What is your Slow Food Story?

Slow Food’s mission is “good, clean and fair food for all,” and of course, that means a focus on local, sustainable and ethical food. But part of the “good” in the “good food” in our mission is also about history, tradition, and connection. Delicious food is always made a little more special when it comes with a good story.

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So Slow Food wants to hear and share those stories, and to that end, has started the “Stories from a Slow Food Nation” project.

This is a collection of stories told by people in this country who keep food and farming strong.

These stories share deep knowledge meant to inspire others to celebrate or create their own food culture. They feature everyday people keeping traditions alive in their kitchens and backyards, in their raised beds and invoice sheets. They encourage more people to go slow, and spark conversations about the rich diversity that persists despite the inclinations of the industrial food system.

We must closely protect our ability to tell our stories. You have one to tell, and you’ll find that sharing it helps us all see that we are indeed a Slow Food nation; one that values good, clean and fair food for all, for today and for future generations.

You can see two short videos from the project here in this post, but check out even more over on the Stories page on the national site.

Do you have a Slow Food Story of your own? Share it with the Slow Food community! Here’s the info on how you, too, can submit your story. They can be written, in audio or video format, or original works of art, whatever inspires you to tell your story of food and connection.

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Slow Food Seattle School Garden Meeting April 22

makah ozetteHealthy eating habits and finding joy in good food and cooking start early in life! Slow Food believes this, and so one of our major programs is working to help establish and maintain school gardens.

If this is an element of Slow Food that appeals to you, come learn more at Slow Food Seattle School Garden committee’s next meeting on April 22. Here is the event info:

Our next Slow Food Seattle school garden meeting will be Tuesday, April 22 from 4:30 to 6 P.M. Come with an appetite as Chipotle has offered to supply us with food! We are excited to be meeting at the Seattle Children’s Playgarden.

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Slow Food Speakeasy Cocktail Contest: Win a Trip to Turin Italy for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto

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Local bartenders and mixologists (professional AND amateur)! Here’s a chance to show your regional pride and cocktail skill, AND potentially win a trip to Turin, Italy for Slow Food’s October Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.

ImageSlow Food USA is running a cocktail contest, open for entries until April 30. The full rules can be found at this link, but the gist: make a cocktail that stars a Pacific Northwest region’s Ark of Taste ingredient, embodies our local flavor, is delicious, can be made “party ready.” and is good, clean, and fair for all.

Twelve finalists will be selected, and from there, online voting will choose the four winners, who will win the trips to Turin for the October 23-27 Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto.

cherryClick here to see our local Pacific Northwest ingredients. Maybe something sweetened with Alaskan Birch Syrup? A cordial made from Black Republican Cherry? An oyster shooter with our own Olympia Native Oyster? (Also note American Rye Whiskey is on the “Nationwide” list so it might be up for grabs (if you have questions about the rules and acceptable ingredients, please email speakeasy@slowfoodusa.org).

 

Slow Food Sunday at Bastyr: Palestinian Food and Mason Bees Talk

lentil_soupOur friends on the east side have a tasty and informative event coming up this Sunday. Check out the details below.

The next Slow Food Sunday in Kirkland will be held on Sunday, 13-Apr. Home cook and Palestine native Hiba Reshig will team with her mother Samira to present a soup-to-nuts program that includes several regional specialties. We’ll have a traditional Shawrbat’adas lentil soup, a game hen dish seasoned with dried sumac petals served on a flatbread with caramelized onions, a rice dish known as Mujadar that will be the main for our vegetarian guests and side for all others, a Palestinian “simple salad”, and homemade starter desserts that you’ll need to read more about at http://www.slowfoodsunday.org. Our talks will include a presentation by Hiba and Samira on Palestinian food traditions and we’ll also have a special presentation by Stephanie Corchnoy on the fascinating role of Mason bees to support food production in our region.

mushakhanSee the SlowFoodSunday website for more details and to register!

Members: check your email! Info for May Urban Wild Edibles Walk has gone out

ImageSlow Food Seattle members: check your email for a message with pre-sale and ticket discount info for a May edible weed walk with Melany Vorass, author of “The Front Yard Forager.” Don’t see the email or want to check your membership status? Please email us at membership@slowfoodseattle.org.

March Membership Memo: Tuna Canning, Slow Food Magazine, May Foraging

Front Yard ForagerA quick post with some highlights for our members or those considering becoming/renewing members…

We still have a few spots left in our Tuna Canning Event on March 30. This event is only open to our members.

If you are a member interested in attending the tuna event, or not a member but interested in becoming one and attending, please feel free to contact us at membership@slowfoodseattle.org for more information.

Slow USAAlso note that with the new membership. members receive the the new Slow Food USA magazine Slow USA in April and October. The first issue will be published in April. Keep an eye out for it!

110212 - Weed Cuisine-001And lastly, we finalizing the details for our next Slow Food event: a late May foraging walk with local author and forager Melany Vorass.  

Her book is called the Front Yard Forager and is a great introduction to what to do with the many wild edibles you can find right here in the urban environment! Members, be on the lookout for an email with the pre-sale details to come out in the next few weeks.

We, the local all-volunteer board of Slow Food Seattle, are very committed to our members and helping to improve the local experience! If you have thoughts, suggestions, questions, please feel free to contact us at membership@slowfoodseattle.org. We’d love to hear from you!