Friday, May 04, 2007

Slow Food Nation

Via the Purple Asparagus listserv:

Carlo Petrini, founder of the international Slow Food Movement, will be in Chicago on May 19th, to discuss his new book, Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair.
Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2:00 pmLocation: Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law. The auditorium is located at the corner of Chicago Ave. and N. Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago .
Admission cost: $5, with advance reservations strongly advised.Students and faculty with valid ID, admitted for free.To Reserve: On-line or call the Chicago Humanities Festival, 312.661.1028, ext 40.

His talk will focus on three strategies outlined in his new book:

  1. Defending biodiversity;
  2. promoting taste education;
  3. building of local food communities

Traveling the world in order to write Slow Food Nation, Petrini witnessed first-hand the many ways that local and native peoples feed themselves without making use of the methods employed by agribusiness and the food industrial complex described in such recent books as Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Petrini relates real-life anecdotes about the behaviors of peoples in places as varied as Chiapas, Mongolia, Puglia, Bangladesh, and Sweden.

He concludes that the food we eat should be healthful and delicious (good); sustainably produced using environmentally sensitive methods (clean); by producers who are justly compensated and treated with dignity (fair).

Co-sponsors of this event are Slow Food Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, L'Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Chicago's Green City Market, and Rizzoli International.

Petrini will present his lecture in Italian with an onstage translator. Afterwards he will be available to sign books, with on-site sales provided by The Book Stall of Winnetka.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

O.K., it's by me and not by you, but the Frankfort Country Market opened in April. I just stumbled on it by mistake today and I'm going back next week to check it out!

You have inspired my family.