|Above: some of the delicious food served at the event.|
A little bit about the "slow food" concept, which I had no idea what it was before attending this event, and most likely many of the readers of this post don't know about either: "slow food" started off in 1989 in Italy as a movement to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Slow Food is now a global non-profit organization with over 100,000 members around the world. It's mission is to link the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local community and the environment. The goal is to get people to eat healthy, organic, fresh food produced at small scale on local farms. I think more people should know about it and writing this blog post is my way of helping spread the word.
They set up tables for 400 guests. At the end we helped clean up, and boy was that a workout!
Jim Reichardt of Liberty Ducks. Jim raises some fine ducks, which I had the pleasure to try out one night at Hillside Supper Club. I usually avoid eating duck meat, especially at Chinese restaurants, but this is a completely different kind of duck. Tender and flavorful, it doesn't carry any of that nasty smell or extreme fat you get with duck in Chinese cuisine.
Then came the intermission with two quite epic speeches from Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement.
I will conclude this blog post with a somewhat political call to action: if you live in California, make sure to vote for Prop 37 in November. It is our right to know where our food comes from and how it's been processed or genetically modified.