What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. Today, we have over 100,000 members in 132countries.

Slow Food USA is part of the global movement dedicated to 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, to the invigoration and proliferation of regional, seasonal culinary traditions. It envelops a concept of living and eating in certain way, embraced by over 18,000 members throughout the U.S.

Slow Food DC

The Slow Food DC (SFDC) chapter is a community that promotes and celebrates local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources; works to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations; and supports the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.

SFDC represents the national capitol area, including Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Members come from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. We organize dinners, tastings, tours, lectures, and community outreach events providing SFDC members an opportunity to explore the richness of our region’s culinary heritage in addition to the diverse array of food and drink from around the world represented in our foodshed. It is our goal to connect our eaters with the biodiverse and sustainable food producers, as well as increase public awareness of slow eating.

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3 Responses to About

  1. Irene Riches says:

    Hello! From the 29th of October to the 21st of December, the British School of Washington (DC) will be exploring the theme of food and health. Prefects including myself have been asked to organize assemblies so I was wondering if you were interested in coming in and giving a presentation?

  2. Melinda Hemmelgarn says:

    Hi Slow Food DC, I am a member of Slow Food Katy Trail in Columbia, MO, and hoped I could reach out to my fellow Slow Food enthusiasts in DC for some assistance.
    I will be working with a team of dietitians to put on a film event on the evening of March 10th in the heart of Washington, DC.
    We want to serve snacks and beverages that fit our mission and philosophy of “good” food.
    We are looking for a local, organic beer and wine, and local, organic popcorn or peanuts for a sizeable crowd. I’m guessing approximately 250 to 300 attendees.

    Can you help provide me with some direction for sourcing?

    With gratitude,
    Melinda Hemmelgarn

    Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.
    Food Sleuth®, LLC…”helping people think beyond their plates”
    Columbia, MO

  3. Erin Maguire says:

    I am with a group of AmeriCorps members ( 20 college aged students) from NJ looking to learn more about food issues and organizations raising awareness in and around DC. Could we meet with some of your leaders?- We will be in DC for spring break- March 18-21. Maybe a short presentation? or if you know of an organization that could use are help in the form of service?


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