Slow Food Columbus

Posts by Bear Braumoeller


Local Food and the Ark of Taste

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Slow Food was founded in Europe, and to Europeans “local” means something different than what it means here. Local food is food that’s indigenous to a region, food that formed the basis of its cuisine. German cuisine emphasizes the game that can be found in German forests; Italian amari are flavored by the herbs and […]


Scientific American’s GMO Prescription: Ignorance for the Masses

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In preparation for the Ohio State Food Summit in September, Professor Ken Lee passed along an op-ed from Scientific American on the subject of labeling food that contains GMOs. The article is here. The upshot is that labeling food made from GMOs is a bad idea because such food is mostly safe and irrational fear […]


Junk Food, Natural Food, and Health

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David H. Freedman’s Atlantic article, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity,” will surely be making the rounds in sustainable-food circles, so it probably deserves a few comments. The article takes Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and their devotees to task for ignoring the health potential of fast food and overstating the health benefits of natural foods. […]


Food First Food Tour of Italy

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This note just came across the transom. We at Slow Food Columbus don’t normally advertise for commercial entities, but given that Food First has put together such a Slow Food-friendly tour (including a meeting with Slow Food International!), we thought it would be of interest.   Public Tour with Food First Explores Slow Food and […]


The Red Wattle Hogs, part I

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“How would you guys like to roast a pig at our Downtown Luau?” I have to confess, as Chairman of the Board of Slow Food Columbus, that I don’t get asked questions like that very often. This question came from Jill Moorhead, the incredibly energetic Marketing Director and social media diva for The Hills Market. […]


What is the Ark of Taste?

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Generally, when people say “local food,” they mean something more than local: they’re referring to food made by small-scale, sustainable producers—usually food with a sense of place. If that were not the case, champions of local food in central Ohio would be put in the awkward position of having to support Wendy’s and Bob Evans. […]


We the People

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People often ask how they can make a difference and support a sustainable food system. One easy way that everyone should be aware of is the White House’s petition website, We the People. Once you’ve created an account (all it wants is your email address, name, and zip code), you can explore active petitions and […]


Terra Madre: Food and Peace

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The following is a guest post from Michelle Ajamian and Brandon Jaeger, owners of Shagbark Seed and Mill and Central Ohio delegates to the 2012 Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy. Since our return from Italy, we’ve reflected deeply about our the feelings stemming from the Terra Madre proclamation that food traditions hold the solution to […]


Terra Madre Day Potluck

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Every year, Slow Food holds Terra Madre Day to help bring attention to Terra Madre and to prompt local communities to think about what they can do to bring Terra Madre home—to spread the commitment to sustainability and good, clean, fair food to their neighbors and friends. What better way to do that than to […]


Harvest dinner: Ohio’s own Buckeye chicken

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Back before chickens were bred to grow to a large size very quickly, there was the Buckeye chicken—an animal that was raised because it actually tastes good. As the name implies, the Buckeye chicken was developed right here in Ohio, but due to their scarcity they’ve been added to Slow Food’s Ark of Taste program. […]