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Monday, March 8, 2010

Slow Food Now Minding the Food Gap

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Talking about food security...finally.
  • Talking about food security...finally.
The 2008 Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco marked a turning point for the 10-year-old American organization (the international Slow Food is older). It was a huge success in terms of attendance and publicity, drew every A-list ecofoodie in the country, transformed Civic Center into an inviting public space for the first time ever ― and confirmed many critics' perception that Slow Food was an elitist group that cared more for aesthetics and ecological purity than it cared for the needs of regular people.

Josh Viertel, who assumed the leadership of the group just before the event, has taken that criticism to heart. Last fall, Slow Food launched the Time for Lunch campaign focused on Alice Waters' favorite area of good works: school lunch. Thursday night Viertel will be at Glide Memorial to sit (with some of his former critics, even) on a panel called How Do We Close the Food Gap?

A panel discussion will focus on "how to make good, clean, fair food accessible for everyone." It will be moderated by Mark Winne, who wrote a book by the same title as the event, and will have representatives from major local food justice organizations: the Ecology Center, Food First, Glide Daily Meals Program, People's Grocery, and the SF Food Bank.

SFoodie is glad to see Slow Food jump into this discussion ― and curious how Viertel sees Slow Food's Ark of Taste, Terra Madre, and high-priced convivium dinners fitting in with the organization's new mission.

Event details:
Slow Food: Closing the Food Gap
Location: Glide Foundation, 330 Ellis (at Taylor)
Time: Thurs., March 11, 6:30-8 p.m., 674-6000.
Tickets: Free, though they'd appreciate it if you would RSVP

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