Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Carolina Gold Rice Accepted to Slow Food's Ark of Taste

More good news from The State - Carolina Gold Rice was accepted into Slow Food's Ark of Taste. Kudos to Emile DeFelice for spearheading this effort!

Heather in The State

Congratulations to Heather Digdon of Heather's Artisan Bakery for the recent coverage in The State newspaper! Check out the article, it includes the following recipe for Focaccia - yum.

Focaccia bread

1 loaf
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups water, at room temperature

• Mix all ingredients by hand for 12 minutes. The dough is very wet. Put in refrigerator overnight in a container that is three times the volume of the dough. The dough can stay refrigerated from eight to 36 hours.

• The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and bring to room temperature, which will take about two hours.

• Drizzle olive oil liberally on the inside of a 17- by 12-inch pan. Place dough into pan and gradually stretch dough to almost filling the pan.

• Again, drizzle olive oil liberally over top of dough and top with ingredients to your liking.

• After topping bread, let rise in warm place for 45 minutes.

• Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Slide bread from pan onto a cooling rack.

• Note: Due to imprecise serving size, no nutritional analysis was done.

— From “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” by Peter Reinhart and Ron Manville

Finding Local Produce in Your Area

We often get email requests for specific businesses - farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, etc. - that produce food or support the local food movement. Well, there's a great online resource that can easily answer all of your questions and it's called Local Harvest.

This website will hook you up with farms, CSAs (community supported agriculture farms) and events in your specific area.

Be slow!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Next Meeting and Slow Food Cola Buzz

We're looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday, April 16, at 6:00 pm at Flying Saucer. I will aim to get there a little earlier in order to reserve some space outside so we can all hear each other talk! On the agenda:

* Regional leaders conference call on April 9 -- I'll report what was covered
* Our convivium's public event(s) in the Spring/Summer
* Ideas to start raising money to send Ben and Kristen to Terra Madre!
* Terra Madre 2008
* Anything else you'd like to address

Also, check out the Slow Food Columbia convivium coverage in The Daily Digress.

It was great meeting a bunch of new people at the All-Local Farmer's Market on Saturday. We hope you can join us on Wednesday for the meeting and help put our ideas into action.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Welcome, Slow Foodies of Columbia!

Hello fellow slow foodies - If you live in or around the greater Columbia area, and are concerned about sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, food education, supporting local farmers and being able to get more local produce and game, then we are the group for you. We officially formed the Slow Food Columbia convivium at the end of 2007 and have hosted one event, a turkey tasting, thus far. We have ideas for some new events in the works, but we'd love your help to put these ideas into action. Please refer to the links at the right to become a member of Slow Food and to contact us, the local convivium, for more information.

Yours, slowly,

Cerelle Centeno
Slow Food Columbia convivium leader