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.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Take a Bite Out of Sustainability

Environmental buzzwords like local, organic and sustainable are nothing new to our ears as the phrased "green movement" continues to sweep throughout the nation. According to Ad Age, the term "sustainable" was named as one of the most "Jargoniest Jargon" words of 2010, and while companies and consumers are both searching for ways to be more socially responsible, we want to break the misuse and abuse of "sustainable" and share the slow take on it.

While local and sustainable necessarily don't mean the same thing, their importance go hand in hand. Utilizing sustainability functions through our local and regional food systems, rather the global industrial alternative, which greater negatively impacts our environment through transportation pollution, monocropping and the over-consumption of fossil fuels. On the latter, family-run farms practice sustainability through composting techniques, minimal pesticide use and less product packaging. 

The goal of sustainability is to produce food in ways that will protect the quality of public health, the environment and animal welfare on a long-term basis for our community, economy and planet.

Join us and urge the importance of sustainability in your local community!

Eat good, feel good, make for a better tomorrow.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 17: Slow Food Happy Hour at Saluda's!

Join us Monday, June 17th from 6pm-7:30pm at the bar at Saluda's in Five Points for a super casual happy hour!

Cash/credit bar for drinks and apps. Let's just hang out.

It's summer, after all!

Saluda's Chef Blake Faries at Slow Food at Indie Grits. Image by Jonathan Sharpe.

Join Slow Food now to vote in board elections!

As a 100% volunteer-run non-profit, we are looking forward to growing internal leadership teams, increasing our dues-paying membership, and hosting more small gatherings for our Slow Food Community.

We will be holding elections for new board members soon!

To vote, you MUST be a current, dues paying member of Slow Food USA.

What would *you* like to accomplish as a member of our Slow Food community?

(Have you joined or renewed at Slow Food USA? Go for it!)

Good luck to the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival!

While we aren't co-organizing this year, we hope you'll attend July 20!

Slow Food Columbia is trying to focus on internal growth and infrastructure this year, so we're not co-producing the 2013 Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. However, we'd like to encourage y'all to attend and support the organization with whom we co-founded the event in 2010, Sustainable Midlands!

Sustainable Midlands has partnered with the Rosewood Merchants' Association for this year's festival. Check it out and give 'em your love!

Yours slowly,
Slow Food Columbia 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Being Slow Has Its Advantages...

In a modern society where every hour is rush hour, the ideal of being slow is typically frowned upon. While here at Slow Food we may not have an answer to ones everyday "hurry sickness," we have an answer to why slowing down in the kitchen has its benefits.

Living farm-to-table brings more than fresh taste and vitality - it's a peace of mind. Enjoying food right at its peak will not only enrich a healthier diet but will engage in a lifestyle of giving back to the earth.

Buying local gives back. It allows to invest the dollar close to home, where it continues to support the farms and small businesses in our communities and the greater region. Slow Food promotes food and health education in hosted events year-round, spreading the mission of sustainability.

When food is produced in a clean way, fewer pesticides are used, pollution is reduced and biodiversity is preserved. According to the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC), “Transporting food long distances uses tremendous energy: it takes 435 fossil-fuel calories to fly a 5 calorie strawberry from California to New York.” 

So ask yourself, what's the rush?

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Eat, Drink and Be Local - Keep It Going

We still love this action campaign.

Eat, Drink and Be Local Postcard by Slow Food Columbia

What are your favorite locally owned, independent restaurants? Why?