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PostHeaderIcon Slow Food Sacramento: Thank You McDonalds

Thank You McDonalds  (by Lisa Frank)

Picture angry Italians protesting with bowls of penne at the base of the iconic and beautiful Spanish Steps in Rome shouting “We don’t want fast food… we want slow food!  It’s not a scene from a Fellini movie, but how Carlo Petrini started Slow Food.  He and his pasta-wielding compatriots were outraged that a McDonalds was going to open there (and it did.)
His protest against the commercialization of a beloved landmark with the “Golden Arches” turned into an international organization founded in 1989 that today has over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries.

Slow Food’s mantra is good, clean, fair food for all.  They want you to eat what is seasonal and local; respect the farmer and the produce/product; nurture the earth.  Sound familiar?  They believe that food should taste like, well, food and eating should take some time.  Slow Food calls it the “pleasures of the table.”  And it is not possible when a clown is looking over your shoulder.  Or a creepy looking king.  Or in your car.  Or at your keyboard.

Slow Food opposes the homogenization of modern fast food and life.  Life is diverse.  Culture is diverse.  Food is diverse.  It should not all look or taste alike.  Preservation of traditional or heritage foods, methods of preparation, and the culture associated with them is a worth while effort.  That is the entire focus of the Center for Biodiversity.  The premise is that if unique and tradition food products that are endangered can have an economic impact they can be saved from extinction.  Enter the Presidia – local projects that devise a pathway for bringing a food or method of preparation back from the brink of being lost.  The Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods worldwide being preserved through the efforts of Presidia.  And these projects are not somewhere else.  They are here: Blenheim Apricot, Charbono wine or Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple sound familiar?  Clarksburg’s Chenin Blanc grape is close to be being listed.

Petrini wanted to make the connection between the plate, the palate and the planet.  He calles it an “eco-gastronomic” movement that connected environmental sustainability (eco) to the study of culture and food (gastronomy).  He took this idea even further by creating the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy (full disclosure, I’m an alumni) to create a new type of food professional, one who understands the entire food-production spectrum, from agricultural origins through industrial transformation and distribution, with particular attention to environmental and sustainability issues.  These leaders, or Gastronomes as he calls them (us?), understand how to connect food processes to economic as well as communication systems, and the relationships within food-and-wine tourism, marketing of high-quality products, and promoting of the rich value of regional food traditions.

On the local front, California is now it’s own Slow Food Region.  Our local chapter, Slow Food Sacramento bestows their annual “Snail of Approval” award upon local businesses that best represent the Slow Food Principles of good, clean, fair food for all.  And to toot our own horn, Local Roots Food Tours has received the Slow Food Sacramento Snail of Approval because of our commitment to support business using fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable, or as we say FLOSS!

We congratulate our partners have also received a Snail of Approval for their use of seasonal, local and organically grown foods, including Centro, Café Bernardos, Hot Italian and Kupros.
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PostHeaderIcon Sacramento’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival April 28th

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival co-sponsored by Slow Food Sacramento comes to the Crest Theater for an evening of thought-provoking films. Food and agriculture as well as habitat and water conservation are the primary themes this year.  Don’t miss Greenhorns and Truck Farm, both films will appeal to Slow Food fans.

Tickets are $10 each. Reception at 5:30 p.m; films begin at 6:30 p.m.Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour
April 28, 2011
The Crest Theatre 1013 K St. Sacramento

Film Program:

Greenhorns  (20 min)
Severine von Tscharner Fleming
This spring found young farmers as unlikely poster children of a new zeitgeist. In many communities these bright 20- and 30-somethings are contributing and leading the way into a new world of agriculture, sustainability and economics. PLEASE NOTE: This film is a 20-minute, extended trailer for a pending feature film. www.thegreenhorns.net

Wild Water (25min)
Anson Fogel
Journey into the soul of whitewater, into the places only river runners can go. Meet the river-people who share a deep passion for wild places, rivers and running whitewater. We cross beyond generational and experiential boundaries, even beyond whitewater, to look at the soul of adventure sports and what they mean to all of us. www.wildwaterfilm.com

Slow the Flow (27min)
Elizabeth Pepin Silva
Meet a landscaper who shocks his neighbors by putting in native landscaping. Discover a school district that goes green. Meet a non-profit which puts gardens in the city. The projects highlighted are very low-tech, cheap, and beautiful, making a good argument for kicking back and not raking the leaves. www.potreroindustries.com, www.surfrider.org/ofg.asp

As It Happens (21 min)
Renan Ozturk
In January 2010, Renan Ozturk & Cory Richards boarded planes bound for the Everest region of Nepal. Their goal was not only to establish a new alpine climb on 21,320 ft Tawoche, but also to tell the story from the field. With digital cameras, solar energy, a satellite modem, and two laptops, they shot, edited, and transmitted their journey from the Himalaya. Using online social media, their story was followed by over 100k people in real time. Warning: Language. www.camp4collective.com

Brower Youth Awards, Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero: (5min)
Earth Island Institute
The Brower Youth Awards honors founder and legendary activist David R. Brower. The awards recognize six young people in North America annually for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental justice advocacy. Meet the 2010 winners: Ana Elisa Perez-Quintero, De’Anthony Jones, Freya Chay, Marcus Grignon, Misra Walker, Varsha Vijay. www.broweryouthawards.org

Majestic Plastic Bag (4min)
Jeremy Konner
Follow a plastic bag from supermarket to its final migratory destination in the Pacific Ocean gyre. Jeremy Irons narrates this mock, nature documentary. www.healthebay.org

Truck Farm (48min)
Ian Cheney, Curtis Ellis
From the creators of Big Corn (2007) and Big River (2009) comes Truck Farm. After filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a garden in the back of his pickup, he and the Truck Farm set out to explore the rooftops and windows that represent NYC’s newest edible oases. Featuring time machines, Victorian dancers, physicists, nutritionists, chefs, and explorer Henry Hudson.

Open Space (8 min)
Jeremy Roberts
Produced for Sonoran Institute, Open Space examines the loss of one of the West’s most valuable assets, open space, which serves as a community’s agricultural base and wildlife habitat.  The film offers a new vision for communities and landscapes in the American West. www.conservationmedia.com

Change For the Oceans (2mins)
Free Range Studios
Change for the Oceans was created for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s campaign to raise awareness about the impacts of global climate change on ocean life. We can slow the crisis by making little changes on our own and big changes together. Narrated by John Cleese. www.montereybayaquarium.org/climate/, www. freerange.com

Matthew Baker
Habitat Director : ECOS
The Environmental Council of Sacramento
909 12th St.  Ste 100
c:(916) 202 9093
habitat@ecosacramento.net  www.ecosacramento.net

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