info on Slow Food NY
- tom philpott
I notice that the NY branch of Italy-based Slow Food is hostying a US craft beer tasting at the Puck building on Sept. 30.
Anyone have any experience with NY Slow Food, or any other branch for that matter? Joining costs $60, and it gives you subscriptions to various publications plus discounts to events like the one above. Has anyone read their publications, or been to any other events?
Below find the link to their US page.
I am a recent member here in Southern California where there have been no events to my knowledge. I did just receive my first publication of SLOW in the mail just this week and have found it lovingly published (some times things just feel good in ones hands) with very interesting articles. Considering my subscription to Gastronomica was $40.00, I don't mind the $60.00 to Slow Food and I very much appreciate their philosophy. I'm hoping for some events here on the West that I can attend.
As someone who has attended both Slow Food activities in New York and in Italy, I will tell you that they are exceptionally well organized, informative and a heck of a lot of fun (if learning about food/wine is fun for you). There were more than 1200 participants in the May 2000 Super White tastings that took place in NYC. There were between 4 and 6 workshops each of 2 days...focusing on the wines of Friuli Venezia Giulia paired with particular foods, showing the versitility of the wines and their ability to work well with foods of the US, not just Italy. The workshops were exceptionally well-planned and executed. With more than a sufficiency of wine and food. The big grand tasting in the Puck building on Sunday was packed with people and tasting opportunities. There have been a number of big programs in NYC since that.
The reports have all been outstanding. And the numbers continue to grow, which tells me that those who attend are repeats, too.
Slow Food's Salone del Gusto, Hall of Tastes, that is held in Torino (Turin) every other year, was mind-boggling last fall. Imagine the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center...but only 1 floor (that's still huge) and ONLY artisanal foods...virtually all being organic!
Five days...all packed...AND hundreds of schoolchildren, all exceptionally orderly, tasting things that ours wouldn't even agree to smell.
Again, the workshops were marvelous.
Finally, the publications one gets as a member are totally worth the cost of membership.
I will now tell you that I've been a member of Slow Food for 3 or 4 years now. And, am the leader of the
"beginning to take shape" Convivium (chapter) in
Northern Ohio. You will find more about us on the Slow Food USA website in the next month or so.