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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Email Congress re: Child Nutrition Act, plus Fresh movie recap

Act Now! Tell Congress about the Importance of Real Food in Schools.  At last night's monthly meeting, each attendee sent an email to Congress telling them that America's children need real food at school.

For those of you who were unable to attend, join us now by submitting an email:

Child obesity is skyrocketing, and our children, our economy and our quality of life are at risk. Helping schools serve real food may be the most promising way to end child obesity -- but it can't happen unless Congress invests in healthier food in the upcoming Child Nutrition Act. 

Last night, your fellow Slow Food Columbia members told our legislators that schools need the resources to serve real food, cook meals from scratch and buy directly from local farms. It's time to give America's kids a healthy future.

A call to Slow Food USA this morning confirmed that efforts toward reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act will be ongoing over the course of many months and beyond, do don't be shy about Facebooking and forwarding this call to action!

Thank you for all that you do to promote good, clean, and fair food in the Midlands. 
All the best, 
Slow Food Columbia

p.s. We're thrilled to report that our Terra Madre Day BBQ at City Roots Urban Farm on February 27, 2010 has sold out! Special thanks to local businesses Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork, Smoke Southern BBQ Revival, and Rosewood Market for working with us to produce the event.

We're also happy to note that last Tuesday, Slow Food Columbia co-sponsored a sold-out screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre of the excellent, positive-minded documentary film, Fresh

A vibrant talk-back session followed re: cost-prohibitive, byzantine regulatory issues facing small, independent farms, leading to a thought-provoking discussion between panelists from Slow Food Columbia, City Roots Farm, and Freshly Grown Farms, as well as audience members from USC's Green Quad, Sustainable Midlands, the SC Department of Agriculture, The Shop Tart, and Shadow Lane Farm in Wagener, SC.

FRESH Synopsis (from

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
FRESH would love to support you in organizing a community screening. Community screenings of FRESH provide a great way to raise awareness about our food system while promoting your work and vision.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Local Chef Honored w/James Beard House gig in NY...

...and Slow Food Columbia* gets a little shout out from Otis Taylor in The State Newspaper! Click here to read all about Slow Food member, Chef Mike Davis, and his West Columbia restaurant Terra in Sunday's paper.

Getting invited to cook at the James Beard House in NYC is huge! As most of you know, the James Beard Awards are the Oscars of the restaurant industry. Word on the street is that if you're invited to cook at the James Beard House, then you're likely being vetted for future accolades.

"We invite chefs to participate in events at the James Beard House in New York City and at events abroad to allow people to experience America’s dynamic cuisine first hand. We also administer the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, which recognize and honor excellence among chefs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, and others working in the food and beverage industry."

Kudos to Chef Davis and the staff at Terra!

*Don't forget that on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 4:00-6:00 PM, Slow Food Columbia will host a Barbeque Dinner (with vegetarian options) to celebrate local, fair, sustainable food and raise awareness of the Slow Food mission.

The dinner will be held at City Roots Farm, the much-anticipated new organic & sustainable urban farm in Rosewood near Owens Field.  

Tickets for this dinner can be purchased online only, quantities are limited, and (we're thrilled to report) space is filling up fast for this very special event.
Buy your tickets today!

(photo of Chef Mike Davis reposted from The State Newspaper)