Our Philadelphia / South Jersey Chapter is part of Slow Food International, a non-profit organization based in Bra, Italy, with our USA offices located in Brooklyn, NY. The Slow Food Movement was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the foods they consume, where it comes from, how it tastes, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food USA is an educational organization dedicated to the stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production; to the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community, and to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions. Slow Food seeks to defend biodiversity (food variety), including indigenous and “heirloom” foods from around the world that are at risk of extinction.
Our Philadelphia Chapter is dedicated to promoting our movement on a regional level through social and educational events and by providing support and encouragement to local concerns and organizations whose work reflects our cause. Our chapter plays a role in creating cohesion and communication among these groups to assist them in their mission. Recognizing the importance of educating our Youth, our work includes working with various School Programs and helping to promote better nutrition and the teaching of the value of eating locally and sustainably grown foods.
Our chapter members come from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. Our chapter comes together regularly to share at organized dinners, tastings, tours, and picnics. We also lend support to local organizations and initiatives in our area that promote the richness of our area’s culinary heritage. Your membership will help us in our efforts to support the cause and provide you news, events, and information on related topics.
Please join us!