Posts Tagged "Slow Food"

Why certify?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Why certify?

Yesterday I gave a talk at NYU about sustainability certification–organic, fair trade, and others. Some of the questions students had were really solid and thoughtful, which made me think it might be useful to post some responses and thoughts on the subject. Any stamp on a label is put there to tell you, the customer, something about the product. The price tag tells you how much someone wants you to pay. The ingredients list tells you what’s inside. The name “Chianti” tells you that the wine came from a certain part of Italy and contains certain grapes. “Fair...

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An oasis of old-world charm

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 0 comments

An oasis of old-world charm

Marcos and I decided to take a weekend trip to the beautiful lake district of Lago di Garda to purify our skin in the at the nearby Colà Lazise hot springs, buy some famous Lago di Garda olive oil, and relax by the beautiful lake. For accommodations, a friend of ours from the region suggested Agriturismo Sangallo in Bedizzole, within a fifteen-minute drive from the bustling little cities of Salò and Desenzano. As we turned onto the street leading to the agriturismo, we thought we must have copied the wrong address. The street was sandwiched between two industrial buildings, quite different...

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Bagolino

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

Bagolino

While eating my way through the slow food Cheese Festival in Bra, I fell in love with Bagoss cheese. At the time, I didn’t know where it came from or how it was made, but I knew I wanted more. There were at least four different samples of the cheese at different levels of maturity. The youngest version of the cheese that had been aged for one year was sweet and supple with a fresh lightly floral aroma, while the oldest cheese, aged for two years, was intensely salty and crumbly, similar to aged Parmigiano Reggiano. When I got back to Parma I searched all of my favorite cheese shops for...

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La Quercia Rossa

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

La Quercia Rossa

Coming from the east coast of the U.S., where it is uncommon to find whole, unprocessed hazelnuts at the grocery store, the prospect of visiting a working hazelnut orchard in Piedmont–home of the chocolate hazelnut spread made famous by Nutella–was too exciting of an opportunity to pass up. Some regard the Piedmontese hazelnut as the most delicious and most viable variety for culinary use, as its pliable consistency lends itself well to cakes, creams, and chocolates. La Quercia Rossa is a third-generation family farm turned agriturismo that uses their own crop to produce a variety...

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Food for all

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

Food for all

I took the $5 challenge. I didn’t do it on purpose, and I didn’t tell my guests that I’d done it. It just happened while I wasn’t paying attention–and it made me realize that it needs to happen more often. Slow Food USA launched this campaign as a way to show folks how easy it is to feed others a nutritious meal, based on real foods, at around the cost of a fast-food “value” meal. A lot of folks said it couldn’t be done–but this year on September 17th, 30,000 people learned otherwise. And that doesn’t even count the five folks who...

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Cheese lovers of the world, unite!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Cheese lovers of the world, unite!

Last weekend I attended the Slow Food movement’s biannual Cheese! festival–which for three days unites dairy devotees, be they farmers, cheese makers, distributers, or passionate consumers–from around the world. The festival takes place every two years in the picturesque town of Bra, hometown of the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, situated in the hills of the Northern Italian region of Piedmont, about an hour’s drive from Turin. The festival abounds with hundreds of stalls worked by passionate and animated vendors, ready to give tastes and detailed explanations of...

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