Gander FarmTrey Flemming is one of the leading authorities on beekeeping in our region and owner of Two Gander Farm and Apiary with over 70 colonies. Trey will be teaching the basics of beekeeping and how you can get started in this fascinating work. Trey works with many city residents who raise bees right here in the city. We will have a honey tasting and mead.
Flour Seminar & Pasta Demo hosted by Roberta Strickler of Daisy Flour and Andrew Gerson, Strada PastaDaisy Organic Flour is milled at an historic property located in Annville, PA. Roberta Strickler will be explaining the many types of flour and their uses with a Pasta demo being done by Italian trained pasta maker Andrew Gerson of Strada Pasta.
The Benefits of Raw Milk, Tasting of Raw Milk Products hosted by Fair Food MarketFair Food Farmstand located in the Reading Terminal Market sells raw milk from several dairy farms along with cheese and other dairy products made from raw milk. Many cultures consume raw milk and once you taste the rich flavors and are explained the true health benefits, you too will be a believer.
Joseph Brandolo, President
Slow Food Philadelphia