Seattle’s Slow Food Movement | Preserving the Connection Between Plate & Planet

Seattle’s Slow Food Movement | Preserving the Connection Between Plate & Planet

Seattle’s Slow Food Movement | Preserving the Connection Between Plate & Planet

Girgentana Goats | Image Courtesy Slow Food.
Girgentana Goats | Image Courtesy Slow Food.

This Week on Foodable TV:

Seattle’s Slow Food Movement | Preserving the Connection Between Plate & Planet

Contributor: L.M. Archer

The restaurant industry operates on one speed – full throttle.

This frenetic pace includes consumers, too. According to a 2015 Food Marketing Institute report, over 25% of Americans eat meals in their cars, and over 50% eat their meals alone. Thus, to many Seattle culinaries, the Slow Food Movement’s motto, “Slower, slower, slower,” seems counter-intuitive.

Yet to area food professionals and educators who share a common passion for creating connection and community through their chosen medium –  food – these words resonate. In fact, Seattle’s Slow Food chapter ranks among the earliest founded in America.

What exactly is Slow Food? Started as a protest in 1986 against installation of a McDonald’s fast food franchise near Rome’s famed Spanish Steps, the protest grew into an “eco-gastronomic” movement. Today, Slow Food enjoys over 1,000,000 supporters, 100,000 members, and 1500 chapters, or convivia, in 160 countries worldwide. While chapter missions may vary according to regional concerns, not the core tenet:  “Good, clean, fair food for all.” Read More.

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