Slow Food New Orleans is hosting a chapter meeting on Monday November 5, 6pm at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, located at 1618 OC Haley. Many thanks to the NOLA Locavores for hosting our chapter meeting. Please plan to attend and bring friends as the meeting is open to the public. Also, bring your ideas and energy for spreading the message throughout New Orleans of Good, Clean & Fair Food!
The Mercati della Terra or Slow Food Earth Market is held every other Saturday in Milano Italy at the Fabbrica del Vapore, an old fabrication warehouse that has been transformed into shops and restaurants. I traveled via il treno veloce, fast train, from Torino on the 3rd Saturday in October. I arrived at the market at 10 am and was warmly greeted by market managers Alessandro and Paolo.
A gustatory tour of the market began with espresso from l’Art Caffe who served us presidia coffee from Guatemala. Presidia are projects that involve food communities in safeguarding native breeds, plant varieties and food products (bread, cheese, cured meats, wines, etc.). We then sampled Tipico Lodigiano, a delicious aged cheese produced in nearby Lodi, the hometown of mia nonna (my grandmother) Secondina Granata. Read more ›
My travels to Italy to attend Slow Food’s Salone del Gusto & Terra Madre, by Gary Granata
The predictably unpredictable predicaments of international travel provided me with the good fortune of having my very first meal in Italy at the birthplace of the Slow Food movement, the Osteria Boccondivino in Bra. I travelled by train from Torino to Bra on Wednesday, my third day in Italy. Yes, I had my first meal on my third day in this country known for it’s gastronomic culture … a tale told at the end of this blog.
I met Slow Food staffer Elisa Demichelis outside the International Headquarters. We took a short stroll down a narrow cobbled street and entered a quaint courtyard. A sculpture of the now famous Slow Food snail stood in the corner, marking the very spot where the grassroots movement germinated as Carlo Petrini and fellow founders savored the food and wine of the Piedmont and decided that regional food traditions were worth preserving. Read more ›