Slow Food Columbus

Article for the CORA Newsletter July/Aug 2008

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CORA (Central Ohio Restaurant Association) asked if we would be interested in writing an article about Slow Food Columbus for their newsletter. Thanks Laurie, this is really great and shows we are not as elite as some people think. Mmmmm, a Ho-Ho sounds kinda good right now. ;)

Confessions of a Slow Foodie
by Laurie Kamerer, Slow Food Columbus board member

I don’t eat McDonald’s, but my kids sometimes do. On cold winter weekends, we’ve been known to commune over a steaming pot of ramen noodles then chase them with pink-and-white iced animal cookies. I drink Starbucks, Diet Coke and spicy V8.

And in February, I co-founded Slow Food Columbus … because I also drink homemade ginger-lemon-honey tea, pull my own espresso, and obsess over obscure details relating to the milk my family consumes. The other Slow Food co-founders have similarly schizophrenic food idiosyncrasies. Colleen, the group’s fearless leader, is a fabulous cook and has her own secret (well, had her own secret): I imagine her meticulously braising osso buco with one hand, and cradling a half eaten Ho Ho in the other.

Truth is, we’re not fanatical. The other members of Slow Food Columbus don’t seem to be either. We’re all interested in food – and beyond that, we’re interested, variously, in local, organic, do-it-yourself, home gardening, medicinal herbs, the Farm Bill, coffee, wine, cheese. We’re interested in honey, strawberry picking, teaching our kids how to cook, setting a beautiful table. We’re interested in eating meat, and we’re interested in vegetarianism.

Which leads me to the (unofficial) criteria for admission to the Slow Food community:
1. Enjoy eating
2. Enjoy talking about eating (or at least be willing to humor those who do)

Of course any knowledge of Ohio milk sources will be welcomed with open arms.

Slow Food Columbus is the Columbus, Ohio convivium of Slow Food USA, which itself is the American branch of Slow Food International. Slow Food was founded in Italy in 1989 to counteract fast food and the fast life. It’s founded in the idea that people should be thoughtful about their food – where it comes from, how it’s produced, how it tastes, and the impact our food choices have on the rest of the world.The Columbus Convivium (or chapter) is devoted to these principles, and to facilitating activities where members can explore them. We provide a forum for our members to share knowledge about good food and best practices, and we sponsor a variety of events that bring slow food to life. For more information, visit
www.slowfoodcolumbus.org.