ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
SLOW FOOD IS AN IDEA, A WAY OF LIVING & A WAY OF EATING.
It is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
The Columbia, S.C. chapter is an official subsidiary of Slow Food USA.
Slow Food USA seeks to create dramatic, lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, soils, and waters that produce our food. We educate and inspire transformation in policy, production, and market forces to secure equity, sustainability, and pleasure in the food we eat.
Organized by volunteer leaders, local chapters like ours carry out the Slow Food mission in communities around the world. These chapters offer educational events and activities to promote sustainability and connect farmers, cooks, educators, students, and everyone else who cares about their food and the environment. Slow Food Columbia is one of three chapters in South Carolina.
Ark of Taste
Slow Food's Ark of Taste is a living catalog of culturally significant foods that are in danger of being lost. Carolina Gold rice, Bradford watermelon, benne oil and Sea Island White Flint corn are just some of South Carolina foods that have been preserved and revived through the Ark of Taste. David Shields, a University of South Carolina professor, has been a strong and steady force for Ark of Taste, identifying and saving foods from our region.
Slow Food International
Led by Carlo Petrini, Slow Food was started by a group of activists in Italy in the 1980s. They were motivated to defend regional food traditions that were being lost in a fast food world. Slow Food held its first international congress in 1990 in Venice. In 2004, Slow Food hosted the first Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, to bring food producers from around the world together. Slow Food International has since hosted other world gatherings to support indigenous foodways, promote sustainable fishing practices, and find solutions for hunger.