Slow Food? [Split from thread on California board]
- Alice Q Aug 28, 2006 05:11 AM
Just got back, and found it a bit disappointing. I would be interested to hear if anyone else went and what you thought? This was the third one, has anyone else been before? Also, I'm surprised more people didn't go? I didn't receive a single response to this inquiry.
Maybe Slow Food isn't considered "chowish" to some?
I completely agree with Josh that slow food has nothing to do with "chowish or not" but is something good restaurants have done for many years without any "slow food organization". In addition I also think that there are many other issues regarding food which have to be stressed to the public more clearly than "just" slow food. The slow food organization is focusing too much on food and doesn't see it enough as part of a much bigger problem. (I know that part of the slow food organization is pointing to issues beyond food but they are only a minority).
I have found that Slow Food varies greatly according to the local chapter/convivia. I don't participate at all in my local one, NY City since they don't seem to meet my needs in the slightest. Sadly the Hudson Valley, NY, convivia is more focused on the counties just to my north and not Westchester .
I really liked the events I attended at the Northern NJ convivia 3-4 years ago, and the feel of the group was much more comfortable. They had a very strong focus on high quality and fun, educational/social events that were very well attended.
Slow Food is not about "good restaurants" - it's about promoting sustainable agriculture and responsible "stewardship" of the land and the animals we raise for food. I don't think restaurants have ever really had anything to do with that.
I also just posted a reply to Josh's comment in the other thread. They split this and some of the responses don't really make sense unless you read the other one first. Here's a link to it:
re: Alice Q
Slow Food is among other things about good restaurants. It was originally inspired by the opening of a McDonald's off the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Among other things the organization publishes guidebooks, e.g.:
The focus on sustainable agriculture and stewardship grows out of a more fundamental commitment to preserving and enjoying endangered traditional foods.
"A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life."
The way they split this thread is very confusing.
I'm glad someone understands my point though!
I probably should have said it's not "just" about good restaurants. It also depends on what you mean by "good" restaurants - I was interpreting that to mean the type of expensive restaurants where Chino farms produce is sold as a luxury item.
In any event, I certainly agree with that quote!
I attended the Sunday event having not been to any of their previous events. I was quite disappointed in the both the number of restaurants and what was being served. I attend quite a few of this type of tasting event and given the goals of the organization really expected something special.