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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Documentary Tracks the Birth of the Modern Home-Grown Chicken Movement

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Mad City Chickens
Mmm, chicken-y.
The folks at Slow Food on Film continue to spread the local-farm-to-table word with a screening this weekend of the fascinating documentary Mad City Chickens at the Delancey Street Theater (600 Embarcadero at Brannan). The film tells the story of the so-called Chicken Underground, a group in Madison, Wisconsin, that raised urban birds before chicken-keeping in the city was legalized. The intertwined stories chart the recent (and very Slow Food-friendly) resurgence of poultry as a universal food source -- the chickens themselves, and their eggs. Once a common feature of American life, the practice largely vanished with the rise of industrial farming, but has been gaining ground with foodies nationally.

Following the movie will be a reception with tapas and wines by the glass. It's happening Sunday, August 9, at 6 p.m., and costs $15 per person. Buy tickets online.

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