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, March 20, 2013

Fair Food and Your Grocery Dollars

On Sunday, March 3, 2013, hundreds of farmworkers and their allies began a two-week, 200-mile "March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food" from Ft. Myers to Publix headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. 
Image: Civic Media Center, Gainesville, FL

Leading the march is the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based organization formed in 2000 to fight for the rights of farmworkers on Florida’s huge tomato farms (many of which are located in Immokalee, Florida).
The group is marching to persuade Publix to sign the Fair Food agreement, a promise to only buy tomatoes from growers who participate in the Fair Food Program, which ensures a living wage and fair and humane working conditions for the farmworkers. Other large corporations that have signed the Fair Food agreement include McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods Market, Aramark, Sodexo, Trader Joe’s and Chipotle.
Why is it important to get the support of these large corporations? Because it incentivizes fair food. 
 The purchasing power of these corporations is such that it can turn the tide in agribusiness – if they care about the working conditions of the farms they purchase product from, then so will the growers. Why is this group in Florida important to us here in South Carolina? 
Because we hope this movement spreads and farmworkers across the nation are treated with respect and dignity and paid a living wage; because we have a choice where we buy our groceries; and because maybe when you chomp into a tomato at the next Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival it will taste even sweeter knowing that you are supporting a local food system that promotes accountability, traceability and good, clean and fair food.
 Post by Annu Ross, Slow Food Columbia

Monday, March 11, 2013

Beautiful poster for Slow Food at Indie Grits, April 14, 2013

Presenting: the Slow Food at Indie Grits 2013 poster, designed by Sam Spina! 

Our annual Sustainable Chefs' Showcase is Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 4pm-7pm. Tickets are $20 general/$15 Nick and Slow Food members/$10 potluckers. (We lowered prices this year to make it  more accessible to our Slow Food community!)

Tickets on sale March 15 at! Click here to volunteer in return for free admission.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fish can be a fishy thing...

We know buying local is better, and we know buying sustainable is best, but even still, how can you tell what fish is the freshest? 

Image: Slow Food USA

Slow Food USA recently posted an article with a few tips and tricks to help you make sure you know exactly what you're looking for!

How to pick a fresh fish: Slow Food USA