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Announcing Central Ohio’s Delegates to Terra Madre 2014

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  Slow Food USA has announced the names of Central Ohio’s delegates to the Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy in October.  Terra Madre is a conference sponsored by the international Slow Food organization that meets once every two years, with the goal of bringing together the farmers, chefs, educators, activists, and others who together comprise […]


Terra Madre 2014 Guidelines and Deadline

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The 2014 edition of the international Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto world meeting of food communities, held in Turin, Italy, from October 23-27, will display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair. While Terra Madre and Salone […]


2013: The Year in Review

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We have always sought to be a focal point for consumers and producers who are interested in sustainable food. To a large extent, we’re achieving that goal. At the same time, I think it’s becoming clear that our role as information providers will be central to furthering our mission.


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 II

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Above: Tim (butcher); Neil (Red Wattle hog breeder) and Bear (SFC Chairman of the Board); John and Jim (pitmaster) As noted in his most recent blog post, SFC Chairman of the Board Bear Braumoeller joined butcher Tim Struble from Columbus’s North Market and pitmaster Jim Budros (co-founder of Columbus’s City Barbeque) in preparing and cooking […]


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. […]